I have just checked and at this precise moment this Limited Edition “Year of the Tiger” by Beautylish is available on their website so, let me just very quickly show you a few pictures and share my first impressions because this brush is quite extraordinary.
You can check Beautylish’ dedicated page here. This brush was illustrated by artist Steph Fung, it features a tiger since this is this year’s Lunar brush and I don’t think that this Tiger could be more cute than this.
Beautylish release each year a Limited Edition Lunar Year brush, it’s a very beautiful collectors brush handmade in Kumano, Japan and I was eagerly anticipating it this year.
The handle design features the Lunar year that we are entering and the brush shape changes slightly upon each release as the batches differ. This year, it’s my favorite from the 4 that have been released so far. I love them all, but this one definitely is the most special to me, truly one that makes it straight into my all time favorite brushes.
I think that when we are a “collector” or a Fude lover, we tend to have a favorite shape, density, material, handle, etc
This year’s shape appears to be flatter at the top and I love to work with the flat surface of these big powder brushes (vs the sides) so this one is just perfect for me. If you look at the other similar brushes that I own, they don’t have such a wide and flat real-estate at the top. Not sure how intentional this slight change is from past years but I certainly enjoy it.
I love them all actually, I think that they have found a great density and size and whatever the shape, it is an effective brush. Therefore, we will easily want to reach out for it to use it and not only contemplate it.
They are all fantastic brushes and if we take into consideration the quality, the materials, the work, the craftsmanship, their price is incredibly good.
I have purchased this brush and I am now considering a second one… I shouldn’t but I am really really tempted!
The Chikuhodo Z-9 is my all time favorite big soft powder/bronzer brush, I use this brush with my most pigmented bronzers. You can see below the similarity of these two brushes side by side. The Year of the Tiger has a smaller surface since the bristles are slightly shorter but the functionality and usability of these two brushes is similar enough for me, same purpose, similar results, well, the Z-9 covers more surface and you can have a bit more control with the Tiger brush.
The Year of the Tiger brush is STUNNING, an absolute must-have and if you were thinking about getting it, just go immediately while you still can.
I took these pictures with a high contrast so you can see the silhouette of the brushes side by side in case you own these Chikuhodo Z or MK series.
The Chikuhodo Z-9 is bigger but the shape is very very similar to the Tiger brush.
The Chikuhodo MK-2 is rounder and it is more directional in the application (the bristles in the center will work with more strength and precision) while the Z-9 is going to cover more surface with the same strength and all the surface is going to move with the similar flexibility which delivers a lighter but more even and fast all-over application.
For example if you use this brush for bronzer and you are going for a “3” application technique, the MK-2 is going to perform with more control. The Z-9 is going to be less precise and might not be as exact in following that “3” type of placement. The Tiger brush can still work with a bit of control since the surface is smaller than the Z-9 but it shines is when you go for an all-over type of application.
The Beautylish Yano 01 brush has a similar sized working surface as the Z-9 but it’s more round in comparison.
I hope this quick first impressions post helps!
- Hair type: blue squirrel
- Handle length: 120.65 mm
- Bristle length: 47.625 mm
- Ferrule size: 25.4 mm x 19.05mm
- Price: 125 USD
Available now on Beautylish and it is Limited Edition.