This Chikuhodo Artist 18-2 brush is now discontinued as a Chikuhodo line but will be kept by Chikuhodo as an OEM line for other brands, it appears now in a different section. I recently spotted the R-C2 that has just been released and I have to say the shape of the head looks exactly similar… => the difference is now explained at the bottom of this post in the update since Chikuhodo replied to me with a bit more details.
Here we are in Sonia’s Heaven territory, whatever material, this is the shape that makes me want a brush really really bad! Round, soft, dense but not like a mass of hair, just directional enough to place and blend precisely without leaving streaky lines, you’ll have a huge lot of control without having to worry about an uneven application.
It’s funny because even though it’s very dense, the application of very pigmented blushes, like the Tom Ford Flush or even Narcissist, has a very natural finish. It does also pick a great amount of product on sheer blushes like some Burberry or SK-II that I love, I apply the blush in circular motions starting in the center and blending outwards and I can repeat the operation and build up without having to correct it. I also like to push the powder like that because I feel like the blushes last longer than with a swipe type of application.
Hair length : 3.3cm
Base of ferrule 1.7cm
Hair thickness : 2.5cm
Material : Grey squirrel
Price : 368 Sek in Kohlindo.se
The GSN-04 is similar but bigger, not as soft but it is very easy to use, works with any product and has a huge talent for blending. It doesn’t poke at all but in terms of softness, it does not compare to the 18-2 at all, the later being so much softer.
The Hakuhodo 210 is shown here for size comparison purposes, actually, the 210 is a brush I was really wanting in squirrel hair, but that I could not get my hands on. I believe the 18-2 is the closest you could find. The density is probably similar but the flexibility of the 18-2 is bigger due to the hair being softer and longer.
The Tanseido is a fantastic brush too, but better for very pigmented products because it’s really not as dense as the others.
This 18-2 has everything that I felt was missing in the other ones… I wanted a softer brush than the 210, a more precise brush than the GSN-04 and a denser brush than the Tanseido and with the 18-2 I have it all. Well, except for the handle, I wish it was a little bit more unique.
But believe me, in terms of quality vs price this 18-2 does meet my picky requirements.
The Chikuhodo Special does have it all too… Since I received many emails asking me how and where this brush can be obtained I tried to find you a dupe. The Special portable brush is the same idea in terms of shape and I think a few of you are interested because of that, and you should be because for once you have a portable brush that is gorgeous and useful. This exact brush can only be purchased in Hiroshima in the local shops but I found two brushes that could be dupes (however without the flower design) : The Eihodo H-5 and the Chikuhodo H-5.
I love to use it but I am afraid to damage it, that’s why I will be getting other similar options with the H-5’s. I will let you know if they indeed are the same… or not, a few more days and we’ll know 😉 No I did not order all the brushes in the planet, but I did order some that will probably be of interest to you and that will be worth mentioning in a review…
Update 15th of November 2013