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Favorite brushes in 2012

by Sonia G.

I am not a make up artist and my opinions are only based on my personal experience with the brands I tried. I love make up brushes and after a few years into make up, I have gathered a few of them. The day I discovered that a good make up brush could make a significant difference in a make up application I was intrigued and started to build my collection.

I have taken pictures of the brushes that I love the most and that I use regularly, for each category I highlight my very favorites and tell you why I love them so much. The same brush may be pictured in different categories since I try to get the most of each one of them. I apologize it’s a bit long and mixed up…

My profile

I have extremely dry and sensitive skin, only a few moisturizers work for me and of course the ones that work are extremely expensive. On a daily basis I use the Laura Mercier Repair creme without SPF. Before discovering this moisturizer I could not wear foundation at all, even foundations for dry skin, I had dry patches and flakes within 2 hours of application.
I prefer to apply my foundation with a sheer coverage, sometimes medium coverage but either way I always aim to achieve a glowy look and I don’t usually powder afterwards.
When I wake up, even after the shower, my skin is still really sensitive, using a soft brush on my eyelids and my face made a big difference in my daily routine, the application is so relaxing and smooth, and that’s why I love soft brushes so much.

These are the make up brands that I use the most :

  • Rouge Bunny Rouge
  • Tom Ford
  • Chantecaille
  • Le Metier de Beaute
  • Guerlain
  • Chanel
  • By Terry
  • Suqqu
  • Shu Uemura
  • Mac

I will always try to use products and techniques that don’t emphasize my wrinkles or that don’t look heavy or cakey, I am not a make up artist, my opinions are only based on my personal experience.

Foundation, buffing and stippling

In the picture below, you will see my favorite foundation brushes :

Favorite foundation brushes

I’ll try to give you some examples with some of the foundations I love to wear :

  • For mineralize cream foundation (Mac) : Real Techniques stippling brush or RM Radiance
  • For liquid foundation (Tom Ford, Burberry, BB, Laura Mercier, By Terry, etc) : RM Radiance, Hakuhodo G5556 4mm, Sigma F80 or Coastal Scents Bionic. With the Radiance, no need to buff afterwards but with the others I still like to buff with the Mac 187 or any other similar stippling brush, even though it’s not really always necessary.
  • For very liquid foundation (Mac or Make Up For Ever face and body) : LY 34, I noticed the bristles suck a lot of foundation but with a very liquid foundation that’s the one I would reach for, mainly for body foundation.
  • For mineralize powder foundation (Bare Escentuals) : Coastal Scents Bionic for a flawless and heavier coverage and Chanel 1 for a more natural sheer to medium coverage.

My top favorite is the Rae Morris Radiance, the finish is like an airbrushed application. The price is high but worth it and I could live only with this brush.

Powder and bronzer

These are my favorite powder and bronzer brushes :

Favorite powder and bronzer brushes

My top favorites :

  • The Louise Young 07s : it’s HUGE, for bronzer application it’s absolutely amazing, not precise at all of course but so soft, when I was looking for a big brush for bronzer application I ordered this one,  it was love at first sight ! If you want a big brush, solid and of high quality,  I recommend you get this one, well worth the price tag.
  • The Tom Ford bronzer  :  this is the highest quality brush I have ever had… it’s luxurious, heavy, soft, really soft, how can goat hair be so incredibly soft ???  They said it’s made of “natural” hair, I imagine it’s goat…
    Even if it’s solid, keep in mind that if it falls on the floor, the handle is the same material than their TF lipsticks or quads and can be damaged if they fall on hard surfaces.
    It’s not a necessary brush, there are cheaper alternatives that deliver similar results, but if you have the possibility to get it, I think you won’t be disappointed by its quality. The price is scary.
  • The Chanel 1 : it’s fantastic. I use it for so many different applications. The bristles are firm but soft, great to apply Bare Escentuals Mineral powder foundation, to use with By Terry blushes, also with Guerlain Meteorites balls, and amazing for finishing. I could not live without it. Well worth the price and a great multipurpose for my daily routine.
  • The Chanel 2 : another fantastic multipurpose brush, I tend to have a very heavy hand with blush application, this one helps me with the blending and correcting… It’s also very soft but firm, great quality and definitely a must-have !
  • The Bobbi Brown powder : when I am in a hurry or I don’t want to think, I just grab this one, it’s a no brainer… works with everything. It was one of my first high end brushes, many years ago and it still looks new, it has been washed nearly every week !

