I'm suddenly creating a subtle artefact while brushing in a masked layer effect i.e. curves adjustment layer with no curve adjustment, blend mode set to multiply at 20% opacity, masked to hide all, brushing multiply effect into areas with airbrush set to 10% opacity and 0% hardness. SUBTLE LAYERED STREAKS appear, streaming in the general direction of brush strokes.
A Gaussian Blur on the offending layer's mask has no effect.
Any other suggestions?