Thursday, 29 December 2011

RMK Cheek Brush

I've had the RMK Cheek brush for a couple of months but it's taken me a while to get around to reviewing it. I seem to have expanded my blusher brush collection quite a lot recently with the addition of my Hakuhodo Yachiyo, Illamasqua blusher brush, the RMK and also a new Rouge Bunny Rouge Blusher brush (review to come) which means that I have more brushes to rotate through these days. I like to have a good play with an item before attempting a review and I also I like to have washed the brush at least once, hence my delay. I'm still a procrastinator when it comes to brush washing!


Top to bottom: RBR Face Contour 012, RBR Blusher 002, RMK Cheek brush

I washed the RMK brush for the first time yesterday. As I had anticipated with the squirrel hair, wetting the brush released a bit of an animal pong. This always seems to happen with squirrel hair brushes and I mention it only as it might bother some. The smell does dissipate once the brush is dry. The brush washed well and dried quite rapidly. It fluffed up a little which is again quite normal but retained it's tapered shape nicely. I didn't notice any bleeding or shedding of hairs.

The RMK is a beautifully soft brush. It has a short handle but I quite like this in a blusher brush and as my lovely blogger friend Dempeaux pointed out, this actually quite a good thing for us short-sighted gals! I also think it makes it an ideal brush for travel and this is the one I packed for my recent Christmas jaunt.

RMK brush2

RMK brush1

The brush hairs form a flat paddle shape. The hairs pick up pigment well (though not so well with very compacted powders) and deposit the colour in a sweep: the tips of the hairs feel grippy yet super soft on the skin. In the course of expanding my collection, I have come to realise that I favour a more densely packed fluffy or domed shaped brush for blusher application. I think I tend to buff in colour rather than just sweep. The RMK has fluffed up significantly with washing so I may be able to apply colour with the tip more so now as well as just the side.

I think this is a lovely brush and has a very luxurious feel at a lower price point than similar squirrel hair brushes. I bought mine from Selfridges in London and I believe it cost around £35 (annoyingly I have mislaid the receipt in one my cleaning escapades). For those living in the US, you can get hold of RMK brushes through

Disclosure: The Rouge Bunny Rouge bushes shown here were PR samples, I bought the RMK myself.


  1. Despite visiting the RMK counter, I seem to have been blind to the fact that they do brushes. This one looks lovely, and I quite like the look of this shape for powder too, will have to have a nosy when I'm there again.
    I have ordered the Hakuhodo Yachiyo that you reviewed recently, I'm excited to try it out!

  2. It looks like a great brush. I'm very happy with my Clinique Blush Brush but hey, a girl cannot have too many brushes can she?!

  3. It was indeed 35£ (we bought them at the same time, remember...ah, that was a good day lol).
    I have gotten a lot of use out of this brush for mineral foundation application actually. I use it with my new-ish Jane Iredale pressed mineral powder and I find it is perfect for picking up and depositing just the right amount of product to give beautiful coverage and a lovely luminous finish with minimal effort. A near-perfect base base, literally in seconds. Excellent brush IMO.
    Wishing you a wonderful New Year's Eve and a bright and happy 2012 :)
    Nina xxx

  4. Being so fluffy, is it suitable for precise color application?

  5. @Meeta: They're not all that obvious at the counter. They're in a display stand by the till and you're forced to ask the price. That always makes me nervous! I hope you like the Yachiyo, that's a brush that has really grown on me. It's dinky but works really well.

    @mcmademoisellelikes: Definitely, you can never be too rich, too thin or have too many makeup brushes! :D

    @Nina: Yay, I was hoping you would remember the price. I was pretty sure I'd remembered correctly. What a day that was, we need to do it again! I bet it's wonderful for powder foundation especially as it feels so beautiful against the skin. You and Everyday Beauty have me intrigued by the Jane Iredale! I hope you have a fabulous NYE xxx

    @Eden-Avalon: Hmmm….it's a tricky one to answer. It doesn't splay which I think is the main hamper to precise application. I have other brushes which are more precise (like the Yachiyo or the MAC 168) but this is a gorgeous brush especially if you want a luxurious touch against the skin.

    Jane x

  6. I have so many brushes I barely use half of them. I always buy more though!


  7. That sounds really good, I have been interested in RMK brushers for a while as I have heard some are the same quality as Suqqu but without the heavy price tag x


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