Home Brushes Hakuhodo G5557, S4001, J104, G5519, G5539, G5540, S141, S146 and white fans

Hakuhodo G5557, S4001, J104, G5519, G5539, G5540, S141, S146 and white fans

by Sonia G.

I am trying to catch up with all the reviews I owe you, there are so many of them in the queue that I didn’t even know where to start!  I decided to continue with the brush reviews just because I am too sick to do makeup reviews for now, so here comes another one on brushes -you are probably a bit tired of this topic by now- but let’s hope I can still capture your interest despite the deja vu…

Recently I bought a few Hakuhodo brushes, directly at the manufacture in Kumano, or at the Mitzukoshi mall in Ginza or even at the Minami-Aoyama shop. Some were bought when I returned from my trip because I knew I could get them via their USA website anyway.  At some point my brush-budget was kind of getting short so I had to postpone a few 🙂 When controlling ourselves is not an option, prioritization and time are our best friends!

When I was visiting their manufactures I asked them if I could work there (in exchange of some brushes) but they just laughed … I don’t think they took me seriously! 😀 I was only joking.. Sure it takes years and practice to get to such a level of craftsmanship, what was I thinking ?!

I did some filtering and kept only the most exceptional for this post. Just please keep in mind that I am a brush lover so I buy brushes based on how fast my heart beats for them, my reason comes just second in line.

These are the ones that I love the most or that are the most unique or less likely to have reviews on the web :


I still have my eye on some others but I will write to Santa in due time and hopefully get them for Christmas…

The foundation brushes : S 4001 and S 5557

These two are brushes that already exist in the G or J series but this time with the vermilion and gold handle, they are so prestigious compared to the brushes you can get over here in the beauty counters. When friends or relatives come visit and see these they totally fall in love. There is such a huge gap between what you can get here for this price tag and what you can get in Japan that it’s just common sense to target Japanese brands, well, providing you know where to find them and how to order them.

I won’t go into detail on these two because they are mentioned here already so please have a look at this post if you want to know more about how I use them.


Brief summary, the S 5557 (101usd) will be a workhorse in terms of blending and buffing, the S 4001 (86usd) is the opposite, not much blending and buffing power but its strength is more in the softness and the lightweight aerial diffusion of the color. They are the total opposite from each other.

The S 5557 is dense and the synthetic bristles are not much longer than the goat bristles,  that doesn’t leave a lot of flexibility to the head. Despite that, it doesn’t feel abbrasive on my skin, the application of foundation is fast and absolutely perfect. This will blend the hell out of any thick or rebel foundation you can imagine.

I didn’t need them because I already had similar brushes that could achieve the same result but it’s just the handles that made me want them really badly. The handles are a bit fragile so I keep them for home use only. You definitely need to take good care of them and avoid accidents but I really love heavy sturdy brushes, sturdy brushes aren’t usually very beautiful to look at but these totally made me drool in the boutique…  For those of you who prefer shorter or just even lighter handles, more resilient and also, thankfully, cheaper, their twins are the G 5557 (69usd) and the J 4001 (54usd).


The blush brush : G5519BkSL

This is an expensive brush… but in terms of  price for value, it does fit. I am not shocked.

This brush has the softest hair and a lot of it, it’s as soft as the Koyudo red squirrel LE. If your search targets a special brush and you don’t mind spending 132usd, then yes go for it. Now, in terms of results, you can get similar results with cheaper options or more efficient results for a cheaper price, for me what really seduces me is the perfection of the hair and the layering and density. If you squeeze it in your makeup bag, the shape of the head will be altered (until you wash it) so make sure it doesn’t get squeezed too much while travelling and store it with care.



Similar shape, similar softness… for those of you who missed on the Koyudo LE, this one is interesting :




Compared to the S110 you can see these are two completely different brushes but it gives you an idea of the shape and size. If you want something for a medium/heavy application, the goat brush S110 will apply and blend like a horse. The S110 has super nice goat hair that I use with less pigmented or very powdery blushes (like Chanel JC for example).

The G 5519 is made of blue squirrel hair and will deliver a very light application even with the most pigmented blushes. Even with this brush I have to control my heavy hand, I will always have a problem but this is maybe because I can’t stop stroking my face with it, for sure at some point it will just overload product, d’oh!



