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Chikuhodo – review of some amazing brushes

by Sonia G.

Good news, I have finally tried Chikuhodo brushes and they are really good.
Bad news, they are very difficult to get unless you live in Japan or have a friend or colleague traveling or working in Japan.

The Company

This is copied from their website :

CHIKUHODO Co., Ltd. is a makeup brush manufacturer, which adopts traditional Japanese brush making style and is located in Kumano, Hiroshima prefecture. Receiving orders from many domestic and overseas client companies, CHIKUHODO has been engaging in manufacturing of all types of high-quality makeup brushes. Today CHIKUHODO has grown into the No.1 companyin original equipment manufacturing (OEM) of makeup brushes in Japan.We feel so grateful to many top-ranking makeup artists both inside and outside of Japan for giving us precious opinions and knowledge, which we feel has lead us to come so far as a high-quality makeup brush manufacturer.

The reason why I quoted their site Company description is because there is something I don’t understand…
Why can they “receive order from overseas client companies” and not ship worldwide to clients like us ?
I am not aware of their company regulations but Hakuhodo for example do ship worldwide to anyone.
Chikuhodo say in their site that they are the manufacturers of Suqqu and RMK brushes, just to say a few.

First I will talk about the Chikuhodo brushes I received, then, if you are interested in the order experience I had to go through, you can have a look at the bottom of this post for some details.

The Chikuhodo website is in japanese, you have some pages in english. The online shop is only in Japanese.

They have the Chikuhodo Z series, the SV, the GS, the G, the BP, the K, the Artist … and many others, this page will help you understand their range : Chikuhodo Cosmetic Brush Series

I found this page really useful to navigate and check out their type of brushes : Choose from the type of brush If you check out the brushes via this page, you will have the description of the brushes, size and hair. If you install Google Chrome as a web navigator, it will translate you the brush descriptions in english !

The brushes

What I was trying to do when I selected these brushes, is order some brushes that would allow me to do my full face make up, and achieve it only with Chikuhodo brushes.

Most of the brushes are goat and grey squirrel. I am still trying to translate what they are made of and will update this review with the detailed hair description. I still did not manage to get a correct translation… sorry.

This picture has been taken before I washed the new brushes :

And this is a picture after I washed them :

Unlike Hakuhodo, the names of the brushes are written on the handles. The Z series are only written “Eyeshadow brush” without the number engraved on them but they aren’t many in these series so it’s not really bothering me.

BL10-1 Eye Shadow brush

I use the Hakuhodo G5520 every single day, it’s a HG brush for me, I thought this BL10-1 from Chikuhodo was very similar but it’s not. The BL10-1 is much bigger and not that pointy, more like a Mac 219 or the Suqqu M. I was just hoping it would be smaller so that I could have two similar brushes like the G5520. I use this BL10-1 for an application of eyeshadow on the lid or the crease, it’s really fantastic and picks more product than the Suqqu.

Length: 170mm
Hair length : 9mm

Price : Y 1’890

Y-10 Eye Liner brush

I apply a Bobby Brown, a Mac or another similar gel eyeliner nearly every day. I need a few eye liner brushes so that I don’t need to wash them every single day. This brush delivers exactly the application I want but it’s “just” an eye liner brush, a good one though. I can easily draw a thin line, precise, it does not slide where I don’t want to, it does not hurt and I can hold it easily… I had never asked myself these questions but since I have tried the Rae Morris bent eye liner, that I don’t find easy to hold (too short, too light, too thin), now it’s something I also like to mention.
Price : Y 945

BL20-6 Brush finish

This brush looks denser in the pictures but it’s more like a fan brush to me. Not dense at all, actually it looks like a paint brush for walls and when you wash it, it feels exactly like that.
It’s a fun “fan” brush to me, but not one I would have purchased if I had seen it in person, unless you are looking for a brush exactly like that, I don’t really see a necessity in having this in your collection.
You can use it for finishing or for highlighting but it’s sparse and not firm at all, you will not get precise application.
Hair : goat
Brush length : 180mm
Hair length : 50mm
Price : Y 3’675

