by Sonia G.

I started with the cheek brush, then some eyeshadow brushes, and recently some face brushes. It was just a matter of time -but nearly a year- before I gathered enough and posted my thoughts, looks like it’s happening today.

  • If you are interested in the Surratt brushes you probably already know that they are handcrafted in Kumano, Japan, with the finest materials, the highest quality and a lovely packaging. I keep my Surratt brushes in their packaging, the boxes are made of black solid cardboard with velvet padding, they are useful to protect the brushes during transit and then practical depending on how much space you have available, I just simply use these to store the brushes.
  • If you are just discovering Surratt brushes today, I hope this gives you an idea of what they look like and how they perform, not easy to feel them in person depending on where you live.
  • If you were already thinking of getting them in the near future, I hope I can give you enough reasons to do so -or not- but let’s see ๐Ÿ™‚

Surratt brushes are stored in 6 of the black boxes on the bottom right of the picture

These brushes are available in different online stores (Sephora, Barneys, Liberty London, Net-a-Porter), depending on the store and country they will have different prices so check what is the best option for you. I got mine at Barneys, Liberty London and recently got the crease brush from Net-a-Porter (not yet here). Sephora is not an option for me (in Switzerland).



When I was looking for it, I saw it on the Sephora website and it had a 1 star review, so I wanted to see what customers were saying about it. They say it’s expensive, that “hair is made from gold or unicorns” or that “there are other pretty good brushes nowhere near that price point“.

Hair is blue (or grey) squirrel (it’s actually the same), and yes there are other pretty good brushes nowhere near that price point I totally agree, but not with that type of hair, density and quality.

It is expensive that’s for sure, but I wouldn’t rate a McLaren (P1 please) just 1 star only because it’s expensive, if I could afford it believe me I would be driving it today and despite its high price it still deserves a 5 star rating because it’s so awesome.ย  A McLaren would get me to the destination just like any other car but it’s not quite the same thing… is it?ย  Of course it’s a matter of taste, preferences and unfortunately wallet, we wish those type of brushes were more easily affordable but it’s not often the case. The price is what kept me away from them for so long.

We have to keep in mind one simple fact, a handcrafted item does not have the same production cost as a machine made item, never ever, there is a gigantic difference between them.ย  If on top of that, you have customized handles like Surratts it adds more costs into the production, and then there is the packaging. Some of us prefer a nice packaging when we are splurging on a beautiful item so even if we don’t think it’s a necessity, at the end we expect a nice packaging. That packaging may not cost a lot to produce, I don’t know, but there may be design, research and development behind it and that has a cost. Remember my Claudio Riaz experience? It was awful, expensive brushes with no packaging and no quality, those brushes had unique shapes but the rest just did not meet my expectations.

The Surratt face is very dense, less dense (more airy) than the Chikuhodo Z-1 but denser than the Suqqu face (~168 ยฃ) and also much denser than most of the other brushes in the pic. The Suqqu face is dense too but feels floppy due to the much finer bristles, the Suqqu will just flex if you push it against your skin and the Surratt will remain firm and buff the products more easily. For squirrel brushes, the Surratt are squirrel brushes with a sporty engine, a fast reliable engine though. Cars are influencing me lately ๐Ÿ™‚

When you look what other brushes fall into the same categoryย  there is the Chikuhodo Z-1 (~178$), first in line and the closest to the Surratt. The Z-1 is denser and more directional (firmer at the very top), although the Surratt can do all that the Z-1 does, I would use the Surratt for bronzer but not the Z-1, unless you are going for a very controlled application, then it’s totally fine.

The Houkodou here is actually a pretty nice brush, I got it in Japan during my visit but I don’t remember the price or reference (I just sent an email to Houkodou asking for info and I will update if they reply). This Houkodou is less dense than the Surratt but still of very good quality, I got it because I was looking for a less dense Z-1 type of brush, still a bit firm but more airy if you see what I mean and that fitted my requirement. The handle has nothing special, just a simple black ordinary handle, could be better specially if you consider the high quality of the head, I just feel like it deserves a better handle. Same about the Chikuhodo G-9, (~174$) the gold ferrule gets scratches easily and the short handle has nothing that appealing, I am just a bit sad because it is the type of expensive brush you want to use and eventually leave on your vanity to contemplate and I think the handle makes it look ordinary or tacky when in fact it is a very nice and extravagant brush.

