I was recently able to place an order with Tanseido, on their Japanese website then send it to a shipping company in Japan and have it forwarded to me. The parcel arrived today very early this morning , my eyes were just barely open that I could already hear the postman happily whistling behind my door … The order was placed on the 21st of December, arrived at the shipping/forwarding company on the 27th and here at home on the 4th of January.
Since I did not know what to order I have just selected what I thought interesting for me and also for a little review, a few eyeshadow brushes and a few face brushes. Even though the details of the brushes are written on the website I really did not know what to expect, everything is written in Japanese and you have to be trained -or very motivated- to be able to place an order. You can translate the site while you browse with Google Chrome browser, that’s what I use and it works just fine, not everything is translated but you can manage.
In case you are interested by a forwarding company, I tried Tenso and it worked perfectly well, the shipping from Tanseido to Tenso was free (when you order for more than 10500 JPY) and then the Tenso shipping with the handling fees were 1990 JPY (approx 22$).
You can have your name engraved on the brushes but good luck with that if you don’t speak Japanese 😀
Nearly all of their brushes are available in 3 colors : black a red or a blue handle and sometimes you might be able to get different materials for the hair, they have a wide interesting range of brushes.
These are the brushes I ordered :
The eyeshadow brushes YWQ 10 and 12
- YWQ 10 2,310 yen (tax included) Mine light crude (goat) Length: about 17.5cm hair length: 1.5cm approx
- YWQ 12 2,520 yen (tax included) Mine light crude (goat) Length: about 18cm hair length: 1.8cm approx
I am very impressed with these brushes, the head is made with very fine goat hair, they are of the best quality and they are perfectly shaped, absolutely no flaws whatsoever. Even the handle, the crimps around the ferrule are faultless, for me it’s the proof the quality is 100% highest grade.
On the pics, you can see the size comparison versus some other similar shaped brushes, the Tom Ford is just a size between the two Tanseidos, the Tanseidos are as soft as the TF if not even softer, both Tanseidos here have more flexibility on the bristles than the TF. The YWQ 10 is similar to the Hakuhodo J5523 in terms of size and softness but the YWQ 10 is just a bit thinner, 1mm at the base of the ferrule and 3mm at the middle of the head (both measured sideways).
Today I have tried the YWQ 10 for applying eyeshadow onto the lid but it’s too big so I placed the shadow and took it up to the crease and it was perfect for that, for the lid only it’s just too big for me. For the base application, I have used the YWQ 12 and then I also used it for blending, you can feel the quality of the brushes when you are working with them, there is no doubt about that.
The highlighter brushes SS14 and YWH 12
- SS 14 – 4,725 yen (tax included) Grey squirrel, hair length: 3cm
- YWH 12 – 2,520 yen (tax included) Mine light crude (goat) Eye Shadow, Brush Length: about 19cm hair length: 2.4cm approx
Although the YWH 12 is mentioned to be an eyeshadow brush, I don’t think I will be able to use it as an eyeshadow brush, to me the YWH is a nice option to wipe fallout away, to apply contour on small/medium zones like the temples, underneath the cheekbones, sides of the nose or to apply highlighter, it’s versatile, has a very unusual shape and feels incredibly soft, a great reason here for me to love it.
Looking for unusual shapes, I ordered the Piccasso 201-A with the idea of softly and sheerly applying highlight/contour but the result is actually not that sheer, the brush is dense, firm and a bit too short for that. Even though it’s red squirrel it’s not that soft and pleasant and if I press the brush against my skin it does slightly hurt, I will try the Piccasso brushes I just received during the weekend and then I will know a bit better if they are soft enough on my sensitive skin.
On the picture below, you can see a few other angled brushes, not very similar though. The Tanseido SS 14 is quite unique, again, absolutely flawless and divine. What I love the most about this brush is that it’s thick and densely packed, it’s also firm enough to deposit a nice quantity of product and blend it, this is one amazing contour, highlight and blush too ! It fits totally into the category must-have.
The white blush brush EQ 28
- EQ 28 – 9,765 yen Hosomitsu 峰 (goat), hair length : 4.5cm, base of ferrule : 2.5cm
Of course I had to choose one the most expensive brush with the best goat hair quality. It’s “Koyudo White Mushroom” soft, surreal for goat hair. This is how they could be ranked in terms of softness, first the Tanseido (or the Koyudo White Mushroom but it’s not pictured here), in second position the Tom Ford, the Koyudo and the Hakuhodo J531 together (these three are quite similar), and in third and last the Piccasso.