Highlight and contour brushes 

I love highlight and contour. At my age, highlight is something that really helps me to look a bit younger and I love contour since I am bit overweight and helps me to look a bit thinner… two tricks that I use and abuse 🙂

My favorite contour and highlight brushes

  • The Louise Young  LY20 : Ideal for striped bronzers, blushes or highlighters.  This brush is just so beautiful to look at, I love the quality and density of the fan.
  • The Illamasqua : it’s a synthetic brush, the bristles are extremely soft, great for any type of product, powder or cream.
  • The Hakuhodo Yachiyo : I use it mainly for highlighting. I don’t buff with this brush, the application is more like a “push the powder into the skin”, if this makes any sense …
  • The Hakuhodo G504 : the bristles are short, firm and densely packed, excellent for applying precise contouring and blending.
  • The Mac 164SH : this short hand brush from Mac is top-notch quality, multipurpose, very useful for trips or the daily make up bag.
  • The Hakuhodo G5537 : I don’t use it very often but if I want to apply soft highlighting all over the face I’ll pick this.
  • The Mac 165 : it’s a shame this is a Limited Edition brush, I wish Mac will make it permanent, it’s one of the best Mac brushes ever.

My top favorites are :

  • The Tom Ford cream brush : I am blown away by the amazing quality of this brush, unfortunately very expensive but I am not disappointed, I have washed it so many times and it’s like new. It’s very dense and really soft, you can apply any cream product or foundation like a dream. A great multipurpose brush.
  • The Shu Uemura 18 goat :  you will fall in love with this little one, great for contour or highlight or even foundation but it’s tiny. I sometimes use it for applying my foundation base since I only apply it in the center of the face or where I have bigger pores. I totally recommend this brush and I think it’s a must have, well worth the price tag, soft and dense as well, smaller than the Tom Ford mentioned just before.
  • The Hakuhodo S 103 : fantastic for highlighting or contour or blush, blends really well, the quality is over the top and this brush is a success, one of the best Hakuhodos.

Cream and powder blush

All of these brushes are my favorites :

Favorite cream and powder blush brushes

The Chanel 2, the Hakuhodo S 103 and the LY04  brushes are fantastic.

The Tom Ford 06 cheek brush is just to die for, it’s so soft, dense, perfectly shaped and well made, I don’t think there is a better brush out there, my favorite brush EVER.

If you would like me to review a particular brush more in depth or if you have any questions, please let me know.

Body brushes

Favorite make up brushes for body highlight/bronzer

My favorite brush for the body is the Illamasqua body, it’s synthetic but so incredibly soft, like the softest velvet you could ever think of ! It’s difficult to resist, you just can’t help touching it ! It’s really huge and covers a lot of surface.

Eyeshadow base and blending

I love these big brushes for an all-over eyeshadow application. I could not live without the two Hakuhodo pictured below, they are incredibly soft and not that expensive,  29 and 26 usd … well worth the price !

Favorite base and blending brushes

  • The Trish McEvoy 40 : for application of powder or cream base eyeshadow
  • The Bobbi Brown eye sweep : for an all-over base powder eyeshadow
  • The Hakuhodo B232 : for base or blending, so soft… a dream brush !
  • The Hakuhodo B214 : I use it every single day, for blending the finished look, it does that fast and flawless, the bristles are soft but firm and dense, it’s big, maybe too big for some, a holy grail for me.

Eyeshadow lid

Favorites eyeshadow lid brushes

I tend to use the Mac 239 the most, but I love all these brushes and they all deliver really well. Sometimes I pick the Rouge Bunny Rouge 005 for small and precise lid application but they are all my big favorites. I tend to use white brushes more for cream eyeshadow application, I have some Ellis Faas eyeshadow pens but instead of applying straight with the pen, I place the cream on the back of my hand and I apply and blend with the TF or the Mac. Again the Tom Ford is of excellent quality but very pricey.

