There is more than brushes in my world… there is… also brush pouches, cases, rolls, holders, belts, you name it, I probably have it!
Here is a little overview of what I got from Hakuhodo, some recently and some a long time ago, I take this opportunity to show you a few items in this category.
When I was at the Hakuhodo manufacture – I was actually in brush paradise as you can imagine – it was like virtually entering my computer at home and touching the brushes before I put them in my very real heavy basket, I was there, peacefully and quietly browsing-touching everything! Amazing, surreal but at some point it got overwhelming. Too many to chose from with a limited budget, well let’s be honest with you, if I financially could I would just take one of each and stop the agony… this is how crazy I am and I will still find a way to share the love with every single one of them…
Only when I was mentally exhausted from patting the brushes I started to look at the pouches… It was planned anyway, I was looking for more accessories and was happy to be able to check out the quality in person before I purchased them.
I was alone in there, nobody to push the sales (yeah well I don’t need extra pushing believe me, I can manage that all by myself…), I didn’t want to leave because 1) I had free access to pat any brush I wanted 2) they were so kind with me that I just didn’t want to leave them.
This is the main section where you can see the pouches and cases, some are not there anymore because they were in my basket 😛
What I bought
Unfortunately, my recent purchases were made in Japan so this means the items may not be listed on the USA website. If you are interested and do not have the possibility to buy them there or use a forwarding company, let me know, I will contact Hakuhodo USA and check if they could get them on their website too.
Link to the USA Website here, link to the Japanese website here.
The first one that I found is actually an instant coup de coeur, it’s this little one :
Enameled Single Portable Case L Champagne
When you travel, do you always manage to select one brush that is longer than the others and that doesn’t fit in the pouch you were planning to take with you ? It’s my case. Most of my brushes are travel friendly but there is always one that is much longer so, either I change and take a bigger pouch, or I put the brush in a separate pencil container. For me this little thin pouch it’s the perfect solution. It costs 1,155 jpy (approx 12usd). It’s not available on the USA website but if you ever go or purchase from the Japanese website, the link is here.
I often travel with a big stippling brush but that one wouldn’t fit in most of my travel bags so now it has a home of its own.
I love to quote Hakuhodo’s description :
For those who want to carry a couple of brushes.
It has an adjustable strap that can be tied to fasten and secure the case when closed. Made of water-resistant material so it can easily be wiped clean. Suitable to carry a couple of brushes, making touch-ups on the go effortless.
|Material||Outer material:Artificial leather Lining material:Polyurethane|
|Size||External size: approx. 21.5×5cm|
You are probably wondering why they don’t often make the pouches and cases in real leather. Sometimes there is a simple answer to that (because I actually asked someone in Japan…), it’s either for cleaning reasons or because leather has a scent that can attach to the hair of the brushes, since they are quite sensitive to scents they prefer that the pouches are made with non-scented materials… I don’t have a leather roll but there is one on the Hakuhodo website and I am tempted to get it.
Portable case (unknown product number)
I also wanted a combined pouch for makeup and brushes and I thought of this one but I remember there was a problem with the stock. They found a blue one in the stock somewhere and they sold it to me but I don’t know if this is a regular product. If you are interested, again, let me know in the comments and I will ask for you. Now that the post is published we can show them the pics.
When it’s closed it’s much thicker than its original size.
It has two compartments, one more appropriate for brushes (here on the right), and the left one is better for makeup items with a few compartments on the sides.
The right side :
Sideways you can see that it has a protection so that the items don’t fall out :
I have tried to put my full size moisturizer but if I put a lipstick too then it won’t zip shut. It’s a good size but it depends how much you carry with you. If I take the plane or the motorbike I will do little pots but it I take the car I will just take the full size products.
You can fit reasonable size brushes, not the biggest stippling one that you see in the champagne pouch above but it can hold many of the other regular, with Hakuhodo you don’t always need to grab travel size brushes, they are light and short enough to be travel friendly.
|Material||Outer material:Artificial leather Lining material:Nylon|
|Size||External size: approx. 12×6×18cm|
Fan Brush Case Black
Now, this is a very clever little thing! A tiny little fan case that costs 840 Jpy (approx 10 usd) :
You can open the two sides (back and front) but it’s not because it has two compartments, it has only one. The reason for the two compartments is because you can take the fan out by the handle as it should be…
It’s very handy for travelling, doesn’t take much space and is flexible, you slide the fan brush in :
And you open the other side to take it out (no need to grab it by the bristles to take it out) :
I store this fan inside :
But it’s big enough for the bigger Koyudo fan too:
Totally worth it because I hate to damage the hair of the brushes, this saves me from pulling the fan brush by the bristles.
