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Retractable Kabuki Brush


Retractable Kabuki Brush

What it is:A perfectly portable retractable Kabuki Brush.What it does:This one-stop shop of a brush is a serious multitasker! The Retractable Kabuki Brush is the ideal tool to apply bronzers, blushers, powders, and shimmers flawlessly. Created with Too Faced world-famous "Teddy Bear Hair" bristles grab and blend color without any of the cruelty or hygiene problems associated with animal-hair brushes.
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Questions & Answers for Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush

Question
Does this brush shed?
The reviews of this brush tell me it's a great brush, but no one mentioned if the brush sheds or not. Can someone please let me know if the brush sheds? Thanks.
asked 6 years ago
kaileigh
(Milwaukee, WI)
on Retractable Kabuki Brush
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Nope! I've used this brush every single day for the last 3 years and not a single hair has fallen out. The shape is still the same as well.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
smittenkittenn
(Orange County, CA)
answer 2
Absolutely not at ALL! I've had this brush for 2 years, and I wash it regularly. It has never shed even a single hair!!!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
pomerama
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 3
Nope, it does not shed at all. I've had this brush for 6 months now and it has remained the same since I purchased it.
answered 5 years ago
babidollface
(Toronto, ON)
answer 4
i don't know what everyone else is talking about, mind sheds just as much as any other brush, which drives me nuts. I still haven't found a good shed proof brush. actually i'm not sure that it sheds, so much as the bristles break and i get little bristle pieces to pick off my makeup. i don't use a strong cleanser either, and i only clean it occasionally because i don't want to wear them out even more
answered 5 years ago
easilyaddicted
(Newton, MA)
answer 5
Nope, it does not shed at all. I've had this brush for 6 months now and it has remained the same since I purchased it.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
dolleyesdollhair
(Toronto, ON)
answer 6
I did not experience any shedding with brush so far.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
kota
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 7
Nope. It's bristles have never shed on me so far and I've had and used it for three months.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
dolleyesdolllips
(Toronto, ON)
answer 8
I've had the brush for about a month now, and it hasn't shed on me yet.
answered 6 years ago
kalex
(Bellevue, NE)
answer 9
This brush does not shed. It is made from what the Too Faced team calls "teddy bear hair". It is a synthetic hair that is very long lasting. Best practice for all brushes is for when you wash brushes to hold the bristles down in the water stream and not let water get into the insider of the brush and the glue that hold the bristles together.
answered 6 years ago
jennifersephora
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
is this brush worth it??
is it like any ordinary brush or is it high quality and worth the money?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
on Retractable Kabuki Brush
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
YES! I LOVE this brush! If you don't have this already then go out and buy one or two of them. I was hesitant to spend the buck on it but I went out the next day and bought the matching powder pouf brush!. I now have one kabuki brush, three powder pouf brushes, and the flatbuki. I will probably buy another kabuki too since it seems a little fuller than the powder brush. However, I would not recommend the Too Faced 5 piece brush set. I am returning that one.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
bluemascara
(Hellertown, PA)
answer 2
It is high quality and worth the money, trust me.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
stealmysunshine
(Left my heart in San Francisco)
answer 3
I found this brush to be very reasonable in price and much better than some I paid much more for, it is really thick and plush so dusts powders or blends liquid bases without flatening or being ineffective. Best of all, it doesn't shed so you wont' spend the rest of the evening picking stray brush hairs off your face in summer (a pet peeve of mine with many brushes!) Its seriously the last Kabuki you will ever need to buy
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
NormaLeeNot
(Milwaukee Wisconsin)
answer 4
YES! I absolutely recommend this brush
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
juliafromcanada
(Kelowna, BC (Canada))
answer 5
i admit, there are brushes that are really expensive but it really doesn't do the job. so i invested on this brush, I've done a little research before i bought this brush, yup its really worth it.. make sure you wash them every week with brush cleanser or baby shampoo.. proper storing and cleaning will make your brushes last longer.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Katzykatz
(Avondale , AZ)
answer 6
I'm on a very limited budget so I have to make my money count. I compared all of the brushes and decided this was the softest and the best value for my money. A girl that I work with, has a $100 brush that she ordered from Japan. I could not tell the difference in quality. And hers was not retractable.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
akccc
(Crescent City, CA)
answer 7
HQ
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
kittycatgirlmeow
(NJ)
Question
How do I best clean this brush?