It’s similar in size but the shape is thinner on the G5519. I love very soft brushes but I can’t live without a few great goat brushes, we all need soft but also more strong, resilient and powerful brushes in our collection. Not thousands but at least 1 goat brush should be considered.


My favorite shape for blush brushes is clearly not the one above (flat and tapered), I prefer round brushes like the ones below. There are so many shapes and so many techniques to apply blush. My favorite shape is the round one and my favorite technique is to build the application in swirl motions but in spiral mode, starting from the center of the application and “spiraling” out. The intensity will be concentrated in the middle and that’s just how I like it.


Round brushes

The powder brush : J 104

If the question is “Do I need this if I have already a similar brush?“, the answer will be no, you don’t “need”  it. If you apply Meteorites or pressed glowing powder for finishing your application, this is an excellent brush to have, it will give you the best finish for this type of product, it will allow you to gradually build the finishing powder application and then buff the volatile particles away.

It is appropriate for any product that needs gradual application on the whole face, with stronger buffing power than a squirrel brush but much softer than a typical goat brush, like the Shu 18R for example. I apply finishing powder or bronzer with it.



Fits in the typical Guerlain Meteorites case, picks a great amount of powder but since some of my meteorite balls are quite dry, that’s a very good thing. It will be a bit more aggressive than squirrel hair on the meteorites but just as soft as squirrel on my face. It has shed a few hairs and I need to keep an eye on it, just to make sure I am not being too harsh with it… or maybe some had to shed away… not sure. So far no more shedding and it has A LOT  of hair but I’ll still pay attention and check how the situation evolves.


You see that for the softest powders it picks a lot so tap away the excess or you may find the application it too heavy. The little stains don’t stay on the bristles once applied by the way, but it won’t remain completely white either.



The crease brushes : S 141, S 146

If you are looking for little brushes or precise brushes these may be of interest. The quality is absolutely stunning and since I am always in the hunt for little brushes with bigger handles this fits my profile 100%.


The S 141 is pointy and remains pointy after washes so you’ll always keep the precision, since it’s kolinsky hair, you can use it with liquid or cream shadows too. I love to use it with soft cream shadows like the Shiseido shimmering creams to create a more precise “painted” look, you can draw a cut crease for example and use it just like you would paint a canvas. I have problems using it with the MUFE aqua creams but I don’t care because I don’t use these anyway, they look horrible on my lids. After I use it with creams I just wipe it with paper tissue and it gets clean enough for me to use it directly with the next color. It’s also great with concealer because of it’s precision if you have to cover little marks. Using this brush with powder it’s ok but I prefer fluffier options for that. It’s extremely soft and firm, doesn’t poke at all.

It is not available on the USA website but only on the Japanese one, the only way to get it is via a forwarding company or in Japan.

The S 146 is the small version of the S 142, I love cute little crease brushes that allow me to precisely place a medium intensity color in the crease but without a sharp edge to the application.

Both the S 146 and the S 142 are amazing in all aspects, I deeply love this couple. If you are looking for a normal size crease brush,  the S 142 has very soft hair but it’s still extremely efficient, nice density so that it picks and blends without complaints, together with the Tom Ford 13 they my top favorite crease brushes.


The S 146 is softer and more pointy than the J146 but not as firm : the J146 delivers a heavier application than the S146 and can blend the application more efficiently, that’s simply the main difference in terms of results.


The big detail brushes : G 5539, G 5540

These are mutants. Not really eyeshadow brushes, not really face brushes… something that can either act as a salvation or as a pain in the b. They are very similar in size, but one is pointy and the other flat, they aren’t very dense at all and they have a lot of flexibility, what they do good is apply highlighter or sculpting powder when an eyeshadow brush is just too small and when a blush brush gets too big for your face features.

They are nice to have but not necessarily must-haves. I use and enjoy them because I don’t see myself using normal size eyeshadow brushes for these tasks (smaller eyeshadow brushes often deliver too much precision and a heavier application).




I have “defined cheekbones” (and they told me it’s a good thing…), but I still like to contour, I use the G5540 for sculpting the cheeks (no harsh lines and no muddy finish but not the most straightforward application) and the G5539 for highlighting exactly where I need it.  They are “small enough” to fit in the browbone but I don’t really use them for that. They don’t poke at all and the quality of the hair is just as good as the J series.



