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Friend Brush Post – Revealing Tesla [MidniteDesire]

by Sonia G.

Every blogger has his own personal reasons and motivations to blog, my initial and only motivation is “you” who are reading this right now and who made this little blog evolve and live day after day.

The most amazing consequence of blogging is who you meet along the way, the “community” that you bring together. When you start such an adventure you can trigger joyful insanity and make everyone else feel much less lonely in their own little universe. If you are familiar with the “SMuT” Forum then, you already know what I mean.

Sharing this serious and absolutely reasonable interest for brushes doesn’t only go one way, I learn a lot from you and I have so much fun reading your comments that I believe I am now officially desperately addicted to our interaction…

But… I am still crazy busy with the brushroom renovation so I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to some of our dedicated SMuT members, they will reveal to us their most beloved brushes, their preferences and their profile so that it helps you too.

Today I would like to introduce you to the gorgeous and brave Tesla who has the difficult task of going first 😀  Tesla and I both live in Switzerland and although we haven’t met in person yet, we chat a lot behind the SMuT scenes. I leave you now in her company and thank you for reading, commenting, asking her anything you want! 😀

A huge thank you to Jeanette for the wonderful guest post idea and a huge thank you to Tesla for this post and for being such an amazing friend! <3

*TESLA – MidniteDesire*

Hello there gorgeous! First off I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Sonia! Really, I’m super excited to be doing my first ever guest post for our beautiful SMUT – president and her fabulous blog, you know that feeling you get when your words get all mixed up, sentence comes out all jumbled and nothing you write sounds nice or good enough, so please go easy on me, this would normally be out of my comfort zone. 😀

Oh heck, I forgot to introduce myself, guess I should introduce myself, right? I’m Tesla (MidniteDesire) from Smutville(http://forum.sweetmakeuptemptations.com/index.php) ,I think we all know that Smutville is known to be a very dangerous place and potentially fatal for brush addicts lol and I’m addicted to beautiful things, particularly for makeup brushes… NO way to avoid it.



Okay, let’s start with take a minute to get to know a little bit about my beauty profile , this might help you out to make a decision.

Age: I was born in 1980


Skin Type: Combination – Normal or slightly dry on cheeks (time of year, climate, age, etc.)
Skin Tone: Medium-Tan/ NC30-40( about NC35-37 at the moment) , I do use self tanners from time to time
Skin Undertone: Warm
Skin Concerns: Fine lines ,dark spots and occasional breakouts


I truly believe that my skin has benefitted from regular facials exfoliation ,using a product with at least SPF 30 and a proper nights sleep help to keep skin soft and healthy

So basically, as long as I can cleanse, tone , moisturise , gently exfoliate and getting enough rest ,my skin is happy


Hair Type: Not straight and not quite wavy
Hair Texture: Medium
Hair Color: I’m naturally a brunette but my current hair color is honey chocolate
Hair Concerns: Dry and frizzy *crying*


I’d say I have brown-hazel eyes because a lot of times they look brown but if my eyes are in some lights or makeup they appear more honey with a hint of green in them. I have thin, medium length eyelashes and I’m short sighted, I do wear glasses or contacts, I should wear them all the time but I don’t


I do wear makeup almost everyday, personally I think that wearing even a little bit of makeup to *work* makes you look more awake, polished and professional, otherwise it looks like you just drag your butt out of bed in the morning, seems lazy, disrespectful and not a sexy one. well, I also find that I touch my face way to much when I’m not wearing makeup 🙂


I’m all over the place hmm….Burberry, Dior, Suqqu, Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, Ellis Faas, Guerlain, Chantecaille, Giorgio Armani, Mac, Tom Ford, D&G , Yves Saint Laurent, just to name a few. Ooh oh and I have just ventured down the rabbit hole of Gucci, once I get it will see how it turns out! lol


Kanebo, Lancôme, Dermalogica, Kiehl’s, Chanel, Laura Mercier, Origins, Caudalie, Rodial, Liz Earle

Since I’ve already admitted to having an addiction to beauty products and brushes, while I’m at it I might as well mention my current foundation routine and you know, this is not going to be like to determine a specific skin tone or specific skin concerns or something like that but I just wanted to share my own personal preference, my experience with some products and I’ll also show you some of the brushes that I use

