Chikuhodo just recently came up with GSN series – N is meant for new – it’s the new GS series being revamped, according to Chikuhodo, the shape of the brush becomes more suitable for the latest makeup styles, the handles remain unchanged. Makeup artists love goat/squirrel blends for professional use and this line follows mostly this idea. The G series also had a little change to them, but only the logo was modified.
I got 3 of them :
- The foundation GSN-05 because I already love the similar LQ-11 with the very short handle for travelling but wanted a second one with a longer handle, when I am not travelling I definitely prefer longer handles.
- The highlighter GSN-04 because that shape is one of my favorites and this was a great opportunity, I was looking for something exactly like this.
- The crease GSN-10, because I know many of you are interested by this new -unusual for them- Chikuhodo.
GSN-7 and G-3 are little bit different. GSN-7 is larger than G-3 and the hair type is also different.GSN-7 has squirrel and weasel hair and G-3 has only squirrel.
I love all the ones I own, I find them extremely efficient and extremely well shaped. They are soft enough, no worries about that, a makeup artist will have serious material here, probably the tools that are the most appropriate for an intense usage without even having to torture his model. Compared to squirrel brushes, blending of the goat and squirrel make these firmer and add more density and resilience to them, they will pack more product and buff the edges much better.
Since I am here with the G-9, just a few words about it, I bought the G-9 in Japan and when I saw it I fell in love instantly, it’s twice the surface of the MK-2, the Z-9 has a rectangular surface a bit more firmer, the G-9 is bigger, round and will cover all your cheek at once. Same hair quality as the Z series, I just regret the handle. I’d rather preferred a handle like the Z-series for example, I am not crazy about this shorter version with the big gold ferrule but that’s another story. In my humble opinion this brush should be more in the category of higher series with a more luxurious handle, I don’t think a makeup artist will use this daily on models anyway unless he wants them to fall in love with him or her 😀 Well, I am just sharing my crazy thoughts as always… and even though it’s not a GSN brush, since I just got it and hadn’t shown it to you, I wanted to do it here.
It’s a mix of goat and squirrel hair, feels softer than the Special G-9 (the pointy one) but not as soft as the Fu-pa14 from Koyudo. This GSN-04 is absolutely wonderful efficient, pleasant to use, perfect shape, a bit too big for precise highlighting since it covers 2,5/3cm diameter at the surface but perfect for blush ! The Tanseido here is one of my favorite brushes ever, so is the Chikuhodo portable that you see below (but only available in Hiroshima), I wanted a similar one so that’s done ! The Chikuhodo portable is softer (although not a huge difference) and a bit more denser. It’s a shame it’s not online but if you can get it I totally recommend it. Maybe Malin can help with that for those of you who are interested. I have no idea what the price is since it was a present but if there is a way to get a second one I definitely would.
I have already talked about it in this post, all I have to say is that it’s the perfect brush for a busy day, does the job quickly and efficiently, works with many different different products. It’s goat hair, darker but it feels soft on the skin, this size allows you to work around the nose and on larger zones. If you are a beginner you will love it, if you are a collector you won’t reach as much for the others…
It’s a crease goat brush, just like many other crease brushes, it will blend your application without altering your makeup look, it doesn’t have enough precision for me and I prefer the Tom Ford for crease work, then I usually pick a denser one for blending.
- This is how they rank in terms of softness, from the less soft on the left to the softest on the right :
Max 222 – Sigma – GSN-10 – J142 – TF13 (difficult to see a difference between the Mac and the Sigma and difficult to feel a difference between the J142 and the TF13).
- In terms of precision, the most precise on the left :
Mac 222 – TF13 – J142 – GSN-10 – Sigma
- In terms of firmness of the hair, the firmer on the left :
Mac 222 – TF13 – Sigma – J142 – GSN-10
- In terms of density, the less densely packed on the left :
Mac 222 – GSN-10 – Sigma – J142 – TF13
Please keep in mind that since these brushes are handmade, each one can be slightly different and therefore differ from yours.
I will probably get more of these series one day, if I do, you’ll know it 🙂
If you have others from the GSN collection, please let us know how they are and if you like them !