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    Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    I was wondering if anyone owns Hakuhodo brushes and could comment on them. They're the OEM suppliers of numerous well known cosmetics companies including MAC.
    I heard that they're really good but check out some of the prices! Still, I am curious about their own line...

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    Wow!! Some of those are crazy expensive!

    Maybe this has something to do with it.
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    The ferrules are made of brass-rolled 24-karat gold with clear coating



    I dunno, I don't need THAT much brush.. I'll wear the gold as jewelry, I can pass on the gold makeup brushes.. They are nice though!

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    Yea Elke spoke about these on her blog raving on how soft they were... I was game till I went to the site and saw the prices... WOOOOO!!!

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    So unnecessary for me right now.
    Maybe in another life.
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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    I see some brushes here VERY similar to Nars brushes! Eeep. But they're about the same price so I guess it doesn't really matter...Some cost even a bit more than his.
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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

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    Yea Elke spoke about these on her blog raving on how soft they were... I was game till I went to the site and saw the prices... WOOOOO!!!

    Haha, they're around the same prices as MAC brushes are over here!

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    expensive! you could probably get similar brushes for a better price!

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    I just checked out the eyebrow brushes and read "water badger"
    Wanna sell me your Hot 'n Sour paint???

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    Haha, they're around the same prices as MAC brushes are over here!


    Really? Wow... Well, go Ireland! lol!

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    Anyone tried any of their brushes and can recommend some? I want to try some of these out.

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    there was a thread in the industry forum and an artist there said he had them and they were lovely. I believe he said he had brushes form the Kokutan series (the really expensive flat face brushes). I did also see a positive review on a site for the Basic and K series.

    I haven't heard anything bad about them from any of the MUAs I've asked, they all gush about Hakuhodo. They also have different lines, but some of their other lines are the same prices as some MAC, Smashbox, NARS and Shu Uemura brushes. I'm definitely getting some once I get some cash, I've been lemming for them for over 4 months.

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    Dang..for those prices..those brushes better do a Cris Angel magic and apply my makeup magically to my face...Impeccable Blending to the hilt..

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    wowza @ those prices.

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    I have to say these brushes are fantastic and of very high quality. They are all handmade and I found an article online that has a few pics of how they are made in Japan:

    PingMag MAKE - The Japan-based interview magazine about “Making things” Archive Makeup Brushes from the land of the Calligraphy Brush

    The brushes are made in a traditional brush making method and go through many steps until the end result. It's very impressive and is of great craftsmanship. They are the softest brushes I've ever owned.

    I like them better than many of my MAC brushes, even though Hakuhodo produces MAC brushes. The Hakuhodo original brand ones are better imo, the brush hairs are of a higher grade and are much softer. I guess b/c MAC tells them what kind of hair and what price point they want them at, so they make their brushes to MAC's specifications.

    I can't say enough good things about them. I absolutely love them and have reorganized my brush holders and put many of my other brushes away in a box for storage to make room for these ones.

    About prices: Yes they are rather pricey overall but there's a wide variety of series and price points. The Basics series has some very affordable prices, in fact many are about the same price as MAC brushes here in Europe. If you can afford it, the S-100 series are an absolute dream, although many of the S-100 brush heads are exactly the same just put on the Basics series handle, so you can get them a bit cheaper. On the website, it will tell you which are the exact dupes of the brush heads just on a less expensive handle. Also have to remember that these are made in Japan and are each hand made and none of the end hairs are cut. The hair is of the highest quality, all the lesser quality hair gets removed manually with a fine comb. These aren't some "sweatshop" Made in China cheap quality stuff that gets machine cut.

    I would say if you make a first purchase, I wouldn't only buy the $15 brushes to save money, you will not fully appreciate the quality of the brushes and you might think, ok what's the big fuss about? I would honestly save up and buy maybe just one of the more luxurious brushes, that is where they excel and where the difference is most noticeable. Honestly, they make my MAC brushes feel scratchy as hell!

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    This may be a silly question.. but some of the brushes say the hairs are "canada squirrell", etc. like, real squirrels???? I dont know how it would be possible to get the fur off a squirrel without hurting/killing it.. I know MAC had goat hair brushes, but that could easily be shaved off a goat without hurting it.. but a squirrel????????
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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    So, I just got my brushes 2 days ago, and they're gorgeous. I got mine from the K series, which is about the same price range of MAC, Shu and Smashbox. But these are better, I've found the holy grail of tight-lining brushes. Very excellent quality. I'm a bit stumped by their cleaning methods they recommend, but I've decided not to use brush-cleanser on them (or on any of my brushes), it's going to be washing only.

