When I first saw these beauties they were not available on the Hakuhodo website yet so I have ordered them by email. Hakuhodo told me they will be available on their Hakuhodo online shop sometime this week, perfect timing then !
I love kabukis, I love white hair – only on brushes though…, I love wood handles and I love Hakuhodo’s customer service, I just could not resist ! Enough reasons here for me to get the whole family :
They come in 3 different sizes, small, medium and large (final price to be confirmed by Hakuhodo this week).
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Each brush handle has its own personality, you can see the grain of the maple wood through the beautiful varnish coat and the curved shape allows you to nicely follow the growth rings.
The engraving at the back of the brushes is different on the smallest brush :
The hair is Saikoho goat, it’s softer, more rare and therefore much more expensive than other goat hair.
They have a similar softness as the Tom Ford 02, 06 or the Hakuhodo J5543 or J210, but are more densely packed and firmer.
I like to use it with highlight, contour and even blush – I love to apply blush very precisely.
I find it a bit difficult to hold because of its tiny size but it’s definitely the cutest. It’s also the more pointy of the 3, it’s dense, firm and directional, the blending is flawless.
It can be used for blush or bronzer, again it’s very dense, firmer than the largest Kinoko, the application is precise (it’s slightly tappered) but soft, it delivers sheer to heavy coverage. I prefer to use it with products that aren’t heavily pigmented, the blending capabilities are excellent and I am loving the flawless finish achieved with all these three Kinokos.
This brush is fantastic with bronzer or powder. The application of setting powder can be done in a stippling motion since it’s very soft and won’t hurt your skin at all.
It’s the flattest of the 3, it’s very dense and the white mass of hair feels divine, this brush reminds me of a bare foot walk on the softest carpet… or more unlikely on the fluffiest and softest bed of clouds…
Although it’s very dense, it still has flexibility and to me it’s the perfect balance between density and flexibility for a kabuki. The Koyudo white mushroom in comparison is softer but less dense and the application is sheerer.
The smallest brush is insanely cute, a bit difficult to hold when you have big hands and it’s light, the other two are much more heavy and more easy to work with.
The quality of these brushes is stunning, the finish of the handles flawless and the hair is nicely bundled, they did shed a few hair but I find this shedding normal during the first wash, if anything goes wrong I’ll keep you updated.
They are very expensive but qualitywise, this is a world apart from the Rae Morris brushes for example (handle and hair).
I am still in the process of having to control my hand… although the application can be sheer – they don’t “over-pick” product at all – I just can’t control myself, they are so pleasant to use that I don’t want to stop !
These are truly wonderful brushes for kabuki lovers.
The brushes are already available on the Hakuhodo USA website.
I just wanted to add a picture with the small kinoko in my hand so that you can maybe have a better idea of its size 🙂