Another recently released brush is this S 106 from Hakuhodo, do I need to mention that it’s beautiful or is it obvious ? If you like the S100 Series, you will love this.
Specs: full length : 19.2cm, hair length 4.5cm, base of the ferrule 2.5 cm. It’s dense, fluffy-full, firm, soft but not as soft as the J531. Even though I feel the J531 is clearly softer and the hair bristles are thinner, I prefer the shape and the evenness of the S106. The bundling also looks more finished and perfected. But the difference in price is 33usd, putting the S one at 120 usd.
The S106 is not only beautiful, it’s also a very efficient brush, will pick up generous layer of product and will blend like a dream, when you are used to lightweight squirrel brushes and you jump to this, you better control it!
Some of us use a fluffy dense brush for applying just some powder as a light coverage instead of liquid foundation, in summer I see myself reaching for this brush combined with a Serge Lutens powder foundation just for a light coverage, then use the same brush with some bronzer or “healthy powder” (healthy powder is more like a foundation/bronzer with some glow). If I want more coverage I will reach for the Koyudo Fu-Pa14 but in summer most of the time I tend to just apply some Mac Skinfinish or Serge Lutens powder foundation on top of some concealer placed just where needed.
Today I use this brush for bronzer, I used quite a pigmented one (a Bobbi Brown), I had to remove the excess by taping the brush against my hand but then the application is flawless and I just love when angled brushes have a real pronounced angle that make them truly deserve the mention “angled”. With these angled brushes you have more surface to play with, you have more choice in the techniques you use, the shorter side will work with much firmness than the longer side and here the graduation from left to right is clearly making a difference.
Compared to the two Hakuhodo on the left, the S106 is softer and much denser and firm. The Kokutan LAG for me acts more like a finishing brush to wipe excess off gently, the S100 is a bit denser and can apply bronzer more easily than the LAG because it’s also thicker and has more surface than this Kokutan.
If I had to choose only one, it would definitely be the S106, even if the J531 is softer, I feel the quality is higher with the S106 and the purpose of this brush is more functional than the Kokutan or the S100.
Big place in my heart for the S106, it has been in my wishlist since the first day I saw it in Kumano but I had to choose… selection selection…. I am happy that it is now here with me, it’s an encounter with a masterpiece!