Eyeliner, cream eyeshadow and concealer

Favorite eyeliner, cream and concealer brushes

Sigma makes great synthetic brushes, I have a few of them and use them very often. I love cream and waterproof eyeshadows and with the Sigma brushes the application it’s really easy, the blue ones come from the Mrs Bunny set. If you still don’t know the Sigma that are made of Sigmax HD fibers, you should give them a try. I only use them for cream based eyeshadows.

  • The Sigma P86 is excellent for concealer or cream eyeshadow.
  • The Illamasqua crease brush  is very soft I tend to use it with softer cream eyeshadows, Illamasqua makes nice synthetic brushes that are suitable either for powder or cream products.
  • The Hakuhodo K007 is my holy grail for eyeliner application, I like to draw a very thin line and this brush is soft and precise and just the best I found for me.
  • The Chanel 27 is also fantastic if you want to apply eyeshadow as a liner close to the lash line, very easy to use.

Eyeshadow crease

Favorite eyeshadow crease brushes

Well, in this picture you will see all my top favorites… too many !

The Louise Young LY 38a and 38b : great for small crease application, since I have hooded eyes it helps me to place the darker crease shadow right were I need it, draw the line and then blend. Hakuhodo G5534 is very similar to these and is also fantastic but I had to narrow my selection…

The RM 8 : it’s just a must-have, precise and efficient.

The Mac 217 : I use it with powder and cream eyeshadow application and blending.

The Hakuhodo G5524 and G5527 : I use these if I want to apply some darker cream eyeshadow, for example Mac Blackground paintpot, I will apply it lightly in the crease, either as a base or on its own. The bristles are pointed and the softest of all (Kazan), the result will be very soft.  BUT, I don’t think they are recommended to use with liquid or cream products at all, it’s a shame since I really like them for that purpose, I hope they will make similar brushes with goat hair (I know Hakuhodo have some goat hair brushes on the way…). These G5524 and G5527 brushes are also great with dark powder eyeshadows, they soften the application for a work appropriate look at the office.   I just wish I could find the same but made of goat hair, then they would be holy grail material for me … I imagine my holy grail the same size and shape as these ones but with the same hair color and quality as Tom Ford brushes … that would be Heaven…

Eyeshadow precision brushes

These 4 brushes are my top favorites :

Favorite eyeshadow precision brushes

Of course the Mac 219 is great 🙂 but I prefer the TF pencil brush because it’s a bit softer, if you have the Mac you don’t need to get the TF because the difference is not so obvious.

I have the Hakuhodo B533 (not pictured here), but I prefer the Hakuhodo G5520, smaller and for sure my holy grail of all the pencil brushes out there ! Perfect size for my eyes ! I can set powder on my gel or pencil eyeliner, I can line under my eyes, it is firm enough and picks the perfect amount of product. Fantastic.

I also love the small Hakuhodos G5515 and G5514, these brushes are not expensive at all and truly useful, definitely must-haves !

Eyeshadow smudgers

These are my top 5 favorite smudgers ever :

Favorite eyeshadow smudgers

I often apply an eyeshadow pencil close to the lashes but I don’t like a heavy application for the office. I will smudge it with the Hakuhodo G5511 or the G5510 and I will slightly wing it outwards, it will look like a winged eyeliner but softer than a black gel liner. I will set with powder afterwards.

I love the Chanel 24 for an application of highlighter in the inner corner of the eye and the Chanel 14 and LY13 for smudging underneath the eyes.

Some additional details…

I will probably review individual brushes in the near future, I just wanted to mention some more details on the following brands :

Tom Ford

The quality of their brushes is excellent, not only the handles but also the hair, truly luxurious and expensive brushes, it’s like having expensive jewelry 🙂  They have some kind of magical power on me… When I saw them for the first time in a TF make up artist kit I was disappointed, they didn’t look very appealing,  that’s why I did not get them at first. But then my love for brushes was stronger and I got 2 of them. After a while I realized that they lasted very well, I wash them every 7 or 14 days approx, depending on the brush.  I have some of them since they were released and they still look pretty new.
They are made in Japan. I usually ask my friends or colleagues to pick the brushes for me when they travel to the UK or the USA since they are not available in Switzerland.


