Home Brushes New brushes : web discoveries – Part 2

New brushes : web discoveries – Part 2

by Sonia G.

If you have been reading the recent comments, you may know that yesterday I received a few new brushes, 6 bought on the Tanseido website and 3 on the Rakuten website.  In the afternoon I managed to also buy a funny brush but you’ll know more if you get to the end of the post…

My research at the moment is specially targeting  :

  • Mac 239 dupes
  • Small (tiny) and very soft laydown brushes
  • Suqqu dupes
  • Big eyeshadow brushes OR small cheek brushes
  • Foundation brushes

With that in mind, I ordered the following brushes :


I have to say that my (and our) determination is transforming our research for exceptional brushes into a fun an scarily easy process…

Tanseido have many laydown brushes, I first ordered the YWQ 10 and YWQ12 but I found them too big for what I had in mind : application of eyeshadow on the mobile lid. They are extremely soft and of the best quality possible.

I FINALLY found my HG small brush : YWQ 7. I was using the small Hakuhudo G5513 or the small Rouge Bunny Rouge 005 or the Mac 228. I use these brushes to apply my pencil eyeliner in the bottom lash line so it has to be extremely soft but firm. I am happy to say that the YWQ 7 meets my needs by 100% , I will have a few of them in the future but in the meantime, in order to use it everyday and spot clean it I will use and abuse my Bobbi Brown cleaning spray.

I discovered that applying pencil liner on the tip of a tiny brush and then from the brush on the bottom lash line, the application was more appropriate for my ageing eyes. You will have a similar result than with an eyeshadow (soft and sultry) but with long lasting benefits. With the recently released Lancome Chocolate Affair pencil, it’s fantastic, the pencil is too creamy to apply it straight from the pencil but with this application method you get more control and the application lasts all day long !


The Mac 239 is another HG laydown, I could not live without it and because I am curious I am trying to find a dupe, for fun mostly because I don’t know how it cat get better than the Mac 239.

The YWQ 9 is softer but thinner, although it may become a bit fluffier with washes. Another HG, this YWQ 9 surprises me by how efficient it is, picks a lot of product applies evenly without fallouts. Again one brush that is going to be duplicated in my collection. I still don’t know if it will be better than the Mac 239 but yes, there is a chance.

I am not a fan of the Piccasso “239”, it’s a bit too rough for me. The Hakuhodo J242G is also a great brush but I even prefer the Tanseidos.



Since the Suqqu S seems to be discontinued, (WHY???), I am trying to find similar options. I ordered the Fine Kalla KK-004, as you can see in the pictures, it’s a mutant of the two Suqqus. It delivers nearly the same precision as the S but with M blending capabilities. Although it’s not as soft as the Suqqus, it’s a must-have. It picks more product than the Suqqu and does an incredibly great job at packing product, blending, smudging eyeshadow on the lashline and also with the outer V application. At the beginning I was a bit disappointed because it doesn’t have the “perfection” of the Suqqu, but it still is very soft and extremely efficient. Totally worth it. Loving the handles!

I will carry on searching for a Suqqu S dupe (just because it’s fun). I have ordered this Chomotto brush but I am not sure it could be similar to the Suqqu S anyway, I will post when I get it.

I really enjoy the Suqqu S, other similar brushes are either too thick or too pointy in comparison but I do enjoy all of them, there is not a “best” brush here, it will all depend on what you need. Some would prefer more precision, others may prefer a softer option, and many will look for a versatile pencil brush that is pointy, soft and has great blending capabilities, in that case you may love the Fine Kalla KK-004.


You are probably wondering how the Fine Kalla cheek brush KK-002 compares to the Suqqu and the Chikuhodo, so I took some pics :


Sorry about the blush residue on the brushes (I could only notice it on the pictures).

The Chikuhodo is the more dense of the 3, then the Fine Kalla then the Suqqu (but my Suqqu is a bit weird… although it’s authentic, it is totally different from any other Suqqu cheek brushes I saw).

The softest is the Suqqu, then it’s difficult to say, the Fine Kalla and the Chikuhodo are so similar that I could not tell. You will cover more surface with the Z-4 and you might get better blending capabilities but the three brushes are excellent with very  pigmented blushes and they will all feel incredibly soft. I guess it will be a matter of personal taste and preference (and budget).


Same as above, at first I was a bit disappointed with the KK-003, not as soft as the Suqqu L and not as pointy. But, I was wrong to be disappointed. The fact that it’s less soft than the Suqqu makes it better for picking up product and blending, actually it makes it amazing for that, of course it doesn’t hurt or feels scratchy at all, it’s just not as soft as the Suqqu. Since it’s flatter is better for blending and since the hair are layered starting in the middle of the head, it picks and applies base color beautifully. For me it’s another must-have.



I know that Suqqu have similar brow brushes but I don’t have them. Browsing the Rakuten site I found this one “ho-gentei 4” (?) not sure about the names though, it was 50% off so I decided to try it… and here we go, another must-have. I don’t need precision with the grooming of my eyebrows so this kind of brushes is absolutely perfect for me, I regret not having tried it before. HG for me. It delivers a very natural application of eyebrow powder and has excellent blending capabilities.



