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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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Do you know if CdJapan (or Visage) declares the full cost on their packages? Those customs charges can really hit you hard.

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@iris67 I have ordered from CDJapan several times and recently from Visage for the first time.


Visage declared the full value, but I didn't get dinged with charges.


CDJapan marks their packages as gifts if you specify and my most recent package I got charged because they marked it gift but left full value, but the 5 or 6 orders I've made previously never did.  

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Ooh okay thank you! I wonder if customs charges are just random then? It makes me a little nervous to order :/

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I made one order with CDJapan recently and had no customs charges (hope I'm not jinxing it). I used Fedex (didn't select the gift option either).

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Ok ladies and gents, I have a newbie question...I have LOTS o' brushes.  From ELF on up to IT/MAC cosmetics, I think that's the most I've currently paid for brushes. 


I'm a novice when it comes to applying makeup, even though I discovered makeup 10yrs ago (I was in my 30s!).  


NOW on to my question...LOL


Since I've only applied makeup with lower end brushes does the quality of a brush change the game with application?


I understand quality (I'm a purse "street walker" as well a a makeup junkie) and I know a Longchamp or Chloe bag is worth the price.  Is it the same with brushes?


Thank you for your patience with my rambling.

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Using a higher end brush versus using a lower end brush can have a great difference in makeup application but all the same, the application can end up very similar. With many lower end brushes I find that the quality can be hit or miss. If you have one of the brushes that fall into the "hit" category then you won't notice much of an upgrade if/when you get your first high end brush. If you have a brush that falls into the "miss" category then the opposite would occur where you might notice a drastic change. Generally, it's all a matter of which brushes are currently being used. Some brushes are not shaped correctly or packed correctly to adequately perform their dictated function. In short, the "right" lower priced brushes can give you a similar or equal final application. For me the advantage to higher end brushes is the comfort. Once you get into the realm of grey squirrel or high quality goat the hair is very soft. Whereas I have often run into an issue of a lower quality brush being good/but very scratchy or soft/but does not apply product as I would want it to, many higher end brushes have both qualities I want (not to say all lower priced brushes do not have this at all, it's just a bigger yes/no/maybe game). Higher end brushes (referring solely to Japanese made brushes and not brands such as Chanel, or others) generally come with assured quality, much more so compared to other brushes. For me it has turned applying my makeup into a pampering experience. Also, after using most of my higher end brushes my skin generally does not feel irritated. Higher end brushes are a great treat to the makeup lover, but are not necessary for everyone unless perhaps you have very sensitive skin. All brushes should be taken good care of but I have to say I didn't do such a great job aside from regular washes until I bought my first high end brush. I'm much happier collecting brushes than I was collecting makeup. Everyone will be different and find different things worth the extra money. Personally brushes are very therapeutic to me so I am more than happy to hoard them away. All in all, you may or may not see a dramatic increase in how your makeup applies but more than likely your appreciation of brushes, your treatment towards them, and how often you pet them will change. 



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IMO - I have replaced all my brushes with High Quality, I started out with Wayne Goss and then moved to Japanese brushes. I think you also have to consider your makeup game. essentially I only use liquid foundation and concealer everything else is powder so I have one foundation and concealer brush that is synthetic. All my other brushes that are animal hair work with powder. I feel like using high end brushes

A. gives a very small quality difference (vs. very low end brushes/you can get the same effect with similar mid end brushes)

B. Inspires me to use makeup/better my technique

C. Makes me happy (I take very good care of my expensive brushes, brush guard, conditioner, the whole shebang)

I feel like it was a worthwhile investment for myself however many people could not imagine spending $100 on a powder brush. To each its own.

If you do decide to splurge I hope you post your new babies here =D

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I was so excited to see they re-listed the Hakuho-do concealer brush online and can't wait until it gets here. Of course, that has to be the package that got sent to the wrong place so I was watching the tracking periodically and was thrilled when it was supposed to be here yesterday...until it showed "scanned in at ___ time in Eureka" when I expected to see "out for delivery." Trying to be patient, and I know it will have to get here eventually but still...grrr.

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@AMK721 - What brush is that with the purple handle in the photo you put in the original post? I can never seem to find the brush I need to replace and in the color I want at any given time (and the color I want could vary depending on my mood, lol) but purple always seems to be the most elusive.

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@WaterlilyKari  @Mochapj is right.  That is the brush from my UD Vice 2 palette.  Purple is a hard color to find in a brush.  I think Real Techniques have brushes in different colors.  They are color coded to the type of brush they are and I think their eye brushes are purple so you might want to check them out Smiley Happy

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Thanks! I can see that now that I am looking again from my computer but on my phone previously it wouldn't let me zoom in enough to tell.


I will try to check out the Real Techniques brushes the next time I am in a store that carries them. Thanks!

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The purple brush says UD vice 2 on it Smiley Wink

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Posting for @Cahlee - some of my more recent acquisitions.


still no P8, but at least there are some other fluffies to play with 😉


Top left - travel brushes; chikuhodo K5 shadow, MK12 cheek, MK15 lip (the numbers could be wrong, can't recall)


top right - Koyudo; dekafupa, Canadian red squirrel, fuwafuwa


bottom - misc; TF concealer, blending x2, chikuhodo contour and blush/highlight, takumi large shadow and foundation



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They Fuwa Fuwa powder brush is divine! Do you know where in the US I can feel it first hand? Smiley Surprised 

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Thanks Cahlee and Mochapj! Will definitely be following this thread! Smiley Very Happy

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Did ya'll get yours online? Would you recommend it? How versatile is it? It looks beautiful <3 _ <3 

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@Sonny4President I also got mine from Cdjapan. It is a gorgeous brush. There are no other brush handles (that I know of) that look similar. It is both functional and a piece for collectors. It is great for powder products so you can use it with powder foundation, or to lay down bronzer or blend out heavy handed blush. I have also read some people use it for cream products but have not tried so myself. If you are really interested in the brush Cdjapan may or may not have another sale coming up. They had a 20% sale on all Koyudo last fall. Considering it's a little over $100 US it's a good amount saved. However, I cannot say for sure if they will have the sale again this year. I would definitely recommend it, but I will say it may not be the most necessary brush for the average brush user. 

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@Sonny4President I got mine online from CDJapan.


I've only had it a few days so I haven't formed an opinion yet, but perhaps Cahlee would have some feedback.

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@Sonny4President I'm sorry, I don't (as I'm in Canada) but perhaps @Cahlee might?

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Unfortunately I do not know of any places in the US where you can see brushes from the brand Koyudo (fuwafuwa included) Sorry Smiley Sad

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They're all beautiful! The black handle on the Canadian squirrel brush is gorgeous. 

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