Back in the end of August, Hakohodo held a brush up fair at Takashimaya. I think when news came out that Hakuhodo was in Singapore, every beauty addict came out from their hidey holes and went to that fair. Okay I might be exaggerating but from what I gathered from the sales staff, they were surprised by how well received they were. There were ladies who visited the fair numerous times to stock up on brushes.
I was lucky enough to get a free day and I made it a point to hunt the fair down and make a visit. It was a small little counter but the number of ladies swarming the place were plentiful. Like bees to honey.
Anyway, once you start touching these, basically you will want to bring everything home.
I can only drool at the Kokutans and the above, the S100 series. These are the most expensive and luxe of the lot of brushes.
(Information taken from the Hakuhodo website)
S100 Vermillion Brush Range - this is the flagship range of Hakuhodo. Crafted for ease of use, our S100 series features a wide variety of brush types. The handle is made of wood colored in rich vermillion, a traditional Japanese color. The handle broadens slightly towards the bottom. Sumptuous to hold and superbly balanced for easy handling. The brass ferrule is 24-karat gold plated with clear coating.
The handles in our Kokutan (Ebony wood) range are sumptuous to hold, improve as you use and are perfectly weighted for exacting control. These brushes feature precisely defined brush heads made from superior-quality blue squirrel, goat and synthetic blend.
I settled for the a mixture of brushes from their other series which were more affordable. The pictures below are taken pre wash.
Below is my most expensive buy. The J531 Powder and Blush Brush L Angled. I paid SGD $90 for this. It is USD $87 online
(Information taken from the Hakuhodo website)
The densely packed, angled bristles are made from goat. The angled shape means that even the side surface of the bristles has hair tips and was carefully designed to deliver product to tiny areas such as around the eyes and beside the nostrils. Resilient yet soft, this bristle type will produce great color. Distributing product quickly and evenly, it will help you achieve the radiant and polished finish you desire!
I use the J531 for my bronzers for a soft diffused effect. I love how soft this is. My DS picked it up while I was leaving them to dry and wouldn't let go of it. He kept brushing it on his face.
I couldn't resist getting eye shadow brushes because they were so affordable.
|K021 Eye Shadow Brush Round and Flat|
|Close up of K021 Eye Shadow Brush Round and Flat|
|Side view of K021 Eye Shadow Brush Round and Flat|
I bought the K021 to use as an all over lid colour brush. It is made of Blue Squirrel hair and costs SGD $33. It is the same price online at USD $33. I bought this mainly to interchange with my other favourite all over lid brush the Suqqu Eyeshadow brush in L.
|Comparison of K021 (top) and Suqqu L (bottom)|
|Closeup comparison of K021 (top) and Suqqu L (bottom)|
The Hakuhodo features a firmer brush head and gives a more pigmented all over lid colour whereas my Suqqu is much much softer and gives a sheerer veil of colour.
|K024 Eye Shadow Brush Round and Flat|
|Closeup view of K024 Eye Shadow Brush Round and Flat|
The K024 has a smaller and shorter head. It is made of horse hair. It is good for applying pigmented lid colour on the upper eye lid. I paid SGD $19. USD $17 online.
|Comparison between K024 (top) and Suqqu M|
|Closeup comparison between K024 (top) and Suqqu M|
To be honest, I prefer the Hakuhodo. The application is more pigmented because the brush head is stiffer.
|G5522BkSL Eye Shadow Brush Tapered|
|Closeup of G5522BkSL Eye Shadow Brush Tapered|
I have not owned a brush like this before. I have a few crease brushes but not one as tapered as this. It is a mixture of Blue Squirrel and Goat hair. It is also slightly shorter than the rest of my Hakuhodo brushes. This brush helps me put a definite spot of colour on my crease and helps me to blend my eye colours at the crease well. I paid SGD $29, it is USD $28 online.
I am very happy with my purchases. The prices are very reasonable for such great quality brushes.
A word of caution though. I have a habit of using my MAC brush cleaner to clean my eye brushes instead of washing them with soap. (I admit I am lazy!) My bad habit is to spray the cleaner directly onto the brush head instead of on a cotton pad because it is much faster to clean. I notice that my older Hakuhodo brushes show signs of rust on the metal ferrule. So don't do that! Use soap or baby shampoo instead if you want to maintain your brushes.
I hear that Hakuhodo will be coming back in the beginning of 2014. I can't wait to get my hands on more brushes. It is so much easier to pick and choose brushes that you will really use instead of guessing what you see online.
Ratings: 5++ lipsticks (I am give extra pluses because not only are the products great, the staff at the counter were all helpful and informative.)