Saturday, March 20, 2010

MUFE Kabuki Brush

Price: $39

What they say:
"What it is:
HD Kabuki Brush is a soft-to-the-touch yet sufficiently firm nylon brush designed to easily sweep powder on the face.

What it does:
This Sephora-exclusive brush was designed especially for HD Microfinish Powder, or other loose powder application. It can also be used to remove excess powder after initial application.

What else you need to know:
This conveniently small brush fits into its black, zipped pouch for easy transportation. "

What I say:
I actually got this a while ago when it came in a set with the MUFE HD powder, so I didn't pay full price for this.  I wish the set came with the travel pouch, but it's not really a problem.

This brush is incredibly soft.  Like, I want to have my bedding be this soft, soft.  It's also pretty small.  I was surprised when I saw it in person just how small it was, since I'm used to seeing larger kabuki brushes.  I'm not saying it's tiny, because it is not, it's just a little smaller than most.

The brush head is made from nylon, though is looks like it is made of hair from the pictures online.  This means that it takes a while to dry, since I swear all synthetic brushes like to take their sweet time drying.  I haven't noticed shedding from mine, which is a plus, but even good quality brushes are known to shed the first 6 or so times you wash them, so until it is past that stage, you can't really judge anyway.  Still, no shedding, so yay.

I think that this is best used with powder, like foundation, setting, blush... well, any powder, really.  I do not think it works well with cream or liquid, though.  Some kabuki brushes work well with those formulas, and maybe others have had better luck than I have, but I think the softness of this brush actually make it really hard to apply and blend those formulas evenly.

Overall, I'm happy I purchased this brush.  I'm not sure if I didn't already have this if I would pay full price for it, though.  It is rather small, and it only really works for powders, which I'm not always using.  It is rather soft, and feels great on your skin, but being limited to only using powder foundation, or just using it for setting powder, seems like a bit of a waste to me.  This is from someone who likes her brushes to multitask, though.  If you are fine with a brush that can only do one thing, by all means check this one out in person.

4.5/5 (-.5 for size and powder-only)


  1. I've yet to purchase a kabuki brush, I can't wait to get my hands on one! This one looks great but there's no MUFE here. I'm thinking of getting MAC's version!

  2. I haven't tried the MAC one myself, but I haven't heard anything bad about it, so at least we know it's not terrible, hehe.

    If you haven't tried kabuki brushes before, I would say either get a cheap out to test them out, or have a SA test one on you before purchase. I know some people really hate them, like my mom, and spending that much money on a brush that might never see the light of day again would be sad. Just keep in mind that the cheap ones might shed more, and might not be as soft.