I was already very much in love with the Rae Morris Radiance brush that was released previously, I believe beginning of 2012 and I actually reviewed it in March 2012.
I used the old one automatically on a daily basis, either to apply the foundation or just to blend the whole application afterwards. Since I was washing it very often I got two of them, I was afraid they would not last very long with that intense usage. After one year they are still in one piece and even though they don’t look that solid they still perform like on the very first day.
Today I will show you the new Radiance that is now being released and that is replacing that first version of it. You may not need such a huge foundation/blending/finishing brush, for me it’s simply HG, I don’t think there is another brush that makes the liquid or cream base makeup application look so airbrushed. I don’t use it with powder but it’s also meant for that.
Due to the very regular usage of these brushes I highly enjoy having at least 2 of them. I am glad they upgraded the quality but with regards to the functional aspect of it, there is nothing you can do with the new one that you cannot with the old version.
Just like the old one, it’s made of goat hair. The size of the new Radiance is slightly bigger, sometimes you see two measures for the old one , that’s because I have two brushes and the size can slightly vary :
|Rae Morris Radiance||Total length||Base of ferrule||Thickness
There is just a small difference in the hair, the new version has slightly softer hair, a bit whiter too. I am just happy that it kept the original “wavy” or “not too straight” finish at the surface of the hair, which delivers a softer and more flawless blending than many other flatter alternatives like the similar Hakuhodos shown below or the Mac 179 .
The material used to hold the bristles together feels more solid, same for the cord, the handle has a differrent varnish coating and an upgraded wood quality that looks more resistant to washes. It did shed a bit during washes, when I first washed it, it had a strong smell but it is fading away, I washed it 4 times and always removed the excess water with paper tissue so that it dries faster. We will see how this evolves.
The surface it covers is a bit larger 2.8cmx7.8cm versus 3cm x 8.3cm in the new version.
Two old Radiance brushes with the new one :
Similar alternatives :
The most similar Hakuhodo option to the Radiance is the Itabake Large, not because of the size but due to how the bristles perform, they have more flexibility and they spread out a little bit more than the other Itabake X-Large. Both the Gidayu and Itabaka X-Large are firmer and very directional, I really don’t think it’s a good idea to use these if you have dry and delicate skin. The Radiance is more appropriate because it won’t put so much pressure on the skin while blending or buffing.
I have used the Itabake Large just like I use the Radiance, I tend to use it smoothly but quickly, if I don’t use it with care the sides of the ferrule could accidentaly touch and hurt my skin in the process, it’s just a matter of being careful but either way it will not deliver the easy and flawless blending like the Radiance does.
The Radiance bristles are whiter and just very slightly softer.
Compared to the Mac 179, the Radiance surface is thinner and has much more flexibility in the bristles. The Mac 179 is more appropriate for the body, it’s too firm and feels like a huge thick flat mass of hair on the skin.
The Radiance is sold out at this moment but I believe you can write to them and enter their waiting list, that’s what I did. It wasn’t even possible to have it delivered to Switzerland, so I got some help from my friend Bonnie.
Now they have a message on their online store saying :
“We don’t ship to your country” message….
If you get this message, please let us know through the “contact us” button and we might be able to open up a shipping option for you 🙂
LoveMakeup have some Rae Brushes, I have contacted them and they told me it would back again in stock end April.