Hakuhodo G5545, G5556, and J511 Brushes Reviews & Photos

Hakuhodo G5545 Blush Brush ($48.00) is a rounded, flat blush brush made out of blue squirrel and goat hair. It’s 38mm in length, 30mm in width, and 18mm in thickness. It has a total length of just under 7 inches or just over 17.5 centimeters with a pinched ferrule. Prior to my aggressive try-all-the-brushes campaign, I don’t think I had a brush like this–it is a lot flatter than I’m used to. It’s somewhat dense, flat, and just a little rounded around the upper half of the brush head. If you tend to pat your blush on, it’s a good option. It feels incredibly soft against the skin, doesn’t apply too much or too little product in a go, and can softly blend color together. I liked it best with powders. Sephora Pro Precision Blush Brush ($32) is shorter and has a more angled/tapered edge, but it is similar in flatness and overall application; the G5545 is much, much softer (feels like water, almost, against the skin). MAC 116 ($35) is thicker and fluffier overall–and feels much rougher in comparison. Shu Uemura #20 Natural Brush ($50) is the most comparable, though it has a flatter edge, so it is not as rounded, but it has a similar flatness and overall size; it is almost as soft as Hakuhodo’s but not quite (I don’t think you’d notice unless you had both).

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Hakuhodo G5545 Blush Brush
Hakuhodo   G5545 Blush Brush
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MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Pigment & Glitter Set

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set ($32.50 for 0.55 oz.) contains three pigments and two glitters. Each pigment contains 0.09 oz. of product, while each glitter vial contains 0.14 oz. of product. None of MAC’s glitters are listed as eye safe, and these two glitters are listed as “not safe for the eye or lip area.” This set contains $37.80 worth of pigments and $39.20 worth of glitters for a total value of $77.00. You could try using the glitters in nail polish, in the hair, and on the body. These are loose glitters, so you will need some sort of adhesive base or mix to have them stick to skin. I applied the glitters over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for swatches. I wish MAC would test or use a grade of glitter that was eye safe, especially if they’re going to include them in consumer kits like this.

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MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
MAC Pigment & Glitter Set Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
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MAC Nocturnals/Green & Teal Pigment & Glitter Set

MAC Nocturnals/Green & Teal Set ($32.50 for 0.55 oz.) contains three pigments and two glitters. Each pigment contains 0.09 oz. of product, while each glitter vial contains 0.14 oz. of product. None of MAC’s glitters are listed as eye safe, and 3D Gold also not lip safe. This set contains $37.80 worth of pigments and $39.20 worth of glitters for a total value of $77.00. You could try using the glitters in nail polish, in the hair, and on the body. These are loose glitters, so you will need some sort of adhesive base or mix to have them stick to skin. I applied the glitters over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for swatches. I wish MAC would test or use a grade of glitter that was eye safe, especially if they’re going to include them in consumer kits like this.

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MAC Nocturnals/Green & Teal Set
MAC Pigment & Glitter Set Nocturnals/Green & Teal Set
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MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Pigment & Glitter Set

MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set ($32.50 for 0.55 oz.) contains three pigments and two glitters. Each pigment contains 0.09 oz. of product, while each glitter vial contains 0.14 oz. of product. None of MAC’s glitters are listed as eye safe, and these two glitters are listed as “not safe for the eye or lip area.” This set contains $37.80 worth of pigments and $39.20 worth of glitters for a total value of $77.00. You could try using the glitters in nail polish, in the hair, and on the body. These are loose glitters, so you will need some sort of adhesive base or mix to have them stick to skin.  I applied the glitters over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for swatches. I wish MAC would test or use a grade of glitter that was eye safe, especially if they’re going to include them in consumer kits like this.

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MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set
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The Face Chart by Dustin Hunter Overview & Photos

The Face Chart is a tool that helps makeup artists or enthusiasts capture makeup looks on paper–but more like a canvas that takes well to makeup. It’s designed by friend and reader, Dustin Hunter (of YouTube fame), using an original design that really captures the nuances of what elements are needed in something like this. It uses textured paper that can be used with cream as well as powder products. On the right, you’ll find the blank face, and on the left, you’ll find plenty of space to note the products you’ve used to create the look. Each sheet is standard A-size (8.5″ by 11″) and can also be slid into clear protector sheets and into a binder to create a portfolio or book to flip through.

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MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag Review & Photos

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag ($40.00) is described is a muted, medium pink bag that seems to turn almost rose gold when the light hits it. When it’s just duller, cooler lighting, it looks more like a dusky pink. The exterior of the bag feels like faux leather, and the inside is lined with a soft, silk-like liner that has “RiRi Hearts MAC” printed on it. There is a small, clear plastic pocket on the interior of one side of the bag. There is a rose gold zipper pull that says “MAC” on it. The bag is 7 inches in width, 5 inches in height, and just over 1.5 inches in depth. It has a good size–should fit everyday essentials easily as well as a quick, weekend trip’s worth of color products.

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MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag