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KOYUDO – White Canadian Set

by Sonia G.

Some months ago, Koyudo released this White Canadian Squirrel 6-Piece Brush Set, some friends started ordering it and since those kind of exclusive sets can be really expensive (over 1000USD), we split a few.

For me, it started with one brush but I still ended up with the whole set! The biggest brush was a present from a sweet friend, the others I purchased slowly. These brown/caramel canadian or white/grey canadian squirrel bristles have the particularity of being stronger than grey/blue squirrel, they blend better, they don’t look as nice or even but they do work wonders, they are the favorite of many make-up artists.

I received several questions to compare this white set to the current caramel/brown canadian set so I share these pictures. In terms of usage and results, the white is softer but it will get dirty as of first use, it’s more fluffy and airy (splays out more), the results are very similar with both, the white will deliver a slightly more diffused application but the difference is barely noticeable.


Big powder brush

It’s similar in size, the bristles are 5.5cm long and they splay out a bit more, more airy but super nicely dense, it’s my fav brush of the set.



Small powder brush

This one seems more directional, bristles are 4.5 cm long, it’s very powerful to remove excess powder or blend your make-up application, very multipurpose. Since this brush is a bit thinner but still dense at the surface, you can use it in many different ways.



Cheek brush

It’s a beautiful gem, when you first receive it, it’s quite flat then after wash it fluffs out like magic. You can alter the shape of bristles depending on how you store it or how you wash it, if you use brush guards or not. The normal caramel bristles don’t have that issue or benefit, the white ones are more what you make of them.



Eyeshadow brushes

In comparison the caramel/brown ones are firmer and thinner, the white/grey fluff out more and are better for blending. These are liners that are strong and keep their shape so powder lining with them is fantastic, lines stay thin, well defined and super controllable.



You also asked me how the Koyudo canadian caramel/brown bristles compare to the similar Takeda or Kiwami brushes, the Takeda are the softest but their brushes tend to be more thin, not as directional,  and super expensive.

The Kiwami’s bristles do not appear that disciplined or neat but in terms of results they will blow your mind, hoping this set will be released again in the near future.

The Koyudo are the firmest, strongest, a bit more rough but the results are really good and their prices are a bit better although all remain super expensive.


Takeda – Koyudo – Chikuhodo

Unlike the Koyudo Yakusugi set, which I think is beautiful to have as a complete set, this white canadian set should be available individually so that more of us can afford getting one or two of the brushes, maybe you can find someone with whom you could split the set, that is also an option 🙂 although there is a risk you may end up wanting all of them!

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lafemmedunette 21 December, 2015 - 5:58 pm

I hope they release these individually at some point, because I so want that blush brush 🙂 … “hope you’re listening Koyudo” 😉

Silvia 21 December, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Thanks for this great review Sonia! due to my sensitive fair and prone to redness skin i’m in the quest for the softest bristles but i’m a bit lost with all the squirrel hair types. How would you grade them from softest to less soft? White Canadian/caramel Canadian/red/grey/blue squirrel…am I missing any type? So far my favorite is red squirrel, but I cannot say why. It gets very difficult to tell the softest when you have so many soft brushes and not being an expert makes it difficult to explain with words. I also wish they sold these individually, Im loving the powder brush 🙂

Bellyhead 21 December, 2015 - 11:43 pm

I keep on thinking I will splurge on this set. This past Koyudo sale on cdjapan I was super tempted. But I am going to stay the course and wait for the Kiwami. (Might be futile, but a girl can hope)

Sonia G. 21 December, 2015 - 11:47 pm

The Kiwami goes BEFORE anything else, it will most certainly happen so don’t lose hope!!!

Lyanna Stark 9 January, 2016 - 3:08 am

This is a super interesting read for those of us who don’t have all the various types. Thanks, Sonia!

Sonia G. 9 January, 2016 - 5:20 pm

You are welcome Lyanna 🙂 hugs!

Lyanna Stark 9 January, 2016 - 3:11 am

Sonia, the Kiwami you show above – that’s the cheek/highlighter size and not the bigger blush size, correct?

Sonia G. 9 January, 2016 - 7:04 pm

yes exactly! that’s the cheek/highlighter 🙂

Lyanna Stark 10 January, 2016 - 6:43 am

thanks for confirming! I have to be ready to pounce on splitting as soon as the set becomes available again!

Si Kay 19 February, 2023 - 4:29 pm

Hi Sonia,
What is the Ferrule diameter width for the Large powder brush of the White Canadian Squirrel brush?

Sonia G. 22 February, 2023 - 10:13 am

Hi! The ferrule is 32.4mm x 14.3mm. Hope this helps!


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