Home Brushes And now for something even softer… Koyudo strikes again ! Macaron and H011- First impressions

And now for something even softer… Koyudo strikes again ! Macaron and H011- First impressions

by Sonia G.

Just a quick post to show you the first pictures of the Koyoudo H011 and also the new Koyudo Macaron (get ready to drool) :

Don’t they look like two angels in Heaven ?

I honestly wasn’t expecting such a great quality… I thought I had seen everything when it comes to brushes but actually I am happy I can still be impressed !

First, the Macaron, the first thing that comes to my mind is : gosh it’s SOFT !!!

It’s made of goat hair, it doesn’t feel like goat hair, no way. More like grey squirrel soft hair.

So dense that you have to push the hair very hard to see what it looks like inside :

Remember the Koyudo White Mushroom ? Β well this is a small and VERY dense version of it.

The pink color of the base is the same as the other Koyudo FuPa brushes, nice and sparkly pink :

Compared to the other Fupa01 and the DekaFupa, the Macaron is even softer, here you can have an idea of the size :

The Koyudo H011 is actually really really soft, again same softness than the White Mushroom but much more densely packed.

The H011 is also goat hair but… really ??? I don’t even believe it, this is way too soft for goat hair…

I have the Hakuhodo Vermilion and although it’s also soft it doesn’t beat the H011.

I had purchased this Hakuhodo case (Kinoko Brush Case large) for the Hakuhodo Vermilion here but it is too small so I gave the H011 a home πŸ™‚

This is how they came packaged :

Do you need these brushes ? yes.

What do you need them for ? we don’t care, we just need them.

I am really being silly because I don’t even know what I will use them for yet… that’s how crazy I am…

Well if you are reasonable, you will think of a use before you buy them πŸ™‚

Unfortunately I cannot comment on how efficient they are since I haven’t use them yet, but I am starting tomorrow !

By the way, they have been washed, these pictures show the final shape after the wash.

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Neo 27 October, 2012 - 6:37 pm

Oooh, they are absolutely adorable!!!!!! The MacRon is to die for!!! I will be awaiting with trepidation what you think of the H011 for foundation application, and how it compares to the RM πŸ˜‰ – if you still feel the H011 is suitable for foundation, that is! Thank you so much for the drool worthy pictures πŸ™‚

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 October, 2012 - 8:32 pm

I will certainly let you know as soon as possible about the H011, it feels soft like a cat’s paw ! I can’t stop patting them πŸ˜›

Buggsiebee 27 October, 2012 - 8:44 pm

Made in Heaven for sure:))
I love my little macaroon & would love to collect a huge assortment! I wish they had a green one……Koyudo….are you listening???
I used my macaroon for blush – not with pigmented blush, but I think that would work too if you’re careful to tap off the excess before applying. Thisl little ‘angel’ brush is a great but gentle belnder. It’s softer post-wash by the way.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 October, 2012 - 9:15 pm

I should have picked the orange one… I want also a blue one… plizzzz …
Not sure I can afford all colors though πŸ˜€
I will play with them tomorrow for sure ! Cross-fingers they will deliver !
I am scared I will end up with clown cheeks because I won’t be able to stop applying and buffing again and again… πŸ˜€

Buggsiebee 27 October, 2012 - 9:24 pm

It’s Sunday, do unless you’re going to church, just go with the clown cheeks:))
Just wait till you get the red squirrel brush, you’ll be stroking it over your face ALL day and will pay someone to continue while you sleep. OMG where does it end??? Soft, softer, softest…..mega softest, ΓΌber-softest,………

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 October, 2012 - 9:44 pm

You know me, I probably would actually πŸ˜€
Well, it looks like it can carry on for a while… I thought we were at the end but that’s just the beginning… πŸ˜›

CC 28 October, 2012 - 3:22 am

I think I am gonna go get the orange one! πŸ˜€

Stacy 28 October, 2012 - 10:05 am

CC: Can’t wait to hear about your new Koyudo order and how you like them!
Sonia: I am very interested to read that post…. I love love love what I have and have almost ordered so many more but something (intimidation from ordering from their site vs CDJapan ? ) holds me off….

