|Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo Makeup brush (available HERE) - $48|
Hakuhodo is a Japanese brush manufacturing brand that makes brushes for a lot of big-name makeup brands but also sells brushes under it's own banner. Among these brushes, the ones that caught my eye right away are the ones inspired by Japanese traditions, and the one I am reviewing today is the Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo (also available in medium and small sizes and non-pointed variety). This brushes is made of white natural bristles - goat hair - and brush head measures about 37 mm in length (according to the Hakuhodo website, haven't measured it myself). The slim handle is wrapped in cane and feels quite light though sturdy. When new - before use - the brush head was longish and somewhat thin but fluffs up into a soft round ball with a wash and use.
I use the Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo as a blush brush. While I restrict the use of this brush to only powder blushes, I am pretty sure I have tried using this to stipple on a cream blush at least once. The brush gives a fabulous finish when used with any blush, picking up and depositing just the right amount of color and blending beautifully. The goat hair feels dreamy soft on my skin, and I could just go ahead and declare this the best makeup brush ever - except for a small little problem. It sheds. Not just long hair - which I have read is normal since the brush uses uncut hair bundled together to create the shape and some loose hair might fall off though nothing excessive - but my issue is the dusting of teeeeny tiny bits of hair that fall off when I just run the brush across my finger. I don't know if this has been happening since I bought it, but I noticed it only recently. If any of you have used the Hakuhodo Yachiyo, do share if you have had a similar experience or if I have just been using it too roughly - washing it incorrectly, etc. I have added in a photo to show the "hair dust."
Have you tried the Hakuhodo Yachiyo? Do share if you have - curious if anybody else has had any issues with it!
Similar brush: NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Makeup Brush (more of a pointed shape - not as soft).