The Trish McEvoy is a very soft brush but the one I have is very old, the newer version costs 69$ and they don’t mention what it is made of. Mine here is squirrel but the bundling is not that even, it is quite floppy and the application doesn’t feel as efficient because each bristle seems to behave differently, they don’t necessarily flex “together”, maybe the fact that it is not as dense and that the bristles are of different thickness causes that behaviour, it does not feel as smooth and effortless as the others.

The Chanel #1 (~65$) here is not squirrel, it feels like goat, it’s not soft on my delicate skin, it’s actually quite unpleasant to use but the shape is very similar to the Surratt, also the density but it was achieved with different type of bristles. The only positive thing about the Chanel is that it is a very efficient brush but it is very rough on sensitive skin, whatever the technique. I was loving it for mineral foundation or for polishing, I guarantee you’ll get polished with it.

The Koyudo Fu-Pa14 (~72$) is here because I am certain some of you have it and would like to know how it compares to the Surratt. The Koyudo is denser and much more firm at the surface for buffing, it is a mix of goat and squirrel but you can’t even feel the goat bristles, very soft and pleasant to use.


This is a picture taken from the other side of the table, brushes facing to the camera to show a different angle, there will be some inevitable dust particles in the pics mainly because I do use the brushes, all of them, in between posts I clean them with a cloth and the camera has en evil pleasure capturing any left -invisible to the eye- tiny dust or speck and transforming it into a gigantic disgusting mold. Apologies.

surratt5809In my humble opinion the most amazing brushes are the Z-1, the Suqqu and the Surratt, the Surratt being a less directional version of the Z-1 but a firmer version of the Suqqu, funny the price is also in between, Suqqu retails at approx 262$ and Z-1 at 178$.

surratt5808So, is it worth that price? It is, because of the work and the quality but it doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the same result with a cheaper brush.

I love the Suqqu face because it’s a Suqqu and yes their bristles are the finest squirrel bristles you can find today. If you are a collector for example, you cannot skip that brush because it’s a collector’s dream. However, this has a con, while the Suqqu is extreme softness, those soft bristles are sometimes too soft or floppy to use and they seem more difficult to bundle in a perfect shape, on the other hand the Z-1 to me just screams perfection, the bundling of the bristles is the most perfect I have come across, not one bristle is out of sync and it’s a real pleasure for the eyes and the skin. That said, if I had to choose one only because of its functionality it would definitely be the Surratt, it will achieve the most versatile applications without a doubt, it’s the squirrel powder brush that I can use with the most variety of products and for such a delicate brush, obtaining strength from its soft bristles was a great challenge, and it is a success.

Today the Surratt is the one I reach for the most because it matches my routine the best, I use it with bronzer, meteoritesย  powder, or the Serge Lutens foundation powder, not for heavy coverage but for buildable and seamless applications.




It’s certainly the most praised of all by the Surratt fans and my fav blush shape on top of that. I probably have 5 dupes that share the same shape and size but the Surratt is just denser and firmer at the surface and the bristles even though they are still equally soft they seem to have added strength and functionality capabilities. It picks more, it blends better, it’s more controllable, what I mean is that from the application to the blending you definitely are in control, it won’t be as forgiving as a less dense brush but it will definitely do what you ask it to.


The Suqqu cheek can not be compared to the Surratt, the super soft bristles of the Suqqu is what makes it so special, also being able to handle the most pigmented powders with a surgical precision (layered control) is a plus but the almighty Surratt will beat the Suqqu in terms of versatility.

The one I use the most is the Surratt cheek. The Chikuhodo Z-4 is an excellent blush brush since it’s also very soft, nicely dense and strong, the main difference I find with the Surratt is that the later follows the face features better, more stability, a bit like a close shave if you wish, its design puts a similar pressure from many bristles at the same time making the application more even and defined without it being too heavy.


The Chikuhodo RC-2 is not as dense. Could you get the RC-2 instead of the Surratt cheek and achieve the same results? (same dimensions) Yes but the RC-2 bristles splay out more and don’t allow the same control, for the same coverage you will have to work a bit more and manage the lack of precision (being picky here but you get the idea).

The Kumano Select Shop brush is bigger, covers more surface, I have the same comments as the RC-2, not as controllable as the Surratt but also a super nice soft brush, just bigger and more rounded than the RC-2.