G-10 Liquid brush

It looks like the Shu Uemura, very similar. I have tried an application of a foundation base and it was perfectly nice. I have tried it with the application of foundation and I had to buff with another brush afterwards. The foundation application was streaky. You certainly could apply a very thin and precise concealer-foundation type of application on some zones but for the full face, it’s too time consuming for me.
I don’t regret buying it because I use the Shu for the Tom Ford countouring cream every day and this one will come handy, I won’t need to wash the Shu all the time.
Hair : goat
Brush length : 115mm
Hair length : 22mm
Price : Y 2’625

BL12-6 Eye Shadow Brush (L) 

It’s a very nice brush for applying a base color on your eye, or a crease color but the application is light, I prefer a more dense and firm for a more “deep” wash of color but I still can see myself using this brush very often. It’s a bit like the Suqqu L but firmer and thinner.

Brush length: 178mm
Hair lenght  : 19mm

Price : Y 2’940

The Hakuhodo G5523 is her little sister, same shape, just smaller.

Chikuhodo 12-6 vs Hakuhodo G5523

Special GS-9 Highlight / cheek brush

Perfection. I have nothing like this one in my collection, it’s a fantastic brush, completely multi-purpose. It was really soft and fluffly when it arrived, I washed it and now it’s even looking better. It’s going to be in my HG for sure !

Brush lenght : 190mm
Hair length : 50mm
Price : Y 5’775

It’s something in between the Bobbi Brown and the Hakuhodo.

Z-5 Eye Shadow Brush

A little bit similar to the Suqqu L, much firmer, denser and wider. The quality of the Z series is stunning. Great little gems.

Brush length: 135mm
Hair length : 19mm

Price : Y 3’990

Z-10 Eye Shadow brush

This one is what I hoped the Rae Morris would be. The Rae Morris is nice but I thought it was more pointy and firm. The Z-10 is extremely pointy and very firm, exactly what I was looking for.

Brush length: 125mm
Hair lenght : 11mm

Price : Y 3’150

Z-8 Cheek brush

HG alert. Gasp. I read this one was amazing, it truly is.
The best ever cheek brush. Perfect size, perfect density, so soft, so luxurious. I don’t own the Suqqu cheek brush, yet, so I cannot compare the two, but this Z-8 is quite a masterpiece.

I believe that owning this one could make you stop haunting for the perfect cheek brush. It doesn’t do that to me because I am definitely crazy but I admit I will have problems reaching for the other brushes and sharing the love…    I will hold on to it like a  Gollum 😛

It’s grey squirrel, the hair are very dense, when I washed it late in the evening, it wasn’t dry in the morning… normal.  Most of my blushes are very pigmented and I have a very heavy hand, with this brush the application couldn’t be more appropriate, it totally helps me to control my heavy hand. Re-gasp… I am in love with a brush !

Brush length: 160mm
Hair lenght : 40mm

Price : Y 9’450

The order experience

I don’t recommend you going via a forwarding company, it worked, but when you have the language barrier, plus Chikuhodo cancelled the order when they realized it was a forwarding company, then I don’t know why but they did not cancel it anymore… then my credit card was debited twice, then they did not send me all the brushes… it was a pain.

I have installed Google Chrome web navigator, it translates the pages automatically from Japanese to English when necessary but not all the text is translated, the text entered in image boxes can not be read by the system, therefore it’s kept in Japanese.

You will have to play with it… and guess.
You have to know what to enter and where… and even for the payment, you have to enter the credit card information a bit differently with other options, that I did not really understand 100%.
At the end it worked, but it was a mess. The shipping (forwarding) costed me USD 40. Which is not much when you think what you could be paying for them if you are buying them from somewhere else. Still, you really have to be stubborn and crazy to do that for brushes… 😉

Bottom Line

The brushes are great, they did not shed, only the big white Artist 20-6 shed tiny hairs but totally normal shedding.
It’s so difficult to get your hands on them but if you have the possibility to try them, go ahead.

