You know how much I love makeup brushes, now, this is what happens when “cute” meets “efficient” :
And this is what happens when “Alien” meets “My Little Pony” and have children in Heaven :
The result is absolutely divine. Well, you don’t always “need” this kind of brushes, but I am pretty sure there is a big chance you just want to get them anyway 🙂
Remember I told you I had to write a review on some Koyudo that didn’t feel “that” soft, I was recently spoiled with the Chikuhodo and the Koyudo White Mushroom so all the brushes felt kind of scratchy after having these ones !
So, I was concentrating on many softer brushes and ignored these 3 Koyudo for a while, then in order to write a review I started using them, at first I wasn’t that excited but one day I realized that I was automatically using them and finding them extremely efficient, these are the three I am talking about :
You probably guessed why I ordered them in the first place : they look different. Yes they do and they are. Today I love them and I will share my thoughts on them and also on some other cute ones.
Koyudo BP026 (goat)
This is a brush in two dimensions : the outside feels a bit rough and you see that the bristles are a bit thicker but all of the inside hair feels so soft ! Softer than any Mac, softer than the Hakuhodo 210 for example or the G527 , more similar to the softness you get with the J528. The firmness of the brush helps to deliver an excellent “flat firm yet flexible” blending, one side is shorter so it’s firmer, the other side is longer and more flexible, blends whatever product you applied previously with the shorter side. I use it for contour or blush, not in a circular motion but in a sweeping motion, the short side goes first.
I wasn’t realizing how much I loved it until I was automatically putting it inside my daily makeup bag: “YOU ! AGAIN !” 😀 😀 😀
These are the angled brushes that I love to use, this Koyudo is flatter and denser :
Koyudo BP019 (goat)
I ordered it because again, it looked so unique. I was disappointed at first, the longer side is a big too rough, but I don’t think you are supposed to use that side at all actually !!! 🙂
As you see there is a “layered side” and a “straight side”, I press the layered side again my cheeks and draw any movement that side leading. You can even draw quite a precise application since the other side ends as a line. The longer side helps blending whatever product you applied with the shorter side. I use it often with nudish blushes or even bronzers, more when I want to give an extra dimension to my cheeks or face without looking for too much precision.
Compared to the Hakuhodo S 110, although it doesn’t hurt at all, the hair are slighter thicker, the shape is not the same but the size is quite similar.
Koyudo C004P (goat)
It’s very soft goat, similar to Saikoho in my opinion.
I have similar brushes in my collection, I am loving the Hakuhodo J210 and this C004p the most. The C004p head is smaller and the handle shorter. It’s very nicely bundled and dense, firm but soft.
Koyudo Sakura 022
The total length of this brush is 11.5cm, it feels like a small kabuki with a handle 🙂
It’s really soft, I believe squirrel. It’s dense but not fully-dense, still has flexibility with precision, something in between a Fupa-01 and a blush brush. Really special and cute.
This Sakura is a bit difficult to find, what I did is that I saw it here (because again Nikoleta got me into it…) and then I sent an email to Koyudo. They sent me an invoice and shipped it to me. It’s the same if you contact CoolJapanNow, you send them an email and I believe they are able to get any Koyudo brush for you, even those not showing on their website.
Difficult to believe this is goat hair, it’s called Sokuho goat. To me this feels softer than the Hakuhodo Saikoho kabukis for example.
It’s a thick mass of hair, I can try to use it in a stippling motion and it will never hurt. I use it for blush because I have a few that are so difficult to grab that I nearly need a sponge to get some color on bristles (Guerlain, Addiction) so it’s perfect for that. Also for applying powder in a stippling motion. I don’t know if you can see how perfectly it is layered, the shape is even and rounded, I just cannot find any flaws, the work put into these brushes makes them worth every penny.
This brush makes me laugh because of what is engraved on it… Purin might be a pudding in Japan, but here in Switzerland or France it’s something you certainly don’t want to put in your mouth 😀
It’s goat hair, the surface is really huge once you wash it, it spreads to a 4.5cm diameter. Very soft, very cute, I don’t use it much but it’s great for softly buffing or applying powder in a stippling motion, no way that this brush will ever hurt.
Similar softness than the Hakuhodo J528 but it’s a bit less densely packed, much more flexibility.
Compared to the Hakuhodo G527, the FPr is softer and has more flexibility, it’s more “fluffy”.
Same softness as the Fupa-01 so I believe same material, Sokuho goat hair. I have to admit that I haven’t found the perfect usage for this brush yet, except for massaging my face 🙂 which is already a good reason, or a good enough reason. I am in the hunt for extraordinary brushes and this one is one of the most extraordinary brushes I have ever seen.
You can see more pictures here, it’s a dwarfish giant, measures only 10.5cm in total length, the surface it covers is 4 cm diameter. If you are looking for a huge flat extremely dense and extremely soft brush, this is the one. I will dearly take care of it because I am not sure I will ever find anything like it. Well, I take care of all my brushes anyway but these are so special and unique that they nearly feel like they have a soul 😀
A flat squirrel brush, insanely soft and dense. Soft like the Z-3 and it’s also grey squirrel. I use mine for powder, highlighter or blush, covers the same surface than the Hakuhodo J528 but I use the Hakuhodo more with foundation or creamy products and this squirrel one with powder products.
Made with Hosomitsu goat (if I got it right…). Extremely soft, very similar to the Hakuhodo J110, just slightly less dense but you can barely tell. For me it’s one of best size for blush brushes. I love both the Hakuhodo and the Koyudo, they are both extremely good. These are in my top favorite blush brushes and they will be forever.
I hope you liked the pictures and that you find them helpful. I try not to be too boring when I talk about these brushes but I really do love them, even though I haven’t mastered all of them yet 🙂
So many unique brushes, Koyudo will never cease to surprise me. These brushes offer so many possibilities and finishes and I think that there isn’t a texture that could resist them !
They remind me a bit of my motorbike : UNSTOPPABLE ! – just like the Koyudo 😛
If you have any questions at all, please let me know !
Here are the prices :
- FU-PA01 : JPY 4680
- DEKAfu-pa01 : JPY 7350
- Sakura 022 : JPY 4200
- BP019 : JPY 3990
- BP022 : JPY 6615
- BP016: JPY 4410
- BP026 : JPY 2625
- FPr 001 : JPY 3675
- C004p : JPY 2835
1000 JPY : approx 11.5 USD
PS : I will soon be receiving some of their new FUpa’s so you will shortly be able to see pictures and my thoughts on them 🙂