I recently bought this brush, and I really like it because it's so soft!

What's the best way to clean it? My friend said she washed it and it didn't come out so well afterwards :(
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
lfaller
(Boston, MA)
on Retractable Kabuki Brush
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I clean it with MAC brush cleaner, very good n clean perfectly.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
ro22
answer 2
Sephora brush cleaner or a mild shampoo like baby shampoo. Make sure you hang up it with the bristles down or lay it on its side until dry.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
SheXy
(Seattle, WA)
answer 3
The way I clean this brush is: I take two sheets of paper towel and I pour a brush cleanser solution on it. Depending on how DIRTY the brush is, just eyeball it. Then in a winshield wiper motion, I swipe the brush back and forth into the solution. I also make circular motions with the brush to really get all the color out, as well as making sure it's disinfected. Hope this helps.
answered 4 years ago
sunnyson
(Oakland Gardens, NY)
answer 4
I washed it right after I got it and it is a bit hard just a gentle shapoo and make sure to get all the soap out and place it bristles down a let out to dry don't play with it while it's drying!!!!!!!!
answered 4 years ago
airuirio
(Boca Raton, Fl)
answer 5
Check out Panacea81 on Youtube as she has a tutorial on how to clean brushes. They HAVE to be laid flat on a towel with the bristle part extending off the towel for instance.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Zandalee
(Kansas City, MO.)
answer 6
Use professional strength isopropyl alcohol ( 90% or higher) and spray the brush. Wipe it down and let it dry.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
Bennilicious
(Compton, CA)
answer 7
Buy antibacterial spray for brushes; you can find these sprays at drug stores and make-up stores including Sephora. Don't cost; mine cost me $6 @ H-E-B. So, spray 4 times around and top of the bristles and dabb the brush on a towel gently to remove leftover make-up. Been doing this for mths and my face does not break out.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
Priestyna
(Austin,TX)
Question
*Can you use this to apply liquid foundation? Or reccomend some?
I need a new brush to apply liquid foundation. I hear rave reviews about too faced brushes, but i can't seem to find a brush for liquid foundation. I am planning on getting the Flatbuki for my blush, and i wanted this for my liquid foundation. Does this work for that purpose? If not, does too faced make a liquid foundation brush? Can you reccomend a cheap very soft foundation brush? Thank you so much!
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
britt8baby
(Pittsburgh, PA)
on Retractable Kabuki Brush
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can get a stippling brush from walmart or target by studio tools for liquid foundation or Sonia Kashuk's fat top (looks like a kabuki) brush.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
iamjess03
(Miami, Florida)
answer 2
This is definitely only a powder brush. It is too thick for liquid. I recommend the Laura Mercier brush line for liquid foundation.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
sneakytoocute08
(Birmingham, AL)
answer 3
No, this is not a foundation brush. It is a blush/bronzer brush.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
stealmysunshine
(Left my heart in San Francisco)
answer 4
I was at sephora one evening when they were doing free make-up demos. The beauty consultant used the TooFaced Kabuki to apply liquid foundation on me and it worked fabulously. I liked it so much I bought one right away and have never been disappointed in it whether I use it for liquid or powder make-up. Don't waste your money on anything else!!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
NormaLeeNot
(Milwaukee Wisconsin)
answer 5
i really like sephora's platinum foundation brush, and also their HD airbrush. they do different things, but i like both for liquid foundation, and HD is good for liquid, cream and powder. the Too Faced one is great for powder fdtn, at least the one i have used it with, but i haven't tried it with liquids...
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
stingrae1625
(Stoneham, MA)
answer 6
I would not use this brush for liquid foundation. For liquid foundations, use Sephora's Prof. Platinum Air Brush #55. It really gives you a flawless look and a little goes a long way.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
luvzSEPHORA
(Atlanta, GA)
Question
How do you clean this brush?
I am concerned about cleaning the brush since it is permanently attached to the retractable apparatus. What would be the best way to clean this brush on a regular basis?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
appleberry
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Retractable Kabuki Brush
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
We recommend using the SEPHORA COLLECTION
Daily Brush Cleaner to gently and effectively cleanse the brush. http://www.sephora.com/daily-brush-cleaner-P208011?skuId=1069947
answered 1 year ago
melissabt
answer 2
Just put rubbing alcohol in spray bottle and spray it all over the bristles. Then rub it on tissue until no more color comes out. Leave the brush fully out without the cap on. If it's still wet and you put the cap on, it WILL stay wet for the entire day and you may get bacteria growth.

