Hakuhodo S5521BBk Highlight Brush Tapered is a brush that retails for $47.00.
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Hakuhodo S5521BBk Highlight Brush Tapered ($47.00) is a medium, tapered highlighting brush that flares out from the ferrule and then tapers to a rounded edge about two-thirds from the base. It is made out of goat and horse hairs, and the brush head is 32.00mm in length, 22.35mm in width and depth with a total length of 16.50cm.
The combination of goat and horse hairs makes it a much more resilient brush, giving it more spring and more effortless blending while able to take more washings with ease. It had moderate density with some fluffiness, but it wasn't so fluffy that it lost precision or its ability to sweep on color where one wanted it. The texture of the bristles was still soft without being pointy or scratchy, but it was not as soft or as smooth compared to the same brush in goat or squirrel, which was expected and not a downside/con to the product. This one worked better with firmer or denser products compared to a softer natural hair (like squirrel), and it picked up a lot more color/product.
I find this shape to be great for applying highlighter, blush, and for subtle bronzing. It's one of my favorite shapes and a style that I like across ranges. It can lay down color, sweep it upward, or blend and diffuse edges. The more tapered edge makes it usable for contouring the cheeks as well. If you are someone who is heavy handed and needs to be lighter, I would recommend trying goat or squirrel in this shape rather than this one, but if you are light-to-medium handed or have a lot of sheer, buildable products, this one would work well.
Pointed tip carefully designed and offering good control. The bristles are a mix of goat and horse and you can easily achieve your desired finish. Also can be used as a highlighter brush.