This is probably one of the biggest brush temptations I could show you before my trip to Japan, I hope I will be able to find unique little brushes to bring with me !
Today my review will be brief and I am not going to talk for hours because the pictures speak for themselves, I just simply think that if you love beautiful make up brushes, you need this one.
This Koyudo Pink fan has been sitting in my shopping cart for ages, it was one of the first Koyudo brushes that captured my attention but for some silly reason I was always removing it from my cart before I placed my orders. This time I decided to order it together with the Fu-Pa14. This fan costs 4500 JPY, it is worth every penny, made with baby goat chest hair, yes it’s soft, not as soft as the Koyudo White Mushroom, but it comes very close to the Tom Ford brushes.
I can’t even believe that I was so excited to wake up this morning so that I could use it ! We need enthousiasm in our lives right ? Funny to believe that this brush helps me to get out of bed in the morning 😀
That’s how crazy I am …
It is much wider than any other fan brush, which makes it a gorgeous multipurpose for bronzer, powder, blush, anything really, even contour when you are going for a more wider and seamless contour.
It will not get better than this, of course it depends what you are looking for, maybe you are not tempted at all by fan style brushes, but you will get something extremely beautiful and useful with this one, the whole package.
I have a few of them, the Louise Young is just for decoration purposes because it sheds too much and today it’s too rough for my delicate skin, it’s probably goat hair actually. I don’t use it anymore but I wish I could find a very similar one so I keep it for future investigation and research…
The Rae Morris is squirrel, it’s very thin so it’s ok for contour or highlighter or finishing but you are not getting the fluffyness that the Koyudo has, they are two completely different brushes. The Hakuhodo is made with blue squirrel hair and Sokoho goat (60$), it’s softer than the Koyudo but again, it’s a total different brush.
Since the Koyudo H013 is so wide, it applies powder very seamlessly, unlike many other fan brushes this one is flatter at the surface.
Similar size than the Hakuhodo :
Both brushes are very soft, the Hakuhodo feels softer and is more directional, firmer but I get more use with the Koyudo.
A big difference in the surface it covers :
You may already have the Rae Morris Radiance so I will show you a few pictures to compare the size of both together :
The Koyudo fan’s surface is rounded in the sides and in the corners, so the surface that will touch your skin is in fact not bigger than the Rae Morris but since it’s more spread out and flexible, once you put enough pressure on the skin to apply your product it will cover more surface than the Rae Morris and there will be no lines to the application. It’s too fluffly to use cream with it in my opinion but I will use any kind of powder with it.
It comes in a little cardboard box, with a little velvet pouch, it’s cute but I have problems taking it out so I won’t necessarily use it, I have other little pouches that close completely and that allow a more easy access.
I washed it, it did shed a few hairs but it stopped, absolutely no dye transfer.
I do recommend you this little gem, I am simply in love !!
Tempted anyone ? 😉
Yew, it’s so beautiful! Hmm, you can have check out Shu 50H, tiny and angled. I like it for contouring. Oohhh, wish I would be visiting Japan. Enjoy your trip.
I will check this one out Amy, Shu is on my list I hope I can find them over there 🙂
oh, it is so cute and fluffy, you want to pet your face with all day 🙂 Keep some money for your trip 😉 I’m sure you’ll come back with a lot of little gems
I will be very selective but I will show you all that I get ! for the first time, I will be able to see them before I pay for them 🙂
Oh my gawwwwd. I want this brush too much! I think it’d be great for contouring if one were to really “push” the product in and drag … if that makes sense?
p.s. I wanted to tell you guys … I made my first luxury brush purchase: the Tom Ford cheek brush! Gah. I started blushing at the counter when checking out because of the price, but it’s now my favorite and all my other brushes don’t compare! You’ve created a monster 😉
I hope the cherry blossoms are still blooming for your visit to Japan! Also, have you ever heard of the Wisteria Tunnel? It looks like one of the most amazing places on earth. I hope you have incredible adventures in Japan 🙂
Hmmm yes you could do that, just tried, it’s very soft and fluffy but you can still push the product and drag, although maybe slightly shorter bristles would be better for that, absolutely no problem doing that 🙂
awwwww that’s cute 🙂 you blushed ? we are all the same here, no guilty feelings 😉
No I havent’ heard of it, will check that out ! I hope the cherry blossoms will still be blooming -at least a bit-… it’s going to be amazing !
This brush looks soft! But it is quite expensive. Does it give out the same result for applying makeup when compared with hakuhodo one?
Similar result in a way but the Hakuhodo is thinner therefore not that easy to do a seamless overall application but more adequate for thinner and more bold contouring for example
Oh that does look adorable! I wonder how the Sakurado will fare compared to it! I love the idea of these fan brushes for portability. They’re easier to slip into a bag!
I just love fan brushes (and kabukis) so I am delighted !
Please let me know how they compare !
