This has been the Year of the Brush for me, RMK, Shu Uemura, Chikuhodo, Koyudo, Hakuhodo J Series… many extraordinary new brushes entered my brush collection, see the pattern ? Japan did very good…
The first time I heard about these series is when I saw Wayne showing the ones he got at Imats, I had to watch the video several times !!! Hakuhodo made a white 214 ???? – I was ready to kill – I contacted Hakuhodo and they just told me they weren’t available online yet that it would take a while… I just had to wait until August 2012 ! I had to live 6 months of utter agony before I could get my hands on it (on them actually).
There are many reasons to my excitement, I love white natural goat brushes and I love Hakuhodo, the combination of these two factors was a threat to my wallet.
In the J Series you will find goat, horse, synthetic or other materials, I got mainly white brushes because there is no dye in them and therefore are adapted to powder, cream or liquid products. The only downside in my opinion is that they look dirty faster than darker brushes, you will feel the need to wash them more regularly. But that said, if you are a makeup artist you will need to wash them after each use anyway and these are resilient. I don’t mind washing them often, I find the process relaxing and my counter looks a bit Michelangelo style with these white brushes with color residue all over..
This is not all the J Series collection, just the ones I have today :