I could not dream of a better place to haul for brushes than Japan, this is my second trip to Japan and Kumano. I knew I was going to bring “some” with me but before I left I had a nightmare that I was back without any brush at all! Such a relief that I was able to get beautiful gems and take them home! I wanted more but my luggage and budget had limitations!
I am not sure if I should show you first pics of all these brushes in the same post but I believe some of you are dying to see what came with me, some of these are purchases and some are gifts and I have been spoiled really bad.
Unfortunately most of them here haven’t even been washed (this will likely happen today), so I couldn’t use them (except for a few that I could easily wash at the hotel). Once I have used them for a little while, I will be able to share my thoughts. This post is just for those of you who wanted to see what I brought.
This Yakusugi set is going to be released on CDJapan on the 30th of June, link here. This set is made with Yakusugi wood and with red squirrel bristles. There is another brush in the set not shown here but you would be getting 6 brushes for a quite high price BUT, if you really truly love brushes, this is the set of a lifetime. It’s made by Koyudo’s President himself and will be released in limited quantities. I simply could not leave Japan without it, I feel I cannot get anything as special as this. The review will come as soon as possible
The scent of the wood is still very present -I can’t stop smelling them, it’s truly mesmerizing. There is no lacquer on the wood, it’s 100% natural, there is no problem for washing them and if they get a scratch you can use sand paper (I guess not any sand paper!) and restore them but I will share more details on the review. I could just get this set and come back home and I will be happy but it doesn’t stop here…
These are the Lohas brushes.. synthetic series, sold individually too! Link here. I haven’t tried them yet but I am very intrigued!
The Kumamon brush, so cuuuute I purchased the towel separately (in Miyajima). Link for the brush here. It’s super dense and big, the goat bristles have been placed by hand to shape the Kumamon and that is quite a long process.
This is a special brush shaped by the President for me for my visit, so so so incredibly soft and the handle is gorgeous uruchi lacquer. Couldn’t love it more. It’s engraved diagonally for luck. Of course I won’t do that but every time I go there I want to fill my pockets with all their prototypes and run for my life
This is a very special brush made with the softest goat hair on earth, very very very expensive… usually it’s sold in a very very very expensive set but if you are interested in one, I can contact them (I told them there might be some interest for it). I haven’t use it yet but I am even scared to do so… feels very delicate and softer than squirrel.
I found this set at their Kumano manufacture (they have a store there) and could simply not consider leaving without it. I love the S100 series and this is a mini set with probably a J110 head on the cheek brush, an eyeshadow brush with canadian squirrel and a huge lip brush that I LOVE ! that is pure love and perfection !!!
Some others that I bought at the Omotesando store
Also a single pouch, at the same Omotesando boutique :
and the large roll -because I had to get a new roll to bring all the new brushes…
The cute little set on the right was a present from my friend Melissa (the present was waiting for me at the Kyoto store!!!) how amazing!!
The little silver one is a present from my new friend at that store, it was lovely getting to know them
The second from the left is the AR 4-3 (very similar to the Hakuhodo Kokutan on the previous pic!) I want to use them as pencil brushes with liquid/cream products, maybe also powder.
The Chikuhodo red and black is a face wash brush, gift from Yutaro Takemori (my bf also got one hahaha, his first brush!!!)
These are new, amazing brushes. I will write a review about them, there is a bit of everything, blends, goat, squirrel, pony, etc.. some are softer than others of course but I LOVE these! The pencil is a mix goat/squirrel (just soft enough for me, if it was softer it would even be better but it’s still fine), the round cheek is squirrel, the angled is goat (very soft), the flat one is squirrel (amazing) and the crease is goat (amazing). I bought them separately and also got the roll.
This Chicca brush is the biggest from their crease series, expensive but very unique, only squirrel hair. The Kei is pine squirrel and synthetic, I also got that one because it reminded me of the Chicca brush, it feels soft and dense and I was so intrigued. Link of the Kei here.
I only bought one from Tanseido and even though I prefer longer handles I love this, so soft and round, and I loooove round brushes!!! Will get the ref and update this. I wanted more Tanseido but they did not had a lot of stock in the Tau store, I wish their selection was bigger.
This is a Tauhaus I bought in Hiroshima but I am not liking it, it sheds way too much, I think soon it will just loose all its hair. The handle is what really captivated me but I could not touch it, I could not even see its shape.. so that was not a clever purchase.
Hmmmm I don’t remember the name of the brand!!! Melissa helppppp!!! I know you know!!! This was part of a set but I talked to the Sakurado shop in Kyoto where I bought it and they managed to contact the manufacture who managed to sell me one… I love long handles so this was a necessity, I just could not get the whole set. The cheek brush is squirrel, the big face brush from the set was a mix with goat and squirrel. I will add the link when I find it
Reiko Kazki has the dupe for the Shu Uemura 12, it’s not as dense (but the difference is so little) and this is only weasel (where the Shu 12 is weasel and kolinsky and the Shu is a little bit smaller) but they function the same way to me and the Reiko is super cheap in comparison! Got the Reiko in Mitsukoshi store in Ginza.
I got the Shu 11 of course, it was just a matter of time… did not find the 15…
This is the Kyuka Sangyo, the crimps on the ferrule are not very fine but the brush is huge and super nicely bundled.
At Yojiya I did not buy anything else than the little towel that I will use for cleaning the brushes or the outside of compacts. Super cute! I did not feel the need of buying anything else because I have all the brushes I want from this brand, for now
At Kashoen I got the face wash brush, this is a special release with an Echizen handle (approx 75 usd), it’s quite soft and I could see myself using it also with powder The pencil brush is from new series that they launched but it’s goat, it’s not that soft but I think it’s soft enough for me and I loved the shape!
When I saw the brush roll I think my heart skipped a beat … seriously, I had to ask how much it was to make sure I could afford it (approx 55 usd), the cord is leather, the pouch isn’t, they explained what it was but I forgot, as I said before, they don’t want to create brush rolls with leather because of maintenance and smell, this one is easy to maintain, can hold 11 eyeshadow brushes and 4 bigger ones, did not find it on their online store, link here.
When I was staying in Kyoto, my hotel exit was pointing to Isetan and Houkodou were having an expo there!! isn’t that amazing?? I could finally see them in person! I purchased the little pouch for my white foundation brush that I already had (It’s not exactly the same color but it will do). I am looking for some nice goat brushes at the moment and this cheek/face brush is quite dense (they have the same one with less density, this one costs around 60 usd). The three brushes on the right were part of a set but are also sold individually. The big one is a dense squirrel brush, the eyeshadow is canadian, the cheek is grey squirrel.
This next item was not purchased in Japan but I have to show it to you, I just received it today in my mail ! This brush roll is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, hand made by a sweet brush lover with the cutest fabric and so much talent you don’t even imagine how much I love it!! thank you so much my dear “S”. <3
This is where our passion and creativity takes us and I simply love our community!!!
I am already storing my brushes inside :
And the fan case that goes with it… so niiiiiice <3 OMG!!!
… that’s it for my new brushes / rolls / pouches… I will do the make up items soon, show you what were my favorite findings in Tokyo and Hiroshima
Thank you so much for your support, your friendship and your passion, please leave me a comment if you have any questions