So let’s get this party started  right before I’m going to bore you guys to death and truth be told, there’s a lot of blend, blend, blend, blend and blend again! Anyways, I’m just going to stick to a basic routine and leaving out my typical skincare products and lip balm which is prior to the foundation mainly because it’s depending on your skin’s needs, skin type and your personal preferences and while there’s no right or wrong way to apply foundation: fingers, sponge or brush, each method has its pros and cons, so this generally depends on your personal preferences and what makes you most comfortable, personally I like to use brushes and sometimes clean fingers but if I need a full coverage or for a night time look, I sometimes use a damp Beautyblender when applying foundation (In my opinion, makeup sponges should be cleaned after every use, but if I’m in a hurry to get things done, that being said sponge was never my first choice )

Well recently I have switched my routine a bit, so here are six of my autumn must-haves right now:


  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer SPF 30 : Besides making my foundation application easier, it felt more like a moisturizer than a primer, I’ve tried a few Laura Mercier primers but so far I like this formula best!
  • Ellis Faas Skin Veil (S104): I bought this because of the rave reviews and it is certainly well credited, I’m actually about to finish my second bottle. I would say it offers light to medium coverage, it really looks like my skin but better and gives a luminous glow when applied.
  • Nars Sheer Glow (Stromboli , Barcelona): It’s definitely one of the great foundations that I’ve tried, the formula of this foundation is awesome. The color range really is great and I was surprised that it didn’t irritate my skin in the slightest
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (No. 6.5): I’ve been using this foundation for several years now, I like the way this foundation makes my skin look, the coverage is medium but I’m sure you could build it up to a more full coverage
  • Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer (30 Beige Petale) : This is my favorite concealer to use under my eyes. It’s very creamy, it doesn’t settle into fine lines, doesn’t dry out the eye area and has good longevity.
  • Mac Studio Finish Spf 35 Concealer (NC 35) : It gives good coverage and easily conceals my marks and blemishes but I prefer to use a liquid concealer under the eyes, this product is thick making it rather difficult to blend and make fine lines and wrinkles look worse

Flat Paddle Foundation brushes




Foundation brushes

Personally I don’t use this type of brush for apply foundation with them but I love them for blend and buff everything together. Strange but true, I have found I can use less foundation when I apply it with flat foundation brush than my fingers or dip these brushes straight into the foundation


BeautyBlender Sponge



Concealer Brushes (Medium And Large)



Concealer Brushes (Small)

First, I’m going to start by applying primer, I apply and blend primer with my fingers. and what I like to do is put a little bit of foundations by combine together a small pump of Ellis Faas Skin Veil and shake out a dab of Nars Sheer Glow on the top of the hand, use a flat foundation brush to mix the two foundations together, just starting out with a small amount, if necessary you can add more later. I find it is easy to start applying from the outer side of the cheeks to the other, but that’s just me and I’m comfortable doing it, the chin, the nose and the forehead and work downwards the jaw line and onto the neck ,then it’s serious blending time… I use the white goat hair foundation brush to blend the foundation into my skin, around the edges of my face, around the hairline and down into my neck.

Once my liquid foundation is finished, I generally dab 3 dots of Chanel long lasting concealer under the eye and blend them with one of my large-size/ medium size concealer brush and with leftover product on the brush lightly blend the concealer into my t-zone area. If I have spots, blemishes on my face that I want to cover it, I usually use the Mac studio finish and apply my concealer with my small size concealer brush, then if I don’t wear the cream blush or cream bronzer, I would go ahead and apply powder to set the concealer around my eyes and using a powder brush ,tap that brush or swirl around to pick up the powder, then gently tap the brush into my face.



Hakuhodo G5554, G5557, G544, J544, MAC 187, Rae Morris #23, Koyudo Fu-pa 03, Rae Morris #21, Koyudo Purin FPr001,Koyudo Fu-pa 01,Koyudo Fu-pa 14, Chikuhodo Z-1, Koyudo Hairisu, Koyudo Macaron, Koyudo Kumamon

I also use my Hakuhodo G5554 and Rae Morris #23 ones as my cream-blush brush and it is by far my favorite brushes I own.

