i love brushes (as i always loved pens and expensive painting brushes also).
i love high quality brushes.
i think with a good brush, you can even make an o.k.-product look good on you, because you can achieve the right intensities. i rather spend a bigger amount on my tools to know i will enjoy them many many years than buying cheap substitutes and always lustering for good brushes wondering if i would look much better with the right tools.
but also i enjoy putting on my make up, it is something i have for my own, some pampering before the working day. so i would like to pet my skin with soft luxurious brushes.
i first was introduced to Hakuhodo by a youtube video of misschievous. then i did some research and ended up falling hard for this brand - first time i ordered was in april this year.
Hakuhodo is a traditional japanese calligraphy- and cosmetic-brush manufacturer. they have a very interesting video to introduce the brand and the manufacturing process. also on their website, they give informations about the different hair qualities there is, how to care for your brush and such good stuff.
i like that they have actual fotos of the brush heads on a measuring tape and give you exact informations about the measures.
to say in few words they do the highest quality brushes i came to know so far.
of course people will be put off first when they see the price point of some kabuki brushes up to 200$ and above, but they also manufacture great basic brushes of phenomenal quality at a price much lower than MAC or similar brands.
the bristles Hakuhodo uses are the softest and finest you can imagine, especially the blue squirrel hair brushes are extremely soft. i own some squirrel hair brushes from other brands that are far not as soft as Hakuhodo's quality.
the customer service is very nice and helpful. shipping fees are about 12$ flat rate world wide, they usually arrive within 10 days. the packaging is great, always a big bubble-wrap envelope over a box filled with styrofoam, and in that another gift-box with your brushes packed individually between sheets of wrapping tissue.
until today i ordered 3 times at Hakuhodo, never have i been disappointed. neither have the brushes shed (sometimes a hair falls out of the more dense brushes), nor have they ever bled dye while washings.
now to the actual review of the brushes i own. please prepare to read "soft" thousand times, and maybe "i love it", too.
K007 eye liner brush
K007 eye liner brush - made of weasel hair. this isn't the best picture of it, i have used gel eyeliner on it and let it dry down, i should have washed it before :P . it has a good stiffness to it and a very fine tip which you can get exact lines with. it retails for only 9$.
B533BkSL eye shadow brush pointed
|Da Vinci small round blender 4194 - Hakuhodo K007 - MAC 219|
B214BkSL highlight brush round
|Hakuhodo compared to MAC 227|
B214BkSL highlight brush round - made of ototsuho goat hair. i absolutely need this for my under-eye concealer! i know there are people loving the common paddle type concealer brushes as well as lovers of fluffy concealer brushes like the MAC 224 or 217 and many who swear by their ring fingers only - but i LOVE this brush. it is dense but yet so soft to smooth out your concealer on this sensitive area and has just the perfect shape and size to do that. soo great, i would never want to miss it! i haven't even tried it other than with concealer, although i didn't know what to use it for as i opened the package (just ordered to try it because of the unusual shape) ;) it retails for 18$.
Kokutan eye shadow brush L
|it's dirty, sorry, used it with powder|
|MAC 227 - Hakuhodo (for size comparison)|
"The more you touch a Kokutan handle, the nicer the luster it attains."
S111 blush brush round and flat
|Hakuhodo - MAC 116|
"The handle is made of wood and colored in beautiful vermilion, a traditional Japanese color. It broadens slightly toward the tip and is designed to fit perfectly in the hand.The ferrules are made of brass-rolled 24-karat gold with clear coating."
large pointed Yachiyo
large pointed Yachiyo - traditional japanese brush made of white goat hair. it is soft and fluffy. i like to use it with setting powder, blushes and to contour. it has a slightly pointed shape that is great to apply contour colours just under your cheekbone area. it costs 33$.
210 blush brush
|MAC 109 - Hakuhodo (sorry for cut-off)|
S103 pointed powder/blush brush
|Hakuhodo - MAC 138|
it's perfect for contour powder, but also great for setting powder, blush, bronzer, or even highlighter as it has a pointed shape.
G527 flat top powder brush
|Hakuhodo - Dior Powder Foundation brush|
so as you can see, most of the brushes aren't that expensive but at really great quality. even with the more expensive ones you'll get what you paid for.
i can totally recommend this brand to every brush lover like me. i will definitely purchase more brushes from there, my virtual shopping basket is already full to the brim with brushes worth a fortune... ;)