Brush Love | Hakuhodo

Friday, 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.


Overall, I love the quality of these Hakuhodo brushes and I will definitely be ordering some more. I also can’t wait to get my hands on some Suqqu brushes because I heard those are even softer than Hakuhodo -- can you imagine? ^^

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


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14 COMMENTS

  1. I had no idea they shipped to Canada! I've always wanted to try these brushes! Always hear about them on youtube lol. Thanks for the heads up xx

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    1. I'm so glad they do! I was worried I'd have to wait once a year at IMATS to pick them up haha :) x

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  2. I need to check out that 210 brush! My mac 109 has seen much better days and it sheds like a mofo LOL

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    1. Hahaha, I hear you! I think you'll really like this brush! :) x

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  3. I'm saving money, because i want to buy some brushes

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    1. Brushes can be an investment! But they will last forever with care :) x

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  4. I love my Hakuhodo 210 but I actually don't find it that soft. The bristles are kind of stiff. I find their J-Series much more softer :) I love my J110!

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    1. I still find it incredibly soft haha I'm probably biased because I always compare it to the MAC 109. The bristles are a little bit stiff on the 210 though, think it's because it's so dense & short. I've just put an order for a few J series brushes, 110 being one of them & also the J210 lol can't get enough of the brush :) x

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    2. Those brushes are damn addictive. Seriously, cosmetics are a "bad habit" ;)

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  5. I was looking at your older posts because I first heard of the Missha brand from your blog. There's a store called M Brand shop near Yonge/Finch that carries it and a bunch of other Asian makeup brands. I went in there today for the first time to pick up a tube of BB Cream - same one you got in #27. Just thought you might like to know for when you repurchase it or are interested in other asian brand stuff because Markham seems so far for you to travel from downtown!

    I hope I didn't get a shade too dark! I think I'm not as dark as you, but when I tried #23 on my hand it looked like a gray beige, and I just liked the warm yellow tones in #27, which blended on the back of my hand nicely. Hopefully it will look good on my face (I don't want to open it yet! I want to get through some other already open products :P

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    1. Thank you for letting me know! I will definitely have to pop over there soon! I'm obsessed with Asian cosmetics at the moment!

      I could make #23 work with me -- took some playing but it's manageable with bronzer / blush. I think I got that shade because it was the darkest one they had at the time. But #27 is MUCH better! It's a lot more forgiving & it's definitely the shade I would repurchase!

      Thanks again for the heads up! Much appreciated :) x

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    2. You should do a blogpost comparing western brands with similar Asian brands :)

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  6. I hate my Mac 109 brush! It sheds like crazy and I don't find it soft at all. I've been wanting Suqqu brushes ever since Lisa Eldridge has been talking about it, but I can't justify paying that much for a brush. I might have to check out Hakuhodo brushes instead. Do you when the next IMATS will be in Toronto? Will you be attending?

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    1. I hear you! I've been itching to get my hands on Suqqu brushes ever since I saw Lisa Eldrige rave about them haha :).

      And I'm not sure the exact day for IMAT Toronto, but I do know it's always in November! I may go this year -- I've missed the last couple of years because the timing was off for me, but I would love to go this year! :) x

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