I was totally surprised, the candle shape is not my fav at all, I have the Chikuhodo Z-2 and I barely use it and when I checked this Surratt at the counter, they appeared totally similar but something felt different. I know now what it is and why I prefer this over the Z-2. Even if it’s pointy, the bristles have a different movement to them, they follow much better the face features, they don’t have this “right-left” sudden flex movement, it’s difficult to explain, the bristles melt into the skin, the application feels like velvet and it results more even and more blended. The sensation they offer feels like a cat’s paw on the skin, very relaxing and actually very sensual.


I took some pics for comparison purposes but this is certainly the first time I am really loving a candle shaped brush that much. It’s pointy but you can use a generous extent of surface against the skin, suitable for blush too and if you want to use it to set your concealer or foundation in precise zones it can’t get any better since it’s dense and precise.


SR-5815I haven’t found my ideal sculpting brush yet, but this comes close. It’s softer, denser and fluffier than the RMK. Similar softness as the Chikuhodo G-02 but the Surratt is thicker, denser and wider.

The Koyudo BP026 is actually a goat brush but a damn good one, one of my holy grails because of its thick velvety and super efficient surface, the Surratt is quite similar but the Koyudo is firmer and stronger, does a freaking amazing job.

The Surratt sculpting brush pairs super nicely with the Surratt sculpting powders (contour and highlight actually).ย  I love when I see that the artist behind the brand releases brushes that perfectly combine with both the texture of the powders and the pigmentation. That is not always the case.

SR-5848A picture sideways that shows how thick the surface is (2.5×3.5cm):



I didn’t get his crease brushes because I already had some Chicca ones and they always felt too floppy for my taste and routine. I have the medium and big Chicca that look exactly like the Surratt but I don’t use them as eye shadow brushes but instead just to set concealer or apply highlighter. However, something happened recently, I received the Chikuhodo/Beautylish Sakura crease brush that was part of the set, I tried it, it took me just a few minutes (hmmm seconds) to fall in love with it. As a result, today I have ordered the small Surratt crease brush and it’s on its way to me. I had no idea that I would love such a weird brush, seriously, I am 100% sold, I am so attached to it that I need to know where it is all the time, I don’t want to loose it ever. I hope the Surratt performs just as good but it should because it has the same specs.

I think what kept me away from the Chicca brushes (as eye brushes) is the fact that the Chicca shadows are super difficult to pick on the brush, there is barely any pigment at all and a lot of sparkles, I found that the Chicca crease brushes were not appropriate for their powders. When I tried this small crease brush with Surratt shadows all made sense, it worked perfectly well.

I show you my similar crease brushes but I don’t have the Surratt yet. There is a small smoky, a medium and a large that should correspond to these:

SR-5838It’s a different technique, don’t expect to work with it the same way as a Paula Dorf crease brush, this works with the sides, it may or not be for you but if you can try it at the counters it would be interesting and you may like it.




It’s not a novelty for me, I already have similar ones and I love them because they are made with canadian squirrel hair (the best) and they have a pointy shape but a thick body, allows control and power at the same time and that shape allows to place and blend the crease too.



Three have a very similar one, the Three brush I have is just a bit thicker.ย  Takeda, Three and Surratt are same material.

The Takeda is just stunning, it’s even thicker and has a large surface at the top. I am over the moon with it.

The Suqqu L is here for size reference as it is the same length, the Three and the Surratt are more tapered.ย  It’s funny how I did not love the Suqqu at the beginning, I found it too floppy and today I find it actually much more appropriate for me, we evolve and I am lucky I kept it.





The Chicca brush here is one of my top favs since the first day I tried it, I was going to get a second one but then Surratt happened. It’s the same brush, same material (canadian squirrel).

What I love about these is that they aren’t too long or too short, they allow just the perfect flexibility at the top and the sides to apply the shadow anywhere you want, blend it and do it with very little to no effort at all.

I can do all my eye look with it. Even the bottom lash line, since those bristles retain the pigment super well and release it evenly as you swipe, you can remove all the excess powder and just use a tiny bit that is left on the top of the brush, you place it perpendicularly on the bottom lash line, apply and smudge it, you will end with a 2mm thick perfectly smoked out line drop dead gorgeous. No fall out, no powder in the eyes.

SR-5833The Wayne Goss 18 delivers similar results but it’s supposed to be goat hair, I am sure there is something else than goat hair in there (good for us) but if you want to use it perpendicularly and you have sensitive eyes like I do it won’t feel as soft as the Chicca of the Surratt and you don’t have quite the same precision.