I cannot say that Chikuhodo is better than Hakuhodo, I love Hakuhodo for all the amazing brushes they make, for the amazing customer service and for how easy  it is to place an order with them or to get advice and information, Hakuhodo have a big place in my heart.

Have you tried any other Japanese brush brand ? What do you think of them ?

I have not covered everything in my review, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me 🙂

I will also be updating some more info about the brushes as soon as I will be able to have it translated from Japanese !

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CC 7 July, 2012 - 3:32 pm

Whoa!! Nice collections! Thanks for the post. I know what to get when I can manage to get the Chikuhodo brushes. My sister is learning the Japanese Language so perhaps I can get her help. 🙂

The Jap brands in my ‘very small’ collections so far are Lunasol, RMK, and Hakuhodo. I find myself reaching frequently for Lunasol powder and cheek brushes. Like you, I have the Hakuhodo G5556-4mm for liquid foundation application which I like but I think I would prefer the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush slightly..

My most recent purchase is the Stila #21 brush. Have been using it for bronzer and it has been my favorite for the past 3 weeks. 🙂

Sweet Make Up Temptations 7 July, 2012 - 7:50 pm

Thank you CC !
Japanese is certainly a fun and interesting language to learn !
I haven’t tried RMK or Lunasol brushes yet… I can’t wait, I will be visiting the RMK counter in two weeks in London, it will be the first time that I see them !
Did not try the Stila yet, but I do use the Shiseido for cream blush.
I have a similar one to the Stila, your comment gave me an idea, I think I will try to use it for bronzer since it’s sitting in my drawer waiting… 😛 thank you for sharing !

Inga 21 December, 2014 - 10:08 pm

How would you compare chikohudo vs wayne goss?

Nikoleta 7 July, 2012 - 6:35 pm

for a good foundation goat brush, you should have a look at the koyudo one. the chikuhodo one is good for blush though. I have some artist brushes, Y series and G series (the artist round squirrel blush is good but not nearly as well made as my rmk cheek one, the kolinsky eyebrushes poke my eyes I largely prefer the weasel hakuhodo ones, the G-1 powder/blush brush is very good for bronzer though and the capra hair is heaven on earth). I really want some Z brushes but for now it’s mission impossible 🙁
for chikuhodo, e now-project does ship to europe but for a minimum of 200 dollars and if you want an individual brush, you should buy a set along with it 🙁

Sweet Make Up Temptations 7 July, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Hi Nikoleta, I just had a look at the koyudo and it looks just perfect, I will get my hands on this. I really need to check out the RMK too ! thank you for your precious recommendations and information, and what a shame for the international shipping ! I hope this changes…

Buggsiebee 8 July, 2012 - 10:01 am

OMG what a detailed post!! Thank you for sharing:))
This post must have eaten up your ENTIRE Saturday?!

I’ve often considered using a Japanese forwarding company but I was never quite adventurous enough. What a nerve racking mission you went on to get your Chikuhodos! I’m sorry to hear that it doesn’t work as well as it should & I’m shocked to hear that Chikuhodo cancelled the order once they realised it had been placed by a forwarding company. That seems like a strange business philosophy to me but perhaps they’ve had problems with these companies before?

The main thing is that your brushes have FINALLY arrived safely & that you are happy with most of them!! The Z 8 cheek brush is quite beautiful :))

I ordered most of my Chikuhodo brushes via e now-project. Their prices – even including a hefty customs duty plus tax if they get stopped – are STILL lower than Kohlindo.se . However I did place a small order with Kohlindo and received my brushes almost overnight.
Super speedy service BUT the shipping fee is NOT added when you order & pay nor is there any mention of it. Instead, once you have ordered & paid they send you a mail requesting another +/- €15 for postage. I REALLY don’t appreciate those kind of hidden costs.

