The new Wayne Goss eye set has just launched, and having been a follower of Wayne for many years, I decided to bite the bullet and shell out a pretty penny for this brush set. I have been wanting to try Wayne’s brushes for a while now but I have never been able to justify spending this amount of money on brushes. But as I’ve been working an awful lot this month, I decided to go for it and treat myself. Eyeshadow brushes are my biggest weakness; I cannot help but want to buy them all, so as this is Wayne’s new and improved eye set I just HAD to have it!
Wayne’s brushes can only be purchased from beautylish.com and they retail for 130 US Dollars with free shipping. However, because I live in the UK I had to pay a further $26 for customs fees (which is hassle free as beautylish calculates this for you and you pay for this at the checkout stage as well, meaning no delays on your order). I personally found the whole process a bit frustrating as at no point during the checkout stage can you find out the price in pounds; therefore I was oblivious to how much money would be taken from my account before it was already taken. In total these brushes (including customs fees) cost me £120.89 plus a further £4.82 charged from my bank provider for making an international purchase. I personally find it quite upsetting that in the UK we have to pay more for this product due to customs fees, particularly as Wayne is a fellow Brit himself.
Based on these brushes costing me around £125 for a set of 5 brushes: each brush costs £25 a piece, which is pretty pricey (an understatement!) for an eye brush.
These brushes came packaged wrapped in black and white polka dot tissue paper inside a cardboard coated tin, which then came inside a fabric beautylish pouch. This meant that the brushes were well protected during shipping, however for the price point I was expecting the packaging to be a bit more luxurious. Having said this, it’s not really a big deal to me as I didn’t buy the product for the packaging and a lot of people would just throw the packaging out anyway. Inside the tin there was also a card which tells you how to look after your new brushes, which I thought was a nice touch as after you’ve spent that amount of money on brushes you would want them to last a VERY long time.
The brushes themselves look very sleek with black handles and white lettering that says ‘wayne goss’ and the number of the brush, black ferrules, and pure white bristles. In this brush set 4 out of 5 brushes have a very similar shape, although they differ in size; this is because Wayne believes that essentially ALL you really need to do a complete eye look is one brush: the crease brush! You can hear him talk about this in this video. I am inclined to agree with him as these are the brushes that I reach for the most when doing any eye look. However, no other brushes that I own are as tapered and as soft as these brushes, making them my new go to brushes! Although, I personally like to have one other brush to complete my look: a flat shader brush for really intense pigment on the lid, brush number 18 in this set provides me with a good alternative. It is thicker, fluffier and more tapered than a flat shader brush but provides similar results, but the eyeshadow will be blended as you go which means no harsh lines!
The softness of the bristles mean that these brushes pick up the perfect amount of product; making blending even the stiffest of eyeshadows a dream. These brushes are made with natural bristles (goat hair, I believe), but they are cruelty free (animals are brushed for their furs), so if this is something that is important to you please keep this in mind. My biggest concern with these brushes is that because the bristles are such a pure white I worry that they may stain when used with darker pigments, however it is too early to tell.
Overall, I think that the brushes themselves are amazing and I cannot find fault with them (so far). Although, I feel that these brushes should be stocked with a UK retailer, and the packaging could be improved; Wayne did a brilliant job in making these brushes. If you don’t already follow Wayne you should definitely checkout his youtube channel.