Chikuhodo make up brushes and Japanese manufacturing
I’ve always dreamt about Japanese make up brushes. If you don’t know, Japanese make up brushes are the best make up brushes in the whole world. Best known Japanese make up brushes brands are Hakuhodo, Chikuoho, Suqqu,Tanseido, Koyudo, Artisan & Artist, Chikuhodo brushes are hand made manufactured. Chikuhodo is located in Kumano, Hiroshima prefecture.
Chikuhodo sells handmade high performance makeup brushes and they also work with many professional makeup artists and Japanese cosmetics companies such as Shiseido and Kanebo.
Chikuhodo‘s range has various line with different peculiarities and high quality animal hairs such as grey squirrel, pine squirrel, canadian squirrel, goat, weasel, raccoon, pony, sable and water badger.
Where to buy Chikuhodo brushes in EU?
Buying these Japanese make up brushes is extremely difficult if you’re not Japan bases. There are some US retailers but if you’re living in EU it’s impossible to get those brushes. I thought so until I discovered Kohlindo. It’s a Swedish online retailer for Chikuhodo brushes.
When I saw Kohlindo site I was so excited! I’ve been able to get the brushes I’ve always dream about! The service is great, the range ok and fully descriptions are really helpful. The only downside is the price: Japanese brushes are really pricey in theirselves and Kohlindo shipping costs are incredibly high for my location (Italy). So I made my order with my friend Beatrice from the lovely Strawberry makeup bag.
At this link you can read how these traditional brushes are made.
Chikuhodo Anne Set
My choices was the Anne Set, since I wanted a basic, essential kit at a reasonable price. Unfortunately it was limited edition and it’s no longer avaible but there some new arrivals are expected for spring 2014. The Anne set was perfect for me because I needed a powder brush (my MAC 129 is so scratchy!), a blush brush and a lipstick brush: all of these brushes are in the set, plus a great eyeshadow brush.
These Chikuhodo brushes are the softest thing that my face ever felt.
They all have a short handle and the same design – white pearly ivory -, except for the lip brush which is the special G-7 brush, with a squared white handle.
The powder brush is really big compared to the handle, with super goat hairs. Bristles are fluffy but slightly pointed so you can get a precise application.
The blush brush has short, dense bristles made with super goat hair. It picks up a good amount of product and it blends out effortlessly.
The eye brush is between a pencil and a crease brush; bristles are in goat hair and very dense and quite stiff for a great precision.
The lip brush is made with kolinsky (siberian sable). I never thought that lipstick application could be so easy and perfect before using this brush.
Overall, I’m really impressed with the amazing quality of these brushes: my make up result is flawless. Never understimate tools when it comes to make up: they are the best investment.