This little guy is fun, I use it for:

  • The brows: I have thick brows that just need some rough filling, test passed, totally manage with it
  • The lips: canadian hair should not be used for creams or liquids, I use it with powder highlighter in the cupids bow
  • The eyes: inner corner highlight, browbone highlight, precision placement

It’s longer and more flexible but still firm and soft. No need to tell you that I love it because I have the Chicca and I still got the dupe Surratt…


There is not much difference between the Chicca and the Surratt, probably the difference in thickness is just due to a batch difference, maybe not intended, you can barely feel any difference at all.


Chikuhodo are responsible for Chicca brushes, and Three, and more… there is a big chance they are also responsible for Surratt’s.

Surratt has also a full range of products, I love their contour (Grisaille) and highlighter (Aureole). I think he picked up French names because in Japan French is very sexy and sells really well… ๐Ÿ™‚


Pigmentation is just amazing, buildable, does not look powdery or tacky and the range of colors targets both pale and dark skin, that is fantastic and much better than Suqqu who releases blushes only for lighter complexions.


Don’t get me started with the shadows, oh dear… I am totally blown away. Some finishes are opaque, some are more translucent, some look sparkly but then the base color is buildable and the sparkles end up appearing flattering -even at my age. I am thrilled with the ones I have and I certainly don’t mind and won’t resist getting more in the future.


I am super happy with the brushes, except for the price I can say only good things about them… Well, if the Surratt had longer and heavier handles I would have loved them even more.

There is just one detail and I don’t know if you all noticed it, the powder and highlighter brushes have a different (nicer) ferrule, rounder and curved at the top, I wish all the round brushes had that same ferrule (the cheek doesn’t), just details, but here I am, being a hopeless obsessed fanatic.

Troy Surratt is going to release more brushes soon, a duo fibre for sure, maybe a brow, a powder and a spoolie but I am not sure about that.

They are very rewarding to use, get you to want to use them frequently, you miss them when you don’t. Surratt introduced performance oriented brushes into the market, luxurious, impressive and addictive. I have a zillion brushes but there will be many days where only a Surratt would do.


Material Total length (cm) Hair length Ferrule width Surface Price (usd)
Artistique Face Brush Grey squirrel 16,5 5 2,5 3,5 230
Artistique Cheek Brush Grey squirrel 15,5 3,3 1,6 2,5 115
Artistique Highlight Brush Grey squirrel 16 3,6 1,6 115
Artistique Sculpting Brush Grey squirrel and goat 15,3 3 1,8-1,3 2,5-3,5 90
Classique Shadow Grande Canadian squirrel 14 2 1,2 55
Classique Shadow Moyenne Canadian squirrel 13,3 1,3 0,8 50
Classique Shadow Petite Canadian squirrel 13 1 0,5 45

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Melissa 29 July, 2015 - 5:55 pm

Well done my Queen!!!! I’m obsessed with the “cheeky” pom pom and the Grande Classique!
And YES after the Beautylish Sakura crease I’m now determined to get the SURRATT crease as well ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
After Japan I’ll catch up with some more SURRATT babies. They’re just addictive!

Sonia G. 29 July, 2015 - 10:39 pm

Thank you sweetie! oh well, they just had to force us to try that unappealing floppy crease and now we are all over that shape, how shocking! ๐Ÿ˜€
At least they are not LE, what a relief! Otherwise you would have to postpone your trip ๐Ÿ˜‰

Julie 30 January, 2018 - 7:42 pm

Hi Sonia I have recently purchased the chikuhodo Sakura brush set and like yourself absolutely fell deeply in love with the crease brush, I was just wondering if you have found a dupe for this brush… did the small Surratt crease come anyway close to it. I adore your blogs, if Iโ€™m ever looking to purchase a brush your site is the first one I look at as I have made many purchases on your thoughts and have never been disappointed. Thank you in advance for your reply and for all the hard work and dedication you put in to your thorough reviews. Thank you for your honesty and integrity,
Kindest thoughts julie

Kay 29 July, 2015 - 8:45 pm

I am so very happy to see another post from you, Sonia :)))) So incredibly well done and now Surratt brushes are on my want list. Maybe the cheek and a few of the eye brushes, especially the Shadow Grande. I love my Three brush with similar shape as the pointy tip applies base eyeshadow even to the inner corners above my eyes so that can be a backup. Missed you a lot and hope you are feeling much, much better soon!

