Branch Out This Spring With Sonia Kashuk’s Bamboo Brushes

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup Tools

This is probably gonna sound weird, but all my life I’ve been bringing home random branches. If I like a stick’s shape or texture, I’ll find a way to haul it home, even if it involves jumping into hella cold SF Bay water (remind me to tell you the story of the giant driftwood someday).


Anywho, I guess that’s probably part of the reason why I like Sonia Kashuk’s new Straight From Nature Brushes. New for spring, Sonia crafted these limited-edition eye, face and cheek brushes from eco-friendly bamboo, cork and a mix of natural and synthetic fibers.

There’s something kind of branch-y and natural about them, like, if the Swiss Family Robinson wanted to make elegant makeup brushes, these are what they’d look like, ha!

If you’ve tried and liked Sonia’s seasonal brushes, then you might really dig these. The brush heads feel pretty darn soft for drugstore (the only one that’s a little scratchy is the Wooden Wonder Kabuki), and I like the sturdiness of the handles.

A few stand outs:

  • Straight From Nature Bamboo Powder Brush ($20): This brush’s narrow shape and slightly pointed tip should work great for powder application on specific parts of the face

  • Straight From Nature Bamboo Foundation Brush ($17): The brush head for this is also smaller and more narrow than foundation brushes I’ve used in the past; I bet it’ll get into the small spaces around my nose and chin really well
  • Out of the Woods 4-Piece Set ($13): This four-piece travel set for eyes and face comes with a mini version of the awesome Sonia’s Flat Top Blusher Brush; I’ve never seen a mini version of this brush, so I’m pretty stoked

The entire Sonia Kashuk Straight From Nature Brush Line includes…

Straight From Nature Bamboo Powder Brush, $20

Straight From Nature Bamboo Foundation Brush, $17

Straight From Nature 3-Piece Bamboo Brush Set, $20

Out of the Woods 6-Piece Set, $20

Out of the Woods 4-Piece Set, $13

Wooden Wonder Kabuki, $13

What do you think of the handles?


Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Dasha says:

    They look pretty soft, though i’m really not feeling the bags. I really like the brush that looks similar to the 187/188 mac duo fibre. The foundation brush looks a little small? The eyeshadow brushes look really nice too. Might have to pop into Target to check these out 🙂

  2. Paris B says:

    I love how the handles look. How do they compare to the normal Sonia Kashuk? I have the power brush and its amazing – i only wish i could get a back up because we don’t get this brand here
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… 8 Makeup Tips I learnt from Make Up Artist Robin Flanagan =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Paris B,

      These are consistent with the normal Sonia Kashuk Brushes… the only thing that I’d say is scratchier than usual is the Kabuki.

  3. Babybubblz says:

    Interesting set! The one with the flat top brush looks very tempting!

  4. Christina says:

    I bought the Alicia Silverstone EcoTools kit and it has a flat-top skunk brush in it and I was wondering if you know how it compares with the Sonia Kashuk flattop brush? I use it to put on foundation (my technique could use some work though).

    • Rengirl says:

      I have the EcoTools skunk brush (from the Alicia Silverstone set) and the Sonia Kashuk flattop brush and I have to say they are nothing alike. The SK flattop is much more dense and the fibers are stiffer (although they feel soft on your skin) so it applies product very differently from the EC skunk. I tried to stipple on liquid foundation with my EC skunk and I personally don’t think it worked very well as the white fibers were too sparse and flimsy (especially when compared with other skunk brushes I tried). I still love it for applying finishing powders and powder blushes though. I’d say the SK flattop is perfect for liquids and creams and the EC skunk is good for powders.

      • Christina says:

        Hmmm that makes me really want to try the flattop but I’d be afraid that it would stipple away the previous layer of foundation. I may buy it anyways and try it out, especially with this kit which is so cute! Thanks so much!

        • Rengirl says:

          You should definitely try it out. The SK flattop is easily one of my favorite brushes of all time (instantly outranked my more expensive, Sephora skunk brush I used previously for foundation). I actually want to pick up the kit so I have a second one for cream blushes.

  5. TJ says:

    I really like the Sonia Kashuk brushes. They always have a neat, imaginative type of brush. I really liked the coral inspired ones last year and now this.
    .-= TJ’s last blog post… Are you ready for the price wars? =-.

  6. Catherine says:

    Wait a sec, I wanna hear this driftwood story!