BUT IF I don’t feel like putting on a full face and went for a minimal look, I usually wear:

  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Tinted moisturiser (I tend to switch between a stippling brush and my fingers with this) or a powder foundation (I usually apply it with Z-1 ,Koyudo Fu-pa , Kabuki )
  • A quick sweep of one neutral eyeshadow or paint pot
  • Mascara (curl my lashes beforehand) then maybe blush and lip gloss or lip stain.

And that’s it, they might sound a bit long but when I do this it takes me like only 5-10 minutes to get ready

And lastly my favorite eye and face brush picks, uuuugh…why would you ask me such a difficult question, Sonia? well, after a great deal of thoughtful deliberation, I think you were right about this and the list could be helpful to some of you guys, even though this changes from time to time but still some of these brushes are really my all-time favorites 🙂


My favorite Eye Brushes : Hakuhdo G5515* Specail (Tamage),Koyudo vivid, Hakuhdo G5548, Wayne Goss 20, BiFudeDo Pencil, Kyureido KK-004,Suqqu M, Kokutan T, Chikuhodo Z-10,Suqqu F, Hakuhodo Kokutan SC, Hakuhodo S134, MAC 239, Tanseido YCQ12S , Hakuhodo J004G, Hakuhodo B133, Houkodou G-S2 , Shu 10, TanseidoYWQ10,Tom Ford 11, FU-Shikaden, Houkodou G-S1 ,Chikuhodo Z-5, Hakuhodo S121



My Favorite Blush Brushes:Koyudo canadian squirrel cheek,Suqqu Cheek, Chikuhodo Z-4, Chikuhodo Z-8, Chikuhodo SV cheek,LSY 902,Tom Ford 06, Hakuhodo J110, Hakuhodo G5536



My Favorite Bronzer Brushes : Hakuhodo J210, Hakuhodo J5543, Hakuhodo G5542,Houkodou G-F1, Hakuhodo J531,Koyudo Fu-pa 12, Kyureido KK-001, Rae Morris 3


My Favorite Under Eye Powder Brushes : Kyureido KK-002, Tanseido YAQ 17, Koyudo red squirrel cheek, FU-Shikaden cheek ,Koyudo LE30, Chikuhodo Z-2


My Favorite Powder Brushes : Suqqu Face, Houkodou G-F2, Chikuhodo MK-1, Chikuhodo Z-9, LSY 901, Kyuka Sangyo Face, Chikuhodo P-8


For now though, my little piece of paradise, I just got the Lam Sam Yick 901 not too long ago but it quickly became one of my TOP favorite powder brushes, the gold ferrule, the red handle, maki-e and the salt and pepper hair practically begged me to buy it. So I did. it’s just AAAA-mazing! And I think this baby go perfectly with my Koyudo and the red-gold little ones. This brush really spoke to me, is this becoming something that I should be worried about? makeup brush is speaking to me???

Bahaha… as long as I don’t talk back, maybe I’m safe. 😀

Have a wonderful day all you adorable people and thanks again, Sonia!

Love,Tesla xx

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Carlyn 19 September, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Yay, Tesla. Awesome post and thanks for paving the way for other guest posts. I love all your brushes and think you’ve selected the best out of your large collection. The 901 is fast becoming one of my favorite powder brushes too, it is so lush, soft, silky and a huge mass of hair! I got it in black because my CES set will be here soon and I didn’t want that many of the same red handles and the black matches my Koyudo Makie goat hair ones. I had to laugh when I saw you use the Georgio Armani Luminous Skin foundation because it was my first foundation I ever bought over 7 years ago and I’m just now at the end of it, only 2-3 days worth left, that thing lasted forever without oxidizing or going off. I will repurchase for sure. I use 6.5 as well. So now I’m going to re-read your post and drool over the brushes again.

midnitedesire 19 September, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Hehehe thank you,Sonia! that’s really nice of you !! well… you just makes everything sound more interesting and cool
Wishing you a wonderful weekend sweetie, stay awesome !!!

