It’s almost the end of 2018 but not all of the Holiday Limited Editions have been released yet, this Beautylish x Chikuhodo is coming soon so get ready for its launch
on the 28th of December the Beautylish website. at 10am PST Online on
UPDATE 29th December, here is the mail received from Nils (CEO of Beautylish) regarding the launch of the set
Hi, due to the high level of interest and our limited supply, we made the decision to postpone the launch of the Beautylish x Chikuhodo Fuji Makie Collection to avoid disappointing our customers.
Our initial supply went quickly during a limited pre-order and we are now in the process of trying to solidify the second delivery of the brushes. We will make sure to update you as soon as we have delivery dates confirmed from Chikuhodo.
I apologize for the delay and will make sure to keep you updated. Thank you for your understanding and all the best to you and your loved ones in 2019!
I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season, enjoying a little well deserved splurging or eagerly contemplating last minute 2018 purchases!!
In 2018 I could not write much, however, I did splurge quite a bit for several reason, as a result in 2019 I will have a huge lot to share with you! The blog has been sleeping for a while due to lack of time for posting, certainly not lack of interest! I will be taking a temporary break from my day work so that I can catch up with the blog’s related activities and also spend more time with my family.
Today I will post a very brief review, done pretty quickly because the clock is ticking but with enough details to help you decide if you should trigger your cc on it, I believe this will sell out very fast.
This is the Limited Edition Beautylish x Chikuhodo collaboration for 2018. Some companies are very close to Kumano manufactures, they meet very often and they certainly appreciate each others collaboration. I know that Chikuhodo have a great respect for Beautylish and they are very honored to release something together.
This 2018 collaboration is about 4 brushes: a powder, a cheek, a foundation and an eye shadow brush. They come with a small pouch to carry them. These are Limited Edition, it means they have a certain amount in the warehouse and are available until stock lasts. They are, and feel, like saikoho grade goat hair, which is super soft.
Before we deep dive into each brush, I think it’s nice to pause and ask ourselves what are our expectations in Limited Edition releases?
I have read so many different reactions on the Limited Edition topic, some will buy items just because they are LE, others will get them only if they can use them daily, others will splurge only if the release knocks their socks of and others are totally hating the whole LE topic…
I would love to know what you think about Holiday or Limited Edition releases, specially when it comes to make-up and make-up brushes, please leave me a comment as I am really eager to know your thoughts!
I love to see gorgeous Limited Edition releases popping from time to time. A Holiday release has to be something special, it shouldn’t be something boring that can be mass produced. Limited Edition items, specially when it comes to Fude, usually require more work per brush or are more costly to produce, this is why -most of the time- an item is categorized LE.
LE brushes should be unique or more risky designs, or normal series but with upgraded handles, or with upgraded material, or a collaboration with a special story behind. I really don’t mind if I can’t use a Holiday brush every day of the week but I won’t get it if it doesn’t speak to me. I will not purchase just because it’s LE but I will purchase if I know that I will regret not having it -shall I manage to get my hands on it before it sells out!
This release honors Mount Fuji, well-know symbol of Japan, one of Japan’s Holy Mountains, added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site. I did not visit this area yet but I will soon. I cannot count how many souvenirs I have brought just because I loved the Mount Fuji image on them!
Beautylish sent this set to me but I would have bought it, it duplicates brushes that I own and love and also, this blue set extends my Chikuhodo Noel Neige set into a 7 pieces brush set!
The Chikuhodo Noel Neige is the closest in terms of color, if you don’t know this Chikuhodo Noel Neige set, it’s one of their best and most sought for LE sets, if you missed it, this is the opportunity for you to get something as good and even prettier.
The Fuji powder brush
The bristles are 5cm long, the ferrule is oval :18mmx22mm. Compared to the powder brush in the Neige set, this big powder brush is fluffier, it splays out more, it feels softer on the skin but the Chikuhodo Neige feels more tightly packed, the later is stronger with the products and heavier with the application while you’ll obtain a more diffused result with the BxC. I would not say it changes enough to justify both but the BxC is really very pleasant and I will definitely grab for this one first.
The Fuji cheek brush
The Fuji LE version is similar to the current Chikuhodo Takumi T-5, it’s a tapered shape, the ferrule is oval: 15mmx17mm, the bristles are 3.8cm long. The Fuji seems a bit more firmer (you can barely tell) but just as soft and fluffy.
The cheek brush on both Chikuhodo Neige and BxC set are different, two completely different brushes, I find the BxC more versatile so you’ll get probably more use out of it, you can play with the precision, control the placement more easily across products, it’s a fanstastic brush for blush, countour, highlight, setting and more. It’s a clever companion to the BxC big powder brush, the combination of these two together is super functional.
If you have the Sakura 2016 Chikuhodo / Beautylish, the red version of the cheek brush is the same hair length and tapered shape but the red Sakura is a flatter and thinner version of this Fuji.
The Fuji foundation brush
This brush is round, the ferrule is 2cm diameter and the hair length also 2cm. It’s the same brush as the Chikuhodo Takumi T-3, if you were thinking about getting this Takumi, this Fuji will fulfill the same purpose. The Fuji handle is slightly thicker, heavier and longer.
This is a very dense brush, dense brushes like this are going to shed a bit until they have had enough movement and they have released the eventual unattached bristles.
Natural bristles are more difficult to bundle because each bristle is different, synthetic bristles are more consistent in quality, thickness, length, construction, etc, therefore the bundling is more straightforward and in general much cheaper.
I have used it today, each side of my face with a different technique. My prefered technique when using this brush for liquid and cream foundation is to first apply my foundation either with the fingertips (or a flat synthetic brush) and then finish with this brush, this method will flawlessly blend and also avoids wasting too much product. I also proceed slowly, making tiny pauses if required so that my skin can absorb as I proceed, it’s just to prevent layering too much product at once and mitigates the streaky application threat.
If you like to set your foundation with powder this is also a good tool for that, it will pick and apply quite heavily. I have extremely dry and sensitive skin so I tend to set with something much less dense and very precise but I have seen my friends using a little brush like this to fix their base make-up (foundation and powder) during the day.
The only similar(ish) white goat brushes that I own are the Koyudo H011 and the Hakuhodo G543, both are much more dense and with shorter bristles.
The Fuji eyeshadow brush
It’s a brush shaped a bit like the Mac 217, smaller but same idea. The bristles are approx 15mm long, ferrule is 5mmx9mm.
The ferrule of the Mac is 4.5mmx8.3mm but the bristles of this discontinued Mac are 16mm long and sokoho goat (thicker and it will fluff out more).
On both the Takumi T-7 and the Noel eyeshadow brushes, the sides are more layered starting further down at the base and the point is more tapered, this is better to lay down the product with the sides and have more control with the placement. This Fuji does not have much layers on the sides but since it splays out at the tip, it’s better for diffusing along the crease and for blending out.
I did my eye make-up with the Fuji on one eye and the Neige in the other, surprisingly it looked quite similar but the Neige was better to lay down and the Fuji was better for the crease. The side with the Fuji was looking slightly more diffused but depending on your skills, you will be able to achieve a similar enough application with both.
Inside you’ll also find some recommendations, always perfect packaging…
This set is released on the 28th of December, I believe it costs 152$ (to be confirmed), get ready at 10am PST (got this time from Trendmood1 on Instagram), not sure if Beautylish communicated differently but so far it’s the only info I have.
Please read the beginning of this post for the recent update on availability of this set!
Wishing you a very happy and exciting Holiday season!