You say multi-purpose brush and I hit snooze and go back to sleep. I hate the phrase – it leaves me under the impression that the brush excels at nothing in particular so it’s lumped in the multi-purpose-face-brush-pile.
So when reviews claimed that the SUQQU Cheek Brush was the ultimate powder, bronzer, contour and blush multi-purpose tool, I scrunched my face like a baby who’d been handed a lemon. I don’t want that.
SUQQU Cheek brush looks like a lot of blush brushes on the market; it’s overpriced, hard to find, the reviews are mixed and I bought it. Why on earth did I purchase this brush?
Curiosity, ladies and gentleman, is a force to be reckoned with.
Hideously Expensive Cheek Brush skyrocketed to stardom when deity Lisa Eldridge nicknamed it the ‘kitten paw’, the softest brush evarrr. Her models smiled once it touched their faces… it became somewhat of a legend.
If you came here hoping I would kill your insatiable lemming, best you stop reading now…
…because it quickly became the love of my life.
Two things you gotta know about the SUQQU Cheek Brush:
1) it’s the softest brush you’ll ever have the pleasure to touch and
2) It offers less resistance than other cheek brushes.
Aspect 1 will please everyone and aspect 2 is subject to criticism.
The picture above depicts how the Cheek Brush flattens under it’s own weight, with no pressure from my hand at all. The issue that many people have with brushes that lack resistance is that they fail to deposit much product/colour, this is 100% true with regards to this brush.
Don’t get me wrong, it is by no means floppy and it does have a bit of spring, but it will fold around the contours of the face (unlike other brushes that hold their shape and drag on the skin).
An example may help. Let’s say you have a sheer blush, would you opt for the SUQQU tool? Probably not, you’d be underwhelmed. Now let’s suppose you’re working with a red blush or a Guerlain Bronzer, this is where the SUQQU’s performance shines- it blends as it applies, leaving a soft and diffused appearance.
The application of any blush/contour/bronzer becomes foolproof, not even a monkey would find themselves with blotchy blush application (should a monkey decide to wear blush). I personally don’t use it for highlight as I prefer a small and strategic placement of highlighter, but I imagine many would like it for that, too.
Left to right: Real Techniques Contour Brush, Illamasqua Highlighter Brush, SUQQU Cheek Brush, Hakuhodo Eyeshadow L, Hakuhodo Medium Yachiyo and NARS Yachiyo.
In terms of how SUQQU Cheek Brush compares to other brushes in my collection, it’s like comparing apples to oranges. Definitely on the smaller side, with a slightly flattened footprint, it bears no resemblance to my other brushes and I’ve placed this picture here merely for size and shape reference. It’s softer and offers less resistance than all the brushes pictured above.
If I had to liken it to anything, it would be the Hakuhodo Eyeshadow L (as every other brush has a round footprint), but it would be a silly comparison, really.
You need (a term used satirically) this brush if:
– You’re very pale and blush/bronzer frequently looks over the top
– Your cheek colour is never as blended or diffused as you would like
– You own a fair few pigmented blushers and bronzers
– You enjoy the silky, tactile experience of luxe brushes
SUQQU Cheek Brush is comprised of Grey Squirrel and the quality of mine appears to be wonderful; no shedding, washes well and retains shape after washing. I purchased it off Ichibankao for 18450JPY or 186USD.
FYI: I caressed my face with this brush for a solid hour, as I wrote this review.