Tip: I use the Bounty paper towels to rub my brushes on. It doesn't tear like tissue.

If you didn't want to use rubbing alcohol or don't like the smell of it, buy the Sephora Travel Size Daily Brush Cleaner. Even the small bottle goes a long way and it has a pleasant smell. $6 a bottle.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
addict83
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 3
I always use baby shampoo. It is cheap, washes out easily, and gets the job done quite well. Just a little bit is all you need. It is not like washing your hair so you don't need to create a thick lather. That way it does not get caught in the brush.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
kikigaia
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
I use the MAC brush cleaner. Its affordable and effective. All you have to do is put a few drops on a folded tissue or paper towel, swirl it in there, and let it air dry. Its the best way to clean any brush!
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
madison817
(Toronto, CA)
answer 5
Synthetic brushes can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
brittany000
(Baton Rouge, LA)
answer 6
Good question! I was thinking about the same thing! I am worry that when I clean it, the soap or just water may be trapped in the brush where the retractable part is. But I guess you can just clean it like a regular brush and try to place it upside down or at least tilt it so that way whatever is left (water, soap or just powder) would fall out instead of dripping back down. Hope that helps! I'll try it and let you know or if you try it first, let me know!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
nysweetie518
(brooklyn, new york)
Question
Does this brush give full coverage with BE mineral makeup?
I need a brush that will give a full coverage look (like the handy buki brush from BE). Will this brush do that? The BE brushes were too rough on my face and caused a rash.
Thanks!
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
bkp0
on Retractable Kabuki Brush
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use my BE with the kabuki brush and I think it works very well.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
mickeynewkirk
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 2
I think this brush would be a good solution to your problem. You can barely even feel the bristles on your face, that's how soft it is. You should give it a try!
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
zzzig
(Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
answer 3
Yes, this brush is really full and will give the coverage you are looking for. Sometimes I don't retract the brush all the way and use it like that because it makes the bristles a little more dense when I need for coverage in certain areas. Works great!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
smittenkittenn
(Orange County, CA)
answer 4
I personally wouldn't use a kabuki brush to apply my loose/pressed powder. It just doesn't give that great coverage. If you need better/full coverage, go for a stippling brush or a poweder brush designated to get into tight areas on the face. Hope this helps.
answered 4 years ago
sunnyson
(Oakland Gardens, NY)
answer 5
honestly, this brush is NOT good for using with bare minerals...I bought this brush because I wanted synthetic bristles and loved the soft feel...I have to use way more product to get the same coverage, and it seems that this brush wastes product because it will remove powder from your face as you try to apply more. May work better with a pressed powder, but not bare minerals...will just waste your powder! The best brush I have found for bare minerals is a sephora flat blush/bronzer buff brush...feels so soft and gives great coverage and absolutely doesn't waste any product, but is not synthetic bristles...but feels just as soft as this brush!!! Try it! (it's $38 bucks though!)
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
flutie
(Texas)
answer 6
Yeah I've used it for my BE powder and it gave me more coverage than the last brush I was using. It wont pick up the powder very evenly though, I think it's meant for compressed powders. If you use this for the loose powder you should swirl it and tap it so it's more even before applying it to your face.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
hockeyprincess
(Philadelphia, PA)
Question
How big is this brush?
I'm looking for a BIG kabuki brush, but some of the reviews complain about the size. How many inches across is the head of this brush?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
villainess
on Retractable Kabuki Brush
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is a smaller kabuki and the head is 1 1/2" wide.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
SheXy
(Seattle, WA)
answer 2
This isn't as big as the BareMinerals kabuki. I'd go with that one if you are looking for BIG.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
pomerama
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 3
This is more for travel. I don't think it is more than 1 1/2" across.
answered 4 years ago
skinnerjenna
(Raymond, NH)
answer 4
The size of this brush (looking at it from the top) is about 2inces..give or take half a cm. This is pretty accurate so I hope it helps.
answered 4 years ago
sunnyson
(Oakland Gardens, NY)
answer 5
Although it spreads out while you use it, the brush's head is 1.5 inches across.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Daniphantom
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 6
Unfortunately this is not one of your bigger kabuki brushes. Mine is a little shy of one & a half inches after I take the cover off. It is great for travel & for the purse because it is easy to pop the top on without harming the bristles. If you are looking for a jumbo kabuki, this is not your brush though.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Pamilu
(Manchester, NH)
Question
What are the measurements of this item? Specifically, how long is this brush when fully retracted with the case lid on??