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 11:37 am

Well, you have to be patient… which is not easy when you are expecting a (or lots) of brushes… πŸ˜€

Stacy 27 October, 2012 - 8:48 pm

“What do we need them for ? we don’t care, we just need them.” Another epic quote!! One I already live by!!!!! I just love you Sonia! A Girl after my own heart!!!!!!!

Most definitely a MUST have!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 October, 2012 - 9:20 pm

πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ We speak the same language !!! and I couldn’t be happier !!!
I love you too, you make me feel normal ! that’s amazing πŸ˜€

Stacy 27 October, 2012 - 9:40 pm

Oh and yes my little Violet baby is on her way to me!!! πŸ™‚
A Blue sister would be nice……..

Buggsiebee 27 October, 2012 - 9:46 pm

I WANT a pic of this as soon as you get it. P….Lease!! I bet the violet is so gorgeous. I seriously want them all………and even more colors. Like a box of Laduree macaroons but way less fattening:)))

CC 28 October, 2012 - 3:20 am

I have an idea: Eating macaroons while stroking these babies on our faces!

(Ok, I’ve gone mad!!!)

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 7:10 am

As long as it’s not the other way round πŸ˜›
Don’t worry if you are gone mad, you are at the right place here πŸ˜€

What was your second brush in the Koyudo order ?
I am not loving all the Koyudo brushes, I still have to post the review but when I am not sure about something I prefer to give them more time…

CC 28 October, 2012 - 7:48 am

I got the white mushroom and the red squirrel brush. Can you imagine my happiness stroking and touching these two brushes at the same time?? I just sent in another order for BP022, BP034, and BP039. And now you had me salivating for this H011.

So which Koyudo brushes not getting too much of your love?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 11:30 am

hahahahaha πŸ˜€ oh yes I can imagine !!!
it would be these ones. They are not bad, they are Mac quality but I have problems with Mac brushes on my sensitive skin, shame because the shape of these ones is very interesting !
Don’t pay attention to the names on the labels, I am not sure they are correct ! πŸ™ I think I mixed them up !
The eyeshadow brushes are horse, they are not bad for horse brushes but I don’t really like horse material so… they are not getting much love.

Stacy 28 October, 2012 - 10:02 am

Buggsiebee, I love the idea: a box full of different colored baby mac brushes.. a rainbow of softness πŸ™‚ Sonia I have decided to turn a list over to my Santa of wonderful brushes that I must have (not want or need but must have). Actually I will probably tell him, order them and let him wrap them (safer that way)!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 11:36 am

that’s the way to go !!
I will try too but I am sure he will say no πŸ™
oh by the way… yesterday he subscribed to my blog because he hears me laughing like crazy and he wonders what is going on here πŸ˜€

Stacy 28 October, 2012 - 12:26 pm

Mine will probably say no as well. I have a better idea… Maybe I will order them, wrap them and give them to HIM for Christmas πŸ™‚ “Merry Christmas Sweetheart!!”

I find myself laughing out loud at the comments too! Hope he joins in the fun ‘)

And Buggsiebee pleeeeeeeease do not tell us about the Laduree yet!!!! Please wait until the brushes slow downnnnnnnnnnnn

Dena 27 October, 2012 - 11:06 pm

I am so amused by your brilliant quote. I find it so hard to differentiate between “need” and “want” when it comes to makeup brushes! This is a great post, but I am trying so hard not to think about these 2 brushes, otherwise my extensive shopping list will just grow πŸ™

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 7:04 am

Example : I need one Macaron, but I want them all πŸ˜›
If we are reasonable there is no need or want when it comes to makeup, and “need” is not something I like to say πŸ™

Christmas is next door, did you write to whoever is responsible for your presents ? It may help… πŸ˜‰

CC 28 October, 2012 - 3:14 am

Ohhh you evil temptress!! I have already made 2 Koyudo orders this month and now this?? I am still stroking the super silky soft Red Squirrel brush on my face and by this rate I’d need more cheeks to stroke all these brushes on!

