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Yoshiwara Japanese Wide Facial Brush

by Sonia G.

With the idea of finding a dupe for the Rae Morris Radiance, I ordered this Facial brush (link shared by Mimi). It looked very interesting in the picture and the price was reasonable.

I quote the description :

Classic, traditional brush used by Japanese geishas, maikos and oirans for centuries to apply and create their stunning, porcelain-like facials.
Use the soft, dense hairs to apply, pack, smooth and wipe away excess paste or powder. The unique shape let’s you create and blend broad contours with ease and precision.

They got the width absolutely right, the wood is lovely too.
I don’t find the hair that soft at all, it’s goat hair, dense but has a “straw-like” feeling to it, I never owned a goat brush that felt like this, it feels more enduring, I don’t even want to try to apply foundation with it because my skin will not love that at all. But, as mentioned in the description, this brush is meant for geisha make up application, which is more liquid, rough, you will not go for a flawless airbrushed finish but for a thick-ish white base application.

You can have a look at these two videos, this brush may be featured in the first one :

Maiko Transformation Experience, Kyoto

This is not a soft foundation brush but something more appropriate for Geisha makeup tutorials, who knows, maybe one day I can experiment that tutorial on a friend.. ๐Ÿ™‚




Same idea but totally different brushes :



Same width, not same soft feeling :



I hope this helps… probably the Rae Morris Radiance will remain unique for quite a while…


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Mimi 27 March, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Good to know. Thanks!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 March, 2013 - 9:03 pm

you are welcome Mimi ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sylvia 27 March, 2013 - 6:00 pm

My brush addiction is such I had to struggle to resist buying the thing even though I KNOW I’d never use it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 March, 2013 - 11:01 pm

๐Ÿ˜‰ I am glad I have the excuse to buy them so that I can test them for you ๐Ÿ˜€

midnitedesire 27 March, 2013 - 6:57 pm

wow ! it looks so cute ,I think it’s going to be a very soft but sadly, not as good as its looks huh ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 March, 2013 - 11:05 pm

In a way I am relieved they are not all must haves ๐Ÿ˜€

Kay 27 March, 2013 - 8:05 pm

I remember using these when I was a teenager for dance stage performances. We’d use the brush to mix water into a white powder until it was a consistency we could spread all over face, neck, and I think we also did hands and forearms. Pretty opaque stuff that we’d paint on using the brush more in a flat/diagonal direction. It would pretty much wipe out all of your facial features so heavy makeup would be applied to put them back on!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 March, 2013 - 11:17 pm

Hi Kay, were you performing yourself ? that sounds serious and fun at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

Kay 28 March, 2013 - 12:07 am

Yes, my sisters and I took Okinawan dance lessons and regularly performed for recitals as well as large private dinner parties. Each dance had a specific costume and my mother would dress us. It was fun but a lot of work getting ready!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 March, 2013 - 8:43 am

it sounds amazing ! I wish I could see you perform ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll love that !

Bonnie 28 March, 2013 - 3:57 am

Ahh, I was going to get this as well to test how it was but decided to wait for your review. Thanks so much for doing this and letting us know how it compares with the Radiance. I guess we still just have to wait until the Radiance is back in stock… and keep on searching for dupes.

cc618 28 March, 2013 - 4:23 am

Oh.. Too bad it is not the dupe I was hoping for.. ๐Ÿ™ Definitely have to get a RM then.
Thanks for trying. You are the best!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 March, 2013 - 8:56 am

yes I think you need the RM after all …
I’ll keep on searching for interesting brushes to try though !

Gladys L. 28 March, 2013 - 6:02 am

Thx so much for buying from Geisha supply! I have always wondered about how their brushes perform. The first makeup artist book I bought is the Rae Morris’s “Makeup The Ultimate Guide” (Yes, I skipped Kevyn Aucoin). I once spent many time looking for a store in Kyoto for Geisha brushes, namely, Yachiyo brush to as a cheaper alternative to the Nars one (just like you finding the radiance replacement). I didn’t make it as I didn’t know about Rakuten.

The lovely host of a Taiwan travel TV show I always watch tells that the “foundation” paste is so much like cement! I think that’s why the traditional one is not as soft as we needed. But your Yoshiwara brush is a pretty artefact to keep, isn’t it?

Here comes another myth, other readers have a good look at the web site,http://www.yojiyacosme.com. As a brand so famous in Kyoto, maybe their brush is more on the traditional makeup side (rougher) but I can be a poor guess maker as always. : )

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 March, 2013 - 9:07 am

I do have the Rae and the Jemma Kidd, but not the Kevyn… maybe one day…
I saw that website yojiyacosme (I think Melissa shared the link for me to upload in the shopping links), it’s very similar to hakuhodo (the ebony handles), I am browsing to see what will be in my next purchase… not sure yet of what I would like to try ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the link !!

eunice 24 July, 2013 - 3:38 am

dear Sonia,
thank you for your wonderful blog! you have no idea how many hours i stay up each night to read your brushes entries, your blog’s like an encyclopedia!
i ordered this Rae Morris brush and would like to know how you washed it for the 1st few times to get rid of the smell? i’m clueless, should i use shampoo or brush cleaner?
i also placed orders for chikuhodo and koyudo due to you!
admire your passion and sensitive soul!
thank you so much

Sweet Make Up Temptations 24 July, 2013 - 8:21 am

Hi Eunice, thank you for your interest ! how sweet is that !
If you look here :
many friends are sharing what they did to clean or remove the smell on the brushes, I will also write to
Yutaro Takemori from Chikuhodo, maybe he has some ideas ๐Ÿ˜‰
I use shampoo or “Savon de marseille” for goat brushes I use savon de marseille, they revert to very white, after a few washes my brushes don’t smell anymore (if they did in the past…)
I do have the brush cleanser from Kashoen but… since I have so many brushes using a brush cleanser would cost me a lot and sincerely I don’t see any difference…


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