I also wanted to try darker laydown brushes like the Tanseido YCQ 12s, it’s actually a weird shape, very thin and VERY soft. It delivers a stronger application than the Hakuhodo S 127, probably because the hairs are shorter and you can press the powder with more strength on the eyelid, actually it is insanely soft and while I was using it, my eyes went from  (o_o)  to  (O_O)   !!! it’s SOFT and it WORKS ???

When I saw it for the first time yesterday I didn’t think I would use it at all but when I tried it I entered a whole new world… I think of all of you who have very very delicate eyelids, this will be a Godsend.

I got the Piccasso here recently but it feels too rough for my eyelids, it’s goat so it’s normal that is isn’t as soft as the other squirrel brushes in the picture but with my delicate eyelids I have to stay away if I can.



I am looking for big eyeshadow brushes but to use as cheek or contour brushes. I ordered this AQ14 eyeshadow brush with the idea of using it as a contour brush. Spot on !

Soft as red squirrel (although it’s not written red squirrel on the description), a dream to use. Not as dense as the Hakuhodo so it will work better with very pigmented products.



I am looking for a less dense and slightly bigger brush than the Shu 18, I thought the Tanseido YGQ 17 would be the one. It is less dense but I was expecting thicker hair bristles, although they are a bit thicker than the Koyudo or the TF (so more similar to the Shu), they are still quite thin and very soft. I’ll try it with liquid foundation and mineral foundation and I will let you know how it performs. For blush it’s actually really good and to me it’s the perfect size.  Either way, a great purchase.


I have just used the YGQ 17 for the application of Ellis Faas foundation. Here are my thoughts :

It is very pleasant to use, requires more time than with a denser brush but the feeling is actually interesting. It looks like this one only comes with a long handle (you’ll notice that most of the Tanseido brushes come with both short or long handles and in different colors), I started the application by picking some product that I had transferred onto the back of my hand, then swirling it into my skin, I wasn’t very confident with the application but after a while it started to feel better, the application takes a while but it’s relaxing, maybe the fact that you are applying the foundation with a very long handled brush adds some kind of artistic feeling to it. It delivered a sheer but natural coverage, with very very little exfoliation (almost invisible) compared to other denser goat brushes. This brush will be great for people with dry skin that still want to use goat brushes for a soft application of foundation.

Then suddenly I had an idea 😛 I took a cream blush and I applied it with this brush. Can you guess the result ? Flawless, beautiful, perfect and more. I don’t know what I prefer, how it makes me feel good and glamorous when I use it 😀 or the flawless result it delivers. H-G.



Since I found the perfect size brush for my cheeks (YAQ 17 red squirrel), I wanted to try the YSQ 17 (grey squirrel), you will have great difficulties to find out which one is the softer one. I asked my boyfriend for help (he likes to be involved from time to time 😛 ), he confirmed it was the YAQ 17 but honestly you won’t feel that much difference. Both are the same density, same shape, nearly same softness.

The Tanseido YSQ 17 reminds me of the Miyao shape-wise which is also very soft but the Tanseido quality is above it in my opinion.

In comparison the Koyudo is much more dense and versatile.



Tanseido are a great discovery, I don’t think I could ever be disappointed with this brand.

I am preparing a post with my favorite “makeup sets options” (the softest, the most efficient, etc etc) with brushes from any brand. I am so glad that these brushes arrived before I posted it !!! I’ll have to redo some pics but I totally recommend you Tanseido if you love soft and efficient brushes, just like Hakuhodo or Koyudo (or many others that are being discovered at this moment). Japan IS the source of the best makeup brushes.

I have two big posts being prepared at the moment but I have little time, doing my best to publish them asap !

I just want to thank you all for your support and for your help, either for getting me products that I can’t get from where I live or to share your wonderful discoveries with me, you know how much I enjoy it !

Loving you all 😀

– the end – or is it ???

Since I am showing you the brushes that I got yesterday, well yesterday I also got my hands on another fun brush, absolutely by accident. I had to go out to help my boyfriend with a few things, while I was waiting for him in a shopping center I tried to get inside a professional beauty shop (ONLY for professionals). I am not a professional but I asked them if I could have a look, they asked me if I was in the beauty field and I showed them the website hoping for them to say “OK”.

They said ok ! and I had a look inside… there were mostly items for beauty institutes so not really for me… but I still managed to get another brush for my collection 😀


It’s not a makeup brush, it’s meant to clean and brush away cut hair or residue on the hands after buffing the nails I guess. It’s synthetic and soft, not really a necessary brush but I will use it.

I cut my boyfriends’ hair regularly and it will be useful for brushing away the tiny hairs on his neck 😀

I also got this cute spray bottle for water and a personal care box where I will be storing my tools.