midnitedesire 19 September, 2014 - 11:54 pm

Aww, Carlyn! thank you for making me laugh….. oh gosh, I feel somewhat anxious right now ,you know!! but I’m pretty happy with this and its my way of saying thank you to Sonia for being such a passionate about the blog , forum and giving so much to everyone which I included and I hope this will be of any help for some of you guys 🙂
Yayyyy! I’m glad you loved LSY 901 one too! I don’t why I waited so long to get it. Oh and have you tried It Cosmetics foundation? I think I’m gonna try it next 🙂

Lyanna Stark 19 September, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Such an amazing collection. Never gets old checking out your brushes. Always see something I didn’t notice before.

Can’t imagine washing them all, or even half! 😛

midnitedesire 19 September, 2014 - 11:57 pm

Thank you ,hun! I NOLY wash them a few at a time ,maybe 20 – 30?? I don’t really know ,I’m just not a math person LOLLLL 😉

Melissa 19 September, 2014 - 11:25 pm

BRAVO Tesla!!! U did a wonderful job and indeed so BRAVE to go first.

Truly drooling over my phone seeing yr pics!! I can’t get enough of brushporn. Wish we all live close enough to pat each other’s babies every now and then 🙂 🙂 🙂

midnitedesire 20 September, 2014 - 12:00 am

Luv, It would be so much fun to pat each other’s makeup brush! the sounds will be like ooh ahh hmm , what will the neighbors think?? ROFL

Melissa 19 September, 2014 - 11:27 pm

Oh btw, I do talk to my brushes but they still don’t talk back *sad face*

midnitedesire 20 September, 2014 - 12:00 am

you’re still the normal one,hun! mine is kind of delusional lolllll

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 29 September, 2014 - 11:08 pm

you have to come here both at the same time 😀 we could have a threesome 😀 ROTFL

Bea 20 September, 2014 - 1:16 am

Wow Tesla, I love seeing all your beautiful brushes! And I had no idea you lived in Switzerland just like Sonia lol.

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 9:35 am

Bea! AND I really have no idea that you live right near where Cat live lol

Ann C. 20 September, 2014 - 4:35 am

Well done Tesla!!!
Thank you for this post, for sharing your love for beauty & brushes. Thanks a lot for the brush porn too!! ( adding more to my wishlist)
Brushes also call out to me, they really haunt me until I bought them and just enjoy them and play with them. So, you are not alone there.. 🙂
Hope to meet you in person next year!!!

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 9:36 am

Ann Ann Ann ! LOLLLL told you , I don’t want to be a bad influence! but you are so funny and it’s a pleasure to read that your list has grown… just kind of a bit sadistic in that way 😀

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 29 September, 2014 - 11:09 pm

we have to meet, totally agree on that!! 😉

Kay 20 September, 2014 - 5:23 am

Tesla, you wrote such a fantastic first post! And your photos of your brush collection favorites are beautiful. Love also the Spiderman background…are you a fan?

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 9:43 am

He is great superhero even tho he isn’t my favorite, my fav has to be either batman or wolverine well, I’m not that of a huge comic-book fan but I love comic books ,superheroes and weird stuff 😉 and I still haven’t grown out of them yet lol

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 9:58 am

Oh and thank you so much for your kind words hun!

Whee ! Confetti !! 20 September, 2014 - 9:19 am

Bravo Tesla !!! What an amazing collection ! *o*
I’m jealous of all your eye brushes ! (and powder, and foundation and cheek ) hahahaha !

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 9:45 am

Noemie, at the rate you are buying those furry babies on IG, I assume that MOARRRRRRRR eye , powder, foundation and cheek brushes will join your collection very soon ,hun!

Gladys L. 20 September, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Tesla, great job for writing such an in-depth post!

I would like to ask why do you pick MK -1 and z9 over z1 in your fav. powder brush picks?

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 9:49 am

Thank you,Gladys! Well let’s just say I seem to reach for them more than Z-1 ,as it’s more densely packed and has a shorter bristles so I really only reach it for powder foundation but it’s seriously one of my holy grail for that 🙂

Anna 20 September, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Thank you Tesla for the great post and for letting us get a look into your brushes!!!

