… and it’s a bit different.
If you were hoping to see the Chikuhodo Kiwami being released again, now it’s here, still available on Chikuhodo’s website. They made 50 sets this time and not all brushes are the same, since I was able to get the two brushes that actually differ from the originals, I thought it was a great opportunity to show you the differences.
I visited Chikuhodo offices in September, I took these pics with my phone and I was not thinking of publishing them one day but here we are…anyway, what really differs is the brush case, the cheek/highlight brush and the eyeshadow M. The new set is, wait for it, 220000 yen before tax, more or less 2000 $. The brushes are not sold separately unless you manage to split a set with someone who doesn’t want the whole Kiwami…
I am not going to review the set again because I have already a post here regaring the previous one, my thoughts have not changed, today it’s still the most special set in my collection and the performance of these brushes is beyond amazing. This is just to show you two of the brushes that I managed to get. I cannot justify getting the whole new set, it is quite an investment that I cannot justify since I already own the original set and its condition is still fantastic, but these two brushes are not duplicates of the originals, that’s my excuse.
All the brushes have the same hair length (previous vs current set), just the Cheek/highlight and the eyeshadow M are shaped differently but they also have the same hair length.
THE CHEEK/HIGHLIGHT BRUSH
The previous had a flat ferrule, the bristles were more splayed out, with more airiness. The new one is now candle shaped with a round ferrule, much more firm, directional. I could not say if one has more bristles than the other in terms of quantity, the new one feels denser but this comes from the shape and the bundling more than from the amount of bristles bundled in there.
I consider the previous cheek/highlight to be a much more multipurpose brush, I can apply blush, bronzer, highlight, contour. Blush application with this original cheek/highlight is just completely insane, the pigment is so perfectly held in the bristles and deposited not at once but gradually as you go, to me this is the big plus of this type of bristles, they hold and release progressively.
The new one is stronger, super powerful with highlighters and offers more heavy directional placement, but even though this brush is so nicely bundled, I can only really enjoy it for highlight. For bronzer for example it’s too sharp and the application is too defined. However, if you want to set your foundation, this is a fantastic brush when you need precision around the nose or under the eyes, you’ll adore it for that because you can push the powder in place and wipe out any excess super easily.
THE EYESHADOW M
This brush is so different, it has the same ferrule width but now the ferrule is curved (see pic), this makes the bristles tighter at the base, creates more of a tapering, redirects the bristles and offers less splaying but at the same time, also the bundling and layering are different from the original.
If you know calligraphy, this current version of the Eyeshadow M is more shaped like a calligraphy brush, you would use the “throat” for shadow application, it’s a bit too precise for me for the crease and not controllable enough as a precision pencil. Some of you will enjoy, I prefer the previous release where the brush was more full near the surface, with this new one I haven’t found a satisfying way to use it but I am still trying….
You probably noticed that the logo has changed too 🙂
The case is gorgeous, super heavy and you can remove the holder inside and put it on your desk, not a case for travelling because it’s sturdy, heavy but you would not travel with a Kiwami anyway… would you??
Maybe some of you were thinking of splitting a set, if so, if that helps, you can leave a comment below and maybe you can work something out together, hey, we never know!