Buggsiebee 28 October, 2012 - 8:13 am

Hahahahahaha, Sonia…….I so laughed at the thought of stroking the face with Laduree macaroons & munching the brushes πŸ˜€
I’m such a batty, multi-tasking brush collector it could even become reality!!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 11:34 am

yep, soon we might have no money for food if we carry on spending like crazy so we might need to eat the brushes at the end πŸ˜€
I can totally see my boyfriend burning my wood brushes in the fire during this winter if I keep on collecting them at this speed !

Bonnie 28 October, 2012 - 10:45 am

Speaking of Laduree, have you guys seen the Laduree makeup? It is so… I don’t even know how to describe it. I wouldn’t say I’m a girly girl, and they DEFINITELY have a princess-y opulence, but wow! When I first saw the collection, I wanted everything…then I talked myself out of it because Sonia hasn’t done a review on their products yet πŸ˜›

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 11:44 am

I know Buggsiebee has some and she loves it ! The reason why I haven’t done a review yet is because I have to purchase them and that is quite expensive πŸ™
But it’s definitely in my wish list πŸ™‚
These products look really nice and I heard they were nice and pigmented too ! I tried to order some in the past but the two blushes I wanted were sold out. I have to try again !

Buggsiebee 28 October, 2012 - 1:02 pm

I hope I don’t need to clarify that I was only joking on keeping the Niche order:))
So Lonely in Gorgeous has great swatches of the Laduree makeup. I’m thinking of getting the yellow blush in 003. The colour terrifies me as a blush, but Liz says to use it for blending over other blushes to creat other nuances. Sounds like an interesting experiment. The Laduree blushes I have already are great quality but are soooooo very expensive.

Buggsiebee 28 October, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Sonia, I saw your pic of the not so loved Koyudo and I’m with you on those. I also have two of the little pink C- series (? ) brushes which have landed in the ‘never use’ box and also the one you have labeled BP026. Not much love there. Can’t win them all I guess.
Did you give your new brushes a test run yet today?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 8:38 pm

No we can’t win them all as you say but we are also a bit spoiled with the best ones so the standards are very high πŸ™‚

Well I didn’t have much time today … my boyfriend’s family is here until Tuesday so I am taking care of the cooking, lunch was beef stew with apple tart for desert, dinner was chicken pie with cheesecake (very light indeed), I can tell you that I don’t even have the strength to stand up right now !
We went bowling in the afternoon, I was on fire πŸ˜› 4 strikes in a row … how can that even be possible ? I am in trouble girls πŸ˜›
Since I didn’t have much time to get ready I applied my EF foundation with the H011, the coverage was too heavy so I have to change the way I am applying it and blending it πŸ™‚ Also used the Macaron for cream blush, I couldn’t stop applying and of course I applied too much πŸ˜›
They are really soft but so dense that I have problems controlling my heavy hand !

Buggsiebee 28 October, 2012 - 9:18 pm

OMG Sonia, don’t tell me you cooked all that yourself?? Do you enjoy cooking?
I swear that if ever I stop collecting brushes I willl invest my money in a cook instead. It’s one of the chores I hate most.
I have a brush from Hakuhodo – G543 – which looks similar to the H011 and they suggest using it for powder products. Like mineral foundation. Sort of like like a powder puff I guess – due to its extreme density:)

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 9:43 pm

yes I did πŸ™‚ and yesterday it was : Fondants au Chocolat !
I enjoy eating… so somebody has to cook !!! πŸ˜€
Is the G543 soft ?
I wondered you must had goat and squirrel brushes πŸ™‚ I really want to try this one but at least it’s not LE !
I also need to try this technique, “powder puff style with mineral foundation” but I imagine it will be a too heavy coverage for me, I wish days had 48 hours ! don’t have time to play with my brushes πŸ™

Buggsiebee 28 October, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Ooops….sorry Stacy…too late. You don’t need Laduree in your life though! They are good quality but pure kitsch really & the packaging is extremely plasticy for the price. You DO need the red squirrel Koyudo brush!!!!

