|Top: 212; Bottom: B214BkSL|
By now I think that it safe to say that you are well aware of my Hakuhodo brush obsession! I thought that it would be helpful to do a side by side comparison of the 212 and the B214BkSL brushes since they are very similar, albeit differing in size. The B214BkSL is basically a smaller version of the 212, and both brushes are made of Ototsuho Goat hair. Hakuhodo describes the 212 as a Blush/Highlight brush and the B214BkSL as a Highlight/Eye Shadow brush.
The 212, in my opinion, isn't big enough to function as a blush brush- the head is just too small. It is, however, perfect to apply highlighter (liquid or powder formulas alike), and it is exquisite for contouring. I also find it remarkably effective for applying and blending concealer as well as applying a large sweep of eye shadow. It also is a real performer when it comes to blending eye shadow as well.
Like the 212, the B214BkSL makes for a remarkably effective concealer brush. The smaller sized head makes it easier to get into hard to reach spaces of the face making it a better choice for concealing underneath the eyes and around the nose. The B214BkSL is also masterful at applying and blending eye shadow as well, and the rounded head makes it a perfect pick for liquid and powder highlighters as well.
212 $30.00 from Hakuhodo
B214BkSL $26.00 from Hakuhodo