… because I just had to 🙂

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Melissa 10 February, 2013 - 4:06 pm

OoOoOoOo………..dear sweet Sonia! I have almost all those Tanseido on my wish list. Guess I should add (a lot) more now 🙂

Since the discoveries of other Japanese brands out there Im not that interested anymore in my Hakuhodo, except for their J-series. So Tanseido might be a great dupes for those I guess!!

How can you NOT being the in the beauty field after ALL these amazing posts!!! I love your BF’s brush!! I could find some use for it. Or not, it looks sooooo adorable!!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Hi Melissa, and the best part is that the price is reasonable.
and thanks for the compliment 🙂
yes, he will enjoy it.. although the look he gave me when I told him “this is for you” was kind of a threatening look 😀 nowhere near the quality of Koyudo flower brushes but a fun one to have around !

Nikoleta 10 February, 2013 - 4:39 pm

the flower kabuki is so cute, I’m sure your boyfriend will apprecite it 🙂 I love the look of the fine kalla 003 and the tanseido blush brushes, they are obviously less densely packed therefore suitable for pigmented blushes.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 4:54 pm

absolutely ! oooh by the way I forgot one pic !!! I will upload it right now 🙂

cc618 10 February, 2013 - 4:58 pm

My bank account will not thank you, Sonia dear. BUT I definitely will! Thanks for another great post creating another lemming list. 😛 😛

I have been using Tanseido YCQ10S for the past week and it is now my HG!!
I have the same response as you the first time I was using it: It is so SOFT and it WORKS???!! I WANT to use it everyday! The YCQ12S is already on my wish list!
And honestly speaking, I do not know if SQ20 is softer or if the YAQ17 or even the Koyudo Red Squirrel brush is softer. I couldn’t tell!! Both are truly amazing brands!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 6:33 pm

you are welcome CC ! 😛
by the way, I had forgotten to add the pics of the Suqqu cheek vs the Chikuhodo Z-4 and the Fina Kalla, now it’s done !
I also updated the YGQ17 usage feedback 🙂 holy…. 😮
I think we will need a trip to Japan !!!!

cc618 11 February, 2013 - 9:48 am

Honestly we do. Maybe we should plan a trip and we can all meet in Japan together. 😛

Sweet Make Up Temptations 11 February, 2013 - 9:56 am

I am planning that for this year… I just don’t know when, my boss will send me to Hong Kong and I will take some holidays from there…

cc618 11 February, 2013 - 10:06 am

Do let me know when you know.. I will try to arrange my schedule here.
I have been planning to go to Japan last year but somehow ended up in Germany and Eastern Europe. *peer pressure* 😛

Sweet Make Up Temptations 11 February, 2013 - 10:09 am

YEEEEES ! It would be just amazing if we could go together …
I have to admit that going to Asia is pretty scary since I cannot speak any language there 🙁
if you end up in Switzerland.. you know where to go 🙂

cc618 11 February, 2013 - 10:20 am

I don’t think we would mind getting lost in a Brush Town! 😛 We wouldn’t even notice the time. 😀

We would need a local guide then. I can understand some of the words and speak some of the language.. Not sure if it would help. Oh, bring a calculator – THAT everyone can understands. We can negotiate the price using it. Haha!! 😀

Sweet Make Up Temptations 11 February, 2013 - 10:21 am

I was working in shipping before, I can organize a cargo boat with Total or Shell for our luggage… 😀 😀 😀

Bea 10 February, 2013 - 5:46 pm

I love ALL of them period! 🙂 I need to go over this post at a more leisurely pace haha! I guess it’s about time I dipped my toez in more Tanseido brushes. My KQ 12S is all by its lonesome 🙁

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 6:34 pm

😀 😀 😀 give her more brothers and sisters !!!

Mimi 10 February, 2013 - 5:50 pm

I’m going crazy!!!!! I want to come to Switzerland and play, play, play with all your brushes! What a magnificent collection you have! It is museum quality and someday it will be housed in a museum with your name by it and it will have a plaque stating that Sonia has the world’s largest and most diverse makeup brush collection. Maybe you’ll be in the Guinness Book of World Records!

Bea 10 February, 2013 - 6:10 pm

I like Mimi’s idea about a museum for Sonia’s brushes lmao! 🙂

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Could do that 🙂

212kiki 10 February, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Oh no in a museum you can’t touch something so we only can look at all these brushes that would be horrible :O

Buggsiebee 10 February, 2013 - 7:34 pm

I’m sure that brush washing would be encouraged 😀

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 10:24 pm

I agree….
I hate not to be able to touch… I often visit museums or castles where you cannot touch anything, it drives me crazy !
I always find a way to touch … *atCHOUM… ohh sorry….* niiiiiiiice 😛

Mimi 10 February, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Yeah, well, I know we all like to touch. I touched the part of the Titanic that had been brought up from the ocean depths, 2 and 1/2 miles deep in the cold, dark Atlantic. I went to the exhibit again in another city and they had a sign up not touch. Well, ya know…….I have loved the Titanic since I was a child. The third time I went to a Titanic exhibit in yet another city, they had positioned it out of reach. Guess I’m not the only “toucher” out there!