I can only imagine how much work it was for you to write the post amd to take all the pics – really love it!!!

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 9:59 am

Awwww Thank you so much,Anna ! it was fun , you know I do admire the time, energy and effort Sonia put into her posts but this also made me appreciate her blog and forum and her friendly nature EVEN MORE :).

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 29 September, 2014 - 11:11 pm

well… thank you ! that’s really kind, we need to support each other aaaall the way and your posts help me a lot and at the same time create even more lemmings… haha

gatos 21 September, 2014 - 3:40 am

Amazing post Tesla! It’s always such a pleasure to see your pics (I am sure you already know I love them as I am always bugging you for more hahaha) but to have them along with detailed commentary, tips and the insight that we got here is certainly a special treat for us 😀 Thank you so much for taking the time to do this Tesla, many hugs from this side of the world <3 I'm off to drool over the post a bit more…

And of course thank you Sonia for giving us the opportunity to read (and write!) these guest posts, I can't wait to see and read more from my beautiful fellow SMUTies!

gatos 21 September, 2014 - 3:45 am

Ooops, I got too distracted with all the pretties and forgot to ask you my question! Do you use your tamage brushes for cream products also? Or are they too delicate for that ? I had been curious about them for a while and after I got to feel Bea’s I have a major lemming for that pretty kokutan one that you also have. Thanks in advance lovely.

Ann C. 21 September, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Hi Cat! I also have tamage eye brushes and use them for cream shadows and even gel liner ( esp the tiny pencil)

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Hugs and kisses right back at you,luv! You are making me blush at work lmao!! Thank you, thank you, so glad you enjoyed it!
The tamage ones, just like Ann said! it works well with both liquid and powder,hun. it feels really great on the skin Plus,for pressed eyeshadow,this is a great substitute for Suqqu’s F. 🙂

Jillian 21 September, 2014 - 4:40 am

Loved this, Tesla! Thanks for sharing your beautiful collection of brushes as well as your makeup favorites. I’ve been putting off the LSY 901 but I’ll definitely pick it up as some point seeing as that it’s a favorite of so many of you.

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 12:03 pm

I really love the 901,Jill!!!!!!!!! Not that you couldn’t tell from my excessive use of exclamation points lol You should def get it if you can. Seriously 🙂

argiro 21 September, 2014 - 10:57 am

Bravo tesla!!!!what a great post.Please tell to you like the fu-pa 03?do you use it with foundation?does it waste a lot of foundaton?

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Thank you! 🙂 Fu-pa 03 is a good option,hun! especially if you don’t mind using a brush that made of synthetic fibers. I like to use the brush to apply my ‘powder foundation’ I use it to press the powder into my skin,the movement will be similar to using powder puff ,the end result is very similar with Koyudo Hairisu Koyudo Macaron regardless of the brush used.
The synthetic fiber is the most similar to the shiseido foundation brush but quite a lot bigger but I DON”T use it for apply the liquid foundation tho. really,I have to use a lottttttttttttttttt of soap bubbles and several washes to get it clean,it was tough.

212kiki 21 September, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Uhhhh tess i missed out your post :O soo cool and there were still a lot things i didnt know … so nice to know more about the smuties 😉
Your foundation routine is the same like mine I think yes we can save a lot foundation with this method 😉

The 901 is a gem right has it a name yet ? It’s one of my most loved brushes in my collection my dear Christian bale is the best !! But nothing beats my Johnny depp 😛

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Same here. I would like to know more about all my lovely ladies, so Sarah! if you have time , looks like a lot of us would love to know about you too, please 😉
For Mr,Johnny depp lol I’ll live vicariously through you on that but I’m glad you are enjoying it!

212kiki 22 September, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Haha nobody wants to read my poor English and I don’t have so interesting things about my routine to tell so better not 😀
We def need to meet for a weekend so I bring my dear boys especially dear Johnny he needs lot of my time this nasty boy so I can share him the others want my time too 😉

midnitedesire 24 September, 2014 - 3:58 pm

I think your English is just fine,Sarah! I don’t think our smut ladies will mind if we make some mistakes and i’m pretty sure ,not everyones first language here is English ,so we are not alone with English as second (or third or even fourth??) language,hun!!! anyhow , at the end of the day we are all here for the BRUSH and makeup fun! So don’t worry you have many friends here 🙂

Meet up!yeahhhhh but hopefully my partner will be able to move back here next year so i can have more time and less long road trip, oh you know we have been planing a trip to frankfurt in the end of Jan maybe we can go a bit on the far north hmmm…we are just not sure yet

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 21 September, 2014 - 10:49 pm

Hi Tesla!!!