Sonia G. 29 July, 2015 - 10:37 pm

Oh you have the Three ? fantastic! The cheek is a good way to start, I thought I could stay away but when I tested them at the counter at Liberty I was just immediately sold ๐Ÿ˜€
I missed you too, will take a while to recover but time will help and having you around does too!

Stacy 29 July, 2015 - 9:00 pm

I am loving these Surratt brushes! Fabulous review!!

Sonia G. 29 July, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Thank you Stacy! he did good, I think they are absolutely stunning tools, not surprised you love them ๐Ÿ™‚

Tatjana 30 July, 2015 - 12:03 am

Hi Sonia,

great review. Love it!
It looks like the ferrule of the Surrat Sculpting is more blue black than the others?

Sonia G. 30 July, 2015 - 8:42 pm

Hi Tatjana, yes it’s different, not to the naked eye but on the camera it has a different hue ๐Ÿ™‚
you have great eyes and attention to detail!!
At the beginning I thought my lights were wrong looool (since I am crap with them…) but I wasn’t dreaming ๐Ÿ˜€

Bonnie 30 July, 2015 - 12:07 am

Hello gorgeous <3 !!

Yay, now I have a guide for when I FINALLY pick up my Surratt brushes… I sort of want them all, but you know me, it's the face/cheek brushes that get me! I love that sculpting brush!

And the products!!! I need backups of Grisaille, I love it so much. Have you tried his other items, ie the smokey eye baton, eyelash curler, lip products? You should give them a shot <3

Take care, Sonia!

Sonia G. 30 July, 2015 - 8:45 pm

Hi Bonnie,
oh yes I have tried other products, I have one lippie which is one of my top favs (a very lovely pink coral I can wear with anything), I also have 3 batons but havent use them much lately (I have to) and no eyelash curler… maybe I should??? I received the crease one today! hurray!!!
Big warm hugs from the Swiss mountain :*

Amy 30 July, 2015 - 1:48 am

What a coincidence, I have left the powder and highlight brushes to complete my collection… (exluding the concealer brushes… no intention to collect). I was searching for a review of the powder brush and there, yours is just right on time for me to seal my decision! The Surratt brushes are so so good… Excellent review!

Sonia G. 30 July, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Hi Amy,
Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ So I guess you will splurge on the powder and highlight too?
I will also collect the concealer ones but when I have the chance ๐Ÿ™‚ I think they are kolinsky ? Will check!!
I am really happy it can help you and it arrived on time, I wish you will love your choices as much as I love mine!
talk soon then !

Ann C. 30 July, 2015 - 2:15 am

I will follow Melissa’d path! I will splurge on Surratt after the Japan trip.. Now my Queen, you’ve just addedd some chicca and three eye brushes in my to buy list.
Thank you for the review and comparison. I’m very fortunate that Tara gave me the Surratt classique moyenne. I love it too! The quality, softness vs firmness and size are just perfect for my lids.
Now.. I think Surratt will be my next suqqu brush obsession.. Must-Buy-All eventually obsession

Sonia G. 30 July, 2015 - 8:50 pm

Hi Ann,
yes go go get them loool and I will give you one more to get : the Reiko Kazki that looks like the She Uemura 12, it’s weasel but it’s amazing!!!
I should write a post “What must-have brushes to get if you go to Japan” LOOOL
Got the small Surratt crease today, can’t wait to use it! how sweet of Tara!!
It has become an obsession recently, I don’t even want to splurge on other brands I had planned, that’s serious addiction!!! XD

Ann C. 5 August, 2015 - 6:49 am

Btw, I forgot to ask which Takeda brush was that in the comp pics with Surratt Classique Grande? Thanks

Iris 30 July, 2015 - 3:17 am

Hi Sonia,
Thank you so much for the immensely detailed review and superb thoughtful comparisons. I have almost all of the Surratt brushes that you reviewed but have yet to use them as I have been travelling so much. If you ever need anything from Sephora (USA), just let me know and I’d be more than happy to help. Can’t wait for Surratt to release new brushes. The big powder brush was out of stock on Sephora.com for the longest time so once it came back in stock, I pounced on it!

