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Love for Brushes

I'm developing a love for brushes of all kinds.  I bought a few higher end brushes and they are amazing.  They are incredibly soft and my makeup glides on like a dream.  There are so many interesting shapes. I am really interested in creating a beautiful brush collection.  Show your brushes and share any cleaning and storage tips and let us know which ones are your favorites.

 

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@teufel, so pretty

@teufel, so pretty

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I really like this!  You did a great job on staining them, @teufel!

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This is how I stained it:
1. Pine is notorious for not taking stain well. In order to overcome this, you have to use a wood conditioner. I used mineral spirits to clean it and then applied 2 separate coats of wood conditioner.
2. Important note: when you are picking out stain and top coat, make sure to use ones with the same bases, either oil-based or water-based. Most ones on the market are oil-based. Water-based ones are often clearly labeled as such. For this project, I used Rust-oleum Ultimate wood stain in Black Cherry. I applied 2 separate thin coats using a foam brush and letting it set for 2 mins each time before wiping off the excess with a clean lint-free rag and letting it dry before applying the second coat.
3. I then created a custom wood toner using 1 part of my polyurethane finish to 5 parts mineral spirits and a little bit of my polyurethane stain to add a small amount of color. Wood toner is great for deepening the color and adding richness. I applied 3 separate very thin coats using a foam brush. Be very careful here because it is very watery. The amount of color it deposits depends on how much stain you put in. The point is that you don’t want it to be too dark because it is supposed to tone. Pneumatic Addict on YouTube has a lot of different ways to make your own toner. She likes to use powder pigment in different colors to add an extra dimension instead of stain. You can buy wood toner premade but I just made my own since I already had all of the ingredients.
A note of caution: wood toner may deepen the color if you add a lot of stain. You may prefer this or you may not. It is something to consider if you are mixing your own using stain. You may want to use a lighter stain than the color you desire knowing this to be the case.
Additional tip: some woodworkers use wood glaze instead of wood toner. There are a lot of tutorials online on how to make this and it is also available premade. However the steps involved may vary.
Another additional tip, if you want a sheer wash of color, you might want to use wood toner or glaze, rather than stain. However be very careful when applying it because it is watery so you want to avoid drips.
4. I applied 4 thin separate coats of polyurethane finish using a foam brush. The first 2 coats were glossy. The last 2 coats were satin because I wanted a more matte finish. You can sand it lightly inbetween with 220 grit sandpaper if you want. I did not sand inbetween. However if you end up with drips, you will probably want to sand them down before applying another coat. Be really careful about drips at this stage because this is your final step in staining.
5. Follow the instructions in putting it together. I used clear wood glue on mine.
Something that is really important to consider. Always read the labels on the products you are using. Every product is different. Drying times can vary depending on the stain you are using. Some wood conditioners say to apply it, then immediately wipe it off. Others say to apply it, let it set for 5-15 mins, then wipe it off before it dries. Also there are some great tutorials and methods online. Pneumatic Addict has some on her blog and her YT channel. Popular Woodworking has some great tutorials also. But you need to make sure that you are looking up how to work with pine if you are staining this carousel from Craft Innovations. Each type of wood is different so what works for oak or another wood may not work for pine.

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@teufel This brush holder is a delight!  I love the artisans on Etsy and try to support when I can.  This carousel looks like it will make it easier to access my brushes when applying make-up.  I'm always digging through the brush holder to find the right brush.  Great find and I will have to check it out.  Thank you for sharing. 

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FYI -- Just checked and saw Visage is having another sale.  Ends 10/4.  

 

  • Complimentary shipping on a CHIKUHODO purchase of $95 or more

  • 10% off on a CHIKUHODO purchase of $140 or more (code FALL10 )

  • 15% off on a CHIKUHODO purchase of $180 or more (code FALL15 )

  • 20% off on a CHIKUHODO purchase of $240 or more (code FALL20 )

  • 25% off on a CHIKUHODO purchase of $280 or more (code FALL25 )

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I was browsing Shaquda’s website because I love pretty things. They announced on 9/18 that they were opening a US Amazon store and linked directly to it. It’s legit. Best of all is that it has the most popular brushes from their collection, the same pricing, no shipping fees, and no long wait times because they are shipping through Amazon. 

