Koyudo RES – a preview of the summer set

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Koyudo is preparing a very unique set of brushes,  it’s not ready for sale yet, should be near the summer, but I am happy to show you what it’s going to look like so that you can be prepared  if you are interested.

If you don’t know them yet, Koyudo is a brush manufacturer based in Kumano (Japan), their manufacture looks like this and the easiest way to purchase their brushes is via CDJapan. Placing orders with CDJapan has become a monthly must-do in my planning. At this moment I am placing a bi-monthly order. I work a lot  -not afraid to say it- so a brush reward does cheer me up a bit (a lot).

Also, if you are new to Koyudo brushes and to ordering them, keep in mind the wait will be long unless they have them in stock. If you read the CDJapan page I linked before, they say “They nervously make and test every single brush without distraction. ” This is no joke. When I was at that exact place where they took these pics, I could feel their concentration and noticed a surgical precision in every hair placement, it was really intense. Their funny shapes, colors and designs hadn’t prepared me for such a dedicated, professional and assiduous place of work.

These new Koyudo brushes are more targeted for the brush lover/collector and for private use because they are delicate, extremely soft and should not endure regular washing or harsh sanitizing.

The set is made of 3 face brushes, 3 eye shadow brushes, 1 brow brush, 1 lip brush, a brush roll and comes in a paulownia wooden box. I copied this from Wikipedia for your info, it’s regarding this wood :

It is popular in its native China for roadside planting and as an ornamental tree. Paulownia needs a lot of light and does not like high water tables. Paulownia grown on plantations generally has widely spaced growth rings, meaning it’s soft and of little value, wood with close growth rings is harder and of higher value, it is important in China, Korea, and Japan for making the soundboards of stringed musical instruments such as the guqinguzheng,pipakoto, and kayagum.

The material used for the most part of the brushes is red squirrel hair, hence the name. This material is similar in maintenance to the grey squirrel hair but softer, finer.

 

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First of all, please if you can, disregard the mistake I made in the naming of the sets : GES : is the grey squirrel set they released some time ago, RES is the red squirrel set that will be released. I should have called them “GSS” and “RSS” but I was blinded by my Spanish roots and placed an “e” instead of the “s” in the pics… I don’t want to delay this post any longer so later I will update the pics with the correct initials…  Right now I can’t do that… Anyway … let’s go to the point :)

I have been using them for a few weeks now in order to be able to share my thoughts after the “honey moon” period is over. Over now? not sure. Still so much in love. The only problem is that I need to share the love with the others as well, so they don’t get the action they deserve but not because I don’t love them!

I have a scary busy schedule and a huge lot of action with my brushes on a daily basis, several times per day :D  I am considering installing a detection device to inform me when my bf arrives near my room to avoid the “caught in the act” embarrassing moment when he sees me applying invisible make-up or reapplying my make-up for the x time of the day… when he gives me “the again look” this is what I randomly tell him (true story):

  • … it’s for science!
  • … reeeeally confused about this one, there is something wrong, need to check it out again!
  • … I am sooooo worth it!
  • … can I do you too?
  • … it’s not what you think!
  • … one day you’ll thank me!
  • … it’s either this or chocolate!
  • … they made me do it!

yes sometimes I lie… don’t forget to have fun while taking care of yourself! Whatever the others may think! What makes you happy will (should!) make them happy!

I apply my make-up in the morning as smoothly but quickly as I can, then in the evening I play and test some brushes or products, otherwise there is just not enough days in a week to experiment! I wake up at 6am, apply my make-up at 6h30 sharp, but I am not fully awake, I can’t see very well because of the light in the room (that will change soon), therefore at 6h30 you need to approach me with care  and moderated volume otherwise I bite, and with soft and effortless brushes. In the afternoon or evening I feel better, my skin is less sensitive and I can use less soft brushes and play more – for testing purposes.

This is the kind of set that I use in the morning, gently and no need to be that attentive to what I am doing because there is little chance of over-applying. They don’t have a strong buffing power at all, but I don’t really need to correct or buff the amount of product that I placed, it’s very easy to build up the application gradually.

