There are some brushes that I just can’t resolve to buy (yet), like the Chikuhodo Kiwami set, or the Shu Uemura 15, if one day you see their price you’ll know why.
While I was researching for a dupe for the famous Shu 15, I came across some brushes that were huge eyeshadow brushes indeed but that did not had the fullness or firmness that could really get me dupe-satisfaction.
Some time ago I saw the release of this GSN-07, Yutaro from Chikuhodo told me it was sable and squirrel hair (I own sable/squirrel brushes that aren’t soft enough so that did not really tempt me), he also said that it was bigger than the Special G-3. At first I did not wanted this brush, then I wanted it, then I didn’t want it anymore… I was confused. I knew my friend Buggsiebee had it and I asked her for advice, she was kind enough to even send me pics and I was immediately convinced that I had to get it, so THANK YOU Buggsie for your precious help!!
Hair length : 2.1cm
Base of ferrule 1.3cm
Hair thickness sideways: 1cm
Material : Grey squirrel / sable
Price : 266.4 Sek in Kohlindo.se
Before I go into more details, I have to mention that this brush made me think of my friend Dena, Dena has big eyes and she is crazy about huge eyeshadow brushes. Just a quick message for Dena because I know she will read this at some point : this brush has your name all over it!!!
At first I was relieved that it was different from the G-3, then I wondered, what will I be able to realistically do with it ?? I thought it would be too big for eyeshadow. Well it appears it’s not too big for me, I can apply an all-over shadow because it’s firm enough and still quite directional and controllable, this morning I even used it for both the whole area and the lid (up to the crease). I can use the tip of the brush flat or at an angle against my lid area in order to blend or I can use it to lay down the color. For sure it’s HUGE, but if you want the biggest eyeshadow brush, this is as good as it gets.
I thought the sable bristles would reduce the softness of the brush, it does, but not in a bad way, it still is soft enough and the sable adds the firmness that I love, also the fullness that you don’t see often in eyeshadow brushes.
You can also use it to pat and gently push powder and set your concealer application, it doesn’t poke at all but I mostly use it for eyeshadow application and blending.
This picture will give you an idea of its size, for some of you the Shu 12 is already too big so this GSN-07 will certainly not be the best investment.
The G-3 (squirrel) is the most flexible of the bunch but still directional and tapered. Then the 12-6 (squirrel) is a bit firmer (but not much), both these brushes have similar softness, similar shape.
The Shu 12 is much more firm and since it’s kolinsky/sable, it can be used with cream and liquid products.
I won’t be able to completely replace my lemming for the Shu Uemura 15 but now I can live without missing it too much. You can use cream and liquids with the Shu 15 and this, you won’t be able to do with the GSN-07 but since my original idea was to use the Shu 15 with powder anyway, this GSN-07 will absolutely do the dupe job quite perfectly well and for a more affordable price.
I know these new GSN series have now arrived at Kohlindo.se so if you are interested you’ll have to contact them directly since they still don’t show in their website 🙂