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
heidimonster
(Silverton, OR)
on Retractable Kabuki Brush
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This product is the size of a credit card thats laying on it's side (words are sideways) but a wee bit wider than half the credit card. This is the size when the cap is on and when the brush is retracted. The brush doesn't move up or down, only the cover for it moves. Hope that makes sense.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
smittenkittenn
(Orange County, CA)
answer 2
The entire lenth of the case closed is 3 1/4 " long.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
SheXy
(Seattle, WA)
answer 3
About 2- 21/2 inces in length when encased and 1+ inches in diameter. It's a great brush. Large enough to cover the face. Small enough to travel with.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
nomes
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 4
3 1/4" tall x 1 3/16" wide, fully retracted, with the lid on.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
pomerama
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 5
It doesn't really retract. The bottom metal just slides down. The wording "retractable" is a bit misleading.The brush is about 4" long
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
debny
(Buffalo, NY)
answer 6
3.25 inches retracted in the case. :)
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
rhcp0216
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
Question
this v. sephora blush/bronzer brush.
i want to find a brush that is good with blush and bronzer(would rather not have to spend the money on two different brushes) im at a debate between this one and the sephora professionals blush/bronzer brush.... both around the same price... but i dont know which to take....
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
abrocks
on Retractable Kabuki Brush
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Well I was thinking that to but right when I touched the sephora brush it shedded now I have had the too faced for about 3 hrs and it has shed nder 10 times but mostly before I washed it (only one since). But I think the sephora will shed many more times I wasn't even rough handling it when it sheded the too faced does not shed on the face which is most important to me.
answered 4 years ago
airuirio
(Boca Raton, Fl)
answer 2
Go for the blush-bronzer...I use this brush for my bronzer or my translucent powder, and it's wonderful for all-over, but I think you'll get better results if you're going for stand-out color on your cheeks. It gives a really even look, but it might make your blush look dull because it'll be even with your bronzer.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Daniphantom
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 3
get the too faced brush
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
kristinka
(hollywood, CA)
answer 4
I'd take this one. I have a TON of different bronze/blush brushes and this is now my favorite.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
mauidi
(Lahaina, HI)
answer 5
You will love the Too Faced Kabuki. I use it for bronzer, powder foundation and loose powder. The pink case is fun too!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Amvinoli
(Orlando, FL)
answer 6
The Too Faced brushes are absolutely amazing. I would go with this brush over ANY brush, including a Sephora brush (which are ok, but not amazing in my books).
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
juliafromcanada
(Kelowna, BC (Canada))
Question
powder pouf brush or kabuki?
i'm looking for a nice powder brush to apply my studio fix power. should i get the too faced powder pouf brush or the retractable kabuki?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
megolas
(portland, or)
on Retractable Kabuki Brush
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Retractable! You can take it anywhere!
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
charski1
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 2
I recommend the Retractible kabuki brush from Too Faced. I've used it on bare minerals, studio fix powder foundation, Sephora and Makeup Forever powders over the years. It's by far my favorite and gives even coverage and it's easy to travel with.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
nil8r
(Seattle, WA)
answer 3
I would suggest the retractable Kabuki. This might be short but it picks up the perfect amount of powder and I just love it's softness!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
mac01
(Dallas, TX)
answer 4
Kabuki all the way. The Powder Poof Brush is wonderful; however, the Kabuki wastes far less product and allows you to blend more. I own both brushes and I greatly prefer the Kabuki.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
littlejoy
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
I've used this brush with my BareMinerals foundation with great results. It gives me good coverage without looking caked on - almost gives me a sorted of airbrushed look. I would even say it's better than the kabuki brush that came with my BareMinerals! I think it would work great with MAC Studio Fix - the texture is similar.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
cespence
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 6
This brush is amazing! I use it with my MUFE Duo Matte Foundation Powder and the application is flawless, smooth, and even. Just buff the brush all over your face in circular motions and it covers everything. I don't have anything against sponges/poofs, but buffing powder on with this brush beats stroking on powder with a poof, which would leave blotches,
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
smittenkittenn
(Orange County, CA)
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