I hope this picture gives you a better idea of their size, the hair length of the G5539 is 2.9cm and the G5540 is 2.8cm. I cannot find them on the USA website but don’t hesitate to contact Hakuhodo if you are interested (check out my previous post, at the end they say how to contact them).





The White goat fan and the flat kid cut at an angle*


I have always been attracted to fan brushes, my first fan was the Louise Young a long time ago but I wasn’t convinced that they could be a must-have in a brush collection. I was looking for a thicker one, softer and more fluffy, my expectations were fully met when I got the Koyudo H013, but when I saw the very similar Hakuhodo I could not resist and got my Koyudo a buddy.

Early this year I had a fun email conversation with the beautiful Karima, she was investigating around a fan brush for contour application, our conversation reminded me that I had an unfinished business with fan brushes… Fan brushes is probably something you look for when you already have the basic brushes and want something a bit different, you don’t necessarily need one (yes you do), it’s just a very nice to have brush that you will definitely use at some point during your makeup routine.

Depending on the fan brush, you can apply blush, contour, highlight, then finish and blend the whole application. I have a long face that has enough room to handle all those applications with just the big white Hakuhodo fan here, but that may not be the case for you.

The mini fan  is like “sculpting for dummies” 😀 You apply the powder on the shorter side and “flick” the little brush with your index. It’s very flexible, doesn’t have much blending power but you won’t really need much since it doesn’t apply the contour heavily. There is another one (the round version of it) that was out of stock when I was over so Melissa is going to hunt it for me 🙂

Needless to say that this size of brush is really travel and smurf friendly.



White goat fan vs the Koyudo H013 :




Comparison of the white goat fan versus the mini angled flat fan :



I was trying to take a comparison pic and ended up with this … as you see, not much difference between the two fans and if you have one you clearly don’t need the other, the Koyudo is slightly softer but the difference is not that obvious. The Koyudo is also a bit thicker but they are both extremely good, dense and adorable.


That’s it for today.. I am here if you have questions, I hope you enjoyed and wish you a fantastic weekend!


 *If you wonder where this title (The White goat fan and the flat kid cut at an angle*) comes from, that’s my bf’s sense of humour, he stole my computer to retype my title…  (and if he reads this I am dead because he thinks I will remove it 😀 ) 

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212kiki 26 September, 2013 - 11:25 pm

I love the s series brushes but i must say that its a lot of money you pay for only how the brush handles look like. most of the brushes you can get in the basic series for a lower price…

I love the G5519 as i said in the forum too and yes i think that the red S is similar, or for me the only blush brush in my collection that comes very close to it 😉 But since the brushes are different enough i NEED both 😛

Sweet make up temptations 27 September, 2013 - 7:48 am

you are right! it’s a big difference but I consider them like jewellery, not necessary investments. Otherwise the quality of the head is just exactly the same.
They are still different and if I had to chose I would keep the Koyudo (because the hair is a bit less “packed together” so the application is better but for some of us, we just would love and need both 😀

Julie 26 September, 2013 - 11:55 pm

Great post Sonia, I just love seeing all these brushes together! I have been thinking about purchasing the G5519 but have been holding off because I love the B505BkSL that I currently own. It is a mix of goat and squirrel but it is just *so* dense and thick, I love it!

On a side note, is that the puff from Guerlain’s Perles du Paradis? I love them so much, I have two 😀 . Do you collect the Meteorites as well? I would love to see a pic of all the pretties! I recently got my hands on the Butterfly Pearls and the Wulong compact. I am in ball heaven (my boyfriend thinks its so odd that they’re known as ‘ballz’ hehe).

Sweet make up temptations 27 September, 2013 - 7:57 am

argh don’t tempt me, my wishlist is already full and indecent! 🙁
yes that’s the one! I tried to collect them at some point but only when I could use them (when they are too sparkly I don’t). I am really lemming the Wulong but could never get it at a “normal” price, full price here is (was) around 250usd.
I usually get them when I have vouchers 🙂 you collect also the pressed ones ? I have a bit of everything, if I manage to gather them together I’ll show you my “ballz” 😀 rotfl
I have a nice address to get them online when they are released only in Asia for example, look here : http://www.izzysbeautyshoppe.com/cosmetics_guerlain_face.html

Sylvia60 27 September, 2013 - 8:53 am

I have the impression the ones in the up-coming Holiday Collection’s will finally seduce me in buying them.
‘Fortunately’ I know which brush to buy for them!