I don’t see it on the USA Hakuhodo website, but it is on the Japanese one, here.
|Material||Front:Artificial leather Back:Polyurethane|
|Size||External size: approx. 9×8×0.7cm|
Japanese Style Portable Case Beige & Gold
Now, for something a bit more traditional, their purse pouch…
Below is the exact quantity it can hold just before it doesn’t close anymore 🙂 For a small pouch it holds a comfortable amount of brushes.
|Use application||Special Brush Case|
|Material||Front:Synthetic fiber Back:Polyurethane|
|Size||4 brush holders and 4 pockets External size: approx. 21×11×2cm(Including metal part)|
And I quote the Hakuhodo description because I have nothing else to add to that :
This portable brush case is made using Japanese-style woven fabric and can store brushes without damaging the bristles. The water-resistant inside can be cleaned easily. Made in Japan.
For those who want to carry a couple of makeup brushes safely. This stylish brush case can hold bigger brushes such as powder or blusher and smaller brushes, such as eye shadow or lip can be stored in the left hand pocket. As the pocket is two-ply it can hold quite a few small items, such as cotton buds, puffs or tweezers. It opens very wide and has a protective plastic sheet to cover the bristles.
I love it, I think it’s great that it doesn’t have a zip that can trap the bristles.
This is the link but I cannot see on the USA website… The price is totally reasonable, it costs 3,360 JPY (approx 35usd).
I saw this cup already a long time ago, I thought it would be bulky to deliver by mail so I took it while I was there! I prefer to buy items “by two” when it comes to holders, two just look better on the dresser but I wasn’t sure I wanted black on my table, we’ll see what the final look of my room will be, then I’ll decide if I get more or not.
The particularity of this holder is that it has a separator with a platform inside, that you can remove if you want. That’s a good idea for the smaller brushes, you can store shorter and longer ones in the same holder.
The link to the holder is here. It costs 2,205 JPY. I am sure I have seen the link in the USA website some years ago but not there anymore… if any interest in purchasing via the USA website let me know and I’ll find out if it’s possible.
What I already had
Kinoko brush case large
I thought it would be useful to have a case to protect the kabukis from the dust. Specially now due to the renovation works there is dust everywhere ! All my brushes are either stored in boxes or under “bells”, but you need to have enough room and nobody to play with them… they are very fragile. The Hakuhodo case is sturdy and will resist much more, maybe not an elephant but depending on the situation it will be much better to have cases.
This is the link for the case and it is on the USA website, costs 15usd.
You can fit the G543 inside it :
If you have the Koyudo H008, it does fit inside too…
This Kokutan large is also a candidate :
But not the Maple kabuki large :
|A. Full Length: 4.7 x 7.7 x 4.9cm|
I got this soft case long ago, so it is not on their website anymore or I couldn’t find the corresponding one with the same size. I can only share a link for all their soft cases but this specific one does not have a match on their site. What I love about it is that it’s flexible and it doesn’t contain magnets but the beads are heavy, it’s not a bad thing until you get to your hotel and the bathroom is marble, don’t drop them by mistake… just very noisy when it hits the stone!
These cases often have different size compartments :
I prefer the pouches that have just elastic bands across them because I don’t want them to slide out but at least when they have this configuration the handles get less damaged when you close it.
I hope this was helpful and gave you a few ideas… if you have any questions, don’t hesitate 🙂
Thanks for reading!
UPDATE 24th of September 2013
Following to my email to Stephanie (Hakuhodo USA) regarding the accessories, I copy part of her reply for you here :
Any accessories that are available on the Japanese website should be able to be special ordered, unless they are made of any restricted materials, which I don’t think they are any, but I’m not sure. Special ordering takes around 3-4 weeks to arrive at our office, and then we ship it to the customer. Special ordering does not cost any extra, but it is non-refundable and non-exchangeable. If they are interested in something not on the website, they can just email us at email@example.com, and ask to special order the piece. We will make up an invoice at that time.
We actually have some accessories on hand in our showroom that are not up online for one reason or another. These can be shipped out right away. The ones we have are listed below:
1.) Acrylic Brush Holder (H3495)-$5
2.) Brush Stand (H3496)-$34
3.) M Portable Case S Black (H3458)-$22
4.) Po950Bk Fan Brush Case Black (H3494)-
5.) We also have those kinoko soft pouches in a silver and a gold color. I can’t seem to find the H code for them, but they should be the same price as the champagne gold one. -$12
I think the blue case you were referring to is the Po811Bk Portable Case S Black (H3459), but the one on the website is black. There is a champagne gold one too. If someone was in love with the blue color, I am sure we could ask Japan about it.
Also, on a side note, we do have a maple kinoko large in black goat. This one fits in the kinoko box case because has a flat bottom. (We also have the medium and small in black too.) You can see a picture of it in the post of the kinoko box. The prices are the same as the white maple kinoko.
I hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions.
UPDATE 27th of September 2013
Stephanie just sent me this info if you are interested :
That blue pouch that everyone is interested in is H code H3507 and it is $65.