Brush Love | HakuhodoFriday, March 01, 2013
I love makeup brushes! For me, half the fun of makeup is the tools for application.
Back in January, I placed an order for a couple Hakuhodo brushes and I thought I’d share them with you.
I've never owned any of these brushes before, so I only picked up a couple to try. Hakuhodo doesn’t have free standing stores (that I know of), but they do make appearances at various makeup trade shows (like IMATS). If you’re unfamiliar with the Japanese brand, Hakuhodo is one of the leading manufacturers of brushes (not only cosmetic brushes, but artist brushes, too).
They have a great video about their history and brush-making process, I’ll link it here if you’d like to see it. I think all you brush aficionados will appreciate it.
Hakuhodo has several brush series and they come in all shapes, sizes, hair types, and price points. Their signature brush line is distinguishable by the orange handles and gold ferrules. The other brush series have plain black handles and silver ferrules.
These are the two brushes I picked up:
- G5521BkSL Highlight Brush Pointed (G Series) - $36 USD
- 210 Blush Brush Round (200 Series) - $34 USD
G5521BkSL Highlight Brush Pointed (G Series) (Link!)
I love tapered / pointed brushes like this. I find them quite versatile. You can use it to highlight, to contour, and to powder. I also use this brush to set my under eye concealer with Bare Minerals Well Rested.
The bristles are a mix of blue squirrel / goat and really soft. I’ve washed the brush several times and I haven’t experience any shedding yet.
210 Blush Brush Round (200 Series) (Link!)
This brush called to me because it reminded me a lot of my beloved MAC 109. It has the same shape, but it’s much denser than the MAC 109. I love the shape of this brush, it’s great for packing on or for buffing product. I use it for blush, bronzer, and highlighter.
The bristles on this brush are goat and also quite soft. On the fifth wash, it did shed a couple hairs, but nothing since. I reach for this Hakuhodo 210 all the time, it has definitely replaced my MAC 109.
I purchased both these brushes online from Hakuhodo USA. They do ship internationally. I paid $12 for shipping to Canada and it arrived in my mailbox within a week & a half. I didn’t get charged any customs, but it’s something to always be ready for (sometimes you get charged and sometimes you don’t).
What are your favourite brushes? x