The brushes from the set:

 

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The flat brushes sideways to compare the shape and surface versus the round brushes (2nd and 6th brushes from the left are round) :

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In the past, Koyudo released a grey squirrel set that looks very similar to this one, it’s still available here and I reviewed it here. Hopefully you can see the color difference in the hair, the darker ones are the grey squirrel brushes, this is a picture of the squirrel eye brushes from both sets:

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The handles are almost identical, except for the logo and the bottom of the handle which is a bit more tapered now.

I enjoy the balance of the brushes, they have a nice length that will suit most of us. I don’t know about you but red and black is a gorgeous combination…  I was told in Japan by another brush company that red is the most successful color because of how chic it looks. These are glossy and seem to age very well :)

 

The flat powder brush

Total Length 16,8 cm
Hair Length 5 cm
Base of Ferrule 2,8 cm

It’s huge, so incredibly soft and it is dense and fluffy.

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I use it with powder and bronzer, for a sheer to medium application but it covers a large area on your face. Compared to the Koyudo GES (grey squirrel set), this RES brush is wider and denser. The big Kiwami has similar softness but it’s not as dense and directional, not that the RES is that directional anyway but you get more firmness in the hair.

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The Chikuhodo Z-9 has a flatter and firmer surface (more buffing power). The TF is from a different category, more buffing  power and picks up more product but it is here to show that it has similar size and shape.

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The Kiwami has similar hair color but I don’t think it’s similar hair (this is a point I will try to clarify when I am in Japan later this year).

Here you can see the size difference with the Koyudo LE on its left, I know some of you own it so you can truly see how much bigger that powder brush is.
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And on the face… covers the cheek and more!

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The round powder brush

Total Length 16,5 cm
Hair Length 4,7 cm
Base of Ferrule 1,8 cm

This is just… again so insanely beautiful. The bristles are shorter than the similar from the GES, I can feel that there is more hair in the RES, the density is higher too but since the bristles are so fine you can’t feel much difference in the fullness, but it is fuller.  The RES flexes and moves following you skin to the pixel and delivering a more even and soft application. I think I am going to break them all at some point because I can’t stop playing with them :( They shed a few hairs but that is because I just can’t stop…

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I use this brush for bronzer or powder, any powder, healthy/meteorites/highlighter or set the foundation when I use Suqqu setting powder. These RES brushes are better paired with soft products like Becca Pressed Shimmer powders, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow or similar soft textures because the product will be easier to pick up but I also have no issues using harder textures like the Tom Ford Terra bronzer or the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish, not the same amount of product is picked up but enough is picked anyway, sometimes even way too much. There is usually no need to force it on the powder, it really does pick up enough with one swipe. The “issue” is that sometimes you may want to force the soft bristles into the harder textures and that is not good for the bristles, and the buffing/polishing power is not present like it is in goat brushes. When you want to achieve a natural application when you don’t need strong buffing that brush is just wonderful.

Some comparisons with similar round brushes, the Kashoen is goat though, not sure why I put it in this pic, maybe because of the handle and the shape of the head :) The Chikuhodo G-9 is bigger, the head of this G-9 is totally crazy amazing but the handle is a bit meh, I think the head and handle do not belong together… This head deserves a much greater handle! Anyway, just saying.

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Took another pic compared to the Kiwami just in case you own the Kiwami and are wondering if you should get the RSS. If you own the Kiwami you still need the RSS, not only because it’s softer but because you will love it that much.

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Happy me…  it has enough firmness to place and gently buff bronzer or powder and that shape is just so ideal for me. It’s probably my fav of the set.

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The cheek brush

Total Length 16,5 cm
Hair Length 3,7 cm
Base of Ferrule 2 cm

I love it because it’s not flat and thin, still has some surface at the top to work with. I prefer round blush brushes with a flat (domed) surface rather than flat and tapered shapes. I don’t really like the swipe-type of application, much more comfortable with buffing in round motions and building up the color that way versus dragging the product along the cheeks.

