Why did I consider getting these Hakuhodo Brushes?
I had read about Hakuhodo brushes in a couple of blogs, and remember people were always raving about them. One day, my curiosity got so bad that I decided to try at least one to see what the fuss was all about. I noticed that some of them were priced about the same as some of the MAC brushes I already owned so I decided to take the plunge.
Where can you get them?
I got all of my brushes on the Hakuhodo USA website. I’ve read you can also get them at trade shows or makeup shows, but I haven’t been to one of those.
What did I find in the package?
These brushes all come in beautiful packages, as you can see in the picture below. The packaging makes it perfect to give as a gift.
Hakuhodo also includes instructions on how to clean the Hakuhodo brushes.
Kakuhodo Brushes featured in the video:
|Brush Description||Hair Type|
|Information Taken From Hakuhodousa.com|
|S102 Finishing Brush round and flat||Blue Squirrel|
|S103 Blush Brush||Goat|
|Kokutan Finishing Brush LAG||Goat/ Synthetic Fiber|
|K002 Powder Brush round and flat||Blue Squirrel|
|S121G Eye Shadow Brush round and flat||Blue Squirrel|
|S142 Eye Shadow Brush round||Blue Squirrel|
|S143 Eye Shadow Brush round and flat||Weasel|
|Kokutan Eye Shadow Brush T||Blue Squirrel|
|Lip Brush, twist type, Red flat||Weasel|
All of the brushes are of exceptional quality. They are hand made and the bristles are naturally aligned to form their shape. They allegedly never cut the tip of the brushes but hand-sculpt and assemble them using the finest quality materials. I watched the video below about the Hakuhodo manufacturing process they have in their website. The company is really detail and quality oriented in the way they make them, so I’m very impressed.
The S100 Brushes are Hakuhodo’s flagship Series. This series was created and inspired by the owner’s wife. The brushes have a distinctive orange handle, a 24-karat gold plated brass with clear coating ferrule and decorative design at the bottom of the brush.
S103 Powder Blush Brush Pointed
The pointed tip makes it excellent for contouring. I also use it to apply blush or to blend cheeks colors. It’s so dense and soft. Excellent craftmentship.
Kokutan Finishing Brush LAG
The Kokutan series feature ebony wood handles and black chrome matte brass/black matt ferrule. Its angled shape makes it easy to use because you do not have to adjust the brush angle by yourself. This one contains a mix of natural and synthetic fibers. I only use it to apply powder products and the bristles are so glossy! I don’t know why but when I move the bristles I can see some sheen to them. The handle on this brush is really short (3″ without counting the ferrule), but this is not a problem for me.
K002 Powder Brush Round and Flat
Ooohhh so soft. Super, super soft. I don’t why, but this guy is the softest brush ever! As you can see in the video I put together the bristles are on the loose side which makes it a great finishing brush. It has a black wood handle and a nickle brass ferrule, and it is tapered. I use it as a powder brush and also to apply blush.
S121G Eye Shadow Brush Round and Flat
Wonderful brush to pack color on the lid! The bristles have the right size to cover most of the lid. The brush is dense, tapered and flat. Which makes it great to pack color on the lid, to work color on the crease and even to smoke out color on the lower lash line. Talk about a multitasker!
S142 Eye shadow Brush Round
This brush has long bristles and is pointed which makes it perfect for working those colors into the crease. Absolutely perfect to do detail crease work without messing your lid or highlighter colors. It has super soft bristles and works well to blend colors as well.
S143 Eye Shadow Brush Round and Flat
Really small brush which makes it perfect to apply shadow in the inner corner of the eyes. It’s also the perfect brush to smudge color in the lower lash line.
Kokutan Eye Shadow Brush T
Perfect size brush to apply eyeshadow to the outer V! Bristles are tighlty packed and it’s very dense. It’s great to apply and blend colors on the crease. I also use it sometimes to apply highlighter color to my brow bone. You can also use it to apply and blend eyeshadow to the inner corner of the eyes. For some reason this one doesn’t feel as soft as all the others I own. Sometimes I could feel it scratches my eyes a bit.
What is the Verdict?
These Hakuhodo Brushes are the cream of the crop, la creme de la creme. Yes, they are expensive, but you get what you pay for. Hakuhodo brushes are amazing, superb brushes, or “fude”. They will last a really long time with proper care. Talking about care, these brushes come with their own guide for caring. You can see more about how to clean and care them on their website. I’ll make a different video and post to explain how I do it myself.
A couple of other good resources in their website:
There’s just one additional thing I wanted to mention about the company itself (my experience was with Hakuhodo USA) I had a problem with the Kokutan T brush. After a week of using it the ferrule became loose :-(. I tried calling the company number listed in the website several times but no one picked it up. After a week of calling every day I decided to send an email explaining the problem. I got an answer from their Director (Marty) with some instructions on how to fix the ferrule myself with some glue. (He gave me another option as well, which was to send it back to them so they would glue it and then send it back). I was really unhappy about this, to me this was not the best customer service. I really couldn’t believe they were asking me to actually glue the ferrule in this very expensive brush. What if I did something wrong? I think because of the reputation and cost of the brushes, I had a much higher expectation of the company, but this experience made me change my view of the company itself. Of course, the brushes are not to blame!! I love and recommend these brushes over any other I’ve tried myself below.
Let me know if you have any questions, or any comments you might have in the section below!