I have many Hakuhodo brushes and I only had a problem with a lip brush, the cap was shorter than the hair, so the bristles were squeezed inside but other than that, I am very happy with their customer service and with all their brushes. I order them online on their Hakuhodo site, the delivery to Europe is fast, less than 1 week, and they pack them in the most perfect way.

Louise Young

These brand is amazing, they have so many great brushes in their range.  I order them from their UK site and they arrive in about 3 days. I buy them online here.


I love their new face brushes, I just started to purchase Chanel brushes a few months ago after watching some videos online… Deb (debbick1 in Youtube) made me do it… 🙂 . I did not know Chanel had these wonderful face brushes. Here in Switzerland the brushes are never shown to the public, they are kept in their drawers, hidden, you don’t even know they exist… you have to ask at the counter and only then they will show them to you. I am really happy that I discovered them thanks to the online reviews. I sometimes buy them here in Switzerland but since they are much more expensive than anywhere else, I tend to wait until I have a special voucher.

If you have any questions or would like me to review a particular brush please let me know, if I have it I will be happy to do that for you.

I found an excellent web site where they explain all the different type of brush hair, very useful : here

…….I am very impressed if you managed to get to the end of this post… sorry it’s such a long post and thanks for reading…

Please share your favorites, must-haves and holy grails in the comments !

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Debra (@debbick1) 31 March, 2012 - 7:51 pm

Be still my heart! I love this review, and your wonderful brush collection! I have to take out my Tom Ford brush again, I think a couple of washes will make me love it as much as you love yours. I just bought the Shu 18 with the red haired tip, amazing! You need this brush. I also bought two Claudio Riaz brushes, another line you must try out. I am keeping my fingers crossed that a friend’s trip to London next week, will not be cancelled again. He has promised to pick me up two Suqqu brushes I have been lusting after. I am so glad we “met” as I see we have very similar tastes in all things makeup related. xoxoDeb

Dena 31 March, 2012 - 9:18 pm

I would love to hear what you think of the Suqqu brushes, Debbie. I always salivate over your brush haul videos, and have been wondering when you will get into Suqqu! I would also love to hear what you think of the Claudio Riaz brushes. I have always wondered about the Instant Smoke brush, and I see that there is a smaller version as well. I will be looking out for more of your brush reviews x

Jodi 31 March, 2012 - 11:47 pm

Deb- you’re a goddess too! Enjoy your beautiful new brushes and of course, please let us all know about them !

Jodi (gooroobeauty)

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 April, 2012 - 6:43 pm

Hi Deb !
The red Shu is on my wishlist… 🙂 I will definitely get it.
I am very intrigued by Claudio Riaz brushes… Are you going to review the two you just bought ?
I have 3 Suqqu brushes, the face powder, the L and S eyeshadow, I got them 2 years ago I think and they are still in perfect condition. I don’t use them very often, not that I don’t like them but they are so incredibly soft that I like to take my time when I use them… that will make me late for work in the morning 🙂 When I use them the result is really very soft and sophisticated. I wish they had a brush like the eyeshadow L but with shorter and firmer bristles… maybe they do… I have to check 😉
A friend just brought me some Suqqu quads from their new collection and I am going to review them shortly, it’s a shame I did not know before as he could maybe pick up the brushes for you since he was at the Suqqu counter…
…it has been a crazy week, bought a house and changed boss 🙂 I am really excited !
Looking forward to watching your new videos !!! <3

Dena 31 March, 2012 - 9:15 pm

Thanks for another fantastic post! I finally placed my order with Hakuhodo this week, so thank you for your advice. I am dying to get my hands on the Rae Morris radiance brush. I am interested in some of the foundation brushes you use, as I also have very dry skin, and have always steered clear of buffing brushes.