Bea 27 September, 2013 - 12:11 am

Too many brush posts?? NEVER!!! I asked Melissa to pick me up a S145 kolinsky since I adore my Shu 5R brush. I also have the S145. And I still haven’t gotten any of the Hakuhodo J series. :X

Buggsiebee 27 September, 2013 - 7:09 am

Hi Bea!
Poor Melissa is on the same mission for both of us:)
I’m really hoping that they’ll have the S145 in stock!

I wrote to Haku USA enquiring why Shu was still able to sell the Kolinsky but Haku don’t & got this reply:-

We are not sure about Shu’s brushes, but while kolinsky is not prohibited, importing it is a hassle because it is a part of treaty to protect endangered and exploited animals, so we cannot import it at this time, we are sorry.

Sweet make up temptations 27 September, 2013 - 8:07 am

Thank you Buggsie, I know, they have to have tough regulations for the companies that abuse them so all companies have to suffer that.
I think Melissa will be overwhelmed when she sees all the brushes aligned and she starts patting them one by one… I have a big smile thinking about her 😀

212kiki 27 September, 2013 - 8:48 am

Hihi i dont know how much Yojiya blush brushes melissa bought for us but since my budget is limited at moment I only wanted this.
And sure she has my red squirrel tanseido order now she told me they are nice but like Sonia said the new blush brush is not as dense 🙂 Poor Melissa so many brushes she buy but can’t keep for herself 😛

Jeanette 2 October, 2013 - 10:58 am

How does the S145 compare with Koyudo BP036? I just got that one, and it’s amazing. Are they dupes or will I need both?

Sweet make up temptations 2 October, 2013 - 6:59 pm

if you really love kolinsky yes, you need both, but it’s not like a matter of urgency, they are the best kolinsky brushes you could even dream of that’s why if you like this hair these would be must-haves.
I’ll see if I can find any reason why you need both and I’ll let you know (am going out tonight to have a big fun luxurious dinner so can’t check until tomorrow).

Jeanette 6 October, 2013 - 9:36 pm


Sweet make up temptations 27 September, 2013 - 7:59 am

loool Melissa will have fun ! argh Bea ! WHAT did you do ?? no J series yet ?? 😀 I know, too many are tempting, that’s obscene… take your time 😉

Sylvia60 27 September, 2013 - 1:42 am

Oh, you evil, evil woman.
What a devilishly brilliant review.
So many must have brushes in one fell swoop!

Sweet make up temptations 27 September, 2013 - 8:03 am

Sowy… it’s the only way I can move forward with the reviews and catch up with the delay 🙂
yep, and soon it will be raining makeup HG.. well “soon” at this moment is a very scary word but I am doing my best 😉

Ann C. 27 September, 2013 - 2:17 am

please don’t stop your brush posts… We love them and will never get enough of them.
Thanks for this post!

Sweet make up temptations 27 September, 2013 - 8:03 am

thank you !!! phewwwww ! 😀

Jillian 27 September, 2013 - 2:55 am

I loved reading this- thank you so much! The J104 definitely interests me as I’ve yet to find a brush that I’d say is “perfect” for Meteorites.

Sweet make up temptations 27 September, 2013 - 8:04 am

Hi Jillian, It’s the best I own for that today and I don’t see how it can get better 🙂

BB.S. 27 September, 2013 - 4:34 am

HMMM…that’s really strange. I left a comment on your previous post this morning, and was checking whether you replied it.. and my comment just disappeared… weird…

Sweet make up temptations 27 September, 2013 - 8:04 am

Hi 🙂 there is a comment in the Koyudo post that I have replied to, are you talking about that one ?

BB.S. 28 September, 2013 - 10:19 am

yes! Lol I forgot where I posted that comment ! Thanks for reply! Reading your reply is actually the same feeling for me as your feeling of speaking to all those brush masters in Japan! Kinda of talking to celebrity feeling… Well I’m enjoying all your previous posts. And Iooking forward to your brush clean one!!!!! ˊ_>ˋ

Sweet make up temptations 28 September, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Seriously ?? you shouldn’t 🙂 but I am very very touched! <3

Buggsiebee 27 September, 2013 - 7:24 am

There is absolutely no one out there who can begin to compete with your brush reviews. They have the perfect amount of detail, great comparison pics & the personal touch which makes them so special. When you talk about brushes they cease being inanimate objects but become real. The title is not the most creative I’ve seen here, but it’s certainly to the point 😀
Except that the handle of Wayne’s brush is a bit more tapered, the Chomotto oblique circle brush looks just a pink version of his #1 foundation brush.

Sweet make up temptations 27 September, 2013 - 8:16 am

😀 ok … what can I say ? so kind !

I was talking about that title : “The White Goat Fan And The Flat Kid Cut At An Angle
The original was : “the White Goat fan and the mini angled and flat fan”
“kid” is the goat’s baby and my bf has a twisted Hannibal mind… oh well… 😛 .

yes the Chomotto could be similar… I hope they will arrive soon, can’t wait to try them 🙂

Buggsiebee 27 September, 2013 - 8:47 am

My humor is even more warped….When I read the title to the white goat fan brushes I was thinking ‘Fat’ Kid Cut at an Angle 😉

Sweet make up temptations 27 September, 2013 - 10:10 am

😮 I see !!! 😀

Raglo 27 September, 2013 - 12:41 pm

I always sabotage myself when I see a new post. I get so excited and all Liam Neeson (“Quickly, quickly! There’s no time!!!”) and read as fast as I can, skipping words, rushed and hurried. And then when I have the final paragraph in view I HIT THE BREAKS and go “Oh NO!, It’s over!” and savor every word… Awesome post as always 🙂 (I so lol’ed at the “you don’t need it (yes you do)” part!)

Sweet make up temptations 28 September, 2013 - 11:58 am

Olga you are amazing… I can’t believe I can raise that much excitement! thank you !! 😀
I really wish I could control myself and tell you that you don’t need that many brushes but even if it’s (kind of) true, if I don’t tell you how good they are you may pass on them and if you are a brush lover you will be upset with me 🙂

B 27 September, 2013 - 12:43 pm

I always use baby cleansing bath oil to deep clean brushes, I dont think theres a make up stain that can resist baby bath oil. It cleans extremely well everytime+ it doesnt dry out and conditions if your brushes are natural hair.(no oil residue either, after rinsing)

Sweet make up temptations 28 September, 2013 - 11:59 am

what brand do you use ? I have to test that… 🙂

B 29 September, 2013 - 12:20 am

Any drugstore brand would do, just make sure it baby bath cleansing oil and not baby oil lol. With natural hair brushes I just leave it after cleansing. With synthethic brushes I wash it with the body shop tea tree cleanser after baby bath oil because it doesnt absorb the “hydration” if u know what i mean. Tea tree kills the germs. Love to use it on foundation / concealer brushes cause it just so hard to get the stain out. I feel like brush cleansers are just too harsh sometimes with the high content of alcohol and chemicals. If u dont want that on your skin/face u shouldnt use it on natural hair brushes .

oset 27 September, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Sonia could you please tell me is J104 is as soft as BP016 from Koyudo? I’m looking for a perfect powder brush and I wonder what should I choose 😉 I was thinking about J104, BP008 from Koyudo and brushes made from mixture goat and squirrel like B509 or RMK face brush. Aaaaahhh…. To much to choose from 😉

Sweet make up temptations 28 September, 2013 - 12:05 pm

oh dear… I can see that the choice will be difficult! 🙂
1) the J104 is not as soft as the BP016, not much difference but the Koyudo is a bit softer and the bristles a little bit finer.
2) I am really lemming the BP008, same length as the J104 but I don’t know how dense it is, it does look great.
3) RMK face powder is a great multipurpose brush, I don’t regret having it at all.
I very very seduced by the BP008… hmmmmm nonono I have to control myself, I won’t take it, but if you do, please let me know how you love it 🙂

midnitedesire 29 September, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Hi oset ,since you have already posted a topic ,hope you don’t mind me posting this question here. 🙂

Hi Sonia,how does Koyudo BP016 compare to Tom Ford Cheek 06 ( soft, bristles-length and thickness ? thank you for being you and for sharing 🙂

Jeanette 29 September, 2013 - 10:46 pm

Hi midnitedesire, Sonia made a small comparison of the two brushes here: http://sweetmakeuptemptations.com/2013/02/22/my-hg-brushes-and-more/

midnitedesire 30 September, 2013 - 10:38 am

this really helps 🙂 thank you so much.

Bonnie 27 September, 2013 - 2:42 pm

You know what I loved about your post? That you said you were doing some on brushes that were least likely to be found online. That’s why we adore you!! You fill the lacuna in our hearts 🙂

As usual, an excellent post. You read my mind about the fan brush yay! I looked at the title of the “flat kid” and you know what? My first thought was that didn’t sound very Sonia-like at all – I was right haha! I’ve never noticed that mini angled brush but it looks perfect. I love contouring.

The G5519 looks so soft but… I sort of wish the handle was prettier >< Because I look at the equivalent options, or brushes in the same range, and they have such lux handles…. or maybe I'm just more of a fan of the Chikuhodo type X-series handles hahaha

Sweet make up temptations 28 September, 2013 - 12:09 pm

I am just toooo curious ! 🙂
well, you can ask Hakuhodo usa if they did the G5519 with the beige golden handle for example, maybe they did ? it would look glorious with a different handle.

Bonnie 28 September, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Or we could just design our own handle mmmmmmm….

Carlyn 29 January, 2014 - 9:55 pm

I just received an email from Hakuhodo and they are going to order me the G5519 with a champagne gold handle. Yay. Here us the link they gave me, it comes in three other colors besides black but only with the medium length handles. It’s B5519 from the Japanese website. I see a couple more brushes I want with the champagne handle. http://en.hakuho-do.co.jp/products/detail176.html

It has been on my wish list for almost two years and if it’s as soft as the Koyudo LE Red Squirrel, then I must have it. I love the RS so very much, the silkiness blows me away.

Thank you so much for the review Sonia, it helped a lot.

Sweet make up temptations 2 February, 2014 - 12:12 am

It’s fantastic that they can do that, if we are going to splurge on something, better that it completely matches our desires 🙂

SJ 27 September, 2013 - 3:42 pm

First of all – you are HILARIOUS!
Second of all, i love your brush posts. It helps me SOOOO much to decide on which to choose for myself when I am unable to touch and experiment with the brushes in person. Your descriptive powers are first rate!! Thank you for performing this valuable service! Although my wallet thinks this is a cruel thing you do 🙂

Sweet make up temptations 28 September, 2013 - 12:12 pm

ok… thank you… if I can be hilarious and make you laugh that makes my day!!! life is too serious and we need some fun too 🙂
you are welcome Stacy 🙂 My good side and my bad side are continuously fighting so there is a part of evil in my posts but it’s for your own good 😀

midnitedesire 27 September, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Aww..they are so adorable, How is the G5539 compared to tenseido YWC14 ( size &softness)?

I always love to read your reviews and value your opinions
looking forward when you have time to post other review again 🙂

Sweet make up temptations 28 September, 2013 - 12:27 pm

approx same softness (you can’t tell the difference), the Tanseido is firmer, same hair length but otherwise the size it’s totally different but I took this pic for you : http://sweetmakeuptemptations.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/tanseidovshaku.jpg
hope this helps 🙂

midnitedesire 28 September, 2013 - 9:22 pm

this really helps. thank you so much 🙂
eep, the YWC14 brush head looks a lot different from mine 🙁

Sweet make up temptations 28 September, 2013 - 10:00 pm

yes indeed… I saw your pics in the forum (waw.. it’s an amazing collection) is yours with the red handle on the far right ? http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab215/midnite442/BL_6580-3_zps5b4ca081.jpg?t=1380293955
I have double checked my order just to make sure I labelled it correctly and I confirm that’s the one I received as the YWC 14.
weird, they look very different ! yours look more similar to the one on their website 🙂

Jeanette 28 September, 2013 - 10:41 pm

My Tanseido WC14 is just like yours Sonia. I too wondered which one yours was on the far right, Midnitedesire, and I actually checked their website to see, if it was a different brush. I like the candlelight form of yours!

