Hall of Fame: The Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Multipurpose Brush

Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Multipurpose Brush. $15.79

Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Multipurpose Brush. $15.79

Not every MVP has to be a M-A-C.

Nor does it have to cost an arm and a leg.

Case in point: The Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush – No 04, sold exclusively at Target. The current price is $15.79. (Which is actually an increase from its original $14.99 and shows people are willing to pay up for this baby …)

The Sonia Flat Top is a beautiful brush in many, many ways.

First of all, it’s a piece of art. It has a unique plastic molded body that is black and glossy, like a sexy tight-fitting dress. It’s also ergonomic, making it easy to hold around its curvy hips. The ferrule, which is beautifully etched with its brand name, also appears to be made of the same plastic material.

The brush hair is synthetic, which is more bacteria resistant than real hair, and it’s also colored in such a way to have a natural-ish appearance.

But the proof is in the payoff. And all these reviews are not wrong. This is a fantastic foundation brush, whether it is used for liquid, mineral or powder foundation. It also works great for cream blush, and, in fact, this brush was originally marketed as a blush brush.

The reason this brush works so well is that the fibers are densely packed, and they are fairly long relative to some other tight little flat tops on the market, so they have a nice sway, or give. The fibers are also incredibly soft. And because they are synthetic, they hold their shape. So buffing is a real breeze with this brush.

Chances are you will not be able to actually locate this brush in a Target store. No matter what Target’s “find in a store” button tells you. This lack of real availability also speaks to how highly coveted this brush is. … But you can still order it online, and trust us, it’s a worthwhile purchase and worth the shipping.

We’re with all the other folks praying this one is never discontinued, although most reviewers say it’s an extremely high quality brush and isn’t likely to fail you. Even this reviewer, who loved hers so much she broke it, says so. And, yes, most folks use the “L” word when talking about this brush, as in … Why did it take us so long to find each other?

How much do we LOVE this brush? Because of the price, we even think it’s a better buy than the much-raved Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush, which retails for $30. Although, obvs, that’s still a great brush. A key difference is that the Shiseido offers a bit more precise (Japanese-style) control, as the head is smaller and the brushes don’t have as much sway. But, honestly, that extra “give” in the Sonia brush is helpful when you’re in a hurry and just want a fantastic look without obsessing over every stroke …

What’s more, we also find the Sonia Flat Top easier to clean than the much-raved and twice-as-expensive Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush.

Anyway, much has been blogged and vlogged about Sonia’s wonderful little flat top. May we present the evidence …

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