First of all, thank you so so much! I enjoyed reading you and seeing so many great pics of your pretties!!
You had me drooling here!! you have a few that I really really want but that I know it could never get (hahaha) some others that I will definitely be getting in the future!! <3

I have so many questions for you, let me come back to you with a summary soon as tonight I won't be able to type all of them... but tell me in the meantime since when did you start collecting them ??

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 12:32 pm

It was my pleasure…really. 😀 well and after all you have done, it’s the very least I can do for Smutville and you 🙂

ROFL Am I getting a little revenge this time around,Sonia?? lol on the contrary, you always has me drooling!!!!! as to your question,I think I started when I was in college but i mostly bought MAC,I have always been curious when I saw them but I would say I never intentionally started out collecting it I just love brushes and end up having quite a number of them. You know, I also used to love and collect dark lipsticks ,my poor father just couldn’t stand it LOLLLLL
not sure if you saw this, Bea started a topic here: http://forum.sweetmakeuptemptations.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=468 about how did you find Japanese brushes? it’s so fun to read everyone’s posts 🙂

Jeanette 21 September, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Thank you Tesla for the huge effort you’ve done to write and take these wonderful pictures! Just having all the brushes cleaned for the pictures requires planning!
I especially love the FuPa-picture, because I just love those little brushes with the efficient handles. They are almost like kabukis, but with a much easier to work with- handle 🙂
Can I ask you where your 3 brush cups with the porcelain tray are from? They look both beautiful and neat as brush containers.

midnitedesire 22 September, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Aww, thank you , that is so sweet of you,Jeanette! well the porcelain things, its actually a toothbrush holder I bought it from the bathroom accessories section @ local store called -Manor- it were produced by Mathilde M ( M. COLLECTIONS ) here is the direct link to mathilde m : http://www.mathilde-m.com/fr/boutique/catalogue/MLCBST-decoration-salle-de-bain-accessoires-deco-ceramiqu?&w%5Bcatalogue_l%5D%5Bstartnum%5D=12#form_catalogue_l Its beautiful I hope you can find one 🙂

Sin 23 September, 2014 - 12:09 am

Wow, Tesla, you have really outdone yourself with this one, the pictures are so good and drool – worthy!
My first reaction was to show this to my SO and tell him “See, I still have a long way to go until I can call myself a brush collector”. I love that you included little bits and pieces like that you prefer to use a sponge for night time looks.
Be sure to include your hair care routine next time as we have the same hair type 😛

midnitedesire 24 September, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Thank you Sin! You are too sweet and kind 🙂 Luckily, this MESS didn’t happen overnight,hun! STOP looking and hold on to your wallet LOLLLLLLL
about hair care products , I used to use ‘toni and guy’ shampoo+conditioner for dry hair and s-factor papaya leavein moisture spray but a couple of months back I found ‘masterline professional beauty products’ – shampoo crystal shine, nourishing mask ,nourishing spray conditioner’ I found that my hair got more volume and a little less dry so I use this and its quite a good deal 🙂 I hope you can find it in europe ,I got mine at Bennet ,a supermarket chain in Italy but I don’t think this particular line is available in here in Switzerland sadly 🙁

Bonnie 23 September, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Missing you all HEAPS!!! It’s so nice to see this post because it’s really lovely seeing what everyone’s favourites are. Although… now it just makes me think that I should go to Switzerland and molest both you and Sonia haha.

You know what was running through my mind – how clean your brushes look. Those white goat fu-pas… makes my heart melt!