I hope you’re enjoying a well deserved relaxed Sunday:))

Sweet Make Up Temptations 8 July, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Yes it took me some time because my english is not that good yet… will get better with time 🙂
At the beginning the order process was fun and quite an interesting experience, then it just became a pain and not worth it…
Thanks also for the info, I just checked out the prices on Kohlindo and yes it’s much more expensive 🙁
same to you, enjoy your Sunday ! by the way, I was just watching the MotoGP in Germany 🙂 nice racing track you have there !!

Buggsiebee 8 July, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Your english is great, but I know what you mean about writing taking more time. I’m like that when it comes to writing in german!
NO Moto GP for me!!
Having lost two friends over the years to motobike accidents and one who is alive but seriously disabled I am not a fan. If my sons EVER want to own a bike they will have to leave home first.

Dena 8 July, 2012 - 10:02 am

Another fantastic review – thanks, Sonia! I am drooling at the sight of these brushes, but they seem like too much hassle to order. I will have to treat myself to the Suqqu cheek brush instead 😉

Sweet Make Up Temptations 8 July, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Thank you Dena ! 2 more weeks to wait and I will be at the Suqqu counter ! and I will meet you too 😀 can’t wait !
I want to see this Suqqu cheek brush 😛

Stacy 8 July, 2012 - 10:30 am

This post wil be a valuable reference to come back to! I will have to live through you when you visit the RMK counter!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 8 July, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Thanks Stacy, I will keep you informed 😉

Nikoleta 8 July, 2012 - 4:03 pm

well, I had a very positive experience with kohlindo and even prices are higher and shipping costs are added later, I apreciated the customer service (I got an answer to my mails the same day and even on sunday!), shipping is fast and everything was packed with care. Besides, they offer individual brushes from most of the series (except the SV series) so you don’t have to pay an entire set for the two or three brushes you really want.

Buggsiebee 8 July, 2012 - 4:59 pm

BOTH companies are making an excellent profit at our expense. Yay for them!

Beauty in a bottle 10 July, 2012 - 2:13 am

Fantastic post!! I have a brush obsession too. I have’t used Japanese brushes before but really want to use them now.

Malin, Kohlindo 14 September, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Hi 🙂
This is Malin that has Kohlindo in Sweden. I love reading your blog about the brushes and Im so happy that there are many many more women that loves the brushes. I really love the brushes from Chikuhodo and Im so happy and thankfull that I can sell them by our web shop. I really would like to tell everyone here that no, I dont make much money of selling the brushes. I can imagine that you think that I pay little for the brushes but NO, I dont. It´s crazy that I have the shop because we dont make money of it BUT we love our little shop and Im a BIG Chikuhodo-fan 🙂

Buggsiebee: Im so sorry about the extra fee. We are making a new shop soon because I realized one day that when we had orders from other counties outside of Sweden the system in the web shop wasnt right. So now I have big problems with the fee for the postage. Again, Im so sorry.
Hopefully the new shop will make the shopping easier and with NO mail that says that we have to put an fee for the postage. The fee will be in the system right away. I understand that you feel irritated.

Im just happy to be able to sell the brushes. And I know we are a bit expensive. I had to make a choice when we started the shop: be a bit more expensive OR dont open the shop. Me and Peter took the first choice, we open the shop.
My goal is to spred the handcraft and the beautiful makeup brushes. I was sooo proud when Chikuhodo let us open the shop and I am still today. And I still get so so so happy every time I read about the brushes in a blog. I try to have a good service and everytime someone buy a brush Im so proud to be able to send it.
So, yes I know about our prices. But the only choice I have if we must take a lower price is to close the shop.

In our new shop I will put links to blogs that write about makeup and Chikuhodo. If you would like to be one of the please send me an e-mail: malin@kohlindo.se 🙂 I hope this can be a fun and interesting new thing for a web shop.

