After the J Series, Hakuhodo has just released two new brushes, the G5526 and the G5513. Not that I automatically order all the new released brushes … but these two seemed interesting to me.
There is a pencil/crease brush and a tiny flat one, both made with horse hair.
G5513BkSL Eye Shadow Brush round flat $16
Full Length: 147㎜
Hair Length: 7.0㎜
Compared to the Mac 239 or the Hakuhodo J242G, it’s much smaller and thin, it has a slick feeling, well, not fluffy if you see what I mean.
This morning I needed an Ellis Faas smoky eye for the day so I applied some Ellis Faas pen on the back of my hand and used this tiny brush to apply it close to my top lashes, then I precisely applied some cream shadow on the bottom lash line with the tip of the brush.
I was able to draw a precise line holding the brush sideways, I winged it out and fill in the application with the flat side. Perfect.
As you can see, the J242G has become even better after a few washes, it is reaching the size of the Mac 239 in terms of width. Here you can clearly see how thin the G5513 is. After a wash, it hasn’t changed, still thin and the slick bristles remain tightly and closely packed. It doesn’t feel scratchy at all, but, it is very firm and not flexible.
I have used the G5513 with powder eyeshadows but it’s a bit too sleek for that, although it packs quite a lot of color and doesn’t hurt at all, I very much prefer to use it with hard cream products.
G5526BkSL Eye Shadow Brush round $20
Full Length: 149㎜
I thought it would be similar to the G5520 that I love, but it’s so different. It’s flexible, very pointy, soft (way softer than the Mac 226). Not squirrel-soft, but soft enough for me to be happy with it. It’s is supposed to be a great blender, smudger and should work well with packing on color, so I can’t wait to try it tomorrow !
I have managed to find some more brushes a bit similar.
The Chikuhodo Z-10 is much pointier as you can see, and softer of course but we cannot compare these two because the material is not the same (horse vs grey squirrel)
Here it is compared to the Rae Morris 8, the Hakuhodo is firmer than the Rae Morris, the Rae Morris is slightly softer, with the G5526 you can define the shape you want with more precision (for example a kind of contour around the crease), you will be able to pack a lot of color and you can also blend, I am not often doing these kind of looks and I prefer a softer brush for blending.
I will still use it but I definitely prefer the J series
This is compared to the other RM and Chikuhodo, if you wonder why I have two RM 8, it’s because the first 26 pieces set I received was terrible and I got a new one to replace it. Funny, because actually one of the only brushes that was ok in the first set is the RM8, the one sent in the second set is terrible, so irregularly layered, I put both in the picture because it looks like a lottery with RM you never know what you are going to get !
This G5526 is not a must-have, but I am not disappointed with it and I will continue to use it.