We were supposed to visit Tokyo last week but my son fell sick suddenly (high fever led to a seizure) so we ended up going to the hospital instead. But good thing is that he made a quick recovery, and is back to normal now. Tokyo will always be there, maybe next spring! Seems like you’ve been unwell too? Hope you are feeling much better soon. *Sending warm hugs from sunny Singapore*

Sonia G. 30 July, 2015 - 8:54 pm

oh no, Iris I am really sad to read about your son, is he now ok? to reach a seizure it must have been like a panic moment!!! poor you!!
I wish you were still here, we could have fun now, the house looks a tiny bit more like a house, and the brushroom has walls!!! can you imagine? ๐Ÿ˜€
Don’t encourage me about Sephora because I will definitely contact you then!
Since you left I have been sick over and over again, 10 months of a nightmare condition, there are moments in life when we just have to accept and take it the best we can.
Big huge gigantic hugs and I hope you will come back here sometime!

Christine 30 July, 2015 - 5:23 am

I love my Surratt brushes! I am happy you had a chance to review them. The powder and blush brush are amongst the favorites in my collection. In fact, I feel they are highly underrated. Do you know when Troy will release the foundation brush and others?

Sonia G. 30 July, 2015 - 8:58 pm

Hi Christine!
I agree with you, they are underrated but I think people is a bit scarred due to their price (I was…), and also the crease brushes are intimidating!! Maybe now that there will be more reviews, customers will start getting them, I hope we triggered a Surratt contagion LOOOL
I don’t know.. I think the foundation soon but I really don’t know, we have to keep an eye on his Instagram and I will ask my contact at Liberty, maybe she knows already ๐Ÿ™‚ Will keep you posted!

Lilliane 30 July, 2015 - 6:44 am

It’s so good to see you, Sonia – I’ve missed you! This is a wonderful review, as always, (and I am enjoying being able to “stretch” the page )…
So sorry to hear that you were not feeling well, Baby Girl. What happened?
Feel better!
Ps: which Surratt eye shadows are your favorites?

Sonia G. 30 July, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Hi Lilliane!
I missed you too but see, I haven’t forgotten ๐Ÿ˜€
I can’t share on the blog, health issues are not fun to share but we will keep in touch by email ๐Ÿ™‚
Thank you for your wishes and talk to you soon!
Omg… my fav eyeshadows?? hmmm I don’t know, Patine, Cuivre, gosh I don’t know the names, I will check on the pans and post here tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

SJ 30 July, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Hi Sonia! fabulous and thorough review! thank you!! i have 5 of the eye brushes, including all 3 of the smokey eye brushes. the smallest one is FABULOUS!!!! the medium one is good, but i’m not quite sure what to do with the big one hahaha! the big flat shader is also quite a workhorse. i do love it.

when i first got my Suqqu L eye brush i wasn’t sure what to do with it!! but it does a amazing job of blending out edges of any already applied shadow, even Ellis Faas cream shadows – which is my favorite way to use it right now.

i use my Suqqu Face Brush with nothing on it just to make me happy ๐Ÿ™‚

great to hear from you!!!! xoxo SJ

Sonia G. 30 July, 2015 - 9:03 pm

Thank you sweetie!
Oh it’s so cool to find fans of the crease brushes, they are intimidating and different, I have received my little Surratt crease today, I haven’t had the chance to use it yet but I can’t wait!
The big one? biiiiig blending or setting, or highlight…
bahahaha I love what you say about the Suqqu face, how amazing and luxurious!!! that’s pure sin (or therapy…) ๐Ÿ˜€

Carlyn 30 July, 2015 - 4:06 pm

You know Sonia, you have the ability to make me weaken my resolve to hold off buying brushes, lol. Since Surratt seems to be easier for us in the States, I’ve been putting off getting the cheek brush which is the first brush I want from his collection. I’m still hoping to wait for the VIB holiday sale to nab it, even though I know the chances of it being in stock at that time is zero to nil, lol. In the interim I will drool over and live vicariously through your pictures. Fabulous post as always and this is why you are and always will be, our Brush Queen. You’re always in my prayers for a speedy healing. Take great care of yourself my dear.

