Hi guys! I have a fun review for you all today. I think this may actually be my first review of a cosmetics brush. I’m not sure why because there are many in my collection that I love. Anyway, today I’ve got lots of pictures of and a few thoughts on the tokidoki Kabuki Brush ($28, Sephora).
|tokidoki Kabuki Brush in box||tokidoki Kabuki Brush box top|
Like the Inferno Bronzer, the packaging of the tokidoki products is really stunning! Here are views of all sides of the box the brush comes in. I particularly love the face on this one!! :D
Some of the characters featured here that I recognize are the Rocketeer, Diamante, Adios Star, Tsuru (the girl), Samba (the monkey), and I want to say the cactus guy is Sabochan with extra makeup?
|tokidoki Kabuki Brush in box, multiple views|
The brush itself is massive. The base is plastic and the bristles are 100% synthetic. I guess most notably the brush head is purple. It’s quite sturdily made and I haven’t had any shedding from the brush yet. The base of the brush is just over 3 x 3 cm and the brush itself fans out quite a bit. The bristles are reaaaaaalllly soft. Like, softer than my EcoTools brushes soft!!!
|tokidoki Kabuki Brush|
The base also has adorable tokidoki art on it. Unfortunately I totally missed that the bottom of the base also has a picture on it lmao! I’ll update this post with a picture of that soon too.
|tokidoki Kabuki Brush, multiple views (the last picture is repeated on the other side)|
I am happy to report the brush is actually fairly easy to wash. Like I said, it’s quite sturdily built and took my repeated washing and wringing with no problems whatsoever (I do not really recommend that you wring out any of your brushes though). It does take a significantly longer time than any of my other brushes to dry, but it’s a lot bigger than them too. For me to be able to use this brush the next day, I have to make sure that I wash it before 2pm the day before. I just lay it on it’s side off the edge of the bathroom counter to dry.
|tokidoki Kabuki Brush, after first washing|
So… is it actually useful? Well, first of all, given the length of the bristles and the density of the brush, it’s not a real kabuki brush… except for the shape. It’s a little too floppy to function as a true kabuki brush in my opinion. However, it is an exceptionally soft large powder brush. I’ve been using it for putting on setting powder, highlighter and bronzer and I really love it for those applications. As you can see in the picture, it distributes powder verrrry evenly.
|tokidoki Kabuki Brush, with powder|
I don’t think the brush is really very good for buffing on powder foundation since you can’t actually press too hard without the bristles bending too much (aka the brush isn’t quite dense enough, too floppy). It’s great as long as you try to only use the purple part of the bristles on your skin, but you can’t really “buff” like that, does that make sense? That being said, you can totally grab or tie the brush to make it denser, in which case it does become a great buffing brush. I personally don’t like to do that with my brushes though, especially when I have a fully functional (albeit no longer retractable) Ecotools retractable kabuki for time when I really want to buff in powder.
|tokidoki Kabuki Brush as a kabuki side view||top view|
All in all, I think this is a really fun brush to have and a beautiful collector’s item, but it’s not a must-have in terms of function. I think it functions best as a large fluffy powder brush and there are plenty of cheaper, long-handled options for those. I will, however, still enjoy using mine every day. :D