I noticed that the Sonia Kashuk Professional Brush Collection got a wardrobe update at some point and decided to try two of the powder brushes. I use and enjoy a few brushes from the current Essential Collection so I was expecting the same great quality. I purchased the medium and large powder brushes and the overall construction of these brushes is very nice. They feel sturdy and the synthetic hair is soft and gentle on the skin.
Medium Powder Brush, $20.00
This brush was the star of this order. For me, this is best for setting powder. It gives a nice coverage that isn’t too heavy. The shape is versatile for different application styles since you can use the side of the brush to pat the powder on for more coverage or use the fluffiness of the brush in more of a sweeping motion for lighter coverage. I have been able to use this brush for bronzer as well, but I do prefer how it performs with powder.
For size and shape comparison I have the medium powder brush pictured next to the Sigma F10 ($25) and the elf flawless face brush ($6). The overall shape is the most similar to the elf brush, but the larger size does make it quicker for full face powder application. I use the Sigma brush for blush application, but it can be used for powder application so I wanted to include it since it does have a similar shape.
Large Powder Brush, $20.00
Unfortunately, I didn’t have as nice of an experience with the Sonia Kashuk Large Powder Brush. While the overall quality seems consistent with what I’ve come to except from the Sonia Kashuk brand, this brush sheds a lot. I always wash brushes before the first use and I didn’t notice any shedding during that first wash. But once I used the brush, there were bristles falling out the whole time I used it. I read all of the reviews on Target’s website and no one else mentioned this issues, so it seems that I may have a dud or maybe received one from a bad batch. Over the years I’ve never had shedding with any other Sonia Kashuk brush, so hopefully this was an isolated issue.
As far as actual performance goes, I think the large powder brush is good for applying a light layer of setting powder or applying powder foundation if you only like light coverage. Despite how densely packed with bristles the brush is, I didn’t find that it applied much coverage. That can be a good or bad thing depending on what you want. I also thought it was odd how this brush was weighted. There is extra weight in the ferrule that would typically result in getting a heavier coverage, but that is not the case with this brush.
For size and shape comparison I have the large powder brush next to the Ecotools full powder brush (discontinued?), Real Techniques powder brush ($9.99), and the Coloured Raine large powder brush ($13.00). The Coloured Raine large powder brush is the most comparable brush I own, and while it is much softer and fluffier, they perform very similarly. Another plus is that the Coloured Raine Brush doesn’t shed. In terms of density, the Ecotools full powder brush is more similar, but it does provide a lot more coverage. Unfortunately when I did a google search to get the price of this brush, it looks like it was discontinued. The Real Techniques brush is another good powder brush option and also doesn’t shed.
If you’ve had your eye on these Sonia Kashuk brushes, or are just curious about makeup brushes in general, I hope you found this helpful. Thanks for reading!
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