Sonia G. 30 July, 2015 - 9:06 pm

I know, it’s a danger to wait for such big expected events! I would freak out if it’s not available but you can try at least!
At Liberty they had told me I had to wait a long time.. that’s why I asked for your help! I just couldn’t wait any longer, after having played with the testers in April I was just too excited!
Thank you once more for having helped me, that’s a huge purchase but an awesome collection, I don’t regret it!
Thanks also for your wishes, it feels amazing knowing that we have people who care all around the world! I am blessed!! <3

Bertha Hernandez 30 July, 2015 - 4:39 pm

Excelente articulo. Me encanta tu estilo; Es como si estuvieramos platicando entre amigas.
Por cierto, crees que la brocha para polvos faciales de Surratt se parece a la fine kalla KK001?
Saludos mil

Sonia G. 30 July, 2015 - 9:14 pm

Hola Bertha! Gracias, pues asi lo veo, como si estuviese hablando con amigas, me alegro de que asi parezca ๐Ÿ™‚
La fine kalla me parece bastante parecida, parece mas de punta (tapered) pero no la tengo y no estoy segura.. lo siento!
La tienes?
Creo que las brochas de Surratt tienen algo que las otras no tienen, also asi como un pelo mas espeso, con una textura mas gruesa pero con la misma suavedaz.
Un beso!

Viviana B. 31 July, 2015 - 7:58 pm

Hi Sonia! Thank you for this wonderful post! I must now add some Surratt to my ever-growing wish list lol. I am especially interested in the Cheek and Sculpting ones.

Have you tried CDJapan’s special request service? Basically, you can purchase items that are not available on their website through them. I tried it today to get a Kyureido Fine Kalla KK-002. It was a wonderful experience. You just send a form with a URL and description of the item you want to get and then you complete your purchase through a link they send you. No fuss. I received my link in less than 12 hours! They charged me a 2000 yen fee, which I though was reasonable. Next purchase: Tanseido YSC 17. I’m on a quest to get all the Suqqu Cheek dupes lol. I’m super excited, as this service opens a world of possibilities, I think.

Anyway, I just wanna congratulate you on your great job here, since it’s my first post. You’re a great source of inspiration!

Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

Sonia G. 31 July, 2015 - 9:34 pm

Hi Viviana!
First of all, thank you for leaving me this kind comment and the best compliment ever! ๐Ÿ™‚
I couldn’t be more pleased! If my posts help I am happy, if I can inspire someone, it is just the best feeling!
Thanks again for mentioning about CDJapan concierge services (if I may call them that way…) I knew they did that but never tried and did not know the cost, it is worth it as it saves us (who don’t speak Japanese) a huge lot of time and pain!
You get me excited too! how wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚
Have fun discovering new beauties and new Suqqu dupes, I shall soon post about the brushes to get while in Japan, with this kind of services we can even benefit as if we were there ๐Ÿ™‚
Wishing you an amazing weekend! <3

Viviana B. 1 August, 2015 - 1:35 am

Concierge Services. That’s a better name for it lol.

I also meant to ask, is the Fine Kalla KK-003 a dupe for the Suqqu Eyeshadow L? I’m tempted to get a few more Fine Kallas now ๐Ÿ™‚

Karen 2 August, 2015 - 3:29 am

Hi Sonia, I hope you’re feeling better and I just wanted to say thank you for adjusting the website so that I can enlarge it on my iPad and see everything more clearly

Jeanette 3 August, 2015 - 1:46 am

What a terrific review as always! You make me wish to try so many of his products! The brushes sound very luxurious and well functioning. I wouldn’t know which one to start with. Have you gotten to use the petite crease brush yet? How is it compared to the Sakurado one?
Also the contour and highlighter look very nice. And the eyeshadows <3<3<3

Laurence 8 December, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Je te cite: “Sephora is not an option for me (in Switzerland).” ?????????? Tu sais que tu peux passer par moi si tu veux faire des commande sephora j’espรจre?????? Enfin…..Sonia….voyons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sonia G. 20 December, 2015 - 5:49 pm

oh j’ai pas vu ton commentaire avant! mdr ^_^ merci Laurence, ok je note je note ๐Ÿ˜€ รงa roule!!!!!

Mary 16 November, 2016 - 9:17 am

Thank you for your in-depth review, Sonia! I knew to check in with your thoughts on these beauties before I purchased the lot during a recent VIB Rouge sale period. They are a lovely addition to my Chikuhodo Z series and all of my Hakuhodo lovelies. I enjoy the lighter weight and not-too-long handles of the Surratt brushes, as I have small hands. ;{}

Georgette 30 May, 2017 - 11:24 pm

Hello Sonia,

Wich brush is your advice for meteorietes compact powder not the bals? I have the koyudo LE squirel kabuki it works but not great. I doubt about de Z1 or the Surratt face, what do you or someone else think wich one performs the best.