It’s a bit too big for precise blush application, I will use it tomorrow in daylight to see if the bronzer is applied evenly but I am sure it does, I just did not had time to play with them long enough but I wanted to share my first impressions already today 🙂
The Red Squirrel brush YAQ 17
- YAQ 17 6,930 yen (tax included) Red squirrel 3.5 cm hair length
I am impressed with this brush, I thought nothing could get as soft as the Koyudo but it’s possible. The Tanseido is not as densely bundled and is thinner and fluffier but it’s a also fantastic brush. I have used it with the Burberry Blossom blush, not overly pigmented and a medium shade for me, it worked very well and I can assert that I will dearly love these two brushes.
The three brushes pictured here are actually red squirrel, you can see that the Piccasso is much darker and has a few white hair bundled inside, it’s also a very soft brush but we are still a bit far from Tanseido and Koyudo. The hair color looks more like grey squirrel to me but it feels actually softer than grey squirrel.
This was one of these orders that you are sooo happy about, loving every single brush.
I had an email exchange with Tanseido before I ordered just to make sure they did not ship internationally, they confirmed they didn’t and then asked me about the market in Europe regarding Japanese brushes, I told them that there is a market, not sure how big, but I know that we would certainly be great customers 😀
Let me know if you tried them and if you have any brush to recommend and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate 🙂
Ooh more brushes I envy your collection!!! 🙂 u r adding more brushes to my list woman! Why?!?!?! Haha just joking
Shame you are so far away 🙁
Love love love your last few reviews, and I had not the time to feedback. We, your readers, are so fortunate that you review most new members of your brush collections with such details. Now, I would really love to have a peak into how your store your brushes (of which you had a writeup before, before the new additions), how you organise your brushes for daily use and which of these you carry along to your office/travel. Also, I am curious too if your love for quality makeup brushes extend to the brush holders and the brush rolls.
Thank you Amy 🙂
well actually now that I have (most) of the brands, the shapes, etc, I am going to often do posts targeted towards the “needs” around brush topics just like the newest post. There will be also very specific topics like the ones you mention (traveling, storage, cleaning), this is to address the questions that I receive regularly by email, two birds with one stone kind of.
In regards to the brush holders and rolls, due to my insane quantity of brushes I need to be very organized if I want to use all of them so if you are interested I can plan to show you that 😉
I came across this brush company and have always wanted to try them out. After reading your review, I might just go ahead and finally do an order, thank you.
you are welcome Bea, go ahead it’s totally worth it.
Hi Sonia, these are really nice brushes! I was so intrigued with what you are coming up with that I did some googling. You know there are 140 brush manufacturers in the Kumano district which produces 80% of Japan’s brushes? There is also a brush association and an annual brush festival but it seems the focus is writing brushes. Here are a few manufacturers that participated in an exhibit at the Louvre in 2004. http://www.shokuma.or.jp/jb/en/louvre/index.html
I found a site which sells Japanese products including Mizuho brushes and ships internationally. http://www.jcrafts.com/eg/shop/kensaku2.asp?Maker=731&best=no&Gamen=3&pageno=1&toppage=special_mizuho/index.html
I guess if one were to pursue this, there are probably many more websites offering Japanese goods including brushes. Sonia, if you wanted to, you could be doing this for a long time!! 🙂
yep, Kumano is one of my destinations this year 🙂 (I hope).
OMG thank you for the link for the exhibit!!! AMAZING !!!
and also thank you for the other one, I have to keep up I think 🙂
Wow! These brushes do look fabulous. I think the brushes that interest me the most are the YWH 12 and the SS 14. They look quite unusual. The EQ28 looks gorgeous as well – all those white goat hair brushes lined up together look fabulous 🙂
oh they are all so soft and fluffy 😛
Aren’t the Piccasso brushes red mohair? I was really interested in this hair type, and wondered how it performs.
Hi Dena 🙂
This particular 103 is red squirrel, don’t know about all the others, I sent them an email some time ago to know which ones they would recommend me but so far no news…
they seem indeed quality brushes. Who knows, they would come on the european market 🙂 There are some brands that need to expand a bit : it’s pity takeda brushes site, for example, is on construction for over a year now, tanseido is a good known brand. I’d like to explore some others : mizuho, houkodou, eihodo, artisan§artist. Probably I’ll try the forwording company you’ve recommended but honestly, I like it when it is easier.
