KOYUDO – Red Lacquered CES blush brush

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Koyudo recently released a brush that was (for a very short period of time!) available on the CDJapan website. It was sold out in a few hours and many of you could not get it, I heard they will release some in the future so if you want to have updates, you have to create an account and register to receive their newsletter.

I received mine today, it has been washed, dried, used and photographed for you, and let me tell you that I-LOVE-IT !


I wanted to share these pics with you, to compare this one with the cheek brush from the Koyudo Echizen set.

It comes in a wooden box to protect it and give it a very traditional look…



with the cutest wrapping.


The bristles are protected with a plastic cover -that I removed so fast that I probably could enter the guinness book of records 😀


A focus on the handle:


The back of the handle…


The head shape is perfection, the density, everything is breathtaking.



It is more splayed out than the cheek brush from the Echizen set, this brush is more versatile, less firm, less directional, exactly 100% spot on, I wish they keep the same shape in the future brushes they will release, this is simply a must-have, absolutely freaking-out of this world amazing.


It looks fuller because the bristles splay out a bit more, which makes it even easier to use. It is the same softness but since it’s less firm, it just gives the impression it is more gentle on the skin.



I prefer the round shape of the handle if I had to choose, I’d rather have round handles…  it looks like it’s less prone to being damaged, it is shorter than the other one but feels heavier, not sure about this because my kitchen scale has no batteries so I can’t tell for sure 😛



It is the same handle as a brush I bought at the Koyudo premises last year, the bigger one has a number behind (LSY901), when I asked them they weren’t manufacturing them at the time but if you are interested I can ask again, with so many of you interested in their more unique creations, they may take the time and resources to create them if we push them a little :)  the big one is a mix of squirrel and rabbit bristles that gives it a bit more thickness and power. The big powder brush is a very expensive brush though but the shape is so fantastic that I could not leave it there… so thick, fluffy, dense and gorgeous!




If you are interested in the cheek brush, I think you should register to be notified when it will be available again, it costed 12000 JPY but totally worth the splurge. They might change the handle and keep this head shape but we have to give them the time to work on it and see what they can do :)


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  1. 212kiki

    20 May, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Ah mine will be here in the end of the week too it arrived at Melissa 😛
    Hmm for me it’s nice to have different brushes but I’m not sure which I will prefer let’s see 😉
    There is no koyudo print how sad… Is it because it’s a CDJ release ?

    I def need this other brush you show there i want it since the first second you showed it to us on your Japan trip !! Buy them empty for me/us !

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      20 May, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      actually I don’t know why there is no logo, I’ll see if I can know why…
      ok, no worries I know what you want and if I can I get them!

  2. Devin

    20 May, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I. AM. SO. EXCITED! I can’t wait to get mine now. It looks gorgeous and hopefully you can persuade Koyudo to release some more interesting brushes on CDJapan.

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      20 May, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      My first words in Japanese will be “can you please make more of this ?” *angel look, twinkle twinkle* 😀

      • Bonnie

        21 May, 2014 at 4:29 am

        Oh please DO!

  3. midnitedesire

    20 May, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    WOWWW… All of your pics are beyond stunning!
    I’m so happy and relieved that you love it 😀 , You’re making me excited to receive mine hehehe :)

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      20 May, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Thank youuu I am starting to get the hand on the camera, not there yet but slowly…
      you-will-love-it (and if not let me know … haha)

  4. Kay

    20 May, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you, Sonia, for the review as it answers questions I would have had.

    I am so envious that you girls were lucky enough to get the 14 or so of these LE that were released. I really prefer the round handle, and love short brushes, so Sonia, if you have an opportunity, please ask/beg Koyudo to make more of them! I would buy in a heartbeat and I am sure there are many other brush lovers like me that would.

