a brush with the orient




When it comes to makeup brushes, I am not really a fussy customer. My collection is an amalgamation of The Body Shop, Sigma, Sleek and MAC with some e.l.f brushes thrown in there for good measure. When I’m feeling flush I like to spend a fair few pennies on higher-end brushes, but am also more than happy to pick up some cheap and cheerful brushes from the high street. I tend to find myself spending more on face brushes, and less on eye and brow brushes. I don’t know why.
Japonesque have been creating makeup brushes and beauty tools for over 20 years now and have earned the reputation of producing the most versatile, innovative and distinctive beauty accessories in the industry. As well as carrying their own label, they have also been responsible for the craftsmanship of beauty accessories for many well-known and respected beauty brands such as Illamasqua, Nars and Sephora. Japonesque’s repertoire doesn’t just stop at makeup brushes but expands right through to lashes, tweezers, palettes and eyelash curlers. Japonesque is now stocked in Boots, so ticks both those boxes of finding high-quality, superior brushes on the high street, for a reasonable price.


I was sent a selection of their travel, short handle brushes which feature all the same quality materials and construction as the pro range, but simply in a more compact, travel friendly size. I think the range looks really smart with their slick silver handles and the perfect dimensions for fitting in your makeup bag. The brushes are extremely soft and evidently of a very high standard. I have ben using, and washing, all these brushes for a few weeks now, bar the brow comb (does anyone actually use these anymore?!) and can safely say that I haven’t experienced any shedding or skin irritation.

From left to right:
Powder Brush, Angled Foundation Brush, Brow/Lash Comb, Retractable Lip Brush, Eyeshadow Fluff Brush (medium), Angled Brow Definer Brush

Japonesque use natural and synthetic hairs in their brushes, depending on their use, so you really get the best application and finish with each brush. I thought I would highlight and share with you my favourite two brushes from this range.



The powder brush (£29.25) is dreamy; I just wish I could convey to you how wonderfully soft and supple the brush is. I could quite happily sit and stroke my face with it all day…! It is perfect for applying loose powder for a flawless finish. The brush doesn’t pick up too much product, a problem I often encounter with my kabuki brush, so you never end up with a heavy finish. After I have applied my foundation, I use this powder brush to lightly dust my MAC mineralised skin finish natural all over my face. Its domed top means it follows the contours of your face so applies the powder evenly all over.

The angled foundation brush (£19.50) is great, especially as I love applying my foundation with a flat brush like this, rather than a stippling brush. I just cannot get on with stippling brushes! It is quite a firm brush to the feel, but is very pliable when you start applying the product. I really like the tapered end which makes it extremely useful for detailed application under your eyes and around your nose. The bristles are synthetic, they wash really nicely and the brush maintains its shape which is always a bonus!

The Japonesque range can be viewed online and can now be located in Boots and John Lewis.
What are you favourite makeup brushes? Do you save or splurge when it comes to buying your brushes?

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  1. 28th November 2011 / 9:37 pm

    I really like the look of that foundation brush. May buy it!

  2. 28th November 2011 / 10:11 pm

    These brushes look like excellent quality.

  3. 28th November 2011 / 10:17 pm

    They look lovely. I'm the type to spend as little as possible on brushes lol but they definitely have to be good quality.

  4. 28th November 2011 / 10:39 pm

    I may buy the foundation brush it looks amazing, actually all of them do! x

  5. 28th November 2011 / 11:03 pm

    Mills you say that noone ever uses the eyebrow comb but its actually the one ive used day in day out without fail haha!

    Great review hun! I am also in love love with the powder brush! Its so soft! 🙂


  6. 28th November 2011 / 11:33 pm

    i like the look of the angled brow definer and the angled foundation brush, can never have too many brushes! x

  7. 29th November 2011 / 12:39 am

    That powder brush looks so nice!


  8. 29th November 2011 / 2:32 am

    Foundation brush looks ubber ubber gorgeous. Hmmm may add to my lovely ''Would like'' list :P.

    Thanks for blogging about this. 🙂

  9. 29th November 2011 / 8:41 am

    I'm in dire need of a brush set.. These look really soft and good quality *adds to wish list* lol 🙂

    The Deer Head


  10. 29th November 2011 / 5:47 pm

    I saw these in John Lewis a while ago and really liked the look of them but as I didn't really use brushes then, I left them. I didn't realise they were well priced as I just thought they'd all be costly.

    I like the packaging and description bit on the side..and I do need a lip brush..

  11. 29th November 2011 / 9:19 pm

    I really like the design and colour (not the usual black or hot pink). X