Mimi 10 February, 2013 - 10:27 pm

True, it’s good to touch but someday, when we’ve all moved on to the next realm, this brush collection must be preserved for posterity. If the museum allows people to paw the brushes with their germy hands, the collection will be destroyed in no time. Tough for them, they’ll have to create their own collection based on what Sonia has said about the brushes. It’s what we all have to do, right?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 6:35 pm

you are welcome anytime 😀
I am not sure I would win… Buggsie : what do you think ??? 😀 😀 😀

Buggsiebee 10 February, 2013 - 6:46 pm

Think ??! Unfortunately it appears that my thinking ability malfunctions when it comes to brushes.
If I was putting more sensible thought into it, I would easily recognise that I have 100 times the amount of brushes I could ever use in a lifetime, but still I don’t stop looking & adding to my collection 😀
I THINK I am a bit of a nutty old brush fanatic & I would absolutely love to take a personal guided tour of your beautiful brush museum 🙂

Bea 10 February, 2013 - 6:54 pm

Ok I guess it’s confession time for me too. I don’t wear makeup everyday but I have my own army of brushes. I like buying Japanese handcrafted brushes. Hence my mission to find as many different brushes in all shapes and sizes out there. And Melissa has just provided me with a new one: to acquire a UFO brush. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Plus the red Cosmedo H008 dupe of course lol. At least with polish, I do use it everyday but not my brushes :X So I think the nut award should go to me. 🙂

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Actually I would like to see your museum… I am pretty sure it’s even more interesting 😉

Sylvia 10 February, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Serious craziness here.
But it’s a beautiful craziness and supports master craftsmanship.
From the point of view of one of the lesser fry here, I sense there eventually will be a glut of ‘lowly’ Hakuhodo brushes feeling unloved here.
Perhaps even seeking new homes?

Bea 21 February, 2013 - 2:36 pm

<—– Yes brushjunkie is my name on youtube haha! I am so bad I have backups of a few brushes (what was I thinking?!). I better go and find the time to unload some of them sigh… I might do a Buggsiebee on ebay but I've never sold anything on there.

212kiki 10 February, 2013 - 7:17 pm

The Tanseido brushes are looking really good.
I’m not really into AMUs and because of this i only own 3 eye brushes !!!! 😀 But the Tanseido YCQ 12s looks good . I dont want a lot of brushes for eyes but i want the best in function. But also a bit soft so i replaced my mac 226 because it was really scratchy.

But when it comes to cheek brushes there is no help i need them ALL 😀
I’m looking for a round short squirrel highlighter brush but on all the sites i didn’t find something only flat ones….

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Round short and pointy ? I can find you a few… 🙂

212kiki 11 February, 2013 - 10:30 am

Yes something similar to the haku g5518? Or smaller… I’m thinking of this one but first I want to see if there is something nice out there on all the “new” brands…
Evtl. with grey squirrel or mix hair..
I have the haku g5521 and chiku z2 but I want some different 😉

Sweet Make Up Temptations 12 February, 2013 - 9:57 am

I will check that when I am at home, I was going to suggest the Chiku Z-2 … 🙂
you want something denser ? I know the Hakuhodo J5521 is not squirrel but gosh it’s soft dense and fluffy ! much better than the G5521.
I sent these pics to Bea some time ago because she loves rounded brushes, so you may want to have a look since they are with the G5518 :

I will see if I have any other in my collection that could be similar to the G5518, I have ordered some new brushes from new brands and I will receive shortly so I’ll keep you updated 🙂 not sure they will be what you are looking for but we never know… 😉

212kiki 12 February, 2013 - 10:19 am

Oh thanks for the pic they’re really helpfull 🙂
Yes I want something denser i like the z2 but you know we need thousand different brushes 😀
I like round brushes too 🙂 I had the 212 in mind but evtl. It’s a bit too small but nice shaped.
The j5521 looks really good is it the same softness like the the black goat or softer ?

But I think in the end I’ll buy the g5518 too 😉

laurence 10 February, 2013 - 7:22 pm

It’s an addiction!!!!! I need to check my account and see if I can order one or two tanseido!!!! thank you for your great reviews and I CANT WAIT to read the one you’re preparing!:!!!!! thank you thank you!!! where did you buy the tanseido brushes? cdjapan?
have a great sunday evening dear Sonia!!!!
ps: I didn’t understand your paragraph on Lancome

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 10:21 pm

I buy them on the Tanseido site, send them to a forwarding company, that company sends them to me… not the easiest way but hopefully in the future they could be more easily available…
about the Lancome :
Lancome have released a new pencil eyeliner called Kohl in love (Chocolate affair is the brown one) here you can see a swatch, the pencil is fantastic but if you apply it directly on the lash line it’s very thick and creamy and it’s difficult to precisely apply it. If you apply the pencil on the tip of the brush, then you take the brush and you transfer whatever is on the tip of the brush onto your lashline, the application is softer and very long lasting.
I hope this helps 🙂
have sweet dreams Laurence 🙂