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Received an email from Beautylish and checked their website.  Hold onto your hats lovelies!!!   I don't see it announced yet on Sonia G or Beautylish's insta but there is a new powder brush that is going to launch soon.  -- Called a Smooth Buffer.  Looks to be dyed Sokoho Goat hair and launches next week.  🙂


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Pre-ordered and shipped today along with the walnut brush holder that I had waffled on since it's not really my aesthetic but it's still pleasing to the eye.  Debating if I should pick up another Inochige Pro or Designer Pro?  Thoughts?   I have a few from the fundamentals, the entire Sky Series, the Pro Eye and half the face series and the Designer Pro.  I have some duplicate eye brushes but not face brushes.  I intend to get a back-up of the Sky Face set except the Worker Fan as it is too large for my face and pick up the missing Pro Face brushes whenever they come in stock.  Face One if it comes in stock and maybe Base one.  

Next year - I want to pick up a few of the FO face brushes.  I have small hooded eyes and the eye brushes look too big.  Not sure if that helps with my current mental debate.  Input would be appreciated.  


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Fed Ex delivered my Smooth Buffer brushes (I picked up 2) yesterday along with the walnut brush holder.  OMG that brush is so lovely and soft.  I haven't washed it yet (on my to do list tomorrow - wash all brushes) so I can't show it to you yet opened up.  Also, I really taken more of a shine to the brush holder since now have been able to see it in person.   

I'm still looking for input if I should pick-up another Inochige Pro or Designer Pro since they are still in stock at Beautylish.  Thoughts?

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My Hachiko was dropped off this morning The hair is quite soft, the handle very weighty. The quality of images is as I have found the last few ‘Beautylish Presents’ collabs... in that they’re not quite as well done as brushes that are only from the manufacturers like Koyudo and Chikuhodo. The last ‘year of’ one I found looked like it was just a decal application. This one the images seem like they were applied crookedly in places. It’s a nice brush and a cute story but I don’t feel the attention to detail is there as much as it should be.

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@Mochapj I kind of thought the same thing when I received mine.  It's very pretty but not crafted as well as some of my Chikuhodo brushes.  

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@Mochapj that’s so disappointing

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It’s as I suspected. What a shame

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@Mochapj Thank you for your honest feedback.  Wish the brush was better made.

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Details on a bunch of different brush ranges Koyudo is discontinuing

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If anyone is looking to purchase any of the discontinued brushes, you should grab them now. A number of the brushes have already sold out at CDJapan, Fude Beauty, and Beautylish. Also the Fupa series is being replaced with the new F series which is already posted on the Koyudo website. However, almost all of the new brushes have synthetic bristles. Only the Koyudo 03 and 06 F-series brushes are a mix of goat hair and synthetic bristles. They claim that the synthetic is extremely soft. I am curious to see what the reviews of the new collection will be.

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@Mochapj  I also read on r / fudebrushes Koyudo will be raising their prices soon.  

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In case anyone didn't get the email earlier today: the Hachiko brush is live at Beautylish. 

 

No specific brushmaker info, but I'm guessing it's Koyudo.No specific brushmaker info, but I'm guessing it's Koyudo.

I'm still trying to talk myself out of it. I might not drop and break it, but I'd probably get all weepy-eyed each time I picked it up. (Hi, I'm a bit emotional about stories like this.) Buffing powders onto a teary face is probably a bad idea. 😂 If any of you order it, I hope you enjoy it! 

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@WinglessOne every time I read this story I tear up

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@WinglessOne I ordered the brush.  Its just so lovely and I couldn't stop myself. 

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@WinglessOne  Wow from the box to the brush, such beautiful details.

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