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Makeup lovers of all skill levels deserve fun, effortless makeup application. Meticulously designed by blogger and makeup brush expert Sonia G. of Sweet Makeup Temptations, this highly edited collection of handcrafted tools does the work for you, making your application ritual something you look forward to every day.
Pencil One: A precision pencil powder brush that offers performance and control with a silky, springy feel.
Crease One: A velvety-soft crease powder brush that allows for targeted application into the crease of the eye without scratching the skin or leaving harsh edges.
Builder One: A flat powder eyeshadow brush that defines, smudges, and builds intensity exactly where you want it—even with difficult textures like shimmers and metallics.
Worker One: An eyeshadow blending powder brush that blends and diffuses pigment without over-blending, thanks to a combination of perfect grip and control. The versatile shape doubles as a crease and shading brush.
Base One: A plush foundation brush that works liquid and cream foundations into the skin seamlessly. Strong, easy to clean, and quick-drying yet airy enough to blend blush, bronzer, and highlighter.
Face Two: A slender powder brush that lays down sheer and pigmented products with an airbrushed finish. Decadently soft and dense but light enough for precision when sculpting or powdering specific areas of the face.
Sculpt One: A luxuriously dense fan powder brush that allows for foolproof sculpting and contouring. With pressure, the velvety bristles splay out on the skin to blend and soften.
Sculpt Three: A silky fan powder brush with a shorter tuft that releases a soft wash of highlighter over the skin. It picks up a generous amount of product and lays it down with control. The thinner shape is also perfect for precise contouring.
These brushes are true works of art. Beautiful to look at, and even more beautiful to use. The handles are comfortable, and the bristles are soft yet are effective at picking up and placing product. Please check out my full, in-depth review of these brushes on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/lRJWg2I1QOg
Base One: excellent!! Whether I buff or do the stippling motion both are just flawless. The synthetic ends are just the perfect length for it to be “airie” enough. Perfectly balanced out!
Sculpt Three: I found my perfect contouring fan brush. Huuuuge looove for this baby!! Used it with the Rodial. Both applications under the cheekbones and sides of my nose get blended out perfectly. I thought it would be too wide for my nose contouring but it took me 2 swipes to get it done! I didn’t use it as highlighter brush as my HG is the SUQQU cream atm, which I apply w my fingers.
Face Two: First used it for target powdering (T Zone) and later with RBR blush. Flawless!! Whatever motion I did, swirls, swipe or bounce it on my cheek the result was perfect. No muddyness or uneven application. First I was hesitant as it looked quite small compared to the ones I’ve been using so far but it can be used as precisely as u want it to be actually. Foolproof allrounder face brush I would say 👍🏼
Sculpt One: I don’t use bronzer so I used this big fluffy at the end with KGD loose finishing powder. Just to wipe off fall out and even out the skin at the end of my makeup session. But I can see the potential for it being a great bronzer brush!
Worker One with Viseart matte base/transition color up to the crease. Picked up the eyeshadow perfectly at the tip. I’m always using round blending brushes to do this so it’s a surprise to me that this oval shape works magic with this type of application.
Builder One: With TF Honeymoon: the darkest shade on the lid up till browbone. First I was doing the windshield wiping motions and that didn’t work at all! Application was patchy and uneven and I was shocked and wondering what I did wrong. Then I remember Sonia saying that u have to pat it onto yr lids and that’s what I did! Definitely a pat pat pat kinda brush. Second time I used this brush with the MAC paint pot. As it’s goat hairs it shouldn’t give any issues with cream products. And the result was PERFECT! Love it!!
Crease One: Viseart matte transition shade on the crease. To me personally this didn’t apply the color gradation as I wanted it to be cause on my monolid eyes the application was too precise for my taste. This would be a perfect brush for lets say a cut crease eye look. So I went back to the Worker One and BAMMM transition done in 1 swipe😄 and I ended up loving this Crease One to darken the overall smoky eye look.
Pencil One: Used this for under the eyes and highlighting inner corner. Perfect density, softness and pointyness, if that’s even a word!
Overall look: Handles are STUNNING! The beautiful lacquered wooden handles feel great in my hands and don’t feel flimsy. LOVE the Red gradations.
As for Customer Service: The Base One came in chipped at the bottom. It’s tiny but at this price point I expect the brushes to arrive in a perfect condition. I’m aware these are all handmade so these things can happen. I sent an email and received quick response from Melanie from the CS department. She arranged a replacement brush being shipped to me the next day. EXCELLENT! Couldn’t be happier how this issue has been dealt with! Thank you Beautylish.