Dena 10 February, 2013 - 7:32 pm

Omg I am drooling! Thank you for this! The large eye/small cheek brush category is my favourite! I definitely want the fine Kalla 003 and the Tanseido aq14. Can you get them from the same website?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 9:09 pm

I am not sure Dena, I bought the Tanseido from their website and the Fine Kalla from Rakuten (I think I added links in the names), not sure you can find Tanseido anywhere else.
But Tommy may get them for you. http://bringblingjp.blogspot.jp/search/label/ORDER

laurence 10 February, 2013 - 7:49 pm

OK so I read your other post about the tanseido brushes and found out that it’s not that easy to order them ahahahahahahaha! too bad!! it’s my banker who’s gonna be happy!!

Buggsiebee 10 February, 2013 - 8:32 pm

@Lawrence …..good things NEVER come easy;)
Sometimes the chase is the most exciting part 😀

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 9:11 pm

I agree, it’s like men, the chase is the most exciting part 😀 😀 😀

Bea 10 February, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Yep, the challenge and effort to acquire these babies are indeed a part of it all for me too lol. But also the meeting of like minded people and sharing the knowledge and passion for these carefully handcrafted brushes. 🙂

laurence 11 February, 2013 - 9:29 am

trust me!! I will find a way!!! and out of despair I bought one of the three new suqqu palettes (ex11)!!! ahahahahahaha did you buy on tanseido already yourself?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Actually the first time it’s complicated, then it gets easy… if you really want them there is always a way 🙂
if you need help let me know.

laurence 11 February, 2013 - 9:32 am

Thank you, you’re an angel as usual! But I’m gonna wait your big article you’re preparing!! If I read you coorectly you’re gonna tell us what you think it’s best for each use!! I’m starting to save money because when it’ll be published I have a feeling I’m gonna buy a lot ahahaha!! hope you’re great Sonia and life’s sweet with you!

Stacy 10 February, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Words escape me! This madness has taken on a life of its own! I love it !

Lillian 10 February, 2013 - 9:14 pm

I just adore this topic and cannot seem to get enough of it!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 February, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Thank you Lillian 🙂
I am reaaaaally flattered 😀 <3

Carlyn 10 February, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Wow, great post, I read your blog and comments daily. I feel like I know you ladies already and you guys crack me up. I ‘m planning on getting five of the Tenseido brushes. Did you use Tenso to order or can you order directly like CDJ? I haven’t had time to translate the pages on the Tenseido website, so I wasn’t sure.

I really want to thank you for your in depth descriptions and pictures of your brushes, they have helped me narrow my search for my HG brushes and since I don’t have an unlimited budget, it helps me get what I need. I do hope you find the dupe for the Suqqu S brush. I wonder if Chikhodo would entertain the idea of making one for their line, since Suqqu doesn’t anymore, there may not be a conflict of interest issue. Hmmm……

Sweet Make Up Temptations 11 February, 2013 - 8:41 am

Hi Carlyn,
I ordered on the Tanseido website and had them shipped to Tenso. I use google chrome as a browser so that it translates the pages as I surf…
Sometimes it’s delicate for them to “duplicate” brushes, but we have opened the door to brush kingdom now and I am sure that in the search we will find many great brushes 🙂

Carlyn 11 February, 2013 - 6:54 pm

Thanks. I’ll try to install Google Chrome. Love your posts.

Bonnie 10 February, 2013 - 11:32 pm

I can’t believe I’ve banned myself from buying any more brushes for a while, and these posts really aren’t helping. Thankfully, they’re not LE so they can just go on my wishlist for a looong while :S

Ahh the brush that excited me the most here was the YWQ 7! Something about it seems pretty perfect to me. I wish the handles were shorter though…

The Kyureido (Fine Kalla) KK-004 is something also on my list. It looks beautiful. It’s so sad that the Suqqu S has been discontinued because just looking at the comparison pic, the Suqqu S does seem to be the one that is the most… I dunno, perfect? Proportionate? Multi-tasking perfect-looking? I’m not sure! It just has an aura 🙂

Thanks for the post, Sonia! And everyone else who contributed this in some way 🙂 You ladies make my day (and my bank account pay!)

Bea 11 February, 2013 - 11:56 am

@Bonnie: I never go on a no buy because I know I would break the ban. Going on a low buy however I think is more doable. 😉

Buggsiebee 11 February, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Check this …….


….they recommend this a present for the teacher 🙂
I’ll stick with an apple!

OMG €650,- !!!………..for a comb?
Hahaha….I don’t feel so crazy with my brushes after all 😉

Bea 11 February, 2013 - 8:22 pm

So the comb for the brush is 10x more expensive than the brush lol!

