wayne goss bruushes
Hi Guys & Dolls!
Today I am bringing you a highly anticipated review of the Wayne Goss Brushes. These brushes were severely back-ordered and I though I purchased them in mid September, I didn’t even get them until mid-late October, and that was even with Beautylish FEDEXing them (this was also during the government shut down, and as I understand international shipment were messed up across the board). So I’ve had them for a month now and after using them nearly everyday I can say they are truly remarkable, and I love almost all of them. I explained everything in the video below, so here I want to show you photos with their individual prices and give a few thoughts on each brush. I also included a list of the comparable/Dupe Hakuhodo Brushes.
In the video, I mentioned over and over how expensive the brush set was- but I want to be clear: These brushes when bought individually are very fairly priced. They aren’t the cheapest, but they aren’t outlandish either- very similar in price to MAC brushes, but the quality is far superior. I think I was just going through sticker shock at having bought them as a set, which was $210! Individually they range from $45-$17 which is reasonable considering the level or quality and refinement.
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Wayne Goss brush 1
Brush 1 $45
I don’t care for this brush. I feel like it’s too small for foundation, which in and of itself isn’t a crime if it did an amazing job applying foundation, which I don’t think it does. I tried this with some of my favorite foundations, such as NAKED Skin by Urban Decay, MAC Matchmaster, MUFE HD, and Illamasqua Skin Base. It did the best with Skin Base, but not so great that I wanted to switch my routine. Because Skin Base is a thicker foundation, I would assume that this brush does best with cream-style foundations, so perhaps if you like those, you might like this brush for applying it.
Wayne Goss brush 2
Brush 2 $35
This is a perfect brush- silky smooth, picks up a perfect amount of powder for application, and works just as well at removing excess powder after setting with a powder puff. I use this for everything from highlighting, to contouring, all over powder, under eye powder…etc…I like using this for so many things I may need to get another, and weed out of my collection brushes that I have that are similar but not as fine.
brush 3
BRUSH 3 $32
Another Brush I love and have no many uses for. The large size but tapered shape is excellent for doing a wash of color on the eyelids, adding a transitional color to the crease, blending out out crease colors; this brush is also amazing at setting under eye concealer, and precise contouring around the nose. For a while now I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement/dupe of a Sonia Kashuk Brush that has a similar feel and shape, and this brush fits the bill, and if facts, surpasses the other in terms of softness and holding it’s shape. WHEEE!!!
Wayne Goss brush 4
BRUSH 4 $28
This one is smaller, and more tapered compared to brush 3, so it’s better for crease work, and blending smaller areas of eyeshadow. Super soft, doesn’t drag or irritate the eye (none of these do) and places color beautifully at the same time as it blends.
Wayne Goss Brush 5
BRUSH 5 $25
This brush isn’t as tapered as the other, and is more of a round, thin, soft, but blunt shape. This makes it excellent as a precision blending brush; it’s amazing at carving out a defined crease, blending shadows on the lower lashline,  or blending out liner to get that perfect smudged look.
Wayne Goss brush 6
brush 6, 3
BRUSH 6 $25
A Brush so good, it needed two photos. This brush has a pinched ferrule, giving it has two sides while also being fluffy enough to blend. With the flick of the wrist it goes from shader, to blender to crease-definer, and the brush is excellent in all of these uses. This brush is a cousin of the MAC 217 and the Sigma E25; It’s smaller, more tapered and SO MUCH SOFTER. This is the perfect brush to bring along for touch ups becuase it does it all! I love this brush, and I plan to get a few more once it’s back in stock.
Wayne Goss brush 7
BRUSH 7 $17
The world’s best lip brush. Seriously, this draws a very crisp, clean line, and I just love it to pieces. This also works great for under-eye liner, and inner eye corner highlighting, but I love it best for lips so I use it for that exclusively now.
brush 8
BRUSH 8 $17
The world’s teeniest, tiniest push-liner brush. Seriously have you ever seen one this small? This one is fabulous for tightlining, or pushing liner in between lashes as an alternative to tightlining.
So there is one thing that seems glaringly obvious to me, but I don’t hear people talking about it much, so while this isn’t a scandal, I’m just going to to say it anyway: I’m pretty sure these brushes are manufactured by the Japanese Brush brand Hakuhodo. They are well known for creating the world’s finest makeup brushes so this is in no-way a slam on Wayne’s brushes. If anything, it made me trust buying them more, because I already have a few Hakuhodo brushes and they are fabulous. Hakuhodo makes their own line of brushes and they also make brushes for other popular brands, so this isn’t a scandal, and it in now reflects poorly on Wayne Goss brushes or Wayne as a person I just felt it was worth mentioning. Heck, if I did a line of my own brushes, I’d have them made by Hakuhodo as well!
Below I’ve listed the Hakuhodo dupes; Some of these I’m certain are dead-on dupes, where some I’m not certain about. If you were to buy the brushes through Hakuhodo you would save a few dollars here or there, but I don’t think it’s a HUGE savings, and I think Wanye’s version looks sleeker anyway, plus I love shopping with Beautylish, and knowing that I’m helping a fellow YouTuber.
Compare for yourself:
There you have it- I think these brushes are remarkable, and fully worth the price, and the rigmarole I went through to get them (Seriously, over 6 weeks from buying them to recieving them.)