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Here is how it compares to other similar brushes:

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And sideways where you can more precisely see that the surface is actually nicely domed:

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On the cheek (although as I said I will use it perpendicularly or at an angled and not flat):

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I find these to be wider and have more surface than the GES which are more tapered, this set is much more appropriate to the way I apply products, if you prefer tapered shapes, the GES is better.

Some words about the softness

Compared to other brushes that are truly soft and dreamy this is how I would categorise these:

 

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Top of softness are the two Koyudos on the left, then the Tanseidos. Then very very close to these are the Suqqu cheek and the Koyudo LE which is nearly as soft as the Suqqu cheek.

The next group is the one with the Yojiya, Hakuhodo G5519, Chikuhodo Z series and Kyureido, they all feel quite similar in terms of softness. I put the the brushes on the right in the less soft category BUT believe me they are extremely soft, they don’t even deserve to be in a separate group.

Some words about the control

Then in terms of control/firmness the groups will differ, because some are firmer and more directional. The ones on the left are the more densely packed and directional.

The group in the middle are the ones that deliver medium control and medium density and the ones on the right are the ones with the less density and less control, they will deliver a sheerer coverage and work nicely with highly pigmented products.

 

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The large eye shadow brush

Total Length 14,4 cm
Hair Length 1,8 cm
Base of Ferrule 1,2 cm

It’s nice thick and fluffy, super soft, picks a lot of product for a soft brush, I am very impressed. I use it for base application or to contour the nose.

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It has a domed surface that is dense enough to use for blending, it’s amazing, absolutely divine and gets only better with time. Softer than the others here but it has firmness until the surface, that’s why it’s a very soft but nice blender.

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Fits the eye area perfectly for me, the layers of the head start near the base so you can use it flat or at any angle you want:

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The medium eye shadow brush

Total Length 14 cm
Hair Length 1,5 cm
Base of Ferrule 0,8 cm

This is for the crease, the mobile lid (a bit big for the mobile lid but still ok), it’s super soft, has enough firmness to apply and blend, unless you are using very hard eyeshadows. I use it with Mac, Inglot, Chantecaille, Addiction and Shu Uemura mostly. Again it has a nice fluffy and dense surface which makes it even more versatile, fits in my crease perfectly well at 90° and you can use the surface across your crease horizontally or vertically.

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If you like paddle type brushes, I own quite a few simply because I can manage the whole eye look with just one of them if I have to. If you ask me to take one, and only one brush on a trip, I will take one with this shape:

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You see how dense it is and that the surface is actually usable. Terrific brush.

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The layers start at the middle of the brush head, so again it’s a versatile option to use either for blending or placing.

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The small eye shadow brush

Total Length 14 cm
Hair Length 1,5 cm
Base of Ferrule 0,5 cm

I thought this would be like the GES brush but no, it’s more splayed out, super soft and to use with a crease application.

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I used it with black shadow, brown, or lighter colors and have no issues placing and diffusing the color, it’s not a goat brush so don’t expect the same power but it’s better than I had imagined. Quite small so it will be perfect for smaller eyes.

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The eye brow brush

Total Length 13,3 cm
Hair Length 0,5 cm
Base of Ferrule 0,5 cm

It’s the same brush as the other GES set, just the handle is different, the material is water badger too.  Sorry I did not take more pics for that one, it’s a typical brow brush, a nice brow brush since you have the control you need and enough thickness and flexibility in the bristles to make the application effortless.

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Same as the other GES set, just the handle changes :

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The lip brush

It’s their usual lip brush shape, with similar thickness and quality than the other Koyudo lip brushes. Weasel hair.

