It is made of super soft Goat hair (Sokoho), has a small densely packed round head, and a very comfortable black wooden handle with a nickel/brass/silver ferrule. It is soft to the touch, but don't be fooled into thinking that soft=ineffective. This brush can handle any task you throw at it, and with grace and precision!
The head size is perfect for applying cream or powder blush to the apples of the cheeks, for contouring because of the tightly packed small head, for applying liquid or powder highlighter, and for applying and blending foundation. Whatever medium you choose to work in- you are guaranteed a flawless finish.
The 210 is repeatedly compared to the MAC 109 brush, but I don't have the MAC 109 in my stash to do a side by side comparison. For an excellent comparison between the Hakuhodo 210 & the MAC 109 see Delicate Hummingbird's side by side comparison where she determines that the 210 is "a much much better version of the MAC 109."
Delicate Hummingbird has had no shedding issues with this brush, but The Non-Blonde found that her 210 "shed two hairs after the initial washing" and a few here and there. Like The Non-Blonde, I noticed that a few hairs shed after the initial washing on one of my two 210 brushes, but none since. Therefore, even if there is some shedding it is negligible at best and shouldn't cause you any concern.
The versatility of this brush, coupled with the high quality that is a hallmark of all Hakuhodo brushes, makes this one of my most reached for brushes. I literally use one, if not both, of my 210 brushes every single day.
If you are new to the world of Hakuhodo brushes, and are just thinking about becoming one of the initiated- then the 210 should be at the top of your wish list without question.
|210 frontal view of head|
In the two multi-brush photographs above you will see a visual comparison of the Hakuhodo 210 with the Hakuhodo S110 (review forthcoming), the Hakuhodo G506 (review forthcoming), and the Hakuhodo G503 (reviewed here). This is to give you a sense of the size and shape of the 210 in relation to other Hakuhodo blush brushes. Click on photos to enlarge.
Overall assessment: Another extraordinary brush from Hakuhodo. A must-have brush for me that I use on a daily basis. A steal at $36.00!
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