    Aww, too bad the Wooden Wonder Kabuki is the only one that’s a tad scratchy. I’m actually in the market for a new kabuki right now. I’ve been hunting for the EcoTools bronzer brush for AGES (I have the retractable but I’d prefer to get a regular kabuki since washing that one is a bit of a PITA every week) and I cannot seem to find it for the life of me… so I’m considering buying the Tarina Tarantino Kapinki brush for my birthday… what do you think? I do love that it’s pink, and I’ve heard it’s pretty nice, or any other kabuki recs in the $40 or under price range?
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… NOTD – Elegant Girly Bling? Pink Holo Sparkles + Black Lace =-.

  7. Amy says:

    These brushes look so cute!!! too bad they are not available in Australia though.. do you think you can run a comp for these babies Karen?

  8. L says:

    WANT. These are super cute.

    I really think you need to tell us the driftwood story.

  9. gio says:

    I’m not too keen on the handles to be honest, but I still would love to try these, they look pretty soft.

    I wanna hear the driftwood story too.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Sunday beauty reads, 21/03/10 =-.

  10. NINA says:

    I was at Tarjey over lunch yesterday and was eyeing those … they are very sleek and classy looking …. I just couldnt justify buying more brushes … but I just might find a reason to! They are very nice!!!

  11. Elysia says:

    I have the kabuki brush and love, it is ultra soft and plush! I will go back an try a few others.

  12. Leslie says:

    Karen-have you seen these unbelievable new brushes from Sephora? I hear they were created by architect Phillipe Di Meo.

  13. lexi says:

    I saw these 2wks ago at Target. I bet they’re sold out by now!

  14. Sherrie says:

    I just left Target and purchased the medium multi-purpose powder brush. It is so soft. I am going to try it with bronzer.

  15. Amrita says:

    So Karen,

    I’m starting to build up my brush collection and I thought about the new Sonia Kashuk’s Out of the Woods brushes. Do you think that they would be a good investment or should I stick to MAC or some other brand ??? Please help!!!

    • Karen says:

      It depends on what you want to spend. I think Sonia’s brushes are great for people who are watching their budgets but want good performance. MAC brushes are good too (they’re just expensive). Also have to say this about the MAC brushes I’ve used: they’re very sturdy. I’ve had mine for seven (?) years and they hardly ever shed and have retained their shape well.

      I’d say buy your eye brushes from MAC (266, 239, 224 or 226, 217 and 219) and face brushes (powder, foundation, blush) from Sonia.

  16. diane says:

    they look great!
    .-= diane’s last blog post… Episode 2 of Mango goodies =-.

  17. Rengirl says:

    Egads I really want these. I like the bamboo-handled eye brushes…

  18. julie says:

    Well, I placed my order for the Straight from Nature powder brush and the 3-pc eye brush set and they’re both due to ship some time in April! I guess they are sold out already!

  19. Mica says:

    OMG I’ve always had a branch obsession too! It’s been curbed a bit since I bought the house and have lots of (old!) trees in the yard, but when I was in college I decorated my dorm rooms with cool branches. In retrospect it was a bit odd, but it *was* a good conversation starter when people saw my room. Now I love looking at skeletal trees in the winter… The brushes speak to me – and can you every have enough brushes?!?

  20. These look my boyfriend painting brushes. If I buy those, I bet he’d be tempted to paint with them. haha

  21. amy says:

    I like how the brush handles compliment the makeup bag. I think the wood chip texture look looks interesting.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… LOTD Fun Ways to Wear Medusa’s Makeup Mineral Eye Dusts as Lipstick/Lipgloss! Reds, Corals and Orange Edition =-.

  22. DonnaN says:

    OK, so I am desperate for the Foundation brush, which is the ONLY one that isn’t online?!?

    If anyone can find me one, I can paypal you for it!!

  23. Britney says:

    I so love the brushes ’cause I love bamboo, but yeah…..for the bags not so much. The brushes look soft too…and I so need new brushes…they are definately important in any girls bag….lol…. right now all I have are MAC brushes,’cause I am a MAC girl I suppose…from color to other, but like the way thes are.. Just the style and all…Do you know if they hold up well or shed a lot?

  24. I am SO jealous…we don’t get SK in the UK any more – it came to SpaceNK literally for the blink of any eye and went again before I’d even had time to buy brushes. does take pity and send me SK make up sponges from US though!

  25. Gaby says:

    I got the Out of the Woods 6-Piece Set, on sale @ Target for $12.99!! and I love them!!

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