Hakuhodo B5521, G5545, B505 Face Brushes Reviews & Photos

Hakuhodo B5521BkSL Highlight Brush Tapered ($53.00) is a small-to-medium sized brush that flares out from the base and tapers to a rounded point. It is made with a mix of blue squirrel and goat hair. The brush head measured 18.00mm in width, 32.00mm in length, and 18.00mm in thickness, and the brush had a total length of 6.77 inches / 17.20 centimeters.

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Hakuhodo   B5521BkSL Highlight Brush Tapered
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Hakuhodo G511, B512, B116, S116 Face Brushes Reviews & Photos

Hakuhodo G511 Highlighter Brush Angled ($44.00) is a small, angled face brush that’s lightly fluffy, moderately dense, and thick enough to blend and apply color, and it was designed to be used with highlighters. It is shaped a lot like the traditional contour powder product, but this is smaller than average. It is 29.10mm in length, 21.75mm in width, and 13.90mm in thickness with a total handle length of inches / centimeters. It is made out of blue squirrel and goat hair, and I’m a huge fan of mixing the two types of hair, because you get a lot of the softness of blue squirrel with a little more durability and blendability of goat hair. It is, of course, incredibly soft, silky, and smooth, and I could never feel any individual hairs against my skin.

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Hakuhodo Brushes:  B5521, G511, B512, G5545, B505
Hakuhodo   G511 Highlighter Brush Angled
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Chikuhodo x Beautylish Holiday 2016 Sakura Brush Set Review, Photos, Comparisons

Chikuhodo Sakura Set (Beautylish) ($245.00) includes six brushes that come in a brush roll with a zippered pocket and several slots for brushes that ties together for traveling. They have shorter handles than some might be used to, though they are in line with most Japanese branded brushes (and are consistent with Chikuhodo’s Z-series). The brushes feature a metallic red ferrule and a glossy red handle with cherry blossoms.

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Chikuhodo x Beautylish Holiday 2016 Sakura Brush Set
Chikuhodo Holiday 2016 Sakura Set (Beautylish)
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5
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4.5
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IT Cosmetics Velvet Luxe Brushes (304, 307, 314, 320, 322) Reviews & Photos

IT Cosmetics No. 304 Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush ($38.00) is designed as a “flat but wide” brush for cream and liquid foundation application. It’s a medium-sized, dense, dome-shaped foundation brush made out of synthetic fibers. The brush head measured 33.5mm in width, 32.0mm in length, and 17.4mm in thickness with a handle length of 7.2 inches / 18.3 centimeters. IT’s Velvet Luxe range uses incredibly soft synthetic hairs that are as soft as high-end goat hair used by brands like Chikuhodo, Hakuhodo, etc. I liked this best with liquid, medium coverage or greater foundations with satin to luminous finishes, and it will fit in best with someone who tends to apply their foundation in patting and smooth downward (or upward) strokes rather than in circular, buffing motions.
The curved edge fits in well when maneuvering around the nose, underneath the eye, and around the mouth. Personally, I still preferred the No. 302 for liquid foundation.

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IT Cosmetics No. 304 Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush
IT Cosmetics   No. 304 Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush
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Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer, Foundation, Precision Powder, Setting Powder Brushes Reviews & Photos

Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush ($24.00) is supposed to blend out under eye concealer and help apply concealer onto blemishes. It is a medium-sized under eye/concealer brush that is dense and thicker than the average brush, and it has a triangular taper on the wider edge, which is what enables it to fit well underneath the eye and along the edge of the nose (by the eye area). The edge is a few millimeters in width, and this is the best aspect of the brush, I think, as it manages blending and diffusing of the under eye concealer up to the lash line without streaking over any eyeliner, as you can get a very soft, gradual edge that meets the eyeliner instead (for those who apply their eye makeup first).

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Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Brush
Kat Von D   Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush
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13
Fitness
13.5
Durability
5
Construction
4.5
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90%
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Smith Cosmetics Eye & Lip Brushes Reviews & Photos

Smith Cosmetics 202 Microliner Brush ($16.00) is an ultra-fine pointed liner brush. It’s made out of synthetic sable bristles, and it’s firm brush that flexes enough to line along the curve of the upper lash line but it moves together as one so there is no streaking or visible brush strokes. The brush has a total length of 6.00 inches / 15.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 1.00mm width, 5.50mm length, and 1.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). If you work with a lot of gel and cream eyeliners, I could see this being very useful for precision work and very fine lines. If you tend to do thicker eyeliner, you’ll likely want to opt for a thicker brush overall (you can layer and build out your liner with this one, it’ll just be faster for a more appropriately-sized brush). What I found impressive was that it didn’t feel sharp or pokey, even with the tip of the brush against the lash line, so you can really get between lashes, if desired.

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Smith Cosmetics   202 Microliner Brush
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15
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15
Durability
5
Construction
5
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