midnitedesire 29 September, 2013 - 10:32 am

Hi Sonia ! yes, that’s the one and if you don’t mention it ,i’ll probably never know that my YWC14 look like the one on their website :blink:

that’s really weird indeed

midnitedesire 29 September, 2013 - 10:36 am

Hi Jeanette! 2nd row far right with the red handle ,it has my name on it instead of a company


and here’s the one on tenseido site–> http://img02.shop-pro.jp/PA01124/964/product/27397192_o2.jpg?20110330213153

Karima 28 September, 2013 - 12:47 pm

I got a mention! Totally fan-girling right now 😀 Big fan of your blog and amazing post, as *always*. xx

Sweet make up temptations 28 September, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Hi Karima ! Love you blog too, I love listening to you everytime you post a video, I wish you could even make more of them 😀 for some reason your voice calms me down, love it!!!
by the way I agree with you on the RM sculpting brush, great brush for that! I have a kind of love-hate relationship with her brushes but I am love the review you posted 🙂

Anna G. 28 September, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Oooooh,such lovely brushes!
Great review once again Sonia,but there’s no need to keep saying this,they always are!However,I should tell you I feel a bit depressed after reading them…DEAR LORD WHEN WILL I EVER HAVE A BUDGET GOOD ENOUGH TO GET MYSELF SUCH A GORGEOUS BRUSH COLLECTION??? Probably in the veeeeery foreseeable future….Unless…Hey,did I play the Lottery last week? 😛

Jeanette 28 September, 2013 - 11:21 pm

I really struggle with controlling my only fan brush, the Rae Morris Radiance brush. I love the brush, but I have serious trouble holding it and brushing my face. It is very awkward and difficult to move my wrist so much and holding that huge handle, so I don’t get to brush my whole face. So the finish will not be very even. The brush kind of forces you to hold it 90 degrees differently than you would naturally hold the brush, had it had a normal stick handle.

So I REALLY look forward to receiving my Koyudo order with the Fu-Pa13 that has a normal handle. I am already thinking I might need the Fu-Pa07!

I am quite interested in the Rae Morris ultimate cheek bone fan brush though, but I would much, much rather have the same brush head with a normal handle.

Jeanette 29 September, 2013 - 11:59 pm

Sonia, it is so fantastic that you make these wonderful reviews! And fantastic that you picked some unique and less reviewed ones 🙂
Right now I keep returning to this post to look at and read about the tempting crease brushes S141 (it comes with a plain black handle too), and the S142 and S146. I am so happy about the TF #13, so if this is the next best thing, they are truly irrisistible. (Though rather with a less fragile handle).
– And I plan to order the Japanese style brush case as a special order, so I guess I could just as well order the brushes too 😀 😀

Sweet make up temptations 30 September, 2013 - 10:52 pm

yes that’s a good excuse Jeanette, I will have to place an order before Christmas and I just don’t want to do it before… 🙂 I know it may be heavy.
Let me know what you choose please 🙂

Jeanette 1 October, 2013 - 12:41 pm

I think it will be heavy for you 😉 And I will tell you what I ordered, so you can have a little relief 😉
Do you have any other gems that I should consider ordering in a special order? You said you have a few that you haven’t reviewed yet.

Jeanette 2 October, 2013 - 7:51 am

Hi Sonia, how does the G5539 compare with the J5521? I know you would like the J5521 to be more pointed, so I wonder if the G5539 is a pointed sister?
Another thing, can the Japanese style brush case be cleaned once it gets dirty? It doesn’t look like fabric that can be wiped clean. Can it stand a dry cleaning, do you think?

Sweet make up temptations 2 October, 2013 - 6:55 pm

Hi Jeanette, no they are not sisters at all, I am not home tonight so won’t be able to share a pic of both but they are totally different brushes in terms of size and thickness.
I don’t know about the japanese style brush case, I’ll see if I can find out for you 🙂

Washingtonian 3 October, 2013 - 6:00 am

Hola, Sonia

Which one do u prefer to use with Meteorite, J104 or Shu 18r? or something else?

Have u ever used Meteorite with the Guerlain brush (pink goat hair) that’s made specifically for Meteorite? I have been using that, but not very impressed..

I cannot stop reading about brushes on your blog since yesterday. I think i will buy some brushes on Hakuhodo based on ur suggestions. The list is keep growing…pretty dangerous.

Thanks you so much for sharing ur passion for makeup brushes.

