Sep 5, 2013

Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo Brush - Review

Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo Cheek Blush - Japanese Traditions Makeup Brush - Review
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.

Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo Cheek Blush Makeup Brush Indian Beauty Blog Review Japanese traditions
Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo Cheek Blush Makeup Brush Indian Beauty Blog Review Japanese traditions
Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo Cheek Blush Makeup Brush Indian Beauty Blog Review Japanese traditions

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."

Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo Cheek Blush Makeup Brush Indian Beauty Blog Review Japanese traditions

The Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo is one of the first brushes I am trying out from this brand.  I love how soft the brush feels and how effortlessly it blends any cheek color.  The design is quite unique, and I would gladly pick up more of these brushes if only I could solve the mystery of the shedding hair bits :(  The other two brushes that I have tried are eyeshadow brushes and they have had no shedding or other issues so far.  The brush does have a bit of a smell to it when new - could only smell it because I actually put my nose to it and checked for it - and it goes off with a wash.

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).

10 comments:

  1. Its lovely brush rads .... n I have used this in past n had the same problem ...

    U must ask them for replacement or refund dear :)

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  2. Oh is it? Okay I will mail customer service regarding this..at least let's see what they say. I hadn't noticed it earlier...just before the review I had to clean the brush to take photos, and after that only I saw this - happened to have used a darker background for the photos and noticed the dusting :(

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  3. Wow... that seem to be pure luxury! :-D

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    1. Hakuhodo brushes do seem luxurious...and some of them are quite reasonably priced too! :)

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  4. Hi Rad,

    Have you washed that one? Maybe after washing, you can get rid off the small hair?
    I don't have this particular one but with the others I own,I don't have a problem.

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    1. I have washed it a couple of times, but noticed this dusting thing only now. Not sure if it was there earlier and I only noticed it now because of the darker background. I wrote to Hakuhodo and they too suggested the same thing - wash the brush again, use with less pressure, and if the problem persists contact them again. Hopefully, it will resolve with another wash..I really do like the brush a lot :(

      Would you do a post on your Hakuhodo brushes - like an overview maybe? Would be quite helpful for a Hakuhodo-newbie like me :D

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    2. I happily take this on my lists of posts to do after my holidays are over (which is unfortunately soon)
      Xox

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    3. Awww...thank you! :D :D No hurries...you enjoy your holidays :)

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  5. Oh god, I came to look at your pretty brush and your Instagram slide show on the right showed the spider again. I have to run away now.

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