Bought this set on the first day of launch and I put this on 3 easy payments. And wow, I received it the next evening, albeit I'm in California.
My first impressions....OMG! This brush set is more gorgeous in person than in photographs! I love Sonia G's Sweet Makeup Temptations blog post and follow her reviews. I trust Sonia's judgement being such an expert at luxury brushes. I can't believe she came up with her own brush line. I didn't have to think twice. The ombre deep red/black handles are unique to me and make them look so luxurious. Unlike my Wayne Goss brushes, these don't have tapered handles, they pretty much follow the width from ferrule to the bottom handles. The brushes aren't that heavy weighted but they have a little bit of heft, which I don't mind at all. There is a surprising nice touch when you flip the brush over and look at the bottom handles, you will see Sonia's logo...the letter "S" with a trident symbol. In my opinion, her logo puts her product one notch higher than the others.
Now as far as fundamentality of the brushes, do I find these brushes really meet the basic core tools needed in an everyday makeup? Yes. Surprisingly, I find no redundancy in any of Sonia's brushes. At first glance, you may think, "where is the big powder brush to set my foundation?" Well, the big fan-looking brush is awesome for that! Every single brush is ultra soft but at the same time has stability and does not collapse. Every brush feels like heaven on my face! I'm very tempted to get a second set already. Maybe when I finish my 3 easy payments, I might just do that!
One thing I wish Sonia did was make her own case to come with these beautiful brushes. I was hoping for a case similar to Chikuhodo's case when you buy their brush sets. Maybe on Sonia's 2nd set of brushes (crossing fingers that there are more to come!) Maybe an Intermediate Set???? And Sonia, please make a brush case with your brushes!!!! Thank you!!!
I own some shamefully high end Japanese brushes that are ‘display’ only. Occasionally I remove them from their shrines for gentle petting.
The Sonia G. brushes rival that quality. Stunningly pigmented lacquer handles and beautifully soft hair.
I want to keep them for myself but the efficacy of each brush would make my job as an MUA for film & television that much easier (and faster).
My cast already love my workhorses (Wayne Goss) and liken them to kitten paws and bunny tails. These brushes would elicit the same, but with awe at their sheer beauty.
The Sonia G. Fundamental Brush Set? I’m so torn. Display? Work? Personal?
Maybe another set is required!
When I first took them out of the packaging, I was just blown away by how beautiful they are. The bristles are the softest of the softest - they can absolutely compare to my most expensice Chikuhodo brushes! Moreover, the laquer used on the handles are just so beautiful (not that this is very important, but it adds to the whole experience). The brushes also have a good weight to them when you hold them in your hands - and the length of the handles are just right (at least in my opinion).
Now on to how they perform. I will not write about every brush because then I would sit in front of my laptop all night, but I will write about the brushes that really stood out to me based on my previous issues and experiences:
Base one (the foundation brush): I have always had a problem finding a good foundation brush - actually, I never found one at all. Until this foundation brush came along. I feel like other foundation brushes just moves the product around on the skin without really buffing it in, and in addition to that they always left me with a somewhat streaky result. I kept on trying new foundation brushes, but I always went back to my beautyblender. But THIS BRUSH just blew me away! It applied my foundation just as fast and perfectly as my beautyblender!
Sculpt one (the big fan brush): I never even knew that I had a problem with contouring until I used this brush. Suddenly my contour routine went so much faster than before! And the results became so much better! This brush creates a relatively sharp line, but at the same time it blends out the product very well, so you never end up with too much. If that makes sense. I also found it easier to keep the contour quite high up on the cheek with this brush. With other brushes I often had to clean up my contour because it went too far down. To do this I had to bake under the contour line with a translucent powder, which adds a step to the makeup routine. Now I don´t have to do that anymore, so yay for that!
Builder one (the flat eyeshadow brush): This brush lays down metallic eyeshadows like a dream. Do you have difficult metallic eyeshadows that you always apply with your fingers? No need for that anymore. The results I received with this brush was just as impactful as if I had used my fingers.
I love and cherish all the other brushes as well, but these 3 brushes in particular just changed my makeup routine completely.
The brushes are gorgeous - the hair is evenly bundled and the brush heads are perfectly shaped. I was concerned that the dyed saikoho ones might be rough, but they all feel silky smooth. I also love that the shapes and sizes aren't the same thing you see in practically ever other brush set under the sun. The handles are a bit wider than I'm used to, but still light and well-balanced.
