The Lotus Set
Sonia G The Lotus Set Summer 2021 Brush Set ($215.00) is a new, limited edition set that features a different-colored ferrule and handle compared to the brand’s permanent brushes. The set includes six brushes; three for face and three for eyes. Three of the brushes are very similar to existing, core brushes (one is exactly the same).
I’d consider this a semi-review as there are three brushes that are similar to past releases, so I have more knowledge on those, but there are three that are new to the set, so those may be more like initial impressions. Sonia G.’s quality has been high that I feel comfortable releasing initial impressions, as I have not had issues with brushes degrading over time and usually find I love a brush more over time rather than go the other direction. I have replaced most of my go-tos over the years with Sonia G. brushes.
Lotus Base is a new, fan-shaped brush with a pinched ferrule, which gives the brush a firmer, denser feel in the center (where the ferrule comes up) and leaves the edges more flexible. It features a mix of sokoho goat, PBT, and PTT synthetic bristles, and it has a hair length of 18mm and total length of 163mm. This brush is new and exclusive (at least, at this time) to the set.
Per the brand, it is designed to apply foundation. The mix of both natural and synthetic bristles helps the brush have more grip and movement while being more durable and less absorbent of any liquids and creams it is used with. The brush head felt smooth against my skin whether I used it more on the edge in a stippling motion or more in a sweeping motion and utilized the sides and edges. It was well-shaped and placed without any shedding.
I’m not sure that it’s the brush I’d reach for to apply my foundation, as I tend to prefer something with a more rounded shape that can be patted and buffed with. I could see using this more for sculpting or highlighting with liquid or cream products. The curved nature, but still having some width at the edge, did make it particularly easy to maneuver around my nose, upper lip, between brows and around brows, but I feel like I have to use it a few dozen times to know if it’ll be a go-to for foundation.
Lotus Cheek is a small-to-medium cheek brush that is moderately dense with slight tapering, more feathery bristles as they get to the top edge of the brush head. It features saikoho goat bristles, and it has a hair length of 30mm and total length of 165mm. This brush is an undyed version of the Cheek Pro, though it is supposed to be “airier.”
This one changes shape and becomes noticeably flared out once washed, which was as intended and noted by the brand. When working with the Cheek Pro, it can be easier to over-apply product in a particular area, but I like it for working with higher-shimmer products, like highlighter, over more matte or more powdery cheek colors, like bronzer or blush. I found the same was true with the Lotus Cheek, but the Lotus Cheek was more forgiving as it was definitely not as dense along the edge but still something more suitable for those with a lighter hand or who have sheerer products to start with.
The quality of the bristles felt consistent with what I’d expect from the brand; they were positioned well, soft, and comfortable against the skin regardless of direction or technique.
Lotus Detail is a small, angled cheek brush that features a mix of dyed and undyed saikoho goat, and it has a hair length of 28mm and total length of 173mm. It is new (and at least at this time, exclusive to) in the set.
It’s a more feathery, incredibly soft and silky-smooth brush head that felt less-dense than most brushes I have with a similar shape. It has a fluffier edge, which gives a more diffused effect when initially laying down product, and that fluffiness also helps to spread and diffuse for a blended edge. It worked well for powder cheek colors, though I found it most useful for getting more buildable coverage out of more intense highlighters, contouring/sculpting, and highlighting.
Lotus Builder is a medium, shader brush and is supposed to be similar to Builder Three in the brand’s permanent range but has undyed bristles. It features saikoho bristles, and it has a hair length of 10mm and total length of 150m.
I actually felt like this was a bit more compact and not as thick/dense as the Builder Three. The edge became fluffier than the Builder Three after a couple of washes, so it diffused products a touch more when they were sheerer. The shape is excellent for applying and packing on product to the lid or using the edge against the lash line to apply or blend out products. I use the Builder Three regularly (I have several of them), and I’ll definitely add this to my rotation.
Lotus Worker is a small-medium, eye brush with a rounded edge and a moderately dense feel. It features a mix of saikoho bristles, and it has a hair length of 15mm and total length of 155mm. This is the same as the Worker Two in the permanent range.
I regularly use the brand’s Worker brushes in my eyeshadow application, typically reaching for them to do more intense inner tearduct or brow bone work. I’ll also use them to diffuse and soften the edges of crease colors if I need some extra buffing. You can read my full review here, as this brush was consistent with original release.
Lotus Soft Definer
Lotus Soft Definer is a very small crease brush with a soft, rounded edge that opened and flared out slightly after the initial wash (which was as intended). It features dyed saikoho goat bristles, and it has a hair length of 12mm and total length of 152mm. This is a new and (and at least, at this time) exclusive brush to the set.
From the set, this was the one brush that stood out to be the most. The brand described it as a “cross between a pencil brush and a crease brush,” which is exactly how I’d describe it. The length is more like a small crease brush, but the precision and firmness is more like a pencil brush. This is great for getting a more defined crease color placement or ensuring more intensity in the crease. Often, I use a smaller crease brush to initially deposit and lightly blend out crease colors, especially in the deepest part of my crease, and then use a larger, fluffier brush to really diffuse and blend out the edge.
It’s slightly shorter, more compact, and firmer with less flexibility/fluffiness compared to the Mini Booster, which is one I use often and have purchased multiples over. Between the two, the Mini Booster is more versatile, but I expect I’ll be reaching for the Soft Definer often.