On one of the MANY occasions that I was stalking the Hakuhodo website, and intently reading every word as though just reading about their amazing brushes would have a transformative effect on me, I was struck by this cute little G543 brush. For some reason I simply couldn't take my eyes off of it, and this makeup magpie really wanted to take it back to her nest! So I read and reread the description:
This powder brush gives you ideal glossy skin look. It may feel hard to the touch because of the high density and short hair. But you should be able to notice a soft and comfortable feeling when you let it slide smoothly on your face. This strong and gentle harmony will make elasticity and gloss.
There was really only one thing left to do- so I jumped over to see what Gaia from The Non-Blonde had to say about this unusual little brush that was unlike anything else that I have ever seen before. If you are unfamiliar with The Non-Blonde- get familiar!! She's an amazing blogger, and one whose opinion I truly value. She really knows her brushes (well, makeup and skincare too)! Gaia was the first to note that while this brush does a brilliant job with powder, and while that is its intended purpose, she made the brilliant discovery that this brush does a REMARKABLE job stippling and buffing liquid and cream foundation. As soon as I read that I knew that I had to have it. To say that Gaia's assessment was spot-on is an understatement.
This is an extraordinary little brush- in fact, it is probably my very favorite brush of all time. It is surprisingly small and unassuming- it is only about 2 inches tall with a matte black wooden handle, and the most densely packed head made of white goat hair (Sokoho). You might mistakenly think that since it is densely packed goat hair that it might feel rough or scratchy on the skin, but this brush is soft and so comfortable on the face that you might be tempted to continue to buff longer than necessary (be careful because you could actually end up removing the makeup that you applied!!).
It is more like a magic wand than a brush in the way that it provides the most unbelievably refined and flawless coverage whether applying powder, liquid, or cream based products. In the perfect world I would have one for each! It is hard to classify this brush and place it in a category of brushes-- it really is peerless. While it sort of looks like a Kabuki brush- it has such short and dense bristles that it doesn't really fit into that category of brushes.
Overall assessment: Simply a peerless brush. Amazing to use- rendering perfect results with powder, liquid or cream formulas every time. Because of the density of the tightly packed head it does take some time to dry after cleaning it. This is definitely a Holy Grail brush for me!
$94.00 Available from Hakuhodo