Some other brushes I love: the Paula Dorf Sheer Crease brush is amazing, and I would not be without it. Also, Suqqu brushes are unbelieveable; my favourite is the eyeshadow brush S. I have just ordered the Kevyn Aucoin concealer brush, which I have wanted for ages. I have just bought the Sensual Skin Enhancer from this range, and it is amazing.

Please keep the posts coming; I am really enjoying your blog 😉

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 April, 2012 - 6:54 pm

Hi Dena,
Thank you so much 🙂 you are a sweetheart ! I am glad it helped…
I know… with dry skin you have to find just the right moment when you have to stop buffing… I am so happy that we have today so many great foundation brushes and foundation products for dry skin !
I agree with you, the Paula Dorf is fantastic, I also have it and enjoy it a lot !
I would love to try the Kevyn A. brushes, I have some makeup from this brand and I love it very much (highlight, bronzer and eyeshadow palette), I will probably order one or two…I would also love to try more Trish McEvoy and Burberry so I need to keep it under control 😀
Please tell me what you think about the Sensual Skin enhancer, is it comfortable for dry skin ? what brush do you use with it ?
talk to you soon !

Dena 1 April, 2012 - 7:55 pm

I only bought the SSE the other day, so I am still trying to find the best way to use it. So far I absolutely love it. I went into Space NK, and as soon as I tried it, I was sold.

It is such a unique product; it is extremely pigmented, but very creamy, and the tiniest amount blends beautifully and disappears into the skin while still giving amazing coverage. It just looks like skin, with a nice glow – exactly how I like my skin to look.

The MUA used her fingers to apply it, and she probably used more than necessary (don’t they always?!) but it didnt look cakey. You could also try mixing it with your moisturiser and buffing it in. I have been prepping with plenty of moisturiser, then applying tiny amounts of SSE to the red areas on my face, blending with my fingers, and then stippling with a damp beauty blender. Then I spray with Avene thermal water and go over my face with the RT stippling brush (which I have just purchased, but am too wary of micro-exfoliation to use as a buffing brush). The result is beautiful looking skin.

The only 2 downsides are (1) you will have to take time to find out the best way to apply it. It can be time-consuming, and considering that this is a product I don’t need to apply all over my face and was therefore hoping to use as an everyday product, I won’t realistically have time to use it every morning. (2) unless you can find a store where you can go in and try a tester, it is difficult to find your shade. http://Www.misebeauty.com has a helpful colour guide on their website, and having seen all the shades, I think this is a good guide.

I am happy to email you pics of it on the skin, if you are still undecided. I needed to see it before purchasing, as I would never have picked up a full-coverage foundation, except to use as a concealer.

Do you use the Chantecaille tinted moisturiser? I am thinking of getting some.

By the way, another brush I love is the Daniel Sandler watercolour brush – it is amazing, as are his watercolour blushers.

I would love to hear ow you get on with the Shu 18. I have it, but hardly ever use it – I am still too wary of buffing brushes. I will have to try again with them!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 3 April, 2012 - 6:30 pm

Hi Dena,
thanks for your suggestions and comments about the SSE. I would love to try it but I will need to find a way to get a tester before and I had a look at Misebeauty swatches, I did not even know there were so many shades to choose from ! waow !
I would love to see pics of the SSE, that would be very nice of you !

I don’t have the Chantecaille tinted moisturizer and I haven’t tried it yet, I just have the Chantecaille future skin that I was lucky to swap for with Moodeve (youtube) and I am nearly at the end of the pot today. It does not provide a lot of coverage but it feels luxurious and extremely comfortable on my skin and I like it.