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This gold one is the one on the Canadian Squirrel set :

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But both have the same shape and quality:

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And this is the one from the GES :

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The brush roll is often included when you buy a set with Koyudo, but the roll can change from set to set. This one is quite thick and protects the brushes very well, you can store at least 10 brushes, with a large pocket on the side for a wider brush (fantastic). The exterior is some sort of velvety material:

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No magnets inside the roll, you close it with the cord (not leather):

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The full set inside the brush roll:

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On the right pocket you can place either a fan or the Rae Morris Radiance :)

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As soon as these brushes will be available, I will inform you.  I know some of you would like to purchase it :)  this costs around 450 usd (to be confirmed once it’s officially released) and they may also sell the brushes separately  :)

 

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43 Comments

  1. 212kiki

    18 April, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Ahhh when i read the first part i must LOLLLLL.
    I totally get you !! When Anna visited me we played with my brushes and i couldn’t stop playing with them in my face or petting them she totally thinks the crazy side got me :D
    Sometimes i stop by my brush furniture and take one or two nice brushes only to feel their softness on my face. Its def all of your reasons together and tell him its a worldwide proven therapy methode for some busy people like you too ;)

    I def need one of these red S powder brushes i was wishing for that, but I’m not completely sure about the cheek brush but i think soon or later i’ll get it anyway :D
    The red/black combo for the handles def look awesome and its so nice that CDJ together with koyudo make it possible . How nice to get wishes come true like no other brand. But i keep my fingers crossed that the quality will be the same on the later released brushes.

    • Sweet make up temptations

      21 April, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      I can imagine that, we have to meet to play together :D :D

      Me too, crossing fingers so that they keep the same density and quality :)

  2. Kay

    18 April, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I’ve been holding my breath waiting for your evaluation of this upcoming set! Thank you for your thoughtful review — as always, so very helpful :)

    Am unsure whether I get this set or perhaps Canadian squirrel. Is the Canadian only available in the Echizen set? The Echizen is pretty but so pricey and the squarish handles look like they may be prone to chipping… Would really love to hear your thoughts on Red vs Canadian vs Gray Squirrel when you get a chance!

    • Sweet make up temptations

      21 April, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Canadian is only available either on the Kiwami or the Echizen for now, they recently released one brush alone but not sure if I missed it or if will still come. I will do my best to get some info about it.
      There are a few eyeshadow brushes with canadian hair though (takeda, hakuhodo, yochiya).
      I need to do a last test before I publish the post of the Echizen, I have been testing the Echizen and the Kiwami but I have to test it against other brushes, including this set so you’ll have my thoughts on how they compare.
      I usually do one side of the face with a set, the other side with another, I use same powder products and use same technique, that process gives me a more clear view about the pros and cons :)

      • Jeanette

        21 April, 2014 at 11:38 pm

        I look forward to your comparison Sonia!
        I also think it is nice to hear what you end up reaching for, when the first excitement of new brushes has settled. It is the use in the long run that shows the value of brushes, I think. (When they are not mainly bought for their collectible value).

  3. midnitedesire

    18 April, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Im soooooo excited for these LOL!!! but I have nothing else to say, except..
    it shall be mine *evil laugh* :D

    btw those pictures are absolutely stunning, Sonia! I really really like them ;)

  4. Meredith

    18 April, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Ooooo I must have this set. You are so wicked with your temptations for us! Please do let us know when it will be available to order.

  5. Ann C.

    19 April, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Another great and detailed review Sonia! Another set for my wishlist.. (drool)
    Btw, I also do that with my brushes.. Half the time I use them without makeup just to feel their softness.. Its therapeutic.. :D

  6. Gladys L.

    19 April, 2014 at 6:09 am

    thx so much for the review, love the gray squirrel softness and density comparison in the middle! It’s magnificent.

    BTW, it’s still a hard task for one to choose btw the largest face brush and the rounder face brush as one’s appropiate choice. Similarly,, do u like Z9 better than Z1 or MK for powder brushes now?

    I can’t deny my concern for picking thinner squirrel hair, esp. when I accidentally place too little powder over my foundation, the thinner squirrel hair may get a bit distorted on the brush contact surface, like what greasy hair looks. But the most important thing is that, when Z series can only (FOR ME) ensure a non-scrachy feeling during application, these thinner squirrel hair truly feels like silk, can’t live without them.

