There is something about this set that made me want it, actually a few reasons:
- The little black handles with the golden logo, elegant and sleek with their matte ferrule
- The lip brush was specially tempting and had a little James Bond look to it, well not really but my imagination is playing tricks on me and apparently I see Daniel Craig everywhere 😀
This set comes in red handles or black handles, I just wanted the more “spy looking” one in black and gold.
- At this moment I am in the hunt for smaller cheek brushes, a nice comb brush and a Mac 239 dupe (travel size).
This set contains 5 brushes, is delivered in a pink box (cardboard) and also comes with a pouch, you can see the full description here.
The pouch measures approx 18cm x 11cm x 2cm. It’s bigger than the Koyudo Christmas set pouch which was only appropriate for Fu-pa size brushes. In this set, you cannot really store full size brushes but you have more flexibility and can fit other smaller brushes.
The brushes and the set
There are two compartments, with 3 separations for brushes on each side. There are two large elastic bands and another tiny elastic band in the middle for example for the lip brush.
The lip brush fits perfectly in there but since I have just noticed it now, I did not take the picture with the lip brush in there.
To have a better idea of what kind of brushes could fit in this pouch, here I have a Hakuhodo J series, the Chikuhodo Z-4, the Fu-Pa01, a Tanseido short handle and the Rae Morris Radiance. It’s not very wide but still contains a reasonable amount of brushes for a small trip.
The set comes with 5 brushes. The two face brushes are made of goat hair, unfortunately I can’t confirm if it’s dyed hair. I will try to find out but I can assure you that when I was washing them they did not release any dye at all.
The eyeshadow brush is also goat hair, white and extremely soft.
On the CDJapan website the description (translation) of the material used for the other brushes is not very clear, I will contact them and make sure I understand what they mean.
The powder brush
I have been using the Mac 134 for several years until my skin became too sensitive and I could not stand it anymore. Then I stopped using it and started using mostly squirrel brushes. Recently I tried some Koyudo goat brushes and I realized they were actually much softer than Mac goat brushes. Today if the goat hair is of good enough quality, even if it’s not soft like squirrel hair, I can definitely use them.
Compared to the Mac 134, this Koyudo is much softer, more evenly bundled, more fluffy, denser, it’s just simply much better. It’s goat, not scratchy but of course it’s not as soft as squirrel. There are so many different quality goat hair, this is not soft like “baby goat chest hair” (=fu-pa01 quality if you have that one), or Saikoho goat hair, but it’s also neither Mac goat hair nor Nars Yachiyo hair. The Nars Yachiyo is just a lethal weapon for my skin, it hurts like hell. Some Mac brushes are ok to use for me, like the LE Mac 165 (just soft enough) but nearly all the others I had to stop using them completely.
It’s also a nice size for the application of powder or bronzer all over the face. It’s not heavy but it doesn’t feel cheap or fragile. It can also be used as a finishing brush, if I travel with it I can use it for all the 3 type of applications and benefit from its versatility.
The cheek brush
The hair : I have exactly the same comment as for the powder brush, it’s the same quality hair.
I will add : perfect size, perfect density, both in between the Hakuhodo K022 and the Hakuhodo 210. It’s the same softness as the K022.
I can apply blush and contour with it, work with many different powder products and level of pigmentation, it picks and blends powder without any flaws.
The eyeshadow brush
It reminded me of the Chikuhodo Z-5, both have short black shiny handles. The ferrule is matte on the Koyudo. The base of the ferrule is the same size but the head size and shape is different. The Chikuhodo is heavier, weights 7.5g and the Koyudo 5.5 g, you just slightly feel the weight difference when you hold them but since the handle has a nice width (approx 1cm diameter) they are easy to hold for me.
The great thing about this Koyudo is that it’s flatter at the top, soft and dense so I use it also to blend.
It will not be a dupe for the Mac 239, it’s much larger and thicker but I am not disappointed at all, it’s a great multipurpose brush to have and it is of better quality than the Mac 239, it will not replace it though because it’s much bigger and cannot deliver the precision you get with the Mac 239.
The Koyudo is softer and denser than the Mac 239 but has a similar flexibility/firmness.
Great quality, the handle looks elegant, it’s very light but sleek and of nice quality. What I like about it is that the layer of bristles is much thicker than other combs I saw before, it’s not a brush you necessarily want to have included in a set but since I needed one, that comes in handy.
I don’t know what material it is, on the website it’s mentioned “mustela sibirica” but it looks like water badger or horse, I will double check and update here when I know for sure.
The lip brush in my opinion it’s weasel or a mix of weasel/kolinsky (but need to ask them). I love square and thick lip brushes like the Lunasol or the pink one from Koyudo (from their 2012 Christmas set), this black Koyudo is very similar, same thickness and flexibility, I don’t think lip brushes can get any better than these.
The set is approx 125 Usd. These face brushes are of higher quality than Mac ones so if you are thinking about “upgrading” from Mac to much better goat brushes, this might be a great option, just remember these are travel brushes with shorter handles.
If you prefer Saikoho goat (softer) but more expensive, this hair is not as soft but if Mac brushes were as good as these I probably would have kept them and not even tried to search for other replacement brushes but today this whole quest for beautiful softer brushes has deviated into a passion of mine.
If you already own the Mac 217 and the Mac 239, the eyeshadow brush here will not be a replacement but a nice addition to your Mac eyeshadow brushes. Unlike Mac face brushes, I still use my Mac 239 on a daily basis.
The set is very interesting for travelling and the pouch is small but big enough since I can still fit other normal -but smaller- brushes.
The lip brush is not here just to justify a higher price for the full set but it’s actually a very good brush.
Today, I am very lucky to be able to benefit from time to time from CDjapan samples, sometimes they are kind enough to send me some of the brushes that I have selected and that I have planned to order in the future and they do it for free. I was interested in this set since I saw it a few months ago but wasn’t sure if I wanted to order it, now you know a bit better what to expect if you are interested and I hope the pics help you, if you have any questions or need more comparison pics, please don’t hesitate !