Nikoleta, you are doing it again !!!!! grrrrrrrr 😛 stop that !!! I beg you !!! 😀 😀 😀
Uh oh! I see a disaster looming ahead….. 🙂
So do I 😛
I think the artisan & artist brushes are already available internationally in some places, right?
Hi Nikoleta, thanks for naming the brush companies you did! I had a great time this rainy afternoon googling them; also checked out Tanseido, Koyudo and Takeda and enjoyed looking at the array of incredible choices.
Sonia, the Tanseido EQ28 is tempting! But it is a bit large so was looking for other Hosomitsu brushes on the site. Couldn’t find — did you see others?
Hi Kay, the EQ28 is the smallest size 🙁 there is only another one but it’s even bigger.
🙂 sorry ! at least these are not so easily available so temptation is less and there are some unique brushes but not enough to put an order unless they make purchase less complicated
I am senile, I do have a couple of the kolinsky Tanseido eyeshadow brushes! I forgot I got them the same time I purchased my Takeda brushes using a 3rd party service a couple of years ago. I also have an Artisan & Artist kolinsky foundation brush and two Kihitsu kolinsky eyeshadow brushes. My only complaint is most of the handles are so short! I am going to do an order with Koyudo. So far I know I am getting the FuPa-07 but am dithering between the Deka-fupa-01 or the FuPa-01. And I am also interested in the FuPa-12 and…and… lol! Reading your blog is bad for my wallet 😉
😀 from years ago ?
I know.. too many brushes !!!!
Sonya, Kay and Nikoleta
Big kisses to you.
I have a Takeda brush that’s similar to the HKD 210. Bristles are a bit shorter and the shape is rounder, more like a ball lol. I’ll email a pic to you Sonia. It’s called the 20RS fine goat hair. I would say the hair is comparable to the 210. I can’t find the page on their old site where I originally saw it :/
Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful meeting place for makeup brush addicts!
I really appreciate the time and dedication you give us!
Hi Sylvia, the pleasure is all mine believe me !
More Tanseido brushes coming in next week…. I am jumping all over the place 😀 😀 😀
Hi Sonia, I have a query which I am posting here in case anyone has any helpful info: I am looking for a face shaving brush (for my husband, not me, I hasten to add!). Do any of these Japanese brands make shaving brushes?
Maybe you can ask Malin ? I think there is only one on her website but Chikuhodo have a few.
and these are for the scalp (my father wants one! 🙂 )
so far, I don’t know about others but if I find any I will let you know 🙂
Thank you! I am going to ask Malin as well. I will let you know if I find anything else.
Val’ day ? 😉
I see 😉
Not sure why I’m even bothering – would he even know the difference between a £100 Japanese-made brush and a cheap knock-off from Boots?! Actually, I think he would, and I’d love to get it for him!
You are very sweet Dena and I am sure he will appreciate !
For mine, I will not even bother since it neither has wheels nor an engine, if it had an engine of any kind then he would certainly be interested 😀
I’ve seen these Chikuhodo brushes which are called shaping brushes, but I’m pretty certain that they wanted to say ‘shaving’ 😉 :-
“Shaping” – oh how funny! Thanks for this link. I like the little grooming kits as well 😉
The shaving brush stand looks like a sensible idea too 🙂
I could use a ‘shaping brush’ for my face too! Shape up the saggy & wrinkly parts:)
@ Sonia….Ditto Hahahaha…..your man sounds like my dad:)
So funny 😀
Sonia, I would like to ask for your advice again! It’s about forwarding service:
Have you heard of the company TENSO Japan (not the tenso.com, but the one related to jshopper), did any friends use it before?
I haven’t used it yet.
I did use the USA one (bonvu), where you have a concierge and they buy for you when the international credit card payment is not possible, they invoice a certain % of the price. It did work well, but since it ends being quite expensive, it really has to be something that there is no other way to get.
I think I will try it though, but not too recntly, just for a small package because it can’t combine boxes but cheaper in the trust-worthy ones. Report to u soon.
I LOVE the sound of these brushes!! How do I order with Tenso? Do you just join and they show you the steps, or is there a particular package? Are there monthly or one off fees?
I think I’ll be getting some eyeshadow brushes, and the powder brush! 😀 Thank you for review!
I am preparing a post that may help you with that.
Please wait one or two days and you’ll see 🙂