Fran, we’ve all become monsters because of this blog so don’t worry, you are among friends! I had to laugh when you said you started to blush, I do stuff like that too! Horrified at the price and at what you’re doing (buying it), one almost panics but deep inside you know you want it so you continue with the purchase. Well, life is for living and like Sonia says, it is our passions that keep us going day after day. Thank goodness we have them even though they are costly, c’est la vie, what can one do? Surrendering to desire has always worked well for me.
yes, sometimes I am glad I can order and not need to go at the counters 🙂
but I am happy, it’s a hobby, goes even further than that actually 😛
Sonia, do you know of a brand called Beauty is Life? Barneys has it and they make a big fan brush that is pretty soft. Check it out at their website.
No I don’t.. will check that out, thank you Mimi !
Yeah Beauty is life is a Hamburger (german) brand but i never really stopped at their counter in hamburg.
They dont have any info about used hair on the website and i think no brush from BIL can beat this cute pink fan brush 😀
I have the Hakuhodo shown here and it’s super soft, I love it!!!!!
Me too, glad it got a little sister 😛
THANK YOU SONIA!
Enough said 🙂
I agree, it’s one of these brushes…
…. after my makeup ban ><
who could resist a pretty pink brush? and so…..ANOTHER brush on the wish list! I’m wanting to try the Tom Ford as well!
Ok, I will give you a break then so that you can try TF as well 😉
It is so beautiful. I just love Koyudo. Thanks for the info on the Louise Young brush, it had been on my “to buy” list but not anymore.
you are welcome, well, I am not the only one that finds it rough but the idea is gorgeous, shame 🙁
I just ordered the Sakurado pink fan and the cheek brush with the cute cherry blossoms 🙂
Just couldnt resist 🙂
Will order the Koyudo pink fan as well so I can compare it to the Sakurado. Hope CDJ individual grey squirrel brushes will be ready soon so I can place the order in 1 time!!
I can’t wait for your feedback on the Sakurado 🙂 and I hope the CDJ set will soon be available individually, as soon as I get mine, I let you know !
Oh so cute. I think i wouldnt use it but it would be so nice only to sit on my shelf 😀
I have a dense fan brush much like the Rae Morris one and I use it virtually every day for dusting powder on my face. Your post reminded me of how rough and irritating the bristles are, something I should’nt have to put up with!
I’ve had the Hakuhodo Fan Brush on my fantasy wish list for almost a year now. Seems like I’ve found a sister brush to join it. 🙂
which one is it ?
I am soooo happy with the Koyudo, in love actually <3
Oh gosh, I keep coming back to this post to gawk at your Koyudo Fan brush. From what I’ve read on your blog, I think this brush and the RMK blush brush should find their way from Asia and onto my dressing table.
I’ve got a question I’ve been meaning to ask you. I didn’t know if it was more appropriate to email, but I’m giving this a go on your blog. One of my favourite brushes is the Sedona Lace large Tulip Face Brush. It’s akin to the MAC 138 but more pointed. Like the Sedona Fan Brush I have, the Tulip Brush bristles have been aggravatingly rough on my delicate skin. I haven’t replaced them with alternatives as I’m saving and I’m doing my research for the perfect-for-me brushes. I love the shape of my tulip brush as its shape lends itself to multiple tasks: highlighting (tip); contouring (tip, then the full brush to blend); blush (side of the brush and sometimes the tip); and, in a pinch, for all-over dusting of face powder. Is there anything you could recommend to me? Also, I noticed you don’t have a large tapered brush in your HG brush post. Do you not like this brush shape? Or have you not found your HG?
Thank you in advance for your time and help!
Oops. That was more than one question! My apologies.
Hi BooBooNinja 🙂
still enjoying the RMK blush ? 😉
The Sedona fan is very similar to the Louise Young fan ! Unfortunately I don’t know these brushes so I cannot compare.
The “tulip” brushes you mention are not something I am crazy about because if I want to apply powder I would use a flatter brush, if I want to apply highlighter I will probably use a smaller alternative, for contour I prefer flatter or angled options, just my personal preference … (more definition in a faster time), but, I do have a “tulip” brush in my HG post😛 http://sweetmakeuptemptations.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/bronzerrelief1.jpg (The Chikuhodo). It more fluffy therefore more multitasking, for bronzer, powder, blush, it allows to build the application a bit faster since although it’s pointy it has more surface to grab product at the top. So yes, I think this Chikuhodo will be my HG, an insane shape that makes me very happy 😀
But if I have to recommend you a great tulip brush the Chikuhodo Z-2 is amazing, dense enough and precise without being too directional or difficult to use http://sweetmakeuptemptations.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/highlight21.jpg
My two fav tulipes 🙂
You’ve given me a lot of food for thought.
After reading the material those links and your archives (e.g., http://sweetmakeuptemptations.com/2012/09/30/the-chikuhodo-z-series-as-good-as-a-brush-can-get/), I have a feeling the Chikuhodo Z-2 might be the one.
