If you know RMK brushes, you probably also know Lunasol brushes, they are manufactured by the same company : Chikuhodo, just like Suqqu.
The Lunasol handles are quite similar to the RMK ones, but they are a bit heavier and slightly longer.
I got my Lunasol brushes in a swap but they were brand new, actually it’s difficult to get them if you are not living in an Asian country, we have a Kanebo counter in Switzerland and even though Lunasol is a brand from Kanebo, we don’t have access to Lunasol.
These are the Cheek N and Powder N brushes :
Lunasol powder brush N
It’s a 100% blue squirrel hair brush, the hair length of this brush is approx 5.5cm and the base of the ferrule 2.2cm. It’s a very soft brush but not extremely dense, the bristles have a lot of flexibility and the application will be quite sheer. It feels really great on the skin, very soft and very pleasant to use.
I own a similar brush, the Hakuhodo K002, also 100% blue squirrel hair, it’s denser, also firmer, the layers of hair are more evenly bundled and you will get a more controlled application. I have to say that it’s even softer than the Lunasol, I can feel that the quality of the hair in the Hakuhodo and its shape feels more “achieved” and luxurious.
The Lunasol (I only found it in Bonboncosmetics.com) is 81.99usd, the Hakuhodo is 82usd, for that price I’d rather pick the Hakuhodo, it’s just my personal preference…
I know the Lunasol is cheaper in Hong Kong but I am not sure if the prices are the same across all Asian countries were it’s available.
The RMK powder brush is a mix of grey squirrel (outside) and goat hair (in the inside), this allows the brush to be denser and still affordable and also more durable. I have to say that it is very nicely and evenly bundled, it has a flatter surface therefore I love to use it when I want an all-over bronzer application, quick and easily achieved. I just remember that the price was decent (I got mine in Selfridges UK) but unfortunately I don’t know how much it was. Then if you don’t have easy access to this brand it might cost much more than the retail price…
It also reminds me a lot of the Chikuhodo Z-9, or the Chikuhodo MK-2, I know Chikuhodo is even more expensive but, if you are really truly into luxurious brushes, this Z-9 or MK-2 are the ones to go for. They have approx the same flexibility but the quality is far more superior – so is the price -… The shape is slightly different but the final purpose is pretty much the same : a sheer all-over application of powder or bronzer.
Lunasol Cheek brush N
Made of 100% blue squirrel hair, hair length is approx 4.5cm, base of the ferrule 2cm. As you can see it’s really very similar to the Addiction Cheek brush but this one has a mix of goat and grey squirrel, it feels more dense and full and will deliver a heavier result than the Lunasol. Although this Addiction has goat hair, it feels also very soft and you can barely feel the difference between the two.
These are some of the most similar brushes that I own in my collection. The RMK cheek on the far right is also a mix of goat and grey squirrel (like the Addiction).
- the Lunasol for how soft it feels and because it’s excellent for more pigmented blushes, since it’s not as dense, I also use it with bronzer.
- the Addiction for it’s perfect density and for how good it applies and blends any blush I use it with. I tend to use it more with nude blushes, when instead of precision I want to add dimension to my cheeks (larger zone to cover and a flawless blending to achieve).
- the RMK cheek S because it’s really easy to carry in my small makeup bag and good with any blush I would carry with me (application and blending) and has a decent price tag.
- the RMK cheek (full squirrel) because it’s such a soft brush yet dense, firm and directional, these kind of brushes are quite difficult to find. Perfect size for my cheeks. Reminds me of the Chikuhodo Z-4 that I deeply love, the RMK in comparison is denser, firmer and less soft.
- the Koyudo because it’s insanely soft and works wonders with heavily pigmented blushes, but not only, any blush is good for this brush (maybe not with some of the Chanel JC…).
I use it very often with Rouge Bunny Rouge Gracilis which is one of my go-to when I am wearing a strong eye look and I am impressed every time I use it, the Tom Ford Narcissist looks so gorgeous applied with this Koyudo, unfortunately since I love it so much I tend to over apply (just to feel the brush once more…) then I have to blend … but this is just my fault for being distracted when I use it !! 😀
My favorite is the Koyudo, it’s really an insanely soft and efficient brush and since it’s LE, if you are really looking for this kind of brushes you better hurry…
Lunasol brushes are great brushes, they are not my favorites because I am lucky to own very special brushes so the competition is really tough.
All these brushes I am showing you are great blush brushes, depends what you are looking for and what are your favorite brands. If you are going for a Chikuhodo manufactured brush, I would rather recommend you the Z-Series, they are better quality but keep in mind that they can be much more expensive depending on where you get them.
If you have any questions related to these brushes, please don’t hesitate ! I have surely not covered all aspects so please just ask 🙂
Thanks for reading !
Is the Koyudo more dense or is it fluffy like RMK cheek brush ? It looks like its densely packed like my Haku G5519.
