I first got the Z-1, then the MK-2 and I could not stay away from the Z-9 anymore… I had to get it too.
These three brushes being all home now, I thought I could take some pictures and show you how they compared side by side, maybe you are already thinking of your Christmas wish list 🙂
Although the hair quality (grey squirrel) is the same on all these brushes, the shape and density differs.
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The Z-1 Powder brush
To me, this one is the most unique of the three. Extremely dense and round, simply the most perfect shape. I prefer it to the Suqqu face powder, you can see some pictures with the Suqqu brush side by side here.
It will give you control on the application and although it’s quite firm I never had a streaky application.
It’s so incredibly well bundled that even if you look closely for flaws, you won’t find any.
I use it with powder, bronzer, blush, contour, … but it’s quite big, the surface covers approx 3.5×3.5cm, so just keep that in mind.
The MK-2 Powder brush
This brush is less dense than the Z-1. Again, incredibly soft, grey squirrel hair.
On one side you will see a Kaga Maki-e decoration, on the other side you will see the Chikuhodo lettering.
There is also another brush, the same shape but with a different Kaga Maki-e decoration (the MK-1).
I love to use this brush for bronzer or powder, the surface it covers is approx 4x3cm but it’s slightly tapered, you will get some precision with the pointy head but it will still deliver a diffused and soft application.
The Z-9 Powder brush
This brush is almost totally flat, it covers a huge surface (4x5cm), I absolutely love to use it with big bronzers like the Tom Ford. Not much precision with this brush but perfect for a lovely wash of color all over the face. Of course, I am still loving the Tom Ford bronzer brush, actually I prefer the Tom Ford but I am delighted to have this Z-9 and not disappointed at all.
Also grey squirrel, same softness as the other two. It is not as densely packed as the Z-1 but it still has a huge quantity of hair, flexible but with resilience, meaning that the hair will have enough strength and firmness to deliver a proper coverage.
I hope you can see the difference between these two brushes in more detail with this picture :
Bottom line : They are all powder brushes, you don’t need all of them, actually they are not a necessity at all, they are “just” very nice to have, gorgeous and luxurious brushes…