212kiki 11 February, 2013 - 8:27 pm

What the hell is this ?? o_O
I think you have too much time to surf in the www 😛

But i’m looking on all the japanese websites too to see if there are more brushes i “need”.
In this time i’m finding more japanese goodies i “need” 😀

Mimi 11 February, 2013 - 11:20 pm

Wow, the price of this comb is lunacy! Thank goodness we don’t collect combs! Think of what our boyfriends/husbands would say if they could see this!

Bonnie 12 February, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Noooo, thats what I’ve been doing all along, thinking small purchases won’t make a dent but it all adds up! But many of these brushes are on my to buy list so when that day comes…..uh oh! In the meantime, I will just have to content myself by reading what everyone else has acquired and live vicariously through you guys!

Kay 11 February, 2013 - 12:07 am

Such an incredible post…so many brushes, so many choices! I had to laugh when you said the chase is the most exciting part; mine is the savoring.

Malin, Kohlindo 11 February, 2013 - 11:28 am

I saw Wayne´s video about brushes. He is the King of brushes and you are the Queen of brushes! 😀

Over and over you write interesting posts. Thank you for sharing.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 12 February, 2013 - 10:00 am

thank you Malin, really appreciate it ! by the way, I am so enjoying the Chikuhodo Z series !!! you remember I bought the Z-9 to complete the set but I am actually reaching more often for that one than for the others 😮 feels like a soft lion paw cuddle on my face 😀

cc618 12 February, 2013 - 10:14 am

Soft lion paw????

How to resist THAT??? 😛 😛

Sweet Make Up Temptations 12 February, 2013 - 10:20 am

😀 😀 😀 I just feel like being cuddled by a lion when I use it, weird right ??

cc618 12 February, 2013 - 10:27 am

NO, not weird at all!! Who could resist cuddling a lion or a tiger if they won’t suddenly decide to tear our faces off? 😛 😛

Sweet Make Up Temptations 12 February, 2013 - 10:32 am

😀 I could not resist for sure !!!
when you look at it, it really looks threatening, I shall take a pic and share it 🙂
just looks like that

cc618 12 February, 2013 - 10:49 am

LOL!! 😀 😀 😀

That is the cutest thing!! 😀

Sweet Make Up Temptations 12 February, 2013 - 10:50 am

it is !!! 🙂

Malin, Kohlindo 12 February, 2013 - 10:30 am

LOL it so lovely! I can see all women over the world cuddle with their brushes and their men dont understand a thing…… And the only anwer we have is: – Its a girls thing! ( flashing with our long eyelashes ) 😀

Malin, Kohlindo 13 February, 2013 - 10:18 am

We have a fun thing going on on our Facebook right now for everyone who is crazy about Chikuhodo´s brushes. I hope its ok Sonia that I write and tell everyone here about it. Otherwise dont publish this post 😉

Would you like to be on our Facebook page? Do you have a video clip where you are using Chikuhodo´s brushes? We would love to have them on our Facebook page!

Send your video clip to malin@kohlindo.se and we will publish your clip here on Facebook.

Have fun!

okayokmakeup 13 February, 2013 - 9:01 pm

I have two Fine Kalla eye brushes coming to me soon. I wish I saw this post before ordered. I am a bit sad to hear that they’re not as soft as Suqqus but glad to hear they function well. 🙂 I was contemplating if I Suqqu M will function differently enough to justify purchase in addition to Fine Kalla K-004. Your thoughts would be super helpful. Thank you!

okayokmakeup 16 February, 2013 - 9:26 pm

And also do you think getting Suqqu L and Fine Kalla K-003 is a little redundant? Sorry for so many questions!

Margaret 14 February, 2013 - 9:51 pm

oh,Sonia.You are the Queen!!!!!!!reading -reading-reading

Bea 18 February, 2013 - 11:17 pm

Did you know that Tanseido has a youtube channel? 🙂

Sylvia 19 February, 2013 - 8:14 am

Thanks for sharing that, Bea. I’ve put it on my FB page.

Bea 19 February, 2013 - 2:06 pm

You have a FB page Sylvia? What is it? 🙂

Sylvia 21 February, 2013 - 8:57 am

Sylvia AtSixty, Bea.
I set it up to chronicle my exploration of makeup brushes and Chinese tea, my current raves. I don’t want to get flak about this at my work, so it’s not terrifically explicit about my identity. I also play at MUA as Sylvia60.

Bea 21 February, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Oooh I will go and check you out Sylvia! 🙂 I am always on FB because of my little nail polish group. The tea I usually drink though is Genmaicha because of its flavour due to the brown rice. I love the scent! I am honeyjr on MUA. In fact that’s where I started to review Hakuhodo brushes. At the time it was just me but now I see more reviews on there. I hardly ever go on it now though. I can’t even remember if my pics of my brushes are still up but they must be since I still get the odd message from people who want to get their feet wet with Hakuhodo for the very first time. In fact I still keep in touch with one of them and she is in the process of ordering her first Koyudo brushes because of moi lol! 🙂

212kiki 21 February, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Evtl. Sonia can make a brush addict group on FB 😀
Hello ähm I’m 212kiki ähm and a brush addict….

