- Head: 1.5 cm H x 1 cm W x 0.5 cm D (0.6 in H x 0.4 in W x 0.2 in D)
- Handle: 14 cm L (5.5 in L)
Review & Usage
I would describe the Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103 as a hybrid between your traditional flat shape shadow brush and a fluffy blending brush. It is part of the Core Tools line where the handles are basic white. The handle of the 103 is ultra slim and lightweight. The diameter is about a half size smaller than a regular pen. The bristles are made of 100% cruelty-free sable hair that are extremely soft, firm, and “springy“. It is a little confusing to say that this brush is soft yet firm at the same time, but that's what it really is. It feels soft going on the skin but it's also firm enough that it maintains its shape when applying eyeshadows on the lid (unlike most “soft” eyeshadow brushes that the bristles tend to fan out a lot and eventually lose their shape once pressed on the skin).
Due to its hybrid shape, you can use 103 “horizontally” to apply colors on the lid with a patting motion and “vertically” to apply colors on the crease. The fluffiness also allows you to blend the shadow in the final step to complete the eye look. It's not going to give you a super blended effect like a real blending brush but it can do a pretty decent job in my experience. The small size also offers precision placement of the colors on the outer V, inner corner, as well as under the brow bone. It's all about angling the brush to the right direction.
I have used this brush with both powder and cream formulas with great success. It cleans nicely, doesn't shed, and so far has kept its shape really well.
Of all my flat shader brushes, this one is among my top favorites! I actually like it much more than some of the more expensive ones. The shape of the brush fits my small eyes really well and I really do love the “springy” effect of the bristles! The best part? The super cheap price! Quality for less, who wouldn't like it! :)