    And the shipping was fast.

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    could you link to the brush you like for tightlining?

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    just curious as to why my mac brushes say made in france then?

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

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    just curious as to why my mac brushes say made in france then?

    Not all of them are; all of my MAC brushes were purchased at counters or the Mall of America store, and my 217, 219, 222, and 239 are all made in Japan, my 208 is made in France, and my 209 is made in the US.

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    My tight-lining brush is the K005.

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    i love my hakuhodo brush 210 (200 series) its 109 of MAC, but this one is way better i love it with liquid and cream foundation. their brushes are good quality and the shipping is really fast. they never failed me.

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    I bought the S103 series brush (the domed brush with the 24K gold ferrule). It really is the softest, most gorgeous brush I have ever owned. I tried it once with foundation and didn't like the way it applied, so I researched more into it and signed into a live chat MissChievous was having from her blog and she recommended blush or contouring rather than liquid foundation.

    I got it from Toronto IMATS for $76. If you paid in cash it was Canadian, but if you paid by credit card it was U.S. Its the same price on the site, so there were no discounts, but its still worth every penny. I've never seen or felt the craftsmanship in any other brand ever. The gold adds to its prestige, but like MissChievous said above, you can buy from the lower series and still have the same quality at a lesser cost.
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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

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    Dang..for those prices..those brushes better do a Cris Angel magic and apply my makeup magically to my face...Impeccable Blending to the hilt..


    very funny

    Thinking paying for gold on the brush is a bit much... but the prizes on some of the other lines are not too bad. Similar to most high end brand brushes.

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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    I have a lovely little Hakuhodo collection... purchased one brush at a time (lol). They are STUNNING. But a lot of them are animal hair, so if you have an issue with that, stick with the synthetics. Actually, they make synthetics too...

    My goats hair foundation blender is THE BUSINESS. I swear by it. Seriously... best foundation brush I've EVER had.
    But that sucker was 81.00, so I fully understand someone falling out over the prices.
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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    ^^ Its so gorgeous! Hmm... My birthday is coming up.. Which Hakuhodo brushes should I check out? Which series and which models?
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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    I prefer the brushes with the ebony wood finish and the red ones with the black bottoms. That's just a preference though.

    You should definitely get the lil' goats hair foundation blender. When I tell you that I've never met a better foundation brush, I am NOT kidding. The G257 is lovely if you just want a kick ass powder brush that blends down EVERYTHING. It's an unusual brush and does a really nice job for a heavy hand. It is NOT a light touch powder brush though. The bristles are stiff but soft.

    DO NOT use it to blend foundation ... I'm still getting cussed out by the Hakuhodo lady for suggesting it 'cause I saw pixiwoo Sam doing it. That woman was NOT happy. The bristles on the G257 are dyed, and will fade if you use it for foundations or liquid/cream products regularly. That brush is 54.00. Not a good idea to ruin it... yanno?

    I tend to get Hakuhodo brushes in shapes and sizes that I find unusual and appealing. I was a big Shu Uemura brush fan prior, and I'm really impressed with Hakuhodo. Besides selling awesome brushes, their customer service is unmatched. Very nice people... very accomodating. I highly recommend it if you've got the coin to spare.
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    Re: Hakuhodo - makers of MAC brushes

    Thank you so much! €54 is the cost of a 150/134 mac brush - I cant remember which one but I think I can stretch my budget a little.
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    Reading this threat and wondering for a week which brand (MAC, NARS, local brand) to buy, I just ordered:

    1 ea. Kokutan Eye Shadow Brush T
    1 ea. Kokutan Eye Shadow Brush S
    1 ea. Kokutan Eye Shadow Brush WM 0
    1 ea. Kokutan Eye Shadow Brush SL
    1 ea. Kokutan Eye Brow Brush
    1 ea. Yachiyo, Medium Pointed 0
    1 ea. S142 Eye Shadow Brush round
    Seems a little bit overdone on the eyes, but my pencils were a little bit out of date, quality and shape..... I'm really looking foreward on the Yachiyo for blush and highlights though. Can't wait to receive the package and try them.
    Hope customs do have a holiday break......Otherwise i''l have a serious food issue at the end of the month...;-)

    Let you know my first impression...

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    Congrats on your brush purchase! I love those brushes. Seriously. They are definitely my favorites.
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    Would definitely like to try a brush or two in the future because I've heard rave reviews on their quality...but they are definitely expensive luxury items ...i would have difficulty justifying their purchase because its not like you can keep them in pristine condition forever if you are the type to use it on a daily basis.

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