Is there any other red squirrel blush brush from koyudo ? I would prefer a black handle 😀
Sideways the ferrule of the RMK is approx 3mm wider than the Koyudo therefore it feels more dense, it has a more rounded shape and you will be able to use it and blend in a circular motion (although you can use this RMK however you feel like it will deliver a fantastic result).
The Koyudo is thinner but contains a lot of hair, very fine hair but a lot ! so even though it’s more tapered and thin than the RMK, it is densely packed and picks a lot of powder on the bristles, it feels divine and fluffy but you will use it more in a flat sweeping application (or rolling).
I had a look at the Hakuhodo you mention on the website, it looks denser and thinner at the base of the ferrule (but I might be wrong).. The size of the Koyudo is approx 2cm at the base of the ferrule, the hair length 3.8cm. If you hold it sideways, the base of the ferrule is approx 1.1cm and the widest point of the hair (sideways) is 2cm.
I hope this helps 🙂
Thanks for your detailed answer 😉
How much shipping did you pay on koyudo website ? I spent too much on chiku last month so i dont know if it worth to order only one brush from koyudo..
But its LE …. I want FuPa 01 and H008 too but my bank account is too empty for a “big” order 😀
the shipping I paid is 1800 JPY by ems, but it was quite a big order, you should ask them if they can change the shipping fees if it’s only for one brush.
I know, time is our best friend when it comes to building a wonderful brush collection… but the wait is worth it 🙂
there is a kanebo sensai blush brush but I’ve never found too much information about it, it seems quite similar in shape to the lunasol one http://www.douglas.fr/douglas/Maquillage-Pinceaux-Pinceau-blush-Kanebo-Sensai-Teint-Pinceau-Fard-%C3%A0-Joues_productbrand_3000031872.html
The RMK 100%squirrel is a very cute affordable brush, I love it more and more
It looks similar indeed ! nice brush 🙂
by the way, which one do you prefer between the Z-4 and RMK squirrel cheek brush ?
I have both too and in my opinion the hair “quality” is different. The grey squirrel from Z4 is way more softer as from RMK. I like the RMK but its not as soft as blue or grey squirrel from Haku or Chiku.
These are both amongst my very top favorites but the Chikuhodo wins because I know that if I had to get rid of one of these, I would keep the Z-4 for sure. It’s just too beautiful and too soft and slightly smaller (perfect size for me).
This is the part that confuses me:
In many websites both brushes are labelled to be 100% blue squirrel hair but on their Japanese website they actually stated that those are of mixture of grey squirrel and goat:
I have asked their SA but nobody seems to know. However judging from the brushes I have today I’d say the Japanese site probably has the actual info. Hope someone can clear this up.
Waw, you are right, it’s really weird and confusing. I heard that sometimes depending on the country policies even if it’s blended with goat, if the percentage is really small they don’t need to mention it, so they take advantage of saying it’s a full squirrel brush.
Although they are not as soft as the Chikuhodo Z series or the RMK cheek one, I cannot see hair that could look like goat hair, and I do suspect that in other brushes I have.
If I manage to get the answer I will let you know 🙂
Hi, I’m not sure if it’s accurate to say this, but I think the pre-2012 batches are pure squirrel where as the newest ones from 2012 are a mixture.
Don’t take my word for it though! I think I read it somewhere but I can’t remember anymore 🙁
Thanks for the info. Mine could be from the 2012 batches then. 🙁
Hope I could shed some light with what I know.
Actually, it was after 2011, the Lunasol’s powder brush and cheek brush has changed to a mixture of goat and squirrel hair due to environmental concerns.
The previous pure squirrel hair was named Lunasol Powder brush / cheek brush.
The mixture ones (current) is named Lunasol powder brush N/ Cheek brush N.
The ‘N’ denotes the difference.
However, you will see many of their promotional brochures stating it as pure squirrel hair, which is misleading.
Thank you Tanny for taking the time to tell us, at least we have some information, I agree it’s really misleading !!!
Great review. Really appreciate your efforts in taking great pictures and detailed comparisons. Thank you and wishing you and your loved ones Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.
Thank you, it’s a blessing to share that with you all 🙂
I hope you are doing great and I wish you all the same my dear Amy !!!!
You are awesome! I was just eyeing these brushes. Thanks so much for the comprehensive review.
Thanks for the review! I’m currently searching for a single HG cheek brush (For my uh… capsule collection of luxury brushes, as it were), and I’m wondering – if you could pick just one for daily application of blush (Impossible, I know!), what would you pick? At the moment, I’m torn between the Lunasol Cheek Brush N and the Tom Ford, but I’d love to have your opinion!
Hi Alison, one that works for all blushes ? The lunasol and the tom ford brushes are quite different from each other, one is maybe too floppy and the other maybe too dense, if you want one brush only, you should get something like the Chikuhodo GSN 4 or the Z-4, or the only squirrel RMK cheek for example, they are very soft and more multipurpose.