Bonnie 1 November, 2012 - 11:18 am

Yeah, I agree. The ones I originally saw that led me into looking more were the rose petal blushes housed in the Faberge-looking egg shells. Pretty but so expensive! I’d rather be getting more brushes πŸ™‚

On the other hand, my lovely, lovely best friends are getting me the Tom Ford bronzer brush, amongst other things, for my birthday! Even though it’s in December ^^; I think they were sick of me using all my money on makeup and brushes…

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 November, 2012 - 3:44 pm

you will LOVE that brush !!!! that is a lovely present ! πŸ˜›

Nikoleta 28 October, 2012 - 4:17 pm

They are so cute ! Kabuki type Koyudo are very good, the H004 (mix squirrel and goat) is my HG bronzer brush, I hope they will come with bmore new brushes soon as I love their design and originality.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Me too, I wish they keep on releasing beautiful things like that ! πŸ˜€

Fran 28 October, 2012 - 4:23 pm

SO CUTE! I probably should get some staple brushes on my list first … but that macaron might be hard to ignore! What’s the best place to buy Koyudo brushes online?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 8:42 pm

yep, totally cute ! well, Koyudo or CoolJapan, I believe the links are on the “Shopping links” menu. I did not know about the Cool Japan points…

Nikoleta 28 October, 2012 - 7:49 pm

the macarons are now on cool japan now. You can also get brushes directly on koyudo site. Cool japan now offers you fidelity points for your birthday and with their points sutems you can lower shipping costs but koyudo site has more choice.

Stacy 28 October, 2012 - 8:09 pm

I ordered mine from Cool Japan and those points are really nice! Twice now I have accumulated enough points to offset shipping πŸ™‚ I agree that more selection of Koyudo there would be fantastic!

Buggsiebee 28 October, 2012 - 8:20 pm

Hi Nikoleta! That HG H004 of yours sounded too good to resist:) I had to look it up immediately as I have never experienced a brush made of goat & squirrel. I figure this combination, made by Koyudo can ONLY be really good. Thank you for the tip…..AGAIN:)) You are our Koyudo girl!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 October, 2012 - 8:44 pm

that’s right, thank you Nikoleta, you intoxicated us with Koyudo πŸ˜€
I also have to try the H004 one day..

Buggsiebee 28 October, 2012 - 9:23 pm

I’m a goof. I do have brushes with sqirrel & goat but nothing in kabuki form. One of my favourite Hakuhodo eye brushes is made with this combination. I can’t wait to try the H004!

Kay 29 October, 2012 - 2:40 am

These are so cute, like little puppies. Have yet to use two Hakuhodo kabuki type brushes, not sure why, too pretty to mess up? or perhaps I like handles? They sit there, so elegant and pristine, a little haughty perhaps, not like your happy colorful Koyudos which beg you to play with them. I didn’t know brushes have personalities but these Koyudos certainly do!

Buggsiebee 29 October, 2012 - 6:41 am

Hi Sonia, in answer to your question about the G543, I would say your Koyudo brush sounds softer. I think the slight roughness is due to the desity and short length of the hair. I never used it for applying powder. I just used it to stipple the foundation into the skin once I had already applied it with a brush. It pushes the foundation into the skin and gives a nice even finish. It was a ‘The Non Blonde’ recommendation.
As to the feast you provided your relatives with yesterday…..I also enjoy eating , but I love it sooooooo much more when someone else has done the cooking:D

Sweet Make Up Temptations 30 October, 2012 - 8:23 am

I love it too when people does the cooking for me, shame this doesn’t happen often πŸ˜›
Still trying the H011 πŸ˜› I doesn’t come close to the flawless finish of the Radiance… but I haven’t found the right way to use yet !