Take care and can’t wait to read everyone else’s posts xx

midnitedesire 24 September, 2014 - 4:01 pm

LOLLLL Aww Bonnie, you could kill a few more birds with one stone, germany and france are not too far away either hehehe 😉
seriesly hun,we have missed you around here, hope your busy days get a little less busy soon and pls check in when you can!! xx

Bonnie 27 September, 2014 - 1:15 am

Yes!!! I’m starting a new job in late November, so once I wrap up here in October, I’m baaaack!!!! With a vengeance! I’m already considering leave application for Japan 2015 – the great SMUT brush fest xp

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 27 September, 2014 - 9:36 pm

yes yes yes !!! hurray!!! congratulations ! how are you celebrating ?? have you unpacked from your last trip ??

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 29 September, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Hi Tesla,
I am looking at all these brushes and drooling like a crazy dog 😀
On the flat paddle brushes I am interested in the one at the very left, always wanted to get it but then others won … no budget for everything … I also wanted to use that Chiku one for cream contour so I know one day it will be mine bahahaha
I see in your second pic that you went crazy on the round flat ones 😀 I am loving them to blend and finish and remove all the excess oil and foundation … so big big love for them! I am not even talking about the Radiance such a wonderful finishing brush, it changed my life, went from a clumsy handling of the Radiance to a zorro-style handling with that one, such a fast efficient brush!!
The eyebrushes you have are so good it’s insane! I see you don’t have any synthetic brushes… have you try them or are they just something you don’t like to use at all? Do you use cream shadows ? if yes, what brushes do you use from your collection ? the weasel ones ?
The Chikuhodo SV cheek is so tempting, I could not see it in person, is it soft like the Z-4 ? or is it a blend ?
I cannot believe you managed to get the LE red with CES hair !! so jealous LOOOL
The Chikuhodo P-8 looks like a huge thing, do you really use it ?
We have to plan something for when I finish the brush room so that you can come here (but you’ll d the trip with some of your babies so that I can pat them too…) 😀 😀 😀

midnitedesire 30 September, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Hahaha I was talking to my friend the other day,we’ve never been to Geneva,can you believe it? the furthest west we’ve been is Lausanne LOLLLL , one day I shall hopefully I’ll get a chance to visit you, you never know but I’m sure we’ll have A LOT of fun

I sure do use the cream eyeshadow ,paint pot, illusion d’ombre and stuff ….eyeshadow is my other major weakness *cough* *cough*, I’ve tried some of synthetic brushes for them over the years (Mac 242,252,195 Smashbox 5, for example ) and they are generally “ok -good” but not great you know what I’m saying lol I find it works better for me with a mix of synthetic and natural hair/ natural hair. My personal favorites are ; Takeda #12 ,Shu #12, Addiction B, Three L, Koyudo BP027, Hakuhodo G539M, J220 and the tamage brushes .

For the brushes, the flat paddle one you mentioned Chikuhodo Special G-12 ,not sure if its the same as the one in GSN series but if I recall correctly it’s made of kolinsky hair instead of weasel, and as for SV cheek one I think it’s a mix of squirrel and goat hairs I’m not sure tho b/c it’s softer than any mix of squirrel and goat brushes i own but not so soft as the z , it’s very directional due to its shape and fantastic for diffusing color. 😀 I’ve read/heard about some who have kiwami ( Ann and buggsie ??) saids, the Kiwami giant is somewhat similar to P-8 so if you have been lemming for it, YAYYYY for money saved, you don’t need it! DON”T,Sonia! wahahaha I do like to use powder to set my foundation so I reach for it not daily but quite a lot

Suzan 1 October, 2014 - 5:57 am

Hi Midnitedesire, I was just wondering where you got that georgeous ceramic white set of three tumblers along with the matching tray

midnitedesire 1 October, 2014 - 12:55 pm

I got it from Manor’s at my local store , distributed by Mathilde M ,here’s a link : http://www.mathilde-m.com/en/shop/catalog/MLCB-bathroom-toilet-and-wc-accessories ,not for sure if they ship internationally but I think they do 😀