The Chikuhodo GS-9 is a beautiful brush, and seems the same size and shape as my current tulip (like a pointy MAC 138; by the way, photos in this post were exceedingly helpful: http://sweetmakeuptemptations.com/2012/07/07/chikuhodo-review-of-some-amazing-brushes/). However, I think it is out of my price range at the moment.
Since the beginning, I’ve thought my tulip was larger than I need.
While the Z-2 is far smaller than the GS-9, do you think it would suit my needs for applying blush and contour? (I know it’ll be great for highlighting.) If I could impose on your time (and pre-Japan prep!) further — how does the Z-2 and the Real Techniques contour brush compare in size and density?
I know you can’t tell me which brush to get, but I can always make room in my budget if you think the GS-9 fulfills my brief/needs. I’d rather spend the extra money and get something I love than a brush that I wish was something else. Thanks for your blog, Sonia! It’s an incredible resource.
I have used the Z-2 today for the application of blush, holding it 45° it will do the job beautifully (both for blush and contour) ! so yes, you definitely should go for the Z-2!
Z-2 and Real Techniques compare specially because of the price.. but the RT is round and will deliver a more directional/heavy application, the Z-2 is more flexible and better for combined applications (blush/contour/highlight) so although it’s more expensive you will get more use of the Z-2.
you are welcome 😉
Thank you again and again, Sonia. I really appreciate you testing out the Z-2 the way I’d like to use it. I asked about the Real Techniques contour brush because I own it (and the Buffing brush) and wanted to get a better sense of the Z-2’s size. (Just to confirm, the Z-2 and the RT contour brush are comparable in size… but of course are different in density, materials, most other ways, etc.). I’m pretty certain I’ll get the Z-2.
With the Koyudo Fan H013, I may have the only two face brushes I need for my powder face products. While my pocketbook may protest, I think my skin and beauty-addled brain will be ecstatic. xo
I almost forgot! — while I think I the Z-2 and Koyudo Fan H013 may meet my needs, a part of me also wants the RMK blush brush. Oh goodness! Ha ha… I think I may be developing a brush obsession!
hahaha I see 😀 yep, the Z-2 will be amazing for you ! good luck with this obsession… 😉
Sonia, I’m on the hunt for a perfect brush to apply my rouge bunny rouge sweet to touch. I use it as a finishing powder. Do you feel the Koyudo pink fan H013 could be the one? I’m afraid it is too dense. But I seem to have fallen in love with it. Because of my age & dry skin (ugh), i have to apply sparingly. Maybe for my Tom Ford bronzer? Suggestions PLEASE. I’m almost afraid to buy anything right now, as I have a feeling I’ll need a loan to purchase all your amazing new finds in Japan
I think I prefer either the Koyudo powder (the round one in the set) or the Chikuhodo Z-9, since they are really soft and flat. That said, the fan will also work.. but for very soft application of powder to set your makeup I think something more “aerial” would be more adequate 🙂 Anyway, I would go for a squirrel brush round and flat.
I can’t wait … but my purchases will be very targeted, I will not buy something I don’t fall in love with -but I am still scared of the result- 😛
question: the rae morris perfect cheek-bones brush has been soldout on their site for ages, and im wondering if i could get the koyudo fan h013 instead (for contouring cheekbones and shading the face lines)? or is the koyudo fu-pa13-p closer to the rae morris? pls help!
I prefer the H013 anyway, it’s more fool-proof, not the most precise since it’s quite thick (but still narrows down at the top) but I don’t have any problems at all … I love it for many things, contour, highlight, bronzer, powder, blush… just not precise but natural and just what I love !
Sonia, do you have the H012 Grey Squirrel & Baby Goat Koyudo fan brush? If not, was there any reason you chose the H013 instead (I mean aside from the baby pink!)?
I don’t, it’s in my basket, looool
no.. it was just cheaper 🙂 and was looking for a full goat that looked quite thick so that made the trick.
I am not sure about the other but I will soon know.
Tomorrow I’ll post a little review and two fans are featured (Hakuhodo) oh check out the facebook pic, I find it cute -and somehow confusing- 😉
Thanks so much – I’m just about to go read it.
The reason I’m asking about the Koyudo H012 is I have I have cdjapan points to use up and I was thinking what to get hahaha
I would take it 🙂
I think so too 🙂
Such a pretty Kuyodo colored Fan Brush .. so tempting
Hi there 🙂
Has anyone tried the Chikuhodo Hanako Brush HA-1. I wanted to get this lovely koyudo fan brush but it is sold out.
Any idea how the Chikuhodo one compares to the koyudo one?
Thank you and have a lovely day.
I don’t have it unfortunately so I cannot compare for you.
I know the Koyudo is really good but haven’t tried the Chikuhodo.. sorry sweetie!!