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 !