I always keep an eye open for new designs on Hakuhodo’s website and recently saw some new S100 brushes that looked really interesting.
When I saw this S5521B I thought what a weird combination of bristles… first the salt and pepper, and now that? Had to try!
“Salt and pepper” are actually blue squirrel and white goat. These new “brown and white” brushes are horse and white goat bristles. I am not sure what the ratio is but on the cheeks it feels like a 50/50.
Horse bristles tend to be really rough around my eyes, for the face it depends on the technique and the brush shape. I had some face products applied by a teacher who was using something that felt like horse bristles and I had tears in my eyes caused by the irritation she was causing, honestly I never saw or endured such an abrasive technique, probably the issue was not only the brush, but also her very very brutal technique.
If the quality of the bristles is good enough, even if it’s more durable horse bristles, they may very well work and do a damn good job.
I ordered this brush one week ago and received it yesterday, I am so excited that I have to quickly share! It looks sooo pretty, and with that handle it’s simply the ultimate combination.
SOFTNESS VS EFFICIENCY
It doesn’t poke at all, it’s not soft as saikoho goat, you definitely feel that there are some “stronger/rougher” bristles in there but IMHO it’s totally acceptable and feels soft if you come from the MAC or CHANEL big powder brushes’ world.
It has a medium density and feels airy, when I used it this morning, I tried with a bright but hard blush pan, it was able to get the perfect amount of product from the pan, the application appeared blended and did not require any effort at all at any moment.
Since it’s fluffier than usual sized brushes, it fulfils more roles, I used it for blush, highlight and contour this morning but I totally will use it with bronzer and highlight or powder.
PRICE VS QUALITY
It costs 63 $, horse bristles are often used to increase the resilience, durability of a brush or decrease its price… Since horse bristles pick products really very well it can also increase the efficiency, you will compromise a bit on softness compared to other softer materials but sometimes that combination can be just perfect, which I think it is with this brush.
THE 5521 FAMILY
If you want to browse for other brushes with this material, go to Advanced Search on Hakuhodo Website, and select “Limit to Manufacturer : Goat and Horse” to have all the brush categories displayed, enter values in the price range (for example a 0 and 200).
Hakuhodo has several brushes with that same size and shape but with different materials.
G5521 Blue Squirrel and Goat – 53$
In functionality and behaviour it works like the J5521, feels just a bit softer. Since this brush has squirrel bristles it can’t be used with creams or liquids.
J5521 Goat – 38$
Offers more strength than the G5521, more blending power and can be used also with creams and liquids.
S5521B – Goat and horse – 63$
This combination can be used with creams and liquids too. Compared to the J5521 it feels more airy, the distribution of powder/blush/contour is easier, the placement is more controllable and will diffuse it on a wider zone compared to the J5521.
S5521A – Blue Squirrel – 98$
Really very very soft, doesn’t feel full or dense, I will use this brush with highlight and to set my concealer with powder. It doesn’t offer high blending capabilities so if you want to use it with hard pans this won’t pick up a lot of product. Cannot be used with creams or liquids and is higher maintenance, delicate bristles require more care.
These are just first impressions as I need to use it more, and I definitely will, and probably will order a second, this is something I don’t tend to do anymore so it means a lot. I love it because of how it looks and how it performs.
It doesn’t feel as soft as the S5521A, or even the J5521 or the G5521, but there is something truly effortless that just makes me want to reach for it, over and over again.
Link for the brush here.