Japanese brushes, part 2

Well, feck. It’s been over two months since I last updated. And yet, I still managed to gain a follower on Bloglovin’, and more likes on my Facebook page. I don’t even know.

To be honest, continuing this brush post series feels a bit pointless and incomplete. In typical fashion, I’ve waited far too long to get my thoughts together on brushes and in the meantime I’ve bought more brushes. However, I no longer have all of my brushes here with me in order to present a more comprehensive comparison. So now I’m letting the sunk cost (effort) fallacy guilt-trip me into plowing on with what I already started.


Teardrop-shaped brushes

I mainly use these shapes for highlighter. This picture is more for size and shape comparison, though.

Thoughts on the Chikuhodo Z-2 in my previous post.

The Wayne Goss 02 is a daily workhorse. I love the small, precise shape. The soft squirrel bristles apply even the most intense, metallic highlighters, with subtlety and finesse. I’m toying with the idea of buying a second one. It’s only $35 USD, which is incredibly value for the quality.

The hakuhodo + Sephora PRO Kotsubu brush is okay. I really don’t have any strong feelings toward it, one way or another. I thought about selling it off, but couldn’t bring myself to do it. It goes in and out of stock on sephora.com (currently not listed), so keep checking if you’re interested in getting one.

The Zoeva 105 is a decent brush. It’s a synthetic/natural (goat?) blend. As it’s a budget-friendly brush, it’s a good one to get to try out the shape, if you’ve never tried a teardrop shaped brush for highlighter before.

I don’t use the Real Techniques Contour brush for highlighter, at all. I use it for liquid foundation, and sometimes a gentle contour.  To be honest, I’ve left it in Hawaii and I don’t miss it one bit.

I like some Real Techniques brushes and I enjoying watching the Pixiwoo sisters on YouTube. However, I do think as their business grows, the quality of their brushes are suffering. I also feel that they are pumping out too many new products at once, and I find it annoying that many brushes are only available in sets, instead of individually.

Out of all of theses, I use the Wayne Goss one the most. I like its small size — it allows for very precise placement. The squirrel bristles also tame the blingier highlighter powders I own.

In fact, I left the Sephora, Zoeva, and Real Techniques back home. I just didn’t have enough space for all my crap. :S

Brushes in no particular grouping

Here’s a not-so-recent CDJapan haul. Chikudodo Z-8, Chikuhodo Takumi T-7, and Koyudo Japanese Cherry Birch handle small eyeshadow brush.

Chikuhodo Z-series

My little family of Chikuhodo Z-series brushes. :3 It’s probably redundant to own both the Z-4 and Z-8, but this comes down to personal preference. I use the Z-8 for very powdery bronzers (ahem, looking at you, Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights), or when I want a very sheer wash. But mostly I use it for that one bronzer, which is a ridiculous reason to have it. It’s probably great for setting powder too, but I don’t like to cross products, especially different  colored face powders. I’m too neurotic.

Jaywalking Birdwalking Jabberwocky has an AMAZING comparison post between the Z-4 and Z-8. She goes over everything you need to know to decide which one is better suited to your needs. Or, you know. You could just buy both. ;)

Close up of my Z-series family. No immediate plans to add to them yet.

Wayne Goss 14 (new)

Here’s another random face brush. The Wayne Goss 14 brush, revamped with undyed goat bristles. I bought this mainly because it’s an interesting shape that I’ve never seen before.

It has long and floppy bristles. It works really well for very pigmented blushes, like NARS Exhibit A. There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using this brush, as it’s not shaped like a traditional blush brush.

It does fluff up a bit after a wash, but keep in mind that I dried it in a brush guard.

Here’s a good comparison post between the new undyed goat bristles and the old, tea-dyed bristles by Sonia of Sweet Makeup Temptations.

Even though I don’t reach for it often, I do like it. However, I don’t think it’s a must have brush. It’s more of a novelty brush than anything else, but it does perform well at its job.

Speaking of novelty brushes, here are two adorable, but completely superfluous brushes:

Koyudo Somell Garden brushes

The Koyudo Somell Garden series is based on fruits, and the wood selection for the handles enhance the bristle colors. I wrote about them briefly in this post, and I ended up buying two of the four. I will probably buy the remaining two someday, to complete my fruit basket!

How darling are these?? :3 The blueberry brush is so pretty, and the peach butt brush is just precious.

They come in individual drawer boxes for storage. They’re also not very expensive, *wink wink nudge nudge*

I also love the different wood handles, and that the brand name is etched into the wood. These little details really enhance the whole handcrafted, artisan brushes buying experience for me, as snooty as that sounds.

Despite the sunk in center of the peach brush, I don’t find that it affects application. It’s not as soft as the grey squirrel brushes that I’m used to, as it’s a goat/PBT synthetic mix. But that’s honestly me being a huge snob. It’s a perfectly soft blush brush, and super cute to boot.

The blueberry brush is made with goat bristles. I find it a bit harder to use because the handle is so short. Here is a comparison pic to show exactly how diminutive these brushes are:

The Z-series brushes have shorter handles than more commonly found brushes like Real Techniques or MAC. The Sephora PRO brush handle is extra long, and I find that’s unwieldy to use as well. Am I Goldilocks or what??

Whew! That was a lot of blabber, but I hope it helps someone out there who happens to stumble on this poorly maintained blog. I will do my eye brushes in a separate post. :)