Sweet make up temptations 6 October, 2013 - 10:26 am

I first was using the Guerlain brushes, then I switch to the Shu 18r since it was much better than the Guerlain (a more diffused application and less harsh).
Today I use softer brushes but with the same shape, either the J104 or the Koyudo powder round one. http://sweetmakeuptemptations.com/2013/05/14/koyudo-grey-squirrel-brush-set-first-impressions/
If you want a heavier application the J104 is better, if you want a very soft one, the Koyudo is great. There is another similar one from Koyudo that looks like the J104 but I don’t own it today.
If you want more precise application of meteorites you can also use the J103, or if you want to really pick product from the bottom of the pan the Chikuhodo Special G-9 is also one that I love to use. I know, when you start the possibilities are so huge today that it gets scary 🙂

B 12 October, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Hey, Sonia

I cant choose between the J104 and the B509BkSL powder brush (blend of squirrel and sokoho goat hair and round head) I mean the B509BkSL sound like it alot softer, but it looks like it very dense and the hairs are close together. I dont know if u own the B509BkSL, but it all or nothing. What are your thoughts?

Thanks 😉

Najibah 13 December, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Hi sonia,
I am amazed by your brush collection as well as your knowledge with regards to the field of brushes. I have been reading your blog for a while but only recently subbed and I cant believe I didn’t sub sooner… I have many brushes…just not good brushes..scratchy. ..Most of them were from a while back when I first started with makeup. I’ve been saving up 😉 ….I want to buy some really good brushes that are soft for my dry sensitive skin. I was first introduced to hakuhodo and even knew about quality brush from reading your blog. Thanks to you I know they exist! 😮
I wanted to know if the G series are really as soft as the J series. Also I want to get a really small detailer brush thats very soft would u recommend goat or squirrel? What’s best for liquid foundation as well as cream? Or do I need 2 different brushes?
I wish I could just sit and just interview you….I have so many questions!

Sweet make up temptations 16 December, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Funny you say that (about the interview…) my bf just suggested that I join the Google helpout community https://helpouts.google.com/101139054682230153939/ls/8fed9be185134c01 (I send you this link for example)
I would reserve private schedules with you, with a webcam or not, where we could talk about brushes 🙂
The problem is my english is not that good and that I don’t have much time (for now) but who knows ?? that is certainly different and innovative…

It’s not much about the series, but the material. If you chose pony or horse it is not that soft but more enduring. Some little horse brushes are still soft enough though. It will depend on the brush itself.
I would recommend squirrel but not easy to find a very very small detailed brush made of squirrel hair… maybe kolinsky or goat it’s easier. The Koyudo C011 is a detailed brush that is really soft goat hair and that I would recommend you.
For that kind of foundations something that would work with both : Wayne Goss number 1 or the Hakuhodo here http://www.hakuhodousa.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=307

Maybe one day we can meet and I’ll be happy to answer all your questions 🙂

LU 29 January, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Thanks for the review on the J104. I was looking for a round multitasking powder brush I could use for a light application of powder foundation, my pressed meteorites, and also loose finishing powder. I’ve been lemming over the j104 for a few months now, I think I I’m leaning towards it again.

Sweet make up temptations 2 February, 2014 - 12:09 am

I have something in the pipeline that may be of interest to you : brushes for meteorites, I have now the BP006 from koyudo and was waiting to see how it compared to the J104 🙂

Carlyn 11 February, 2014 - 5:57 am

So based on your review of the G5519, I had to have it since I am in love with the Koyudo Red Squirrel and wish I had bought a backup. I was able to order it with the champagne handle although I didn’t know that it would be shorter than the black, that’s okay though, still beautiful. I have to agree with you on the similarity between the two brushes. The Haku is definitely more tapered at the top but wow, I think it is even silkier than the Red Squirrel. I didn’t think that would be possible. I haven’t used it yet, just got it today and it’s now dry after it’s bath. I can’t stop petting it, so soft and silky and shiny and a lovely density. Can’t wait to use it tomorrow. Thanks for the review, it’s been on my wish list for a couple of years I think, but I wouldn’t have taken the plunge if I hadn’t read this, especially since I have the Z-4 and Z-8 on their way to me as we speak and the Suqqu cheek on hold at Selfridges. Seriously wanting the R-C2 to end my blush brush collection.


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