Soft yet firm, this pliable brush from Shiseido is wonderful to work with and to touch – it blends foundation well and the silky brush hairs are a tactile pleasure.
With a slanted even cut, the supple velvety bristles feel comfortable on the skin and fit nicely into facial grooves and corners, allowing for a smooth finish. Except for water-resistant foundation formulas, the brand recommends it for all foundation types (emulsion, cream, liquid and powder). Its synthetic bristles make it perfect for cream blushes too.
Dick Page says it best:
The great thing about this brush is that it’s small, compact and easy to use. The bristles are fine and tightly packed so the working surface adheres well to the skin. The brush is easy to control. You can pick up as much product as you want with it and vary the coverage, whether you’re going for a more opaque finish or sheer look. I think this brush will enable the customer to achieve her ideal foundation.
According to Shiseido, the PFB is produced in Kumano-Cho, a town in Hiroshima, where the majority of Japanese makeup brushes are produced.
The PFB is uncannily similar to the Shiseido 131 Foundation Brush that Iris had generously gifted me with last year.
With their obvious similarities in appearance and texture, these two brushes seem identical, sans the difference in their handle material (the PFB seems to be made of wood, while the other is made of a pretty blue-tinged transparent plastic) and the placement of the brand name print (the PFB has the name on the ferrule while the 131 brush has it on the handle).
The PFB, available only at department store counters, is priced at S$40; the 131, purchased at a Japanese drugstore in Kyoto, is priced at ¥1890 (before a 30% discount). Disregarding the drugstore discount, if you purchase the PFB during Metro’s periodic sales that offer a 20% discount, what you pay for it will be close to that of the 131. ;)