Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tom Ford Cheek Brush

Let's go there.  Let us explore the dark side.  I mentioned in my previous post that the Suqqu cheek brush is well loved, long coveted and pretty darn perfect.  The heart tries hard to be true, but the eye, the eye it wanders until it lands on this:

Let's ponder the seductive lines of this beauty.  The handle is a dark brown color that flashes a deep burgundy and golden shimmery brown in the light.  The ferrule is a highly polished gold.  All the brush hairs are white.  Unlike some other white goat hair brushes (Shu Uemura 18 Goat) it doesn't smell like a barnyard animal when wet.  Nothing ruins a sexy brush like a reminder of a smelly animal.  (check out my Tom Ford Goat Hair Thunderdome here for a really close look at the brush hairs)
Sexy engraved Tom Ford logo to show off
It is all soft, bouncy dense hair that is a perfect dome.  By the way, don't be worried that the white hairs on this brush would be difficult to get clean.  This has been freshly washed and the hairs are back to its pristine white.   After washing, the brush head does expand into a rather voluminous shape.  You can see it in stock images on on-line stores, the head starts off more compact and tapered, but post wash, it gets round, large and in charge.
Freshly post-wash.  Pristinely white but bloated.
Look how dense this thing is:
Wow, dense and soft.  In a complimentary way.
You can pick up too much pigment with this by pressing too hard and swirling vigorously as you wipe on the blush pan.  So yes, you too can achieve the clown face that I am drawn to.  If your personal preference is not clown I suggest you very lightly tap your brush into the blush pan.  tap tap tappity tap tap.  Then use the brush to softly place the color on your cheeks.  It is also very easy to blend away any obvious edges with this brush.

This actually is a great multi-functional brush, and depending on how your application preference runs, you may find this to be a great brush.  If you have a lightly pigmented product, this would be great to extract the color while still keeping the effect soft on your cheeks.  For such a bulky head, I find the Cheek Bursh has very good control at targeting color placement as well.  I've also used this to apply cream products (bronzer) and its dense bushy head does a great job keeping streak free and leaving a lovely skin-like finish.

So why do I need both Suqqu Cheek and the Tom Ford Cheek brushes?  Because the Suqqu is a quiet, understated beauty and so excellent with highly pigmented product and producing a lovely diffuse color effect on the cheeks.  She is controlled and disciplined.  Tom Ford has density for pigment pickup, which also works well with cream products. 

So do you have your eye on any particular Tom Ford brush?  Or do you already own one or few that you'd like to share your experience with me on? 


  1. I have been back and forth as to whether to buy the TF cheek or Suqqu so this is very helpful :) If you had to choose just one which would you go for please?

    1. Hi Replica,

      ARGH! What a tough question. I really enjoy both because with both I can cover all types of pigmentation and the effect I'm looking for. But if I look at which brush I reach for more frequently, then I would say Suqqu. I think it would come to your personal preference, though. Also that Suqqu squirrel is so incredibly soft.

    2. Thanks, I was thinking you would say Suqqu as that was the one I was leaning towards :) Now I just need to man up enough to lay down £85 for it :) x

    3. I had the exact same debate going on in my head, but Lisa Eldridge makes the suqqu cheek brush win my heart. Just need to find a willing eBay seller!

    4. @Replicator, Suqqu pricing makes TF look like a relative bargain. I hope you will love it!

      @Procrastinator, Lisa Eldridge uses in every video. It's pretty hard to resist that Suqqu brush. I've not seen it much on eBay. Have you checked out Ichibankao or Mihokoshop?

    5. I'd never heard of them, but thanks so much! Googling as we speak!

  2. I've just called Replica, Replicator!

  3. This is one of the top 3 of the TF brushes I wanted to try, but I guess after reading this post I need to look at the Suqqu too. I've not been into brushes much, but am realizing more and more that not having good brushes is hampering my application a bit. Being soft is a huge thing for me...even some brushes of Bobbi Brown, MAC and Smashbox I've tried feel a bit scratchy to me. For softness reasons I've mainly stuck to synthetic taklon brushes. Soooooo...all that said I just want some soft and effective brushes!!!

    BTW...what do you was your brushes with?

  4. P.S. have you heard of Tanseido brushes or have any? sweetmakeuptemptations.com did a post recently and they sound as amazing (or a tad more if that's possible????) as TF brushes. Wondering if they really are worth the shipping hassle?

  5. Sonia had an amazing collection. It is truly enviable. I would totally check out the Suqqu. It is hard in US obviously, but if you fly to UK you must check it out at Selfridges!!!

    1. I just checked the site and had no idea that they didn't ship to US...seems like they get mentioned enough on MUA that I wrongly assumed, especially since I'm such a brush newb!!

      What do you use to clean your brushes? The TF looks so clean and pristine!

    2. I went through the check out process at Selfridges online only to smack head to desk. D: Well, at least you can go through the counter.

      For all my brushes, I use the Becca brush soap which is now sadly discontinued! WAH!


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