I really try to make everyone happy with our service and the makeup brushes. So please if you would like to change something or if there is a brush that we dont have home but Chikuhodo has it, please send me an e-mail 🙂

Take care,
Malin, Kohlindo

Buggsiebee 14 September, 2012 - 6:46 pm

Hi Malin,
nice of you to take an interest in what people think & to take the time to comment. Most companies these days don’t seem to care about their customer’s opinion at all. I was very happy with the super speedy postage & the lovely brushes & will certainly continue to visit your store now that I understand a bit of the background. There are always two sides to every story and I’m really happy that you used this blog to clear things.
Happy selling:))

Malin, Kohlindo 15 September, 2012 - 6:34 am

Hi Gill 🙂
Im so happy that I had a chance to explain. I work everyday with Kohlindo trying to spread the beautiful handcraft Chikuhodo does. I try to do it with my heart and as I wrote its probably crazy that we have the shop…but I love Kohlindo and I love Chikuhodo. Me and Yumie (Japan) has been friends since we were 15 years old, we are today 39 years old 🙂 We have Kohlindo together with my sons father. Thats why I love Kohlindo so much.
I try to do my best everyday and when I started to get orders from other countries I was sooooo happy. Everyone that place an order means a lot to me. I love the feeling when I have a chance to send a brush to someone knowing that they will have a real Fude in their hand. The handcraft is so beautiful.

Thank you Gill for your understanding. It means a lot to me.

Take care,
Malin, Kohlindo

Raquel 25 January, 2013 - 12:22 am

Hi Malin,

I love that so much love goes into your shop, and I would be interested in shopping from Kohlindo. But when I visit the site it’s all in Swedish. Do you have an English site and do you ship Chikuhodo to the USA ? This would be so wonderful!!!

Malin, Kohlindo 25 January, 2013 - 10:51 am

Hi Raquel,
thank you so much 🙂 I have met women all over the world that shows so much kindness and everyone are in some way crazy brush ladies 😀
Is so much fun to share a passion 🙂

Are are building a English site right now. The translation is under construction 🙂
And yes, we ship to USA.

Please send me an e-mail at: malin@kohlindo.se if you have more questions. You are so welcome 🙂

Malin, Kohlindo 24 September, 2012 - 9:54 am

Listen to our customers are import. Our vision is to spread the handcraft of Chikuhodo and their beautiful Fude, makeup brushes. We have now been reviewed our pricelist in hope that more people will be able to experience the feeling of a makeup brush made of knowledge that goes from generation to generation.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 24 September, 2012 - 9:16 pm

Thank you Malin, I will certainly place an order in the following weeks.
Can you please let me know where I can find the shipping fees in your site ? I understand it’s free in Sueden but I am not sure I understood for Europe or the rest of the world.
Many thanks for your help !

Malin, Kohlindo 25 September, 2012 - 7:51 am

Hi 🙂
You are right, we havent written anywhere what the fees are. We are working on it now. The shipping fee for EU is 118 SEK. Outside of EU is 130 SEK. The VAT is 25 % in Sweden and orders in EU will have the same VAT if you dont have a valid VAT registration number. Maybe you have a company and then you can pay your VAT depending on which country you have your company in.
The prices you see in the shop includes the swedish VAT.

I hope you will love your brushes 🙂

Dena 27 September, 2012 - 7:25 am

I placed an order for some Chikuhodo from Malin at Kohlindo on Tuesday late morning. They arrived this morning before I had even left for work! The brushes are incredible – so soft and beautifully made – and Malin was really helpful. If anyone is interested in Chikuhodo brushes, I highly recommend buying from Kohlindo.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 September, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Hi Dena, thank you for the info. I am preparing a review on the ones I have today (a picture of the brushes that will be reviewed is on the right-hand side bar of the blog)
I am really loving them, they are extraordinary brushes.
Which ones did you order ?
I am sure you are loving them too 😉