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      20 May, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      of course Kay! I hope to find some on site, they’ll come with me and I distribute here 😀 😀 😀
      actually I will tell them to get ready for my visit 😉

    • Carlyn

      21 May, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Me too Kay. I’ve been waiting for the reviews on this brush, knowing that I would be more heartbroken after seeing them

      • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

        21 May, 2014 at 7:59 am

        I WILL FIND IT !!! there are probably some of them somewhere in the boutiques!! 😉

      • Cat

        21 May, 2014 at 8:53 pm

        Me too, Carlyn :( Sniff sniff. Oh Sonia, if you did indeed manage to find some I think my heart would explode! hahaha

        • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

          21 May, 2014 at 9:01 pm

          believe me I will do my BEST!! but please don’t explode haha

          • Cat

            22 May, 2014 at 8:22 pm

            I will try not to! Haha.
            Ok, in all seriousness Sonia, please don’t worry about this too much during your trip, I am sure you will have more than enough to think about and the last thing you need is more things to worry about 😉

  5. Buggsiebee

    20 May, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks for your excellent pics & super speedy review, Sonia :)
    Such a beautiful brush, but sooooo sad that only 14 were produced. I can’t imagine that Koyudo would want to leave so many potential customers unhappy though & I’m sure that they’ll be producing more………just like they did with the limited Red Squirrel cheek brush! Perhaps the new ones will even have the Koyudo stamp on them.

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      20 May, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      I just wanted to post quickly some pics since it got here already ! :)
      yes for sure they don’t want any of you to be unhappy!
      I hope they will be as nice as this one! love it so so much!

  6. Cristina

    21 May, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Son preciosas!! Estoy a punto de encargar mis primeras brochas japonesas. Y es por ti!!!

  7. Lillian

    21 May, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Wonderful post Sonia, thank you!
    What an exquisite brush…
    Do you imagine this to work well with all blushes?

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      21 May, 2014 at 8:00 am

      so far it did, anything at all, from harder textures to powdery ones, this hair picks a lot of pigment and can apply gradually even the strongest one, I haven’t had any issues at all :) xoxo

  8. Ann C.

    22 May, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Sonia!!!! I cant wait to have mine!!!!!! I am trying real hard not to pester my sister on when she can send the brush to me..
    I am happy the brush head is more splayed out.
    Can you also tell koyudo or cd japan to release the gray squirrel(?) kabuki with pink handle i saw on the their cabinet you took a picture of on your last visit? Or the flat top kabuki that looks like canada squirrel?
    I saved your pictures of them so I can ogle them even when im offline ahahaha

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      24 May, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      hahaha you did ? their cupboard was full of drool when I left!!! I wanted all of them!! 😀

  9. Marge

    23 May, 2014 at 3:29 am

    This is soooo pretty!!! I want to have one of this. Love the packaging and look. I will def gonna check on this…

  10. Karen

    24 May, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Sonia! Another drool-worthy review! I looked around on the CD Japan site to register to be notified if the brush came back, but can’t figure out how. Can you please explain how to do this?

  11. Bonnie

    25 May, 2014 at 3:33 am

    I received mine two days ago – loving the Canadian Squirrel hair <3 Thank you for your super-speedy review! We should call you supersonicspeedy Sonia 😛

  12. luvzoi

    25 May, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Hi sonia~I have a question,is lam sam yick(LSY) the taiwan brush brand having a close relationship with koyudo?I see there is the LSY901 selling on their website…

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      28 May, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      thank you for the link!
      I don’t know actually… I will see if I can get info.
      So that one is approx 180usd, the price would sound to be corresponding…
      thanks again !

    • 212kiki

      28 May, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Ohhhhhh brushgasms !! Why didn’t they make them avail on their own site ?
      I need this cheek brush too ! It looks ROUND, yes ! Saw that there are more of these mix haired brushes on one of Sonias koyudo Meeting pics but never thought they were avail anywere…

      @ Sonia ask them please please if we can mail order these at their site (if they answer them now) so you dont need to buy them empty for us 😛
      … i’m still a bit sad that i never got a answer about my mails about the black Makie cheek and red echizen cheek… But i know they’re busy with other stuff 😛

      • Buggsiebee

        29 May, 2014 at 2:12 pm

        Hey Kiki,
        you can order these brushes direct from this Iamsam store. They ship internationally at no extra cost.
        The black ones appeal to me a LOT 😀
        I’ve asked them for more info on the hair type & the manufacturer. Still waiting/ hoping for an answer.