    • Sweet make up temptations

      21 April, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      I am still enjoying the Z-9 better than the others, just because I prefer flatter brushes, so if I had to choose only one it would be the Z-9.
      Many prefer the Z-1 because it has more density, others prefer the MK-2 because it’s in the middle of those two… it’s a very personal choice, the Z-9 I thought it would be my least favorite and waited a long time before ordering it, funny that it’s now my favorite from the big ones :)

      Exactly, I think I’d rather use less expensive brushes on a daily basis but due to my health and skin, like you I really need very soft brushes. Before them, I wasn’t applying any makeup at all to avoid contact with brushes, I had to stop using makeup, I can live without makeup (for example today I went out and I was only wearing moisturizer) but it’s fun and we certainly need some fun in our lives :)

  7. laura

    19 April, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I need to wake up extra 45 mins earlier so I can just play with my brushes and make up.. Boyfriends just don’t know what they’re missing “No it’s bedtime! Not make-up time!” with their comments or “Isn’t xx enough already!” The small eyeshadow brush is adorable! If these are sold separately, I will be happy!

  8. kimitrulla

    19 April, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Hi sonia, thanks for the great, detailed, wonderful review. So Super. I would like to know if the cheek brush is a must have for someone who loves the tanseido ysc 17?

  9. Melissa

    19 April, 2014 at 11:43 am

    My hubby already thinks I’m insane anyway so I dont have to make up any excuses when Im petting my brushes and handbags at the same time :) :)

    I have put aside a brush budget for this set so it will be mine as soon as they’re available. Hope they will be available just before summer!!

  10. Bonnie

    19 April, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Hahaha I love your excuses, especially the ‘they made me do it’ one!! I hope our insane requests make him laugh :P

    I loved the comparison paragraphs on softness and control – perfect! Your detail as always is impeccable – you temptress!

    Like Melissa… I’m going to put aside moolah for this…

  11. Joyce

    19 April, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Sonia, amazing review as always! I am in Kyoto and Osaka this week sightseeing with my boyfriend. With help from your reviews, I picked up some brushes from yojiya, hakuhodo snd suqqu this afternoon (while my boyfriend was taking a nap in the hotel room!) I am extremely happy with them and am hoping to get some koyudo brushes on this trip as well. Do you know if I can find koyudo brushes anywhere in Kyoto or Osaka? Thanks a million. Your blog is an amazing resource for all brush lovers!

    • Gladys L.

      19 April, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      I am afraid of being misleading, but it seems to me that, there is no contact point in Kyoto or Osaka at the moment:

      After looking at the “新規取扱店情報”, “イベント情報” on the front pages for new permanent or temporary booths, I guess Koyudo is mainly serving Tokyo and Saitama at the moment. Also, it seems to be mainly established in Hiroshima and Tokyo.

      I see the following examples:
      東京都目黒区 Meguro, Tokyo
      東京都世田谷区 Setagaya, Tokyo
      東京都武蔵野市 Musashino, Tokyo
      埼玉県さいたま市 Saitama, Saitama
      埼玉県川口市 Kawaguchi, Saitama

      東京都千代田区 Chiyoda, tokyo
      広島県安芸郡熊野町 Kumano, Aki, Hiroshima

      Pages I have checked with such details:
      http://www.koyudo.co.jp/docs/company.html
      http://www.koyudo.co.jp/docs/kantoshop.html

      Maybe Sonia or hotel staffs can give you the latest answer. But still, you can choose to place an online order and ship it to your hotel, if you stay long enough (Please communicate with your hotel and make sure the delivery date falls within your hotel dates).

      • laura

        19 April, 2014 at 10:15 pm

        Yes, please order to the hotel! In Japan, delivery is extremely safe, efficient and overall I well recommend it. Usually delivering to a hotel should be no problem, of course depending the hotel type (I’ve only stayed in cheap business places).

        This is also a nice shop that carries variety of stuff. http://kumanofude-selectshop.com/shop/ They only have a Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kumano shops, but there’s web order.

        Yojiya is hard to get, so enjoy those!