Thanks for the great reviews, it helps me a lot to found the right brushes for me

Raglo 18 November, 2017 - 1:50 pm

I know this is an old post, but I’ve come back to drool over Surratt’s entire concept. Sigh =)

Sonia G. 16 December, 2017 - 3:48 pm

He’ll love that ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Jennifer 24 January, 2019 - 7:19 pm

I am REALLY late to this party, but Surratt brushes AND now Sonia G. brushes (ok, maybe some Wayne Goss) are at the top of my wish list. I am a total makeup brush whore – particularly face brushes. I am so excited that I ran across this article. Sonia G., you are one of my makeup heros !

Sonia G. 24 January, 2019 - 8:28 pm

Haha thank you Jennifer!! you would love Surratt, if you don’t have any yet, RUN! ๐Ÿ˜€
I am really honored that you stopped by! Thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Lorena 19 April, 2020 - 10:24 am

Hola Sonia! Excelente artรญculo. Tengo la Z1 y realmente estoy considerando si es buena idea comprar la Surrat Face Brush. Cuรกl consideras que es mejor para maquillaje en polvo? Vale la pena tener las dos? Cuรกl serรญa la diferencia en uso entre la Z1 y la Surrat Face Brush? Gracias!

Sonia G. 19 April, 2020 - 3:11 pm

Hola Lorena,
Pues la verdad es que la Surratt tiene el mismo pelo, o casi. Encuentro que la Surratt trabaja mejor el producto, es un poquito menos densa lo que yo prefiero, y se mueve un poco mejor osea que puedo utilizarla con la mayoria de mis productos, la Z1 no tanto. Tambien encuentro el pelo de las Surratt mas eficaz, menos finito aunque tan bueno osea que para mi tambien eso mejora como un pincel funciona.
Pero no hay mucha diferencia y mucha gente diria que son las mismas…
Si de verdad la deseas, creo que es mejor cogerla porque creo que los precios van a subir todos, no sรฉ seguro si las de Troy tambien pero me imagino que si.
Un beso virtual, espero que estes bien!

Lorena 23 April, 2020 - 7:38 am

Muchas gracias por tu respuesta!! Soy fan de tus brochas y las tengo casi casi casi todas! Esperรฉ tanto por el Sky Face Set pero ya viene en camino. Te mando un fuerte abrazo y muchas bendiciones!!!

Bella Agrawal 9 February, 2019 - 8:20 am

which surratt for liquid foundation ??

Xianlong 28 June, 2019 - 2:47 pm

Hello Sonia,

this is the first time that I write to you.

You are so professional and great to write it down to let people know more in detail of Surratt brushes.

My question is may I ask do you compare Chikuhodo Z8 with Surratt cheek brush?

BTW your brushes are awesome. I really really really LOVE them.

Thank you!

Sonia G. 30 July, 2019 - 11:39 pm

Hi Xianlong,
I apologize for my delay! Was a several trips and it was difficult to have access to the blog.
The biggest difference is the size and the density. The Z-8 is much bigger (more than twice the size), the application is going to be softer and you can easily apply on a larger surface, for example bronzer or powder. The Surratt cheek is smaller and denser and the application is going to be more intense and more precise, if you want to use the Surratt cheek for bronzer, this is going to be a more targetted and defined application.
I can use the Z-8 for bronzer and also blush because I have quite a large face but the Surratt cheek I will not use with bronzer unless it is to contour and define. Then it’s a matter of preference, many use smaller brushes for bronzer and they are perfectly happy with them!
Both brushes are in my very very top favs so it’s difficult to for me to say which one I would keep, I do different things with them and they complement each other!

Thank you so much for your support you are so so kind to leave me such a nice comment! Please come back again ๐Ÿ™‚

Robin Lavender 25 May, 2020 - 7:54 pm

Sonia, please tell me what Surratt Artistique Eyeshadow shades are in your palette on the right in your July 2015 post.

Maria Silva 17 August, 2021 - 11:18 pm

I must say, I recently purchased the Surratt Artistique Cheek Brush, I don’t know if there’s something wrong with mine in particular but it has such a pungent smell I can’t hardly use it. To be sure I wasn’t just being fussy, I asked my family to smell it and they had the same reaction. I washed it with mild baby shampoo and the smell seems to get more and more intense. I don’t know what to do, I had never spend so much in one single brush.


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