Dena 27 September, 2012 - 6:56 pm

I was very restrained! I ordered 2 brushes from the Black Artist Series: the 18-1 Sokoko Powder brush (as I wanted something that would distribute more powder than grey squirrel hair) and the 16-1 grey squirrel blusher brush, which is large and flat – kind of like a larger Hakuhodo 116 brush, but so unbelievably soft. I like it as its different from all my other blusher brushes. I also got the M-4 eyeshadow brush from the Professional Series. It is also grey squirrel, so it’s beautifully soft. In size, it is somewhere between the Suqqu F and the Suqqu L brushes; less flat than the F, but not nearly as fluffy as the L. I think it will be versatile – I imagine I will be able to use it for a light wash of colour, as well as blending. I will be posting a review of these brushes as soon as I have sorted out my website. I can’t wait to read your review!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 September, 2012 - 7:18 pm

I also have the M-4 and love it. Thank you for sharing 🙂 it’s good to know what you think of them ! I would love to read your reviews !
I am taking the pictures for the review right at this moment, but I have to say that the Z-Series are scary threatening for anyone that loves the best and most beautifully made brushes…

Malin, Kohlindo 27 September, 2012 - 9:08 pm

Hi 🙂
Have you seen MK-1 and MK-2? They are decorated with Kaga maki-e. Sooo beautiful brushes!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 September, 2012 - 9:13 pm

Hi Malin,
are these MK’s the same size brushes than the Z-1 ? Same hair quality ?
it would be great if you could tell me..
thank you !

Dena 27 September, 2012 - 10:18 pm

Those 2 brushes are just exquisite! Sonia, I have a feeling that our next meeting is going to result in another shopping spree! By the way, I received the Rae Morris brushes, which I ordered more out of curiosity. I have to say, I absolutely love the 7 deluxe blender. It looks like the Hakuhodo G5522, but it performs differently. I used the RM on one eye and the G5522 on the other eye, and the results were quite different. I promise to blog about it soon!

Malin, Kohlindo 28 September, 2012 - 8:30 am

Hi 🙂
the MK-1 and MK-2 are more like Z-9 but a hair length that is 52 mm. The MK-1 and MK-2 has a hair length of 50 mm. They are made of 100% gray squirrel just like the Z-serie.
The decoration is real Kaga maki-e 🙂
And yes of course, I LOVE them 🙂 they are sooo soft just like the Z-series.
If there is something in the Chikuhodo shop that you would like to buy and we dont have in the Kohlindo shop please let me know and I will try to buy them for you.

Malin, Kohlindo 28 September, 2012 - 8:31 am

The hair length of Z-9 is 52 mm. The hair length of MK-1 and MK-2 is 50 mm.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 September, 2012 - 6:29 pm

Thank you Malin… I have to seriously think about them 🙂 I am soooo loving the Z Series !!!

makemeup 19 October, 2012 - 5:30 am


I have been reading all about your brushes and I appreciate your knowledge and take pleasure in reading about how much you adore them. I am looking to replace the 138 since I’ve been spoiled by all my Hakuhodo brushes. I’m looking for a blush/bronzer/powder brush that is soft, dense and the hairs to be more evenly distributed than the 138. Would the Chikuhodo GS-9 be a good replacement? Or do you think that I should get the Chikuhodo Z-1/Z-2? I know you like the Z-8 for the same versatility, but I prefer a conical shape to the brush.


Sweet Make Up Temptations 19 October, 2012 - 6:47 am

Hi 🙂
oh yes, the GS-9 is a fantastic brush, fluffy, soft and pointy but I think much wider than the 138, I will check that tonight when I am back home and will let you know. The z-2 is much smaller and the Z-1 is a bit too dense and firm for a bronzer application but let me come back to you with some more details soon !
I do have the 138 so I might be able to compare them a bit better for you. Talk soon !