      • Joyce

        20 April, 2014 at 1:46 am

        Thanks for the reply! I would prefer to go to a shop and have a play with the brushes first but am definitely thinking about ordering online to ship to my hotel. Should I just order on the official koyudo website? How long does shipping usually take? I am leaving japan on April 26th.

        Also I am actually from Hong Kong and I know koyudo does temporary booths in department stores there. I missed the previous ones, do you know where I can find announcements on when they will be coming or if there are any ongoing ones at the moment?

        • 212kiki

          20 April, 2014 at 10:50 am

          I wouldnt take the risk with koyudo to your hotel i think at moment it takes a lot of time till orders are shipped out. It should be almost the same with koyudos own site.
          With the other brands it should be easier since they usually ship faster… Or your hotel can send it to you if it comes too late ;)

          There are infos in the news when there is a event or something like that.
          I only Knowledge there are some koyudo,brushes in,the tau store in Tokyo but Gladys still posted the stores….

          • Gladys L.

            20 April, 2014 at 1:10 pm

            Oh, those links have sth. wrong? thx 212kiki

            Anyway, all updates in distribution locations (permanent or temp. booths, including those in HK, pay attention to those under “イベント情報” plx) are shared on the front page, it’s just that they release such info not much earlier than the event dates (difficult to order your flight tickets with such info).

            BTW, your trip dates are too tight, I suggest you not to risk it, as Japan hotel won’t deliver your packages for you if you have checked out (but they can receive packages before you check in, see? You can happily order in HK (by CDJapan/ Koyudo official site, than have them delivered directly or use forwarding service). If you order enough brushes, it’s can be cheaper than shopping in HK Sogo (usually 2 times per year, I can’t recall!).

        • Sweet make up temptations

          21 April, 2014 at 6:44 pm

          I think it’s better if you order and have them delivered home (either via CDJapan or Koyudo), it can take a very long time if they are not in stock.
          Sometimes they do that, if yes, it’s announced on the Koyudo main page, so keep an eye on their announcements in case there is something in HK :) http://www.koyudo.co.jp/docs/index.htm
          Or maybe it’s better to contact CDJapan by email to ask them if they know about any event…

    • Sweet make up temptations

      20 April, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Joyce,
      I don’t have much time right now so sorry for the short reply, but I hope it can help!
      The only places I know where you can buy Koyudo, Chikuhodo, (but also some other brands) it’s here : http://kumanofude-selectshop.com/
      they have shops in Hiroshima and Ginza, other than that, unless you find a souvenir shop inside the JR stations where they may have some brushes -not even from Koyudo- (but really not sure about this at all!!), it’s difficult to know where.
      On the Chikuhodo website, there is a link at the bottom of the welcome page where you can see the Kumano Shop links.
      Also they sell online but they deliver only to Japan : http://www.kumanofude.com/make_menu.php

      In the Koyudo main page there is an info announcing a new seller, here is the link : http://www.kirarinakeiokichijoji.jp/

      new dealer information
      4/23 (Wed.) Open
      Kirarina Keio Kichijoji 6F “Cocoli”
      Sale of our products in was decided.
      Those who request, please come visit us in the Kanto area.

      I don’t know what this means :( could that be Tokyo area ? it looks like…
      But I couldn’t find anything in Kyoto or Osaka :(
      you are clever! you managed to sneak out the room :D
      are you going to Tokyo ?

      • Gladys L.

        20 April, 2014 at 2:33 pm

        It’s located in 東京都武蔵野市 Musashino, Tokyo

  12. isabel

    19 April, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Que pintaza tienen que ganas de que salgan a la venta me comprare de ojos seguro.
    Besitos Sonia

  13. Huaiyu

    20 April, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Oh Sonia these brushes are gorgeous! especially the biggest powder brush and the big eye shadow brush. although I do hope the eye shadow brush can be thicker and denser !

    • Sweet make up temptations

      21 April, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      The big powder brush is so luxurious! Me too, I wish they were a bit denser but they are still dense enough to be able to work with them :) phewww !