Nikoleta 29 October, 2012 - 7:37 am

I’m glad to share with you my love for brushes as you did for other brands πŸ™‚ Sonia’s blog is the best place for it!
The H004 is really good for sheer application, it’s very soft, didn’t lost a single hair since now, kept shape after washing. I have some mix squirrel goat brushes from hakuhodo (B501, B505, B512) and except the B512, they are very densely packed, shorter and so they pick a lot more pigment and you need to blend more. H004 is a finishing, powder, bronzer brush, not suitable for buffing in mineral foundation or blush. I’ll ask soon koyudo if they make individual sakura brush like this http://www.koyudo.co.jp/EnHP/List/Detail/sakura/EnSakura022Detail.html (grey squirrel and goat) as cool japan now sells it in just in a set. I have something for round head brushes.

Buggsiebee 29 October, 2012 - 9:51 am

Hi Nikoleta!
I would like to try the H004 for bronzer too. Sometimes I find the Tom Ford & my Louise Young a bit too large & dense.
I need it to be denser than the mushroom though? Do you have the mushroom?

Nikoleta 29 October, 2012 - 1:28 pm

No, I don’t have the white mushroom, but I don’t think H004 is denser. This “airy” feeling is what dissapointed me at first but afterwords it was a great discovery with my givenchy croisiΓ¨re bronzer as it gave an “airbrushed”, no harsh lines “effect”. Do you have the chikuhodo Z-1, it seems an excellent bronzer brush from what Sonia says in her new post ?

Buggsiebee 30 October, 2012 - 9:10 am

I do have the Z1 and you are absolutely right, it does work VERY well for bronzer. I hadn’t used it yet quite frankly. I tend to get stuck onto particular brushes & don’t experiment enough. I’ve been using my Kanebo Tesshyu collection powder brushes forever and the Z1 was just part of the Chikuhodo set which I really just purchased for the Z2, Z4. & Z8. The brushes weren’t avaiable individually back when I purchased & anyway I love the pouch πŸ™‚ Now I’m very happy to have discovered the Z1. Thanks to you & Sonia:))
I’m still getting the H004 though. It sounds divine & I will definitely try it with my Croisiere as you suggest. Merci!!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 30 October, 2012 - 1:32 pm

great news, since my order of the red cheek brush hadn’t shipped yet, I contacted Koyudo and I will add in that shipment the
Sakura 022, BP013 and H005… I will keep you updated πŸ™‚

Bonnie 1 November, 2012 - 2:25 pm

I just wanted to share the machine translation I got for the H017, I thought it sounded so cute!

It is a foundation brushε ‚Yu H series Akira.
Next-to-skin soft and well, are using the mountain, which is also wool waist.

Doesn’t that just make you smile?

Bonnie 1 November, 2012 - 2:28 pm

And oh, will you be getting any of the S001-S005? The shape is looking very interesting…

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 November, 2012 - 3:55 pm

I got a similar one that is goat but black, I really like the shape but it’s similar as Mac quality brushes, which is not soft enough for my skin…
I found that with Koyudo the white brushes I ordered are all amazing, but some black (goat) ones are not that soft, but the shape is fantastic!
I have made this order with Koyudo recently :
Koyudo Cheek Brush red
Koyudo Sakura 022
koyudo BP013
Koyudo H005γ€€
2012 Christmas Set
I will let you know what I think of them when I get them πŸ™‚

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 November, 2012 - 3:45 pm

oh dear…. πŸ˜€

Melissa 7 December, 2012 - 8:09 pm

OMG….I just cracked up when I saw this translation:

