Tool Thursday: Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103 Review

Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103

Measurement

  • 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.

Footnote

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! :)

Purchase

US$5.39-5.99 at TargetSonia Kashuk

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21 Comments

  1. says: Sylirael

    Oh Gods, so affordable! As trusty as my fingers are, sometimes all you want in life is a good multi-purpose eyeshadow brush, right? :-D

    Also maybe a stable income and as much macaroni cheese (mum’s recipe) as you can eat, but you’ve gotta start somewhere…

  2. says: Smita

    aah….I hear MAC 217 when you say that it can be used on the eyelid as well as the crease..bt surely it doesn’t look like 1..rite? but the price…OMG!! great stuff….

    1. says: Jaa

      This is still considered a “flat” shader brush so the shape is very different from MAC 217! Not as fluffy, either! :)

    1. says: Jaa

      Yay!! I really was surprised at the quality the first time I used them! Didn’t expect it to be this good for the price! :)

  3. says: Carolyn

    Hi Jaa! Do you have a flat shader brush from MAC? If so, how would you say it compares to the Sonia Kashuk one? Great review and such helpful photos as always :).

    1. says: Jaa

      I’d say the shape is almost like a hybrid of MAC 242 and 252! The MAC ones are more “flat”, though, and their ends are not fluffy at all. But they are all comparable in terms of bristle softness! :)

  4. I am a big Sonia Kashuk fan when it comes to her brushes – great price for a wonderful quality!! guess I need to go check this one out and add to my collection! Love your review!

  5. says: Jacinda Austin

    I, too, love this brush. I own two. But, sadly, they have changed the the type of hairs in this brush now. They no longer have the springy quality that made it so great for packing on color. I did manage to find an old one hanging in the very back of the display. If you love this brush, get to Target before they are gone. Such a bummer.

    1. says: Jaa

      I ran to Target as fast as I could after work last night and you’re so right! They completely changed the type of bristles! Now they are not the good-quality, springy type anymore. So sad! Why would they change it?! I was so planning to stock up on a few of them but I guess it’s not meant to be. :(

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