Sweet Make Up Temptations 20 October, 2012 - 8:33 pm

Hi 🙂
I was just comparing the two brushes, the Mac 138 and the chikuhodo GS-9, the GS-9 is softer, wider (will cover more surface) and you will have a more diffused application, I do prefer it but the Mac 138 is very nice too. The Z-1 is a bit shaped like a round ball, it’s firmer and denser than these two but it’s also softer, again the GS-9 would deliver a more diffused application than the Z-1. The GS-9 is quite unique since it has a point… The Z-2 is definitely too small for bronzer unless it’s contouring. Is this answering your questions ? please let me know..

makemeup 22 October, 2012 - 8:39 am

Thank you for the comparison, Sonia! What I gather from your comparison is that the Mac 138 is quite a unique shape and size; therefore, the GS-9 or Z-series brushes aren’t that similar. If only the Z-2 were a little bit bigger… 🙂 I know that Hakuhodo makes the B103 and S103 that are very similar, but I was just wondering how the Chikuhodo brushes compare.

I just read your post on the overview of makeup brushes and it was so thorough. It was informational for new and experienced brush owners.

Thank you so much!

Kay 17 November, 2012 - 5:58 am

Hi Sonia, I had been looking for Chikuhodo brushes for quite a while and finally have them thanks to this post!

I ordered from Kohlindo in Sweden as both the brush and shipping prices quoted by the US based Now-eproject were much higher. The prices shown on the Kohlindo website include the VAT which I didn’t have to pay as I live in the US. Although the Kohlindo website is not in English, I used Google Translate and had no problems. The service was efficient and I couldn’t be happier!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 17 November, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Great! I am also really happy to have found Kohlindo, same for me about the VAT, I am thrilled that it’s so easy to get them thanks to Malin !

Annie 26 April, 2013 - 6:14 pm

These brushes are gorgeous! I own the suqqus and the chikuhodo z series — and although they are AHmazing!! — I must caution people who might be interested in purchasing them that the only bad thing I’ve found about the brushes is that the ferrules (where the metal meets the brush hairs) are a little fragile.

The metal is not as thick as the ferrules on a mac or hakuhodo brush. I dropped my suqqu and chikuhodo brushes (on hardwood floors) from my dresser (or sometimes they fall out of my hand when i’m switching from brush to brush) — and some of the ferrules dented. 🙁 the shape of the brush changes because of the dent. Although it’s a tiny dent — it’s such a pity that they are sooo fragile. So if you’re clumsy like me — just beware of the fragility of the ferrules.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 April, 2013 - 6:18 am

Ok thank you Annie !
my TF bronzer fall and has a little dent but at the end of the handle so no harm for the hair shape at least !

jessica le lu 26 August, 2013 - 4:11 am

bonjour je susi une maquilleuse française et desire vraiment acheter les brosses chikuodo où puis je les trouver s il vous plait leur site en japonais ne livre pas en france


Sweet make up temptations 26 August, 2013 - 12:36 pm

bonjour, kohlindo.se livrent en France et leur site est en anglais aussi 🙂

Iris 29 October, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Hi Sonia,

I plan to buy the Chikuhodo directly from their website as I have a friend in Japan who agrees to help me with the shipping. I plan to pay with my credit card but after playing with the website using Google Chrome, I couldn’t find any Check-out button for the Z- series. Did I miss out anything or Chikuhodo no longer offer online shopping service? Please help me,

Sweet make up temptations 29 October, 2013 - 3:56 pm

Hi Iris,
hmmm I can see it further down… can you ?

Nana 22 November, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Hi Sonia,

I’ve been wanting the Chikuhodo Special g-9 brush for AGES but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere!
I’ve emailed peter at kohlindo but he hasn’t yet gotten back to me.
However it isn’t on their site nor on the Chikuhodo site and so I’m assuming it’s no longer being sold.
Do you have a link for where I can find it? If not, do you know of another brush that would be a good replacement?

Thank you very much!

