For those of you who are looking for a brush for a new project (or you want to take your nail painting game to the next level!) here’s a review of the latest brush that I bought, the #4 round Escoda Reserva Kolinsky Taimyr Sable brush. There was a sale at Curry’s Art Supplies at the time (30% off $18.25 + tax) and it seemed like a good idea to pick this up. Nope. It’s an okay brush but don’t let the fancy, Employees Only case of Escoda brushes fool you. This isn’t a brush that I’d recommend.
The great thing about this brush is that it has a decent amount of stiffness and spring in the hairs. Too much flimsy flexibility in a brush makes it unpredictable and difficult to control. Imagine trying to paint a circle with a string versus painting a circle with a Q-Tip. Good stability may be a personal preference but for me it means that it’s easier to control the variations in thickness of each brush stroke. If it’s too flexible, then you will lose precision and will start struggling to make those lines. So this brush has that going for it.
The dumpy part of this, which to me, is the most important part, is that the hairs eventually stop coming to a sharp point. I like to be able to paint small details (eyelashes can have highlights too) so a brush that can stay pointy is valuable. This isn’t due to over use. I don’t know what it is, maybe the hairs are brittle and they eventually break which creates too much variation in hair lengths. It does seem to keep its point for about 1 painting but soon after, the hairs just go their own way and don’t come to a point. It starts off painting thin lines but soon everything you paint is in bold.
I’d suggest breaking your bank for either the Winsor & Newton Series 7, Toose brand Kolinsky or the Raphael Kolinsky brushes. I’ll talk about those later.
Here’s a link to the brush on Curry’s: Not the best brush
Keep fit and Have fun!