  14. Jasmine

    20 April, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Where can I order the red squirrel brushes?

    • Sweet make up temptations

      21 April, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      These are not yet available, they will be released sometime in the spring or summer, I will keep you informed via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
      Should be available via CDJapan, or also Koyudo directly.

  15. Rochie

    24 April, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Sonia,
    I have been following your blog until now I thought I will ask a question. Luv luv luv your brush reviews. I own mostly Hakuhodo brushes and they work all right but some brushes are still quite itchy on my face and shred pretty bad on the flat top kabuki brush and can’t use it anymore bcoz I always have to pick up that fine little hair left on my face.

    I am looking to buy some brushes ( for foundation, powder, blush, contour and some eye shadow ). I am considering Chikuhodo or Koyudo brushes. I would like your opinion and suggestion on the brushes. Any particular brushes that I must try?

    Thank you!!

    Rochie

    • Sweet make up temptations

      27 April, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Rochie,
      thank you my dear!
      there are so many I could recommend that I could not imagine replying briefly to you.
      I am loving the Chikuhodo GSN or RS series, in Koyudo I am loving the BP series or a few kabukis and the Fujpas but it depends what do you want best.
      Have you seen the Brush Temple ?
      this can give you a little more clues.
      Honestly at this moment, I think every body should own the Wayne Goss recent eye set, since it’s made in Japan by hand, it’s a fantastic start for everyone who wants truly great brushes to start with.
      But have a look here you will see some of my favs :
      http://brushtemple.sweetmakeuptemptations.com/exhibits

      • Rochie

        28 April, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        Thank you Sonia,
        I will look up the brush temple for sure. I was looking at the Z series in Chikuhodo and couldn’t decide to buy Z9 or not since the price is pretty high. I need a big big powder brush that’s really soft and big, so not sure about Z9 or not even sure I should directly buy Z series and just buy GSN series since it is also soft.

        Thank you Sonia, I enjoy your reviews!

        • Sweet make up temptations

          29 April, 2014 at 9:00 am

          of course GSN are also really great, I use them “even” if they are only 100% goat, the mix of goat with squirrel (or squirrel with weasel) on the GSN makes them a bit softer than only goat but I do enjoy the face brushes from the GSN a lot too! More durable and it’s what professionals love to use.

          • Rochie

            29 April, 2014 at 3:44 pm

            Thank you. ( with a big smile).

  16. B

    2 May, 2014 at 2:53 am

    I hope they will sell the brushes individually.”fingers crossed”:)

  17. laura

    9 May, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    No I’m confused, as the handle looked similar and it’s also a new Summer/Spring collection, but made of PLANTS? http://www.koyudo.co.jp/docs/product/lohas/index.html … Koyudo’s set called Lohas for individual sale? :D

    Ps. the ‘cactus’ brush was iiiiiincredibly soft!!! I’m no collector, but I’ve never touched a goat hair so soft. I want the tsubaki one to go with it, as a cute couple. Just for the cuteness sake.

    • Sweet make up temptations

      9 May, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      I have asked for more information about these new brushes and cdjapan have contacted Koyudo for me, as soon as I get their feedback I will let you know!
      oh their brushes are sooo soft ! glad you like it!!

    • 212kiki

      13 May, 2014 at 9:40 am

      @Laura
      i was confused at first too when i saw this set :D
      And wiki says PTT is a bio based product (not full bio) the full name is Polytrimethylenterephthalat or Polytrimethylene terephthalate ;)
      The lohas are up at CDJ today…

      The cactus is nothing for me personally but i’m looking for the cat paw brush which is also more a only look at brush :)

      • Sweet make up temptations

        14 May, 2014 at 8:56 am

        ooooh I will be able to see them all and pat them all in a month!!!! youhouuuuuuuu :D :D :D

        • Bonnie

          14 May, 2014 at 1:58 pm

          I am so jealous!! You know, Webjet was running to flights to Asia for around AU$600 and I was so tempted to just buy the tickets and hijack your trip!

          Except I wouldn’t have had the funds to buy anything there hahaha – so I will live vicariously through you!

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