Buggsiebee 21 February, 2013 - 9:37 pm

………and a nail polish addict plus …..a make up addict……..oh dear 🙁
Don’t want to go this route thanks 😀

Bea 21 February, 2013 - 9:43 pm

I think we need a forum wherein we can discuss our addiction(s)? 😉

212kiki 21 February, 2013 - 10:02 pm

@ bea evtl. we can make something on LJ ? a forum would be too much work… 😀

Mimi 22 February, 2013 - 12:50 am

I’ll join, I’m an makeup addict from waaaaaaayyyyyyyyy back. Hate to tell you, but over 4 decades! Recent brush addict, due to Sonia’s educating me about all the otherwise unknown goodies out there!

Bea 22 February, 2013 - 1:43 am

I have never participated in anything in LJ. :X Sonia’s comments section has turned into a sort of forum/message board lol. 🙂

Bonnie 21 February, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Please sign me up 😛

Mimi 22 February, 2013 - 12:47 am

Ha ha good one Kiki! Yes, we are all brush addicts here or soon to become one if we keep looking at Sonia’s site. She is a naughty woman but we love her! It’s fun to be an addict!

Jeanette 19 February, 2013 - 9:12 pm

Which brush do you use for TF shade and illuminate?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 20 February, 2013 - 10:35 am

I use a few depending on which one is clean, either the one in the Core set from Real Techniques, or the Shu 18, or a few different ones from Koyudo or Chikuhodo.
See here if you want to check out what the 3 look like (on the left)..

Bonnie 20 February, 2013 - 11:25 pm

Haha, I like what you said about “depending on which one is clean”!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 21 February, 2013 - 6:09 am

yep 🙂 now that I am home, the other ones I was talking about are the Koyudo Bp014 and the Chikuhodo G-10 (similar to the Shu 18)

Sylvia 21 February, 2013 - 8:58 am

Me, too1

Makeup Remastered 22 February, 2013 - 2:20 am

I use the Tom Ford shade and Illuminate brush which goes perfectly with the product- places it and blends it beautifully!

Makeupremastered 21 February, 2013 - 7:02 am

I am sorry If u have answered this before-what do u wash ur precious babies with-Hakuhodo cuts service said dish wash detergent is even ok-yikes-my Paul Mitchell shampoo sounds better-thanks

Sylvia 21 February, 2013 - 9:01 am

I read at MUA that the Make UP Store brush cleaning liquid was one of the best on the market. I’m also interested, because I want to take proper care of the superb brushes I’ve invested. Hopefully, care that allows me enough $$$ to buy more brushes…

212kiki 21 February, 2013 - 10:50 am

I think you don’t have to pay much on brush cleaners 🙂
I’m using the same technique as keto posted a while ago on her blog
Cheap curd soap for 1€ 🙂 the same incis as expensive brush soap….
Or cheap baby shampoo…

Sweet Make Up Temptations 21 February, 2013 - 11:33 am

Hi 🙂
I use a cheap and soft version of http://savondemarseille.com/ for the goat/synthetic/weasel/kolinsky brushes. I just rub the brushes against the soap and clean them under running lukewarm water.
When they are very stained I use that : http://www.dickblick.com/products/the-masters-brush-cleaner-and-preserver/ but the cheap savon de marseille works as well actually.
For the squirrel brushes I just use baby shampoo.
For spot-cleaning goat/synthetic/duo-fiber I use this http://reviews.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/3816/7784/reviews.htm

I also have some alcohol in a spray bottle, I spray just on my foundation brushes after cleaning them, just to kill any bacteria they might have left. Not a necessary step I guess but I prefer to do it.

Makeup Remastered 21 February, 2013 - 12:45 pm

My haku order just arrived- dancing!
Funnily enough one small shop sells the Savondemarseille soap- I am assuming you are using the olive bar of soap not the liquid? Johnson’s baby shampoo is available but Im worried about hidden conditioners that might coat the hairs? As for the Bobbi brown soap- Bobbi Brown in my country doe’s not stock it. I;ve used the Becca soap bar in the past- but do not know enough about it -if it is harmfull to the hairs? The Brish Guard brand makes a soap- not sure if it is any good- thank u for all your help!

Jeanette 29 August, 2013 - 1:49 pm

I use a mild conditioning shampoo, and it works well. But I stumbled upon this, and I think it sounds good for the dense buffing brushes as they should dry fast:


Has anyone of you used it?

Sylvia 12 April, 2013 - 8:05 am

My mini Tanseido haul arrived via Tommy’s services.
I’d ordered the YWQ 7, 9, 12 as well as the YCQ 12S.

All of them are divinely soft, which my ageing allergy-prone skin appreciates, but perhaps the YWQ 12 is a trifle more divine than the others.

Michelle 12 April, 2013 - 10:45 am

on the Hakuhodo website (USA one) they are now selling a brush cleaner. I am not sure if they ship overseas tough. it was pretty cheap $5.00 for small bottle , $20.00 for larger.