      • midnitedesire

        29 May, 2014 at 2:21 pm

        Oh, I’ve been going back and forth on whether to get it or not as well 😀
        also I asked LSY about it and they told me “All of LSY brushes are hand made from *Taiwan*. If you want to buy, just place the order in our website. This brush will order from Taiwan(pre-order) and need around 2 weeks for delivery”

        • Buggsiebee

          29 May, 2014 at 3:04 pm

          Haha…..very ‘standard’ answer.
          I took a risk and ordered the 901B & 903B last night & already had shipping confirmation, in good english, from Marcella this morning. I wrote back to her with all my questions, but no reply yet. You know how they all like to keep the manufacturer secret – even when it is so obvious that they come from the same stable. Most peculiar.
          Anyway, should I get an answer, I will post it here.

          • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

            29 May, 2014 at 3:12 pm

            thank you! My finger was shaking over the order button but I can’t otherwise I will not be able to eat any sushi at all in Japan 😀
            Oh please share and thank you sooo much!!

        • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

          29 May, 2014 at 3:13 pm

          The ferrules don’t look exactly the same in the way they are assembled but I may be wrong, it’s difficult to see…
          very curious… many japanese companies have some kind of “foot” in China but nothing is always crystal clear, difficult to understand the relationship if they don’t want to share.

          • Buggsiebee

            29 May, 2014 at 3:17 pm

            I agree. I am also curious about the ferrule. This is what I asked her:-

            Hi Marcella,

            thank you for the confirmation.
            I was not certain whether the international shipping was going to work as there is no additional shipping fee added.

            These Makie brushes look very much like brushes which I have from Koyudo.
            Are these made by the Koyudo manufacture in Japan or are they made in Taiwan by Koyudo, or how shall I understand the similarity??
            I am part of a brush collecting group & I am sure that they will also be interested in the brushes you offer, however they will want more information on the hair used.
            There is only size information provided, but at the price level of these brushes, one wants to know about the hair also.
            Also of interest is whether the ferrule is pressed flat or if the brush head is round. Do you know what I mean?

            Could you tell me about the hair used for the cheek 901 & 903 brushes?

            Sorry about all the questions.

          • Bonnie

            29 May, 2014 at 5:00 pm

            Hey all!! I went and took a look at the Chinese reviews so I’ll try and give a brief rundown on what I found on the LSY brushes :)

            Hair for 901 and 902 are all grey squirrel with something I couldn’t quite translate, but which Gladys kindly supplies is… cat hair!? 903 appears to be all grey squirrel.

            Not sure about manufacturer itself, but I will attempt to revert…

          • Bonnie

            29 May, 2014 at 5:03 pm

            OK!!! With Gladys prompting, and when she mentioned cat hair… I thought of TAMAGE! Double referenced to check the characters from Hakuhodo for their tamage brushes and it corresponds.

            So in response to hair type, 901 and 902 are grey squirrel mix with slender tamage, whereas 903 is grey squirrel!

            Hope that helps :) The tamage mix is VERY interesting! Please let us know how it goes!

          • Bonnie

            29 May, 2014 at 5:07 pm

            904/905/906 eyeshadow: rabbit hair

          • 212kiki

            29 May, 2014 at 5:20 pm

            Hi girls yes I was so close to order too and there are hair information but I couldn’t find a good translation so squirrel and what ?
            Melissa also asked them after I send her the link and we were wondering if evtl lsy produce some of these brushes on their own because also Sonia’s brush says LSY. they produce calligraphy brushes…
            To the ferrule yes saw that too but in Sonia’s visit pics the ferrules also looked like on the website from Lsy…

            Evtl koyudo can answer about the relationship between them or they don’t want to answer who knows…

          • 212kiki

            29 May, 2014 at 5:34 pm

            I mean that pic where also the cheek brush is shown. Looks like the ferrule is glued “over” the handle… Which is not like that on the brush Sonia has…

          • 212kiki

            29 May, 2014 at 5:51 pm

            I clicked on the Chinese versions of the site there you have a bit more infos…
            But the translation pages are not really good so I’m not sure if it says more than squirrel…
            When they don’t answer evtl Gladys or Bonnie can find out more ??

          • 212kiki

            29 May, 2014 at 5:56 pm

            Haha thanks Bonnie !!

          • Bonnie

            29 May, 2014 at 6:36 pm

            Already on it 😛

          • 212kiki

            29 May, 2014 at 6:44 pm

            Sorry but I don’t understand what kind of animal Tamage is ??
            Hakuhodo and Mizuho are showing black/brown hair and normally short but what is the white hair in these LSY brushes I thought it’s not squirrel but since 903 is only squirrel it’s white squirrel then…

          • 212kiki

            29 May, 2014 at 6:53 pm

            Is it a normal cat ? And they don’t want to call it that ?
            Ok ok enough I’ll go back to my sewing machine….