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  1. Steph
    November 22, 2013 / 7:13 pm

    They look amazing! Are they cruelty free?

  2. November 22, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    If you were saving up money to invest in some good brushes, but couldn’t afford much, would your recommend these or Sigma or some other brand? I have mostly cheap brushed right now and had been planning on getting some Sigma brushes until I heard about these.

    • November 22, 2013 / 7:54 pm

      where i can buy the collection? thnks!!!

  3. Alex
    November 22, 2013 / 8:17 pm

    Hakuhodo J521 looks like Wayne’s Brush 8, I think.

    I think your review was great- it was very very helpful 🙂 I’ll probably pick up one or two of these.

  4. November 22, 2013 / 10:20 pm

    I just went to Beautylish for the first time and bought the 7 brush and since I was getting $10 off $50 as a first time customer, I also got The Burning Heart Palette from Sugarpill that I learned of because of you. Thanks!!

  5. kj hemeon
    November 23, 2013 / 7:37 am

    OMG!!! How do you always do it ? In the past week, I’ve been all over Wayne G online/you tube + last night was cruising these brushes @ 3A…. seriously. Now I have a much better idea of which ones are necessities, etc. Will watch to see which ones are favorites of fellow bloggers. Thanks, Phyrra, too. The only problem is falling in lust + spending too much dough. Wayne seems to have some tips, which in retrospect seem, like duh!!! Smaller eyes warrant smaller brushes. Don’t place too far out on the eye, bec. you’ll blend it out there. This type of tip is probably blatantly obvious to you artists, but to us plebes….light dawns on Marblehead! (it’s a very old Boston thing…) I had considered some (all/set?) of the Sigma (Mr. / Mrs.) Bunny brushes. Do you think they might actually be better for blush/powder face work? I’ll have to review your old review! Pin up series is great. You look as perfect as Dita!

  6. Sun
    December 13, 2013 / 11:47 pm

    I read somewhere that Wayne Goss’s brushes are made by Artisan & Artist, a Japanese brush company that also makes camera cases; I believe they are not affiliated with Hakuhodo. Here’s their website http://www.artisan-n-artist.com/products.php?nid=55

  7. lovestory
    January 21, 2014 / 12:49 am

    His own brushes are not cruelty free!! no matter what is claimed by the producer of the brushes.
    The only brushes that are cruelty free are synthetic.
    So why are wayne goss brushes mostly made of blue squirrel???
    meaning not cruelty free.

    ~And you all fell for cruelty free, ohhhhhh, most of you who ordered the set do not even know what hair is used let stand alone what miserable live these animals have!!!
    Congratulations you all supported animal cruelty.!!!

    • July 20, 2014 / 4:06 pm

      I’m pretty sure they are cruelty free. I remember watching one of his videos and he talks about one of the reasons why he ended up ending a business relationship and financing them himself is because he was so stuck on them being cruelty free. He also talks about how these brushes are cruelty free and made from animal hair because they are harvested without harming the animal. (So, while they are naturally shedding, etc.) I assume that is why they are so expensive.

  8. Jude
    January 30, 2014 / 5:11 am

    Lovestory, that’s the first thing I checked, and I won’t be buying them! No matter how amazing they are! No point in using products from a company like Smashbox, who are cruelty free, with a a brush made from squirrels!

    • June 22, 2015 / 9:19 am

      Slashbox is not cruelty free either, sadly. Wayne, give us three truth. I want to see video of cruelty-free hair being collected. Maybe fairies go around with little baskets in the forest? Let’s see the shaved goats and squirrels! Beauty is as beauty does.
      Cruelty free since 1983, so I know whereof I speak. Ante up, Wayne!

      • Mo
        May 15, 2017 / 9:18 pm

        What makes me wonder is even IF the hair is taken without “harming” the animal, what kind of conditions are these critters kept in?! Just because they aren’t being killed for their fur doesn’t mean there’s no abuse. I know it aint no pet squirrel you got in your backyard Wayne!

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