Myra 26 May, 2013 - 3:45 am


Enjoy reading your posts. Have you tried the Hakuhodo S133 for a lay down brush? It looks similar to the S127 but they apply totally differently. I ended up giving the S127 to my sister because the hairs were just a millimeter or so too long, but it made a huge difference. The density of the bristles is also thinner, whereas the S133 is more densely packed. It has the slight point at the end of it like the 127 so you can use it to do a whole eye look if need be. It is a HG laydown brush for me. Works particularly well with shimmering eyeshadows and a Chanel palette I have. Anyways, thank you for the reviews. I am saddened by the discontinued Suqqu Brush S but I imagine I will be happy with the M I just ordered when it gets here.


Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 May, 2013 - 1:53 pm

I am not sure I have it, will check that’ thanks Myra for your precious feedback!

estrella 20 June, 2013 - 6:41 am

Hi Sonia! 🙂 Please help with the YGQ 17.
I want to love it but it seems I don’t know how to use it.
I am using it for a fairly dense liquid foundation and it doesn’t give even results.
I tried applying with a heavy hand, light hand, and swirling but it doesn’t seem to work.
Or maybe it should be with a light liquid foundation and not the creamy liquid foundation type?
Any suggestions? 🙂

estrella 21 June, 2013 - 4:52 am

I found a way to use it 🙂 I am now using it with a super pigmented cheek blush. 🙂 The small brush is just perfect for control of application. 🙂 Plus the blush container is quite small so the fluffy blusher cheeks do not fit in.

Sylvia 21 June, 2013 - 8:00 am

Sonia, any previews of Wayne Goss’ brush collection?

Jeanette 9 December, 2013 - 8:17 pm

Sonia, I remember having seen a picture of the Koyudo BP016 and LE red squirrel next to eachother, but I cannot recall in which post it is. Can you help?

Sweet make up temptations 9 December, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Hmm I don’t remember but they are in my hands at this precise moment so I send you a fresh pic 🙂

Jeanette 9 December, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Thank you! I can see that they are not exactly the same shape and size though their measures are only 1 mm different.
I will receive the red squirrel tomorrow 😀

Sweet make up temptations 11 December, 2013 - 8:16 pm

tell me if it’s as good as the one we have.. (or if it looks similar), thank you 🙂

Andrea 30 March, 2014 - 3:46 am

Can anybody tell me where on earth can I find the Fine Kalla brushes? They are not at Rakuten anymore. Thank you.

Sweet make up temptations 30 March, 2014 - 10:37 am

Hi Andrea,

I can still find them, in Rakuten search with the KK-004, etc and then you’ll see : http://global.rakuten.com/en/search?st=&tl=0&k=kk-004

I believe they are still in stock …

Andrea 30 March, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Gracias, Sonia. Por algun motivo, yo no pude dar con ellos en Rakuten. Xxoo

leyla 4 December, 2014 - 5:11 am

Which is better Kokutan T or Fine Kalla KK-004? Thank you.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 December, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Hi Leyla,

IMHO the Fine Kalla is better but it is now very difficult to find online, if you find it then yes, I think it’s better, feels softer and it’s a bit more tapered hence more useful.
Sorry for my late reply!

Mita 7 December, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Dear Sonia,
maybe I am the x-million person to ask the same question but here it is.
I didn’t manage to find online the Fine Kalla KK-002 but on the producer’s website (Kyureido) which applies shipping costs also inside Japan. Does TAU Hiroshima in Tokyo carry the Fine Kalla brushes ( I’m thinking of Toshiya to get them)? Or anywhere else?

Thank you 🙂

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 8 December, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Dear Mita, they are very difficult to find!
I could only find this one http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/lifetech/item/11120124/
you have to search for the term “kk-002” it wont return any results with other links 🙁 so better chances with those.
I haven’t fine them anywhere else but I will ask and let you know if I do, I have an idea 🙂

Mita 8 December, 2014 - 9:37 pm

Thank you, Sonia. If you have an idea, it must be definitely great and efficient. 🙂
Where did Fine Kalla KK-002 hide? 🙂
Do you think Kyureido knows how much their brushes are wished for?

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 11 December, 2014 - 1:58 pm

I contacted my friend in Japan, he says Fine Kalla may belong to Pentel, I am checking if he can get more info about that.
If you cannot find it on Rakuten with the KK-002 key word then I have no clue where to find them for now 🙁

Mita 15 December, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Oh, Sonia, kind of you! Thank you. Please let me know about his investigation. They say something about Pentel here: http://www.kyureido.com/?mode=f9 but I hadn’t put much attention on it.
Actually I cannot understand if Kyureido is just a name of a brand like Eihodo, Kihitsu… or if it is an original manufacturer like Hakuhodo, Chikuhodo…

Anyway, on my part, I asked Akachanfude on Rakuten if they are able to order the Fine Kalla line upon request, but they haven’t replied yet and I think that they won’t do it (too many days have passed). It would have been handy to order directly from them because they offer international shipping.

I will strategize differently and let you know.



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