          • midnitedesire

            29 May, 2014 at 9:32 pm

            Lol, no kidding!! Please let us know how you get on with them once they arrive. I’m really tempted :)
            Regard of of manufacturer, I totally agree! perhaps they aren’t allowed to give out that info. ??? I guess we’ll probably never know for sure

            Bonnie and Gladys,Thanks so much for the info!!!! You guys are so amazing :)

            Sarah, I think i read somewhere (Koyudo/Hakuhodo but I’m not sure which) ,Tamage sometimes called CAT or “Ball hair” LOLLLLL

          • midnitedesire

            29 May, 2014 at 9:42 pm

            Well, Koyudo called(translated ) ball hair. I’m pretty sure of that! hehehe

          • 212kiki

            29 May, 2014 at 10:12 pm

            Haha yes i dont say what google pics showed me when i tried to search for the characters from “Tamage” !!
            And yes now when you write it i remember a funny little discussion about that in the Forum 😛

            I think i will order too but evtl i should wait till buggsie has hers 😀

  13. H. brushology

    26 May, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Sniff sniff… The brush looks so tempting…. Unfortunately I missed the opportunity to buy it. And I can’t even find it on the website. I guess they are over… :”(

    • H. brushology

      26 May, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Opps.. I don’t know how I skipped the word “Sold Out”… I think I was blind by its glamour and uniqueness… Lol

      • Carlyn

        27 May, 2014 at 9:06 pm

        It was re-released about 16 hours ago and it’s still available as of my post, here is the link http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOKUD-333
        Good luck, I was told that there would be only 15 or so available, but it isn’t selling out as quickly as the first time, thank goodness. Note that the handle is different, but the brush head is supposed to be the same. Good luck.

        • H. brushology

          7 June, 2014 at 8:17 pm

          Thanks allot dear… 😀

  14. Daisy

    27 May, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I am hoping this brush will come back again at a later date. I was very close to buying it but I simply cannot price drop like that. I had to rip my credit card out of fear I would splurge on brushes! I am saving to travel, such temptations I cannot afford!! This blog is a dangerous place! Will I regret? I hope not!

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      3 June, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Daisy,
      I think there are great chances that similar brushes will be released later on, I know it can be dangerous but on the other hand it can also save money, I hope you won’t be disappointed, hugs!!

  15. Melissa

    29 May, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    For anyone who is wondering abt the “Tamage hair” a.k.a “ball hair” ( dont let yr imagination running wild now :)…. Anyway, Haku explained to me that Tamage hair doesnt grow very long, therefore the hair is only suitable for eyeshadow brushes and not for blush or powder brushes. So I dont think the LSY face brushes have the Tamage hair in them because its not long enough. maybe racoon or tail of the racoon?!

    I came accross a “white squirrel” brush one time at Rakuten! Dont think there ate white squirrels out there right?! Will try to find the link again!

    • 212kiki

      30 May, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Yes thats what i was thinking, its too short when the Info from hakuhodo is right. But when its cat it could be a different one???
      But what is the white part in the brushes when 903 is only squirrel…
      I remember the white squirrel hair brush you mean but i think it was more grey with white tips…
      I know there are real white squirrels (Leucism and albinism) but I think they are rare and not for brushes 😉

      The brushes look for me like nice little skunk tails LOL

      Questions about questions…

      • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

        3 June, 2014 at 8:30 pm

        yep skunk haha, but it’s rabbit, it’s super fluffy and soft but I’ll see what other info we can get :)

  16. Buggsiebee

    30 May, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I have also read that tamage/ cat hair is only used for eyeshadow brushes, but who knows?!. Some cats have loooooong hair!! On every translation site I’ve used I have recieved a different result. Quite a few of the translations mentioned Chinchilla. Anyhow, the brush is on its way now & Marcella replied to say that it both the 903 & 901 are squirrel, so we shall see. I hope that I will be pleasantly surprised, rather than disappointed.