I also have Daniel Sandler watercolor blushes, they are so pigmented !!! I have to try the brushes !
The Shu 18 is really well made, I don’t use it to apply foundation all over my face, but just to apply base on some small zones. Sometimes I use it to apply some Mac nude CCB (or other base cream blushes) on the cheeks underneath the powder blush and that works well too. It would just take too much time to use it with my daily foundation routine and I like easy-speedy applications in the morning 🙂
I will talk to you soon ! Finally a long weekend approaching and I have a few things to upload this weekend 🙂

Jodi 31 March, 2012 - 11:45 pm

You are a total goddess and I love your work! Will continue to use this as a reference for a long time to come! Have a beautiful weekend, Jodi

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 April, 2012 - 7:00 pm

Hi Jodi !
thank you ! I am very touched by your comment ! I love your videos ! Hilarious “Eye of the Tiger” omg…. he is so funny !!!! you should see my boyfriend … they would make a great couple !!! 😀

Pang 1 April, 2012 - 1:24 am

omg thank you! you are amazing and thank you for making this post!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i loved everything about it and i am soooo gonna follow you!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 April, 2012 - 7:08 pm

Hi Pang ! I am so happy, thank you so much !!!! <3

MakeupByJoyce 13 June, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Love your brush collection!! I’m a brush fanatic too! I’ve been searching for the Chanel #5 brush, but it seems like they discontinued it. =( I’ve been also thinking about getting Tom Ford’s brushes, but the brass/gold ferrule is bothering me. I’m crazy and prefer my brushes to have a nickel/silver ferrule and a matte black handle!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 13 June, 2012 - 8:10 pm

I did not even know about this Chanel 5… it looks really very tempting ! You sound like you know what you want 🙂 I love Suqqu and the elegant packaging of their products so I also know what you mean 🙂
By the way, I have just checked out your blog and it’s amazing ! I have all the By Terry blushes and your pictures are incredibly clear, fantastic job !
Thank you for stopping by 🙂

MakeupByJoyce 13 June, 2012 - 8:33 pm

Thanx =) and I can’t wait to see your review of the By Terry blushes too. I want to get more! By the way, I’m not just “stopping by.” I’m staying at your blog forever. 😉 Love your review and swatches! <3

Sweet Make Up Temptations 13 June, 2012 - 9:20 pm

Thank you ! You are a sweetheart ! <3

cherryyzz 13 July, 2012 - 10:09 am

This post was really fantastic. I love your description of all the different brushes, and your opinions about their best uses.
I am right now considering about buying Hakuhodo brushes, they seem to be really good quality, but I’ve been always reluctant because I do not live in the US, so I was afraid to not receive my purchase.
If I got it right, I think you’re living in Switzerland. So I wanted to ask you if you could give me more informations about the shipping (which type you chose), the customs taxes, the delay… That’s would be really helpful.

I thank you for this post which is really really useful and hope to see your response soon


Sweet Make Up Temptations 13 July, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Thank you so much Cherryyzz 🙂
The shipping I choose is the one at 12usd, the packages allways arrived in 1 week or less ! If you have any question, their customer service is very fast in replying and very helpful.
They say they are not responsible for any loss of packages but I always received mine and they were so many in 2 years…
Their brushes are top quality, I just had a problem with one brush some time ago but apart from that, Hakuhodo are amongst the best, if not the best.
Hope this helps 🙂

cherryyzz 14 July, 2012 - 12:22 am

Thanks a lot for that so fast answer. (=
I think that now, I’ve got nothing left refraining me from buying. My banker is going to be so happy…^^

helen856 23 September, 2012 - 1:34 pm

re Bobbi Brown , when I was in Selfridges recently the assistant told me that a new matte collection of lipsticks will be launched on 30 Sept. which I’m looking forward to . I’m on the seqarch for the perfect coral lipstick Sonia ! My all-time favourite is Chantecailles’s Cassiopeia , which is discontinued .
p.s. Thanks for your Suquu post ; it was SO helpful knowing which brush is best to apply it with . hx

Sweet Make Up Temptations 23 September, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Hi Helen,
my favorite coraly lipstick is Edward Bess Night Orchid and on top By Terry Golddigger ilpgloss, with the Chanel Bois de Rose lipliner, this is a winner combination !
I haven’t tried the BB yet, I should go have a look 😉
you are welcome, I will add that to my future reviews, maybe it could help to know which brushes I have tested with the products.