isabel moreno 7 October, 2014 - 3:44 pm

guauuu que colección mas chula tiene , me super enamora

midnitedesire 8 October, 2014 - 10:00 am

Thank you sweetie!:D

Silvia 2 December, 2015 - 6:13 am

Dears, i just feel like introducing myself since i see this blog as a family meeting 🙂 I found Sonias blog by accident and have been reading for long now. It is great to see how much knowledge and love to make up brushes you all have. I feel less weird now since none of my friends are into make up love really lol. I live in Shanghai but I am originally from Barcelona, lived in Taiwan before so I am curious to see the LamSamYick brushes are originally from Taiwan. I wonder what is so special about 901 brush? To be honest, i am so reluctant to buy anything China based. My experience is you cannot really trust it will not be a fake (sorry for my Chinese friends, i love China but i dont like that from China) so i always end up buying Japanese brushes. I am learning A LOT from all your posts and comments so a big THANKS for that. My collection is not too big, but been interested in make up since many years ago. I wonder how you could compare the K001 to the Suqqu face brush? and would anybody have a suggestion for an undereye concealer brush? i feel none of my brushes can replace my beautyblender for that task. Also, i feel my Suqqu cheek brush is great but not as great as its crazy hype. What do you guys think? Maybe i got a bad batch…Anyway, nice to meet you dears and please keep writing so i can keep learning from you all. By the way, loving this collection of brushes! xxx

Sonia G. 20 December, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Hi Silvia, if I ever go to Shanghai I will call you 😀
LSY is a bit different, they are friends with Koyudo, some are made by Koyudo in Japan!
The K001 and the Suqqu ? the K001 is blue squirrel/horse so it would be more rough than the suqqu definitely.
Regarding undereye concealer I love the Marc Jacobs (and actually bought a second one…).
How would you describe what you dont like about the Suqqu? that would help me recommend you something else 🙂

Silvia 21 December, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Hi Sonia, thanks for taking the time to reply. I know life can get hectic. You are welcome any time in Shanghai, but be warned China is expensive for shopping due to import duties so make the trip for Chinese culture and amazing Chinese food instead. Totally worth it! ohh well…I will have to add the LSY to my wishlist. Its not that I dislike my Suqqu cheek but it bothers me that it loses the shape so easily, its so delicate I rarely use it. I’m currently looking for a super soft white goat dupe for my Chikuhodo RC2. I love that shape: small and round and dense but not too stiff. I favor round white goat blush brushes.I have the chiku T-4 but i’m looking for even softer goat hair. Does Tanseido have a similar white goat hair to the RC2? I love my Tanseido EQ28 hair, its dreamland! Im also in the quest for a dupe of Chiku G16, love the shape. Any ideas? Im disappointed with the hair softness of my GSN 4, too rough for my redness prone skin. I also wonder for those of you who have the TF Shade&Illuminate, which brush do you use to apply the contour? I use my finger to apply and blend with Houkodou BZ1 but I find it spreads the colour too much and its too soft for blending well around the hairline…isn’t it awesome how pairing the right brush with the right product formula can become such a challenge?!

Sonia G. 21 December, 2015 - 11:43 pm

I hope I go there for work actually, this year it was so close but then it did not happen 🙁
Question for you.. have you seen my post about the Koyomo ?? I think these are meant for you 🙂 For TF shade and illuminate I use the small Wayne Goss foundation and then blend if required with the foundation brush….
it is very important to pair the right brush with the right product, a brush can be a fail or a holy grail depending exactly on that, that’s why I keep many brushes even if I don’t love them that much at first, one day I discover something new that matches with that brush and I feel satisfied 😀

Silvia 4 January, 2016 - 1:37 pm

Sure Shanghai for work that’s usually the trend hahaha get a connecting trip via HKG or ICN for the shopping hahaha I don’t have any Koyomos but they are calling my name. Yes, I have read your post, more than once lol the thing is I don’t love the handles, too short for my liking and I wonder if going for the saikoho hair brush is really needed or the pink pearl set hair is soft enough (Tanseido EQ28 soft I mean). Its hard to make a decision so they are on stand by hahaha I discovered the Koyudo BP014 to be very useful for the shade & illuminate. My WG first brushes 11 & 13 are on the way to SHA. Cant wait and I will add your suggestion into my wishlist! You are welcome any time in SHA dear, just let me know and we can rave about brushes with a Spanish dinner XD


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