Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow & J162 Angled Eyebrow Brushes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush

Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush ($16.00) is a small, flatter eyeshadow brush with domed edge. It is made using horse hair. The brush head is 6mm in length, 7mm in width, and 2mm in thickness. It has a pinched, silver metal ferrule with a total brush length of 5.75 inches or 14.5 centimeters. This type of brush shape and size is good for smaller, more precise work on the lid or underneath the eye. If you have less lid space, it can be useful for applying eyeshadow to the inner area of the lid, inner corner, and so on. It’s also nice for patting on eyeshadow underneath the lash line. In a pinch, it could be used to apply eyeliner, but it’s a bit longer and not as firm/stiff, so it wouldn’t be my go-to for that purpose.

As I mentioned in my review of Tom Ford Eyeliner & Definer ($50), this brush is somewhat similar, but the G5513 is longer, and as a result, not as stiff or as firm. MAC 228 ($20) is very similar, both in shape and size; it felt slightly springier. Make Up For Ever #208 Small Precision Shader Brush ($22) is shorter and more bendable.

Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush ($18.00) is a small, very slightly angled brush designed to be used for brows using horse hair. The brush head is 6mm in length, 5mm in width, and 2mm in thickness. It has a pinched, silver metal ferrule with a total brush length of just over 5.5 inches or almost 14.5 centimeters. The brush is also available in the B-series ($20, weasel hair) and S-series ($36, weasel hair).

This was actually one of my least favorite brushes that I picked up, because I didn’t feel it had the firmness/stiffness required of a good brow brush; it is a bit floppy and too springy. The edge also tended to splay and widen, so I couldn’t get thin, precise strokes at all (like for the tail of my brow). It also meant that the color was dispersed easily and needed to be built up more often. For applying cream/gel eyeliner, I found similar issues–you just can’t get the crisp, defined line you’d expect out of an angled brush like this. I found it best for blurring and softening brow powder I applied with another brush. The brush itself feels soft and didn’t shed, though, so I wouldn’t say it’s a poor quality brush, only that it didn’t seem to function well as an angled brow brush (or eyeliner brush) in my experience.

MAC 266 ($20) has a much, much more severe angle and is a thinner, stiffer brush (this is my go-to for brows) but the overall size is similar. OCC Angle (009) Brush ($18) is a bit larger, slightly wider and more angled, not as firm as the MAC 266 but not as springy as the J162. Urban Decay Liner Brush ($24) is wider and thicker.

G5513 Eyeshadow Brush

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J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush

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Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush

Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush

Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush

Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush

Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush

Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush

Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush

Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo G5513 Eyeshadow Brush

Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush
Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush

Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush
Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush

Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush
Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush

Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush
Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush

Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush
Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush

Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush
Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush

Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush
Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush

Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush
Hakuhodo J162 Angled Eyebrow Brush

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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I have hooded eyes and the first brush looks like the perfect size that I would need for shadow…it’s a fine line between getting the shadow on the hood to look just right, and looking looking like a clown haha

Love reading your reviews on these brushes, I’ve been wanting to splurge on them for the longest time! Would be extremely helpful to see comparison pictures to the other brushes you mentioned.

Of all the Hakuhodo brushes I currently own (somewhere between 40-50 I believe), I have only been disappointed in one brush. I don’t remember the number, but it’s an eyebrow brush made of horse hair and I’m pretty sure from your pictures and description that it is the same one you’re reviewing here. It has a lot of flexibility, so it doesn’t work well for the outer part of the brow. I know it is ment for a very natural look, so it might work for those who don’t need to shape their brows, but just want a very soft color application. I personally HATE very thin ones, like the MAC 266, they make my brows look so harsh and fake. An ideal eyebrow brush for me would be one with the thickness of this Hakuhodo brush, but with the firmness of MAC 266. Hakuhodo has a dozen different eyebrow brushes, though, so I’m sure everyone will find one that is right for their needs. I’m still looking for mine.

The 266 is just the perfect thickness that it can fill in the tail of my brow – anything thinner is too sharp, and then anything thicker means I have to go back and remove product, lol!

Speaking of brow brushes, what is your favourite, Christine? I’m actively trying to find a good one, and I was hoping that the Hakuhodo one might do the trick, but alas…

Hey Anne!

I still prefer MAC 266 🙂 I find it the right thickness and shape for my brows. If you need something thinner, than the 263!

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