Lilian 1 October, 2012 - 9:09 am

I really love this blog. Lucky enough in time to read this before I went to IMATS in Sydney yesterday. I printed out your blog and highlighted all HAKUHODOUSA brushes each series and numbers. The Hakuhodo girl was very impressed and SHE KNOWS YOUR BLOG too ! I told her I did my research before I came to IMATS. she was pretty impressed!

I bought three brushes, S103, G5552 4mm, and Kokutan Eyeshadow S.

Very happy of what I bought but when I used G5552 this morning the goat hair shading. I was totally not impressed and quite shock we just a few buffing of my liquid foundation 4 goat hair fall off on my face. What should I do? Do you have any experience hair shading or fall out from Hakuhodo brushes?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 October, 2012 - 9:29 am

oh waw, ok thanks for the info 😉
The G5552 did shed a few hairs during the first uses, but some shedding can be normal.
If I understood correctly, there is a final process on each manufacturing of the brushes, the “brushing of the hair” (which is supposed to remove the non-attached ones).
Sometimes this step is not completely finalized so it’s normal that during the first uses or washes some hair are lost. This should not happen afterwards.
For example the J series were not shedding at all, I was expecting a lot of shedding of the new Hakuhodo big stippling brush but it was amazingly finished. (the Rae Morris stippling is still shedding and will shed forever because I have been washing it and taking care of it but nothing helped).

I recommend you wash it a few times and see how it performs, then contact Hakuhodo and see what they tell you.

helen856 8 November, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Hi Sonia , I wonder if you can recommend a good lip brush for me please ? As I wrote the other day , I’ve found my HG lipstick ( isn’t it a nice feeling when you try something , look in the mirror and think , ” That’s it !” ) the Suquu creamy glow no.10 . I have a rubbish old lip brush so would like one that’s suited to this extremely glossy texture ; the one I have leaves lines in it 🙁
Many thanks as always , Helen

Sweet Make Up Temptations 8 November, 2012 - 7:13 pm

I only use lip brushes with dark or dark-matte lipsticks but since I have some Suqqu creamy glow and some lip brushes… I will try them together and share my thoughts with you 🙂 Did you try the Chantecaille lip contour ? (the little pencil). Not that it solves the creamy glow problem but I love it sooo much ! It makes my dark lipsticks finish beautiful and not so harsh. I’ll come back with some info on the brushes shortly.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 13 November, 2012 - 10:27 am

Hi Helen,
I hope you are all right 🙂
Just an info, I will receive soon the lip brush from Lunasol (Ex N) that they told me it was so good, I will see how it performs against the Hakuhodo and the Koyudo I have… Didn’t have time to use them with the Suqqu lippies yet, since I arrived from the weekend it has been a little bit busy and I did not even had time to play with make up at all, just wearing the very minimum. But I have to play with the few new items I just got and also the new Koyudo brushes I finally received ! 😀
talk soon !!

helen856 8 November, 2012 - 7:56 pm

I think maybe Chantecaille Lip Contour isn’t made anymore ….I checked the Spacenk website , also Liberty and Harrods and none of them have it :((( I hope you have reserves Sonia !!!!
Thanks , I’ll look forward to the brush info .

Sweet Make Up Temptations 8 November, 2012 - 7:58 pm

NOOOOO that item cannot go !

helen856 8 November, 2012 - 8:02 pm

My sincere condolences Sonia , I know the feeling when a product one depends on is discontinued 🙁

Bonnie 9 November, 2012 - 4:00 pm

I think the lip contour is still being sold. I still see it here in Australia (RRP AU$42)…

Sweet Make Up Temptations 9 November, 2012 - 11:03 pm

I’ll check out if I can still find it in London in November ! thank you sooo much Bonnie !!

helen856 13 November, 2012 - 6:40 pm

Hola Sonia 🙂 It’s really so nice of you to remember my lip brush query even though you’ve had a wonderful week-end in Barcelona !
When you’re a bit less busy I’ll look forward to your insights – I’ve not ever had a Lunasol brush so that’ll be interesting . thanks very much Sonia.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 13 November, 2012 - 7:45 pm

Hi Helen ! If I ever forget please don’t hesitate to remind me 🙂
I will receive a few Lunasol brushes soon I hope 🙂 will keep you updated as soon as I can !

