Tom Ford makes a cream foundation stick and this is the brush that works with it. Actually, this brush will work well with any cream type foundation and these days, I use most often with the Shu Uemura Nobara Stick foundation.
Which is funny, because this brush is often compared with the Shu Uemura 18 Goat foundation brush. There actually some notable differences. Some differences are just aesthetic: the Tom Ford is a much weightier brush, with a substantial handle, but beautifully balanced. It's just my opinion, but it does look marvelously luxurious, too.
Upon, closer inspection, there are additional differences between the two brushes. The Tom Ford has a larger brush head, that is also flatter on top. You can see that the Shu Uemura has a smaller head with a more rounded and precision-friendly top.
The density is different as well, with the Shu Uemura goat hairs being less densely packed than the Tom Ford cream foundation brush.
These differences actually do add up to how each brush performs versus the other. I find that the Shu Uemura soaks up product more quickly than the denser Tom Ford. I never use the Shu Uemura with a liquid foundation because of this; it wastes too much product. The second consequence of the denser Tom Ford brush is that the finish on the skin after applying foundation product is that it does not leave visible brush strokes on the skin. The flatter top of the Tom Ford brush head also makes it a more dutiful blender. The pointier head of the Shu Uemura compels me to blend longer to cover the same area and to work away the brush strokes. One advantage of the Shu Uemura brush head shape is that it does let me work into the crevices of my face easier.
The Tom Ford is a very good foundation brush, but is it that much better than the Shu Uemura? I mean, kind of. I mean not really. And in actually, I use the two interchangeably and when one is dirty, I use the other. I am just more mindful of extra buffing and blending when I use the Shu Uemura. If I already had the Shu Uemura 18 Goat, I wouldn't purchase the Tom Ford. And if I had the Tom Ford, I wouldn't want to go out and purchase the Shu. If I had to choose? Then I certainly choose the Tom Ford for it's density and overall performance.
Does anyone have both brushes would like to add to the conversation? Do you have a favorite brush for cream foundations? Paddle, fingers, brush, buffer or Beauty Blender? What are you?
On a related note: are you sick of these Tom Ford brush posts yet? Keep going or take a break? If there is a particular one from my collection you'd like to see up sooner rather than later, let me know in the comments or via email.