“42 mm out of the ear dyed (white yellow butt) fine powder foundation brush goat (Colo brush) ” especially abt the white yellow (goat??) BUTT?? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Coming from this website:

Looks really nice actually, love the red handles! Reminds me of yr Vermillion kabuki!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 7 December, 2012 - 8:17 pm

oh dear… πŸ˜€ that has no sense at all, I hope it’s not yellow ear hair !
so funny !
thanks for the link, I’ll have a close look πŸ˜›

Ellen 8 February, 2013 - 7:43 am

Hi Sonia!
Do you think the macaron is a good blending brush, or is it too dense for that?
I’m looking for a good face blending brush, I was originally eyeing for the white mushroom, but I couldn’t resist macaron, it’s so cute! πŸ˜€

But since you mentioned it’s very dense, I wonder if it’ll remove too much colour when blending.

Would be interested to hear your tought!


Sweet Make Up Temptations 8 February, 2013 - 8:34 am

Hi Ellen,
Probably that the macaron will be too dense and firm and it may move or alter your foundation.
The White mushroom is very soft, maybe too soft (it is for me when I want to blend more difficult products).
There are so many options for excellent blending brushes that I don’t know where to start…
my go to are these ones :
Koyudo H005
Chikuhodo Z-1
Chikuhodo G-9
Koyudo BP019
Koyudo BP026
just to mention a few, then it depends if you want a very soft and expensive option or something more affordable but still excellent, also it depends if you want a bigger one or more small and versatile…
so many options !!! πŸ™‚

Ellen 8 February, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Thanks for your input Sonia!
That’s too bad that both aren’t fit for blending eh :/
Gone are my excuses to get some cute brush x)
What do you use macaron for these days?

I might go for koyudo H005, I prefer smaller size since I have smaller features πŸ˜€

Thanks again! πŸ˜‰

Sweet Make Up Temptations 8 February, 2013 - 12:46 pm

well it depends how you blend πŸ™‚ you could since they are very soft so sometimes when I need to “polish” I do use them, this and the H008 don’t burn my face although they are very dense and firm.
I actually use the macaron with very hard to apply blushes (I have some Addiction that are extremely hard or some Guerlain duos that are like rocks), so I dab or apply gently with this brush, works a bit like an sponge.
I also use it with powder by the way.

It’s just one of the most beautiful brushes to look at πŸ™‚

Ellen 9 February, 2013 - 12:03 am

Haha I love how you described Guerlain duo as rocks..

I am heavy handed so I suppose me + very dense brush = foundation gone haha

Anyhoo, I just bought the H005 and the Red squirrel πŸ˜€

Oh yeah,how does the red squirrel koyudo compares to chikuhodo Z-4 size wise?

Karina Fogliani 17 January, 2018 - 3:44 pm

I just ordered 5 brushes – 3 Koyudo and 2 Chikuhohodo – from A-Janaika.com. I ordered the macaron is purple. I’ve always wanted a purple kabuki and just couldn’t resist it. Still no updates on shipping. Do you know if they are made to order?

Sonia G. 17 January, 2018 - 9:47 pm

Hi Karina,

I sent you a private email with the details of my contact at A-Janaika, you can ask them directly and you can say you are my friend πŸ™‚

They will be able to update you! hugs!

Karina Fogliani 19 January, 2018 - 2:49 pm

Thanks again. I didn’t mention you but they responded ipso facto! I should have my brushes probably in another week or so. Thanks again!

Kim 20 January, 2018 - 5:50 am

Hi Sonia.. I’m just foraying into the world of japanese brushes and I’m smitten. Thank you for such a great resource. Can you please recommend two face brushes for me? I need one for MAC mineralize skin finishes (I use this as foundation), and another for Hourglass ambient bronzer/blushes. Any recs would be much appreciated! Thanks!


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