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Hakuhodo G5554

by Sonia G.

This little post is to share some pics of the G555x brushes (or similar) that I own today to help you choose the best for you. These foundation brushes are a truly fantastic creation for those of us who enjoy using makeup foundation and playing with cream sculpting products or blushes.

I remember the first time I saw them, it was even before they were even available online. That takes me back a while… 🙂

Here is the last that joined the group, the G5554 (54usd). I don’t even know why I waited so long. I always felt like this size matched me better than the others but I always postponed the splurge until I grouped some others in my last order and finally left it in the basket!

The surface is approx 2.3 cm diameter, slightly bigger than the G5552, it’s smaller than the G5556 but the handle of the G5554 is longer than the G5556. I imagine that the handle of the G5556 has been shorten because since it’s so thick and massive at the base of the ferrule, if it was longer it would probably be too heavy to handle easily. Just a guess but I think that could be the reason of the handle length difference.


I call the shield the length of the synthetic bristles extending after the goat bristles.


When the brush number ends with an odd number, the shield is shorter (2mm), when it ends with an even number, the shield is longer (4mm). For example : G5552, G5554, G5556 = 4mm. G5553, G5555, G5557 = 2mm.  I don’t know if this naming is going to stay like this but it helps me remembering.

But… is a difference between so similar brushes really important and does it matter ? It will depend on the products you use, your skin type, your sensitivity, your technique, your time, etc… It makes a difference for me.


Erratum : G5557 is in fact S5557


You can do a full application with the smaller brush, I have absolutely no problem at all, you will gain precision (and in a certain way “elegance” in the movement… ) but you will gain time with a bigger one.

There are times where I really go for an application of foundation that is more a “repair” type of coverage than a real full application, allowing me to cover just the places where I need more luminosity or sculpting. The smaller brushes will be better for that purpose. You can more easily work under the eyes, around the nose, in the temples, etc…

The Chomotto’s shield is shorter compared to the Wayne Goss 01, therefore I use it just for blush or contour, it doesn’t feel as pleasant on the skin although it doesn’t hurt of poke. The WG 01 feels more pleasant yet firm enough and precise, and by the way, powerful. It handles many products, even harder textures without any problem.

I consider the G5554 the best multipurpose since its size is small enough for blush, big enough for foundation.

The G5556 is the most flexible of the bunch, more gentle but around the lips it will cover a lot of surface -and nearly the entire lips-, it doesn’t bother me but you’ll get less precision and you will notice it when you go over the narrow zones.

The G5557 provides more coverage than the G5556, is more firm and feels more like a mass of hair, it will blend thicker products like a dream. It doesn’t poke at all and on my dry skin it’s not unpleasant, I just prefer a brush with a longer shield for comfort reasons.


Erratum : G5557 is in fact S5557


Erratum : G5557 is in fact S5557


Longer shield= more flexibility = more gentle = absorbs less product = less coverage = better for dry skin 

Shorter shield = firmer = more blending power = more coverage


Despite my delicate skin and the fact that goat brushes are usually not recommended for dry skin, the 4mm are totally fine for me, even the G5557 because it’s so big, it still has some flexibility, none of them cause exfoliation or irritation but better choose the best for your needs, there is a big chance you will be using it often.

I apply foundation with these brushes in a downwards motions (approx 3cm long) starting with gentle but dynamic stippling. These brushes are robust, I have been washing them very often and they still look like new.

Please hop to Stephanie’s blog for more information on them, she works for the source and she is helping us by writing more about these beauties 🙂  I have amazing conversations with her behind the scenes, we are both passionate about brushes, it’s fun and it feels so good to share!


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Bonnie 4 February, 2014 - 12:06 pm

I just love this line from Hakuhodo 🙂 The S series handles are so LUX!

Great review as always, but we don’t expect anything less from you!

Sweet make up temptations 4 February, 2014 - 6:07 pm

argh, white bristles and red handles… mmmmmmmmm

212kiki 4 February, 2014 - 2:06 pm

I have the G5552 and i really like it for my creme blushes 😀
I think i dont need another one from this “line” because i really like my chiku G12 or haku B520 and radiance combo at moment but sure the big one with s series handle looks yummie !

Sweet make up temptations 4 February, 2014 - 5:56 pm

yes it looks quite beautiful indeed! 😀

luvzoi 4 February, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Great review~but I want to know whether the g555x brushes are only able to work with liquid or cream products?Is it true that only the 4001 brushes can be used on glittery powder products and also liquid/cream?

Sweet make up temptations 4 February, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Hi, I definitely wouldn’t use the ones with longer shields for powder but they can be used with liquids and powder. Better the 2mm for powder, the application would probably be more even and with more coverage.
Any duo fiber are good for glittery products, they would not trap as many glitter inside the bristles but place it more where it should be. Goat only brushes (white and non-dyed) are also totally fine with liquids or creams.

luvzoi 5 February, 2014 - 4:27 am

Thank you for replying me:)So the 555x brushes are high coverage brushes,if I want a brush that can be used on foundation,very pigmented blushes,and cream products,then I should choose 4001 or 544?

