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Love for Brushes

I'm developing a love for brushes of all kinds.  I bought a few higher end brushes and they are amazing.  They are incredibly soft and my makeup glides on like a dream.  There are so many interesting shapes. I am really interested in creating a beautiful brush collection.  Show your brushes and share any cleaning and storage tips and let us know which ones are your favorites.


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Thank you! Can I be the little bad guy on your shoulder telling you to get more brushes (if that is what you desire)? You can never have too many! Who doesn't love having fluffies to come home to and touch. You already have a great collection, there is nothing to be envious about. Your collection has all the brush staples a girl could need. I am totally envious of the hakuhodo brushes. I have yet to get around to buying any brushes from hakuhodo, especially from the s series which you have. One day I will get over the $9 shipping charge! Haha

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I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw your collection! Amazing!

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Thank you for the compliment. I never thought my brushes could do that to someone that isn't me. I'm so proud of them! 

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Wow.  Are you a mua @Cahlee or do you really love brushes? 😉


I am waiting for a p8 too at the moment!  Apparently they ran out of the stand for it, so Toshiya has my brush but no holder, lol


out of curiosity, two questions - first picture, third row, first brush; who makes this?  Also, how do you like the two besame ones?

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Not the OP but that was the LE Wayne Goss holiday brush this year. 

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@Mochapj 🙈 I am not a MUA, just a fellow avid brush addict. I think once anyone touches grey squirrel or feels the craftmanship that goes into Japanese fude you cannot have just one. 

That is so agonizing! I hope your holder comes in soon. From photos that I found online it looks like a beautiful giant. I'm waiting for my shipment release from CDjapan. Originally I was going to order from Visage to get it engraved (as they had a promotional code going on at the time) but it sold out before I pulled the trigger. I ran to CDjapan to get it after that. It was only a $25 difference since Cdjapan generally has lower prices. 

Have any other brushes caught your mind? Toshiya is inadvertently tormenting me with the photos of the white Canadian squirrel brushes. I almost want to get them separately, but I am trying to hold out for a sale (if it comes around) from cdjapan. (Last year they had a 20% off)


To answer your first question that brush is from Wayne Goss, it was the holiday brush for 2015. I believe it's currently sold out but I have seen brushes similar such as from Yojiya the finishing squirrel brush or the hakuhodo kokutan finishing brush L

Question #2:  To be quite honest with you I have not gotten around to trying out the powder brush. What I can say is it is very soft, not very dense, and splays out easily. The contour brush is definitely for use with creams or powders. It blends out product really well as long as they are on the thicker side. Originally I made the mistake of using it with a liquid product which didn't work out well, but that is not what it was made for. Creams work fine, and it's very soft and I would say performs on par with artis. The Besame is possibly a little less dense and while artis is very soft the bristles on Besame had a softness which resembles the bristles on some tarte brushes.

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I completely understand @Cahlee


Japanese fude were my first 'high end' brushes and once I got one, they just started multiplying 😄


When you get your P8, do let me know how you like it.  Toshiya wasn't sure how long I would be waiting for the holder - apparently long enough that he decided to send the rest of the makeup things he'd been waiting to ship with it to me.  


The next few weeks are going to be fun for brushes for me.  Today I'm expecting my order from Visage that I made for their memorial day sale - 4 Takumi series brushes from Chikuhodo.


I just got a shipment notice last night that my CDJapan order finally shipped as well; Deka Fupa, Fuwafuwa and a black Koyudo squirrel cheek brush.  Hopefully my P8 from Toshiya won't be too far behind.  


As for things that have caught my eye, I'm still kicking myself for not grabbing the Koyudo Yagusuki brush when it came out in January.  They've released a new one with CDJapan last month, but it is gray squirrel, and I think the January one was saibikoho hair.  I'll be on the watch for any new brushes with the yagusuki handles.  Other than that, I've been debating splashing out on some more Koyudo, but I want to see how I like the ones on the way to me from CDJapan first.


Thank you for the detailed responses on those brushes!  I was intrigued by the shape of the WG brush, as you don't see many wedge-ish brushes often.


Good to know about the Besame.  I'd been curious about them, but as I don't contour or use cream products it seemed like it could be a waste to buy it.  They're such interesting brush shapes, though.  


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I love my Deka Fupa. I use it every day I use makeup to do a final buffing and it makes everything look airbrushed. I love Koyudo brushes and think they have the best black goat out there. Much better than Hakuhodo or Chikuhodo even though Hakuhodo doesn't seem to be using dyed goat anymore. 

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Ha I come just to Heart your comment @lysbainch 😉 Koyudo is my favorite brushes so far just cuz I'm such a sucker for kabuki brush. I'm still waiting for them to re-release this


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@Mochapj I just got terrible news. You will have to enjoy the brush for me! My order was cancelled due to an "unforeseen shortage". I hope you get yours soon and please post tons of photos when you do. Maybe I will get the Houkoudou Powder brush in its place. Ugh I don't know. Hopefully one day it'll come back in stock

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OH NO @Cahlee!

That is too sad 😞


In other news, I was chatting with Toshiya last night and he mentioned you can buy the saibikoho brushes individually, so I think I know what I'll be picking up next.  I tend to shy away from sets usually because there are always some brushes I won't use.  


I've been looking at that Hokoudou powder brush too, and it seems giant.  Possibly even bigger than the P8.  If you do get it, I want to see photos!! 

