Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush Review

May 20, 2013

After my success with the Suqqu Cream Foundation, I have been exploring the beauty of cream foundations of different brands and I am absolutely loving the result! So naturally I started looking for a brush that is designed especially for cream foundation application, and the Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush was on top of my wish list. Tom Ford makeup brushes have won a lot of raves amongst the bloggers, and I have waited a long time before delving into this hype as I knew I would be addicted to them. And I was right – the brush is ultra luxurious and functional which makes me want to collect the rest of the collection, but they will seriously burn a hole in your wallet!

tom-ford-cream-foundation-brush-review-1The design has a round and fat brush head, and it is extremely densely packed. The hair is ultra soft which feels to me like the finest goat hair so it has some degree of resistance in it. Perhaps that is why they recommend this brush for cream foundation as it has more ‘strength’ to blend thicker and creamier product into your skin than a conventional flat head foundation brush. Having said that, I have tried this brush with a runny liquid foundation, and it works just as good. So please note that it is not restricted to cream products only.

Why should you get it?

The brush feels unlike any other foundation brushes I have used. It feels ‘cushiony’, meaning I can barely feel there is any hair against my skin – it almost feels like I am applying foundation with a piece of marshmallow on a handle!  It’s soft, bouncy and dense. and it gives a completely streak free result. I don’t have problem working around the corners with this brush, but you might need a small brush for more precision work.

Other similar brushes:

Tom Ford brushes are made in Japan. As you all know, the Japanese excel in making brushes, and here are some relatively cheaper Japanese brushes that are comparable to TF:

Shu Uemura Natural 18 Goat Brush: It retails for around the same price in Australia so I opted for TF. The hairs are equally soft but less dense.

RMK Foundation Brush: RMK is also known for this brush which I have yet to try, but I have heard good reviews about it.

Chikuhoko GS10 Foundation Brush

Bottom Line: I probably won’t suggest this brush as your first foundation brush because of the high price tag. But if you are looking into expanding your collection, this is the one to invest. It brings a totally different experience in foundation application.  I know it’s expensive, but good brushes will last you for a very long time.  I bought mine from David Jones for AUD$108, and you can get this brush here in the US.

On a side note, I have been asked by many of my readers where do I store my brushes. I store my favourite (expensive) brushes in a roller as I like to keep them dust free, and lie them flat so the bristles don’t change it shape over time! For my other brushes I normally place them in my Anna Sui brush holders and leave them on my vanity table for easy access.

Tip: If you are after a brush roller, make sure it is made of non-stick fabric such as canvas, cotton or nylon. Though leather or faux leather look better, they tend to get sticky in hot weather and might scratch the paint/writing off the handles.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Teri May 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Tom Ford brushes really appeal to me somehow. I think it’s because of the white hair instead of black. This brush seems so well loved, I found it an interesting choice to get a natural brush for a cream foundation but after reading your post about it, it actually seems to make sense? If I ever stop by a store in London I would definitely splurge on a TF brush! ^^


Reika May 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm

The only “downside” with a natural brush for foundation application is that it tends to absorb more product than the synthetic, but it definitely gives a more air brushed and polished finish.


Sophia May 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I love this type of brush for cream foundations too! 🙂


Reika May 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm

me too!


Bonnie May 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I love the Tom Ford Blend and the Cheek blush. I also have the Bronzer brush, but since I rarely use bronzer, I just sit and stroke it’s amazing softness…. It sucks that TF brushes are so expensive in Australia! I’m always hanging around the TF counter in DJ’s!


Eileen May 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm

This is one of my most reached for foundation brushes (I’m a brush junkie and have a slew of them). After a year of use with weekly washing, the brush has not shed nor has the hair stiffened or become rough. It is just as soft and fluffy as the day I bought it. I would never recommend it to people who aren’t “into” brushes because it is quite expensive, but for those who love the feel of an equisitely made brush on their skin, this one is a worthwhile indulgence.

Hi Bonnie,

I’m often tempted to just stroke my face with TF’s bronzer brush. It’s so relaxing 🙂 I don’t use mine for bronzer, either, but prefer it for applying finishing powders like Météorites or La Mer on my face and/or décolletté. It’s such an awesome brush, I actually bought two!


Bonnie May 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm

It’s gorgeous isn’t it? I still can’t believe you bought two!

On foundation brushes, which I forgot to mention above, I have the Chikuhodo G-10, which is basically just the OEM format of the RMK. I actually just use the brushes for application, and then use something like the Rae Morris Radiance to blend!


Reika May 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Now I HAVE to have the bronzer blush! It sounds so tempting 😛

Bonnie, thanks for the info on Chikuhodo G10 as I am always curious about it. I love the pearly white handles of the GS series and I am still in the process of collecting them all 🙂


Lakshmi May 20, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Hey Reika!
I love this cream foundation brush, gives the most natural effect with cream blushes and liquid highlighters like Chanel’s Sunkissed (Soleil tan de Chanel) but I also find that it is exceptional at applying powder highlighter, on the tops of your cheekbones! An unexpected use but it really gives a lovely effect, dense enough to place the product AND buff it out to blend with your other cheek products! I have tried it with both mineral based highlighters like MAC MSFs and other Chanel powder highlighters and it works amazingly! Definitely a must have for me, especially with my dry skin it’s great to have a brush that doesn’t irritate.


Reika May 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Thanks for the tip Lakshmi, I am definitely going to try it with a highlighter!
Me too, I have very sensitive and dry skin and I find most goat hair brushes irritate my skin, but not the TFs 🙂


Mai Gek May 21, 2013 at 2:31 am

Hi Reika
Have you tried Real Techniques brushes? I have been using the RT buffing brush or expert face brush for liquid foundations but I find it gives a streaky effect. i need to keep brushing the liquid to and fro at the same spot so that the streaks will disappear. I am intrigued by this TF brush. Will it work for liquid foundation?


Reika May 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Yes yes it works very well with liquid foundation!


Mai Gek May 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

I just bought it!


Reika May 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

Ha you are fast! congrats congrats 🙂 Hope you like it!


Mai Gek May 23, 2013 at 3:56 am

I tried it this morning (after quickly washing it last night), and I love it! Really no streaks! Hurray!!

Catherine @ bcrueltyfree May 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Just looking at the photos, I already can tell I would love this. It’s the type of shade that I find myself reaching for often – and of course the quality of the brush sounds really wonderful


Natalie August 24, 2013 at 4:22 am

Hello Reika, you have a very nice blog ! Is it possible to know where is your brush roller come from ?


Reika May 25, 2013 at 6:12 am

That’s good to know!!


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