  17. Gladys L.

    31 May, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Sorry, I haven’t been here following the latest discussion.

    GENERALLY SPEAKING, 玉毛 INVOLVES cat hair (tamage). And I would even say, the general usage of the word 玉毛 do equals to cat hair:



    Cat hair is often used in calligraphy brush, another website says:

    “The goat’s hair brushes are white-haired brushes made from the hair of sheep, goats, cats or even deer. They are very absorbent and supple, and produce rounded forms and saturated fleshy brushstrokes.

    This calligraphy brush is particularly suitable for the hidden brush tip technique, which requires many subtle bending movements of the brush tip.”

    The above is just a sharing for fun. Let’s see if LSY will give a reply.

  18. Gladys L.

    1 June, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Here comes an official answer rather quickly, the company says the brush is made of squirrel hair and RABBIT HAIR, that is, in Japanese writing, it is 兎(うさぎ)毛 (usagi). <– Yes, it is Sailormoon's Other Name

    I think of the very rare and special Koyudo face brush Sonia shared in a pic from her last Japan trip, made of rabbit hair as well.

    I am asking further question regarding her hair naming idea now.

    • 212kiki

      1 June, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      thanks gladys for your help :)
      really squirrel rabbit now so sonias info was right about her brush ? why do they use different characters for the eye brushes and face brushes than to declare rabbit ?
      Or do they mean the face brushes are only squirrel and the eye rabbit ?

      • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

        3 June, 2014 at 8:33 pm

        great! so they informed me correctly when I was over :) cool!
        language barrier is a huge problem, maybe it has been copied from a copy of a copy of a paste…

    • 212kiki

      1 June, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      thanks gladys for your help :)
      really squirrel rabbit now so sonias info was right about her brush ? why do they use different characters for the eye brushes and face brushes than to declare rabbit ?
      Or do they mean the face brushes are only squirrel and the eye rabbit ?

      Btw here is the thread we opened for it to follow it easier 😀

    • 212kiki

      1 June, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Sorry sonia for the double posts it wasn’t working… 😀

      Btw here is the thread we opened for it to follow it easier 😀

    • Buggsiebee

      1 June, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks again Gladys :)
      Rabbit sounds more probable than cat – espeiclly as their eyeshadow brushes are rabbit hair.
      Has anyone here used/ seen a rabbit hair brush before?

      • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

        3 June, 2014 at 10:23 pm

        In comparison to a similar made 100% squirrel brush, there is similar feeling of density,but with a more lightweight application, a less pronounced feeling of mass of hair and directional application. With this one LSY901 you get a more diffused application but the brush still feels thick.. It’s like the in between rabbit bristles that do not go to full length of the head, add the density and control leaving some space for the other bristles to work without delivering a too heavy application. I tried to explain the difference I notice… hope it helps :)

  19. Buggsiebee

    1 June, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Japanese English
    1. 毛 (noun) fur (noun)
    2. 毛 (noun) hair (noun)

    Japanese English
    1. 玉 (noun) ball (noun)
    2. 玉 (noun) coin (noun)
    3. 玉 (noun) egg (noun)
    4. 玉 (noun) jewel (noun)
    5. 玉 (noun) king (noun)
    6. 玉 (noun) pearl (noun)
    7. 玉 (noun) precious stone (noun)
    8. 玉 (noun) sphere (noun)
    9. 玉 (noun) staple (noun)
    10. 玉 (noun) bead (noun)

    Thanks Gladys. I separated the symbols & when I look at all the options, it appears to translate to most precious/ best hair or fur.
    When I combine the symbols I get the word ‘pilling’ which reminds one perhaps of cats & their fur balls?
    I don’t know. I’m just not convinced that a brush with a head of 50 mm long hair can be from a cat.
    For a calligraphy brush, yes, for this particular brush, no.

    • Gladys L.

      1 June, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      I don’t really know, I guess this can even be an adjective for marketing purpose. People can toy with the word jade (玉) as well.

      I look forward to seeing the company’s further reply. As some of you may have already decided to buy it regardless of this description, our discussion brings no pressure but great fun.

  20. Amy

    7 June, 2014 at 6:42 am

    These 2 brushes are lovely.

  21. Elizabeth

    20 June, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    How would you compare the softness factor between this and the Koyudo Red Squirrel? Also, which would you recommend if you had to pick one? Thanks!

    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations

      21 June, 2014 at 1:56 am

      Koyudo red squirrel is softer, but I prefer the efficiency and thickness of the canadian so I’ll pick Canadian… :)

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