Hakuhodo Makeup Brushes: Large Pointed Yachiyo, J5533, and J5523

Hakuhodo makeup brushes are some of the most raved about brushes on just about every makeup board/forum and quite a few blogs too.  Hakuhodo manufactures brushes for some leading makup companies, but they also make their own range of makeup brushes and these are generally considered to be far superior to most other brands.  These brushes are handmade in Japan with a careful selection process that uses ultra-soft, uncut (in case of natural fiber brushes) hair, and for the quality and care that goes into the manufacturing these brushes, some of them are quite reasonably priced too!  The only drawback - to me - is that there is no store for me to go into and look before buying.  I finally gave into temptation and bought 3 brushes - for now.

Hakuhodo Japanese Makeup Brushes - J5523 J5533 Eyeshadow - Large Pointed Blush Powder Yachiyo - Beauty Blog Photos
Hakuhodo Japanese Makeup Brushes - Goat Hair - J5523 J5533 Eyeshadow - Large Pointed Blush Powder Yachiyo - Beauty Blog Photos

I picked the Large Pointed Yachiyo (similar to the NARS Yachiyo) which is part of their traditional Japanese series of brushes and two eyeshadow brushes from their J-series - the tapered J533 (comparable to the MAC 217, I think) and a flatter J5523.  All three brushes are goat-hair brushes.

Hakuhodo Japanese Makeup Brushes - Goat Hair - J5523 J5533 Eyeshadow - Large Pointed Blush Powder Yachiyo - Beauty Blog Photos
Hakuhodo Japanese Makeup Brushes - Goat Hair - J5523 J5533 Eyeshadow - Large Pointed Blush Powder Yachiyo - Beauty Blog Photos

I cannot believe I waited so long to buy these.  The brushes feel beyond-amazing-dreamy soft, so much so that I had to put them away in a box and hide them from myself so I stop brushing my face with these!!  The Yachiyo did have a bit of a smell to it, but I noticed it only because I was looking for it and not really obvious while using.  Hopefully, that will disappear with use/wash, though I don't really care about it too much.

Definitely getting more brushes - and oh, don't go by the no-frills website - the customer service is the most prompt I have seen so far and truly quite helpful.