Sweet make up temptations 23 November, 2013 - 12:11 am

Hi Nana,
I found this one http://chikuhodo.com/product/kategory/g_16.html
it looks to be the same hair length (5cm), same exact shape but a different name since a different handle.
The special G-9 shape is a fantastic brush, I have been using it all this past week 🙂
If I find another link I let you know 🙂

Nana 23 November, 2013 - 9:33 pm

Thanks so much for your help! I think I’ll use Tenso and purchase this brush directly from their site!

One other question I have is that I can’t decide between the tanseido ysq-17, yaq-17 or ysc 17.

I have the suqqu blush brush and the koyudo red squirrel on the way and I just want another high quality blush brush so I can wash them less frequently. Which one do you think would be best?

Sweet make up temptations 27 November, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Hi Nana, great brushes !! I would definitely pick the YSC 17 🙂 a different shape there, different application and such a big favorite!

Nana 28 November, 2013 - 4:01 am

I knew it! Lol. Thank you for all your help, I will be ordering the items soon!

Bambi 23 January, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Hello Sonia ,

Firstly,thank you for the helpful information.
I have plan to go to japan soon, so I would like to get my hand on few chikuhodo brush? Would you know where I can get them, please?

Sweet make up temptations 26 January, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Hi Bambi,
In Tokyo ?
I quote chikuhodo’s reply :
“TAU store @Ginza is only one place where you can have almost all our brushes in Tokyo”

Bambi 27 January, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Thank you so much. 🙂

Yolanda 16 November, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Hello, I was thinking to buy the G-10, you said it was for foundation, but since it’s from natural hair, can I use it for something like blush powder or contour or powder? Thanks for your help! Since this will be my very first purchase of Chikuhodo brushes 🙂

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 16 November, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Hi Yolanda,
Technically yes you could use it for that but it’s too dense and firm to do it properly. Its best role is really to work with cream blushes or cream contour. Liquid foundation will also be an option but it’s very small and most will find it too small for that 🙂 I hope this helps you… I don’t want you to be disappointed with your first Chiku purchase 🙂

Yolanda 16 November, 2014 - 6:14 pm

thank you so much for replying! 🙂
Ah i see, actually I’m torn between Chikuhodo G-10 and Koyudo BP014, can you help me recommend which one I should get for my first brush from the Japanese brush?
I’m looking for a multitask brush but preferably for powder use for now? Also considering my budget, I’m picking those two options for now, your reply will be very helpful to me 🙂 thank you so much beforehand.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 16 November, 2014 - 6:23 pm

Unfortunately it’s similar so you’ll have the same issue. If you want, I will see what I can recommend you for that budget, do you necessarily want it white ?
Do you want something for blush/contour/powder ? for approx 30$ ? correct ? are you going to use it with liquids/creams ?

Yolanda 16 November, 2014 - 6:29 pm

oh my thankfully I haven’t place my order yet. Hmm, yes I like white better. It can be from Chikuhodo or Koyudo 🙂
Yes for now anything for powder product, whether it’s blush or contour or highlight. Yes around $30ish, correct.
Maybe liquid, but not cream since I don’t own any cream product.
Thank you so so so much for your help and recommendation, Sonia 🙂

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 17 November, 2014 - 11:25 pm

I am trying to find something, I think the best you can find at that budget is the BP016 from koyudo, here is the link: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOKUD-201 it’s 36$.
It’s difficult to have a blush brush act as foundation application, but that BP016 is the most multipurpose for bronzer, powder, blush, you could use with cream blush but for that purpose, thicker bristles are even better.
Anyway, hope that helps you… this brush is a true gem for the price.

Yolanda 18 November, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Thank you so much for your recommendation! It helps me a lot, sorry for troubling you.
I will look up to it and yeah maybe I will buy that one 🙂
Again, thank you so much! 🙂

Karina Fogliani 11 January, 2018 - 4:00 pm

You can now get Chikuhodo brushes from Beautylish. I own from many several brands, but nothing from them. After reading your review, I am considering the Z-10 (although is currently awaiting stock in Beautylish) and the GSN-6 for liquid foundation. Amazing review!!


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