I just used the Sonia G. set for the first time for my NYE makeup. I only used her brushes to test it out. First her Eye brushes. For reference, I have the East Asian hooded lids.. a tiny small lower lid and flat-monolid looking upperlid. I found her Builder 01 to be short and small and perfect fit for my inner and outer lids. And even if it’s small, it really picks up alot and packs on the shimmers and metallics of my Natasha Denona palettes. It’s very precise brush. I used it to apply Golden Rose on the center of my lid and Smoky Plum on the outer corner and no fallouts. The Worker 01 took sometime getting used to, it’s so dense! But it made my eyeshadow look well blended..seamless in 4 swipes! I also used it for all overlid application and that was the fastest application. The Crease One.. I used it for laydown application of on my “crease” (actually my socket) to add a subtle pop on the edges of my lid color, perfectly blends upon application. The Pencil 01... wow! The softest-not a single strand pokey feeling-pencil brush! It picked up Natasha Denona duo chrome and metallics and applied in a precise but diffused edges way on my lowerlashes. It’s a fool proof brush. No powder was left on the brush, it’s all on my lower lashline and compliments the famous pigmentation of my Natasha Denona palette. Now for the face brushes, Base One has become an HG in one use. I used it to blend my concealer for my blemishes and to apply my cream foundation. My base makeup looked blended, well buffed and even. No streaks on this brush plus it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. The Sculpt 01 made me not get scared with my one and only never been used just swatched bronzer. Sculpt 01 applied the matte bronzer with diffused look that looks just right not over the top contouring. Sculpt 03 is the best highlighter brush I have ever used as well as for soft contour on the side of my nose bridge. The two fan brushes are very efficient. 2 swipes and done. The face two fits well on the apples of my cheeks, 2 swipes on my SUQQU 06 blush pan and then two pats my cheek and done. Don’t get me started on the handles. I can’t get over them. It’s the most elegant classy handles ever. The subtle 3D lacquer with golden shimmers.. All in all, these brushes are not only beautiful, soft and well crafted, they are extremely efficient as well. I savored using each one of the brushes to the point that I used 8 seamlessly blended colors on my lids and just petting the brushes on my face even though I’m long done. I apply makeup like the Koreans, Japanese and Chinese beauty gurus do, but with the bold colors of western makeup. Not bold transforming makeup but more on complementary to my features with a pop of colors to make things interesting and fun. These brushes works best for my application needs and the products I favor using. P.S. On my final look, my mother, cousin and neighbors who are celebrating the NYE with me are impressed, thinks I have the skills of a pro mua and wants me to do their makeup from now on.
Amazing set of brushes. I love the look and feel, quality is superb.
I had no idea i could apply contour and bronzer so effortlessly and quickly. The large fan brush definitely makes application a breeze. My new go to!
The small fan brush is dense and soft and Im able to precisely apply highlighter.
The foundation brush allows you to use less makeup than with a makeup sponge, though I may still favor the sponge since my skin is extremely dry and i feel its better application on my skin type. I do have several similar brushes like this one and Sonias is the best, the finished application isnt streaky at all.
The pencil brush is just amazing. If my two faves the chikuhodo t-8 and wayne goss 5 had a baby it would be this! Its pointy so application is precise yet so soft, i have sensitive eyes and it doesnt irritate me at all.
The worker applies shadow so easily, can be used for all over color or transition color.
The crease brush definitely applies shadow right where you put it!
Overall my faves are the fan brushes and the pencil. Thinking i need a backup of that large fan! So happy to have these and cant wait until the other brushes are released.
Stunning brush set, with amazing attention paid to detail. You can pull off a full look without needing to resort to extra brushes (with perhaps the exception of a concealer brush – although I tend to use my fingers for that anyway). I love everything about this collection, from how the hair / fibre properties match up to the purpose of each brush, to the glorious red ombre handles, and the innovative shapes. Performance is excellent, and I couldn’t be happier to own this set! If you want to read my thoughts on the individual brushes, check out my full review here: https://thecatseye.me/2018/01/07/sonia-g-the-fundamental-brush-set-review/
This brush set is really a thing-in-itself. It stands out among almost any other brush-brand available and it's really hard to compare it as there are no similar ones, but... But you can appreciate it only when you hold it and use it. The shapes may seem familiar, but I bet the brushes are different and perform different as well. And... they look and feel luxurious (yes, they exceed TF on this). It goes without saying that any brush is heavenly soft still the softness doesn't compromise efficiency.