BuZZing TaMMetje (@Tammelini) 22 November, 2012 - 10:48 pm

Thank you for your great reviews. I places my first order for the hakuhodo brushes, excited as a kid 😀

Sweet Make Up Temptations 23 November, 2012 - 8:22 am

I hope you will be very happy with them ! 🙂 let us know please !

Aileen 19 April, 2013 - 11:24 am

hello there 🙂 amazing brush collections!

which do you prefer?
chanel #1 powder brush or bobbi brown powder brush?

thank you so much.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 19 April, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Hi Aileen, thanks 🙂
If I had to choose between one of these 2, it would be the BB Powder for sure.
I have been using this BB for years, it has always been very multipurpose, unlike the Chanel #1 which is a bit too directional for some uses and today I have to admit that this Chanel doesn’t feel soft enough for a daily use anyway.
Today I have many other brushes that I prefer so the BB doesn’t get much love but it still is a brush that has a nice warm place in my heart 🙂

Vivian 13 June, 2013 - 5:16 am

Hi Sonia,
I am wanting to buy the Chanel #4 as my blush brush…do you know what kind of hair it is and where it was made? Do you think the Tom Ford cheek brush is much better than this and worth the higher price? Thanks so much! Can’t wait to hear from you =)

Sweet Make Up Temptations 15 June, 2013 - 8:36 am

Hi Vivian,
The Chanel #4 brush is probably the best face brush they currently have in their collection, although the hair have a lot of snap and strength it’s certainly the softest of their series. I don’t know 100% what type of hair it is, behaves likes goat, it’s thick like goat hair, but it’s a soft kind and with color similar to squirrel hair… so I am not really certain today. I would say that after having so many brushes today, this one I’ll personally categorise it as goat hair.
It’s not meant to be used in stippling motions but if you do, you may have a brush that sometimes pokes your skin, in the normal “functioning way”, it does not poke.
They were made in Japan in the past but now I believe that some are made in China (this brush) and some in France.
We were talking about Chanel brushes when I was at Tanseido’s home in Japan, so I got the info there, I told them that in terms of softness the Chanel brushes weren’t as soft as the Tanseidos.
Although extreme softness is not something that everybody is looking for (due to the resilience or the spring of the hair), softness is something that I need for my skin. I was using my face Chanel brushes a lot but then I had to switch to softer options.

Vivian 18 June, 2013 - 1:46 am

Hi Sonia,
Thank you so much for your detailed response! Do you know how I can get Chikuhodo z4 if I live in the US? Thanks again. I look forward to reading more of your Japan trip posts!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 18 June, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Hi Vivian, Kohlindo.se ship worldwide for sure, have you tried ?

Vivian 18 June, 2013 - 9:42 pm

Hi Sonia, I have not purchased from this site before. I couldn’t find information about shipping cost and confirmation on shipping to the US…sorry, I am really new in the brushes buying world. Thanks so much for your patience!! hehe =D

Jess 3 September, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Have you tried to do comparisons between the Suqqu Face Powder?

Sweet make up temptations 4 September, 2013 - 12:43 am

Hello Jess,
I did, if you have a look at this post here : http://sweetmakeuptemptations.com/2012/10/07/my-current-favorite-makeup-brushes/
Maybe you find your answer there, if not, please do let me know. By the way, are you talking about the big face brush or the cheek one ?
and you would like to compare it to any other in particular ?

Diana 1 May, 2014 - 8:44 am

Hi! You have a great blog! I’m looking for a eyeshadow brush from hakuhodo to apply all over the lid for a sheer look for heavily pigmented matte powder eyeshadows and glitter powder eyeshadows and also those eyeshadows that come in those paint pots from maybelline. I find them to be too pigmented even when using fingers. If you can recommend a brush or brushes would be great. Price doesn’t matter to me and I have small eyes like Maggie Q the actress. I’ve looked on their website and done some research but it’s so hard to choose 🙁 thank u!


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