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.

13 comments:

  1. After using their Yachiyo the NARS one feels scrratchy :D :D I have the 217 so I was debating the eye brushes, but they are priced quite well. Wish there was a counter somewhere so I can play arnd a bit before buying :|

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    1. I don't know if I got a faulty one - the NARS Yachiyo - because it felt scratchy anyhow..even without any comparisons :| I am so glad I never bought the MAC 217..wanted to some time back..and then decided to just hold on a little long and buy these instead :D

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    2. MAC 217 is awesome...all of their eye brushes are quite nice and none of them have shed so far. The NARS Yachiyo did shed for me...kinda annoying to pay so much and have stray hair here n there :D

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    3. Hmmm..maybe I will give the 217 a try just cos am mildly curious :P :D Ughhhh..no "did shed" for me..it's an ongoing proces..and I can't call it shedding..more like bits of hair break off it :(( Sometimes I wonder if I am using it wrong :| How can anything be so freaking expensive and be so ..I don't know..but it does do a good job at blending brushes.

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  2. Wowieeee.... Radhika... I am sure you must be enjoying these :-)

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    1. Hii Eesha!! Yeshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :D

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  3. aww.. these are so cute.. they are already on my list. but are lil expensive for me right nw :(

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    1. Am sure you will put them to good use when you do get them :) :) I am not sure if they have some kind of a discount program for makeup artists/youtubers - you should try asking them - a lot of makeup companies do have that option na.

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    2. If you are planning on getting MAC brushes some time, do try these first instead - the ones from the J-series are cheaper than MAC (and I think better too).

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  4. Wow!!!you got these brushes!!!!I had been to NY imats in 2011 and tried the tester brushes and OMG they were so soft that I wanted all eventhough I didnt know much about this brand back then :P but the prices were also OMG so I skipped it.Though I kind of regret it today coz they had discounts on it for imats and instead of buying 10 trashy things which I bought & didnt use more than once I should have bought these brushes.Lack of knowledge & experience on my part :(

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    1. IMATS...am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ya, it's true...we all do that, don't we? :D :D The prices would have gone up too now...

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    1. STU?? :| *searches for dictionary*

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