Kay 5 February, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Hi Sonia,

You provided a great analysis on the difference between the 4mm and 2mm brushes. When these first came out, I was advised that the 4mm was for liquids and the 2mm for powders, so purchased the G5554 for liquid foundation and G5552 for cream blush. But frankly, I use them interchangeably, and concur the G5554 is the better all purpose size. And these were a nice step up from the G544 and G545 I previously purchased.

maria 9 February, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Fantastic comparison Sonia. I also did a comparison of my foundation brushes with Wayne Goss Brush 01on a recent post. I adore that brush because of the smaller size, the control and finish it provides. However, I have now developed another obsession (thanks to you) for the Chikuhodo Z-8 Brush. Oh, just when I thought I was set with my brushes, I develop another yearning…Thanks.

Audrea 10 February, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Just found your blog! Lots of info. I NEED info! Im new to the world of foundation brushes. Your skin sounds similar to mine except not really that sensitive but I have very lrg pores!! Some look like pot holes after makeup! Also have trouble with blkheads. Dry skin an blkheads an lrg pores, go figure!! I dont get acne. I need some suggestions on brushes that wil “fill up” the lrg pores an airbrush effect.Not to expensive either. Im poor!! Thankyou! Love the blog!

Sweet make up temptations 21 February, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Hi Audrea,
you should go for dense/flatish brushes preferably and use them buffing in round motions after having stippled the products lightly onto the zones where you need more coverage (stipple and buff), but it depends if you use liquid or powder foundation, the brush will be different.
I am trying some less expensive brushes at the moment, please tell me what type of foundation you use and if I can redirect you towards a nice unexpensive brand I will 🙂

julie 5 March, 2014 - 12:29 am

Hi Sonia,

Can you please let me know if the G5557 is actually bigger than the G5556 in head size? When I spoke to Hakuhodo, they told me the head size is the same, the difference is only in the synthetic hair length – G5556 =4mm and G5557 =2mm. From your post, it looks like the G5557 being labeled in the picture is supposed to be S5557. Can you please clarify? Thank you!

Sweet make up temptations 5 March, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Hi Julie,
Sorry about the label 🙁 it is my mistake, it is the S5557 🙁 I will change the label asap!
Hakuhodo are right!
thank you! I will update the pics this weekend, in the meantime I just added the erratum caption…

julie 5 March, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Hi Sonia,

Not a problem. Your blog is so great! It really helps me to decide which brushes to buy from Hakuhodo. I’m trying to decide if the G5556 or G5557 would be better suite for my needs. I have the J4001 and I love it. Can you advise me which one to purchase? I like the longer synthetic hair in the G5556, but I’m concerned that the brush head is too small. That is the reason why I’d like to know if the G5557 would be any bigger. The S5557 is definitely bigger than the G5556 in head size and from my understanding with Hakuhodo, the head size for G5557 and G5556 are the same. The only difference is the synthetic hair length – 2mm vs. 4mm. Thank you Sonia.

Sweet make up temptations 5 March, 2014 - 10:26 pm

hmm ok I see what you mean 🙂
In the picture you see that the S5557 (g5557 has same characteristics) is more splayed out, so even if they have a head that is the same size, the surface of the 5557 is larger because of the bundling which is more splayed out.
the g5556 stays more tightly bundled hence the smaller surface.
If the size of the flat surface is what will help you take your decision, then the 5557 is the one to go, it is 0.5cm longer (diameter). It is more “aggressive” with the buffing and feels more thick and dense than the 5556.
I hope this helps you 🙂

julie 5 March, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Thank you so much for your prompt response! I will go with the 5557. Look forward to reading all your posts! So informative and helpful! Thank you and take care!

Amanda 30 August, 2014 - 8:31 am

Thank you for the review! comparisons are always extremely helpful
I’m new to these types of brushes but none of them are really “testable” 🙁
I’ve tried every other buffing brushes in the market, but they just don’t work for my dry combination skin 🙁

I use Chanel perfection lumiere, Giorgio Armani lasting silk, UD naked skin, and Guerlain LdP interchangeably. I’m not into any cream foundations, brushes, etc.
out of WG1, G5554, 5556, and 5557 would you recommend for me? I have never tried the mac 130 or 187 so I wouldn’t know how S4001 kinds of brushes would work for my skin and desired application type.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 31 August, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Hi Amanda, gosh I have none of these foundations! Difficult to say.. if you don’t have too delicate skin I’d rather recommend you the one with the shortest shield, I believe it is the G5555 2mm shield, blends better but I don’t have these foundations at all, so I’d say that G5555 hair and size could work better but without confirmation. The others S4001 may not have enough strength and firmness to apply those foundations.
Just make sure when you purchase the foundation to ask the counter how it should be applied (fingertips of brushes) I know of some Armani that should be applied only with fingers because of their formula…
I get you, not easy to choose a brush when you cannot test it!!


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