Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush Review

June 10, 2008
Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush: $28.50


I’m sure you all know by now that I’m a HUGE sucker for packaging. I loved this shimmery black box with the oh-so-cute cherry blossoms–very reminiscent of Takashi Murakami‘s early work for Louis Vuitton.


No teddy bears were harmed in the making of this brush…I promise!


I was looking for a good travel brush to apply my La Mer powder with (since I now have a travel size thanks to Nicole!) and came upon Too Faced’s Retractable Kabuki brush. How could I resist? It’s pink and shiny!!!

But I have to admit that I was a tiny bit disappointed after opening the package, since it wasn’t nearly as pink as I was expecting it to be (it’s more of a dark purple-y pink as you can see).


The metal encasing the brush isn’t as sturdy as I would’ve liked (not that it won’t protect the brush-just seems like it would be easily dented), but other than that this brush is absolutely wonderful!

As you can see in the photo above, once you pop the top off the brush there’s a retractable pink “sleeve” that slides up and down, meaning both that you can more easily get the lid back onto the brush, and that you can control the density of your bristles depending on the type of application you’re going for.


The bristles are heavenly! They’re so seriously soft and dense (perhaps a little too dense!) that I can’t help but pull this kabuki out just to run it across the back of my hand. Pretty much all of my brushes are comprised of natural bristles, but this is definitely the softest synthetic I’v ever felt.

Powder application is very easy as the bristles pick up powders very well. One minor problem is that, since the brush is super-dense, it can tend to buff out your foundation if you’re over-enthusiastic in applying your powder-a light touch is key. But this also means it’d be perfect for mineral foundation application! And of course the extreme density means that this brush will take FOREVER to dry once you’ve washed it.

$28.50 for a travel brush is a little much, but luckily I had a gift card and so my wallet didn’t feel the impact! It’s not really a must-have if you don’t touch up your makeup throughout the day, but if you do need a travel powder brush, this is one of the best (and prettiest) out there!

Have you tried this? Played with it at Sephora? Tell me what you think!

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