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@MochapjI was really bummed when I got the email. I got back in contact with them afterwords and they did tell me it would be back in stock. The reason was of course, the lack of supply on the holders. I guess now I will have to wait for whenever (they could not say) it comes back in stock. I haven't totally made up my mind up yet but I think I will be getting the Houkodou brush. It was either that or picking up the two largest white Canadian squirrel brushes. I'm leaning toward the Houkodou since it's similar in size to the P-8. I think it will fill the tear in my heart.

What?! Really. That's awesome. Did he happen to leave you with some prices? I am interested in saving up for some. Do you have an idea of which you would like to pick up first? 

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I totally understand.  Toshiya could not give me details about how long the wait for the holders would be either, and I almost want to tell him to just send me the brush as is 🙂


In other news, I just got an email that my CD Japan order is out for delivery today, so I have that to look forward to!


Regarding the saibikoho, I had only asked pricing for the face and cheek brushes, but it is as follows (price after his discount):


Powder L - 125k yen

Powder - 120k yen

Cheek - 75k yen


Blush is my passion, so I will probably start with a cheek brush and if I like it move on to a powder brush.  I have some questions in to him about pricing for the individual white squirrel brushes as well as an individual from the maple maki-e line.



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@Mochapj Half of me says you should get it ASAP and the other half says you should wait for the holder as it is very pretty. Maybe you could work something out. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that the holders arrives quickly.

Congratulations on your order coming in today. If you get a moment post it on this thread or the hauls thread. Seeing new brushes is like someone said above, brush p@rn. I was also supposed to have an order coming in today but it still hasn't updated to out for delivery so I'm going to guess it's coming tomorrow. It always arrives before 10:30 if it is going to be delivered. That has long since passed. 

The prices for the Saibikoho are not bad, but I don't think I'll be taking a jump that extreme anytime soon. At least not before trying out some brushes from tanseido, hakuhodo, Yojiya, kyuuka, kyureido, qusavi, takeda, Rae Morris and others. Especially since I love big brushes so I'm immediately drawn to the powder brush, but I don't think I'd hit complete order on that until maybe after college. To the bottom of the list you go 😄

The maple makie line is gorgeous! So many fluffies to look forward to seeing. 

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@MochapjI am starting to wonder if my brush will encounter a delay as well. I guess time will tell as it was not in stock when I ordered from Cdjapan and so it is highly likely it is facing the same problem your brush is. May stock of the holders arrive quickly! Brush packages are the best! I hope you enjoy each and every unboxing. I have come to anticipate brush mail more than makeup mail! This week I have the Koyudo Yakusugi Grey Squirrel Brush coming in. It's going to be the younger sister to the one you mentioned, the Koyudo Yakusugi Saibikoho. The Saibikoho brush is gorgeous however maybe you should not kick yourself too hard since I have heard mixed reviews from people on the hair. Some say the the hair on the Koyudo Saibikoho set is a bit more soft. Unfortunately I cannot tell by myself as I do not have the Saibikoho set. Maybe one day in the future when I really lose my sanity. It is a great brush, it is definitely the softest of all the goat brushes I own, but maybe that will change. I look forward to seeing more LE releases from Koyudo. I really hope they bring another Saibikoho brush around as they are hard to attain.

The brush shapes on the Besame is also what caught my eye. Very similar to "toothbrush" style brushes and yet with a much shorter handle. The Besame powder brush may still be perfect for you. I originally said it was not very dense but I really should have said compared to brushes that are meant to be dense (such as the deka fupa). It has more than enough brush hairs so that it does not feel like you miss a spot in passing and it is soft and easy to move around on the face (I just took it out again to play with it). It is easy to control the pressure and maneuver.

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WOW Awesome collection!!!

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Thank you for the compliment

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i am a psycho about storing my brushes hair down. there aren't many options to do so but here are the two contraptions i have found that work reasonably well for me. the sigma brush tower is space efficient but not that great for the brushes since there's not much room for them to breathe. it is a tower meant for drying. the other is a paintbrush rack which is nice for the brushes but not so space efficient. i am completely obsessed with brushes. big, small, high end, low end, synthetic, animal hair, you name it. 

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Very nice!

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So, yes, these are my brushes and I am not ashamed to say that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM!


I have lost count on how many brushes I own as not all the ones I own are in this picture. (I recently purchased a few from bare minerals.) 


One of my favorite things about my makeup brushes is how I display them. The containers are simply $1 votive holders from A.C. Moore and the pink is fish tank rocks that you can pick up your pet store. (I got a huge bag that easily filled all three containers for $6.) 


As for which brand I like the best, it varies depending on the function of the brush. Right now my favorite foundation brush is the It Cosmestics Flat Top #6. I don't particularly like the Ulta brand It Cosmetics brush but I do like the premium brushes that you can buy either direct or from places like QVC. I'm in love with Marc Jacobs brushes but wish he made brushes for the eyes. I can't wait to see what the new Kat Von D brushes look like. As you can see, I have very EXPENSIVE taste!


Thank you for starting this thread. Sometimes I think I have more of a passion for makeup brushes than I do for makeup lol. I love going through all your pics so please post more as well as comment on mine (if you would like). I would love to get your feedback. 🙂


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They look so pretty! I have yet to pick up that tarte bronzer brush but I am beginning to think I need it.