I finally got them this week and the packaging is like small present. Comes in a cute pink box where I can store them in. Shipment value was not more then $28 according to Hakuhodo, so no custom issues here. I took the time to try them before posting the message.
Ok, the Yachiyo medium brush was a little bit smaller then expected, but now I've tried it with the MAC semi precious goldstone it is just what I needed for highlighting and shadowing. It has a short, small handle compared with a regular blush brush, but I got used to it very fast. It feels delicate and precise. And the hair, never knew a goat could be this soft. Now I want the small and large as well...
The Kokutan serie is just be-au-ti-ful !! The wooden grip feels like babyhair!
The T brush with blue squirrel hair is a blending sucker, firm and very soft, like they used a million hairs. I can blend until my arm gets tired, but my eyelid wants more...
The S Brush is from Canadian Squirrel and is less firm (but still), and perfect for application and slight blending or highlight under the eyebrow, I love the size of it.
The SL Brush is made from weasel and makes it very firm and perfect for sharp lines and under the eyes. It blends kohl perfect. My MAC 219 is now most of the time unused..
The WM brush is also made from weasel and is therefore very firm/stiff but still very very soft. Perfect for liquid eye shadow all over the lid or even concealer.
The red with gold S142 with blue squirrel hair picks up the eyeshadow so easy, i never knew it was possible (could be the quality of my old brushes though..) and is soft soft soft, you would like to spoil your eyelids all day...
I could go on, but at the end of the line, there ultrasoft, firm as they should be, hairs are perfectly assembled and there are a lot of them. Favorite right now is the Yachiyo, also because of the looks and how it handles, but the quality of the hairs and how good it handles mineralized pigments. Not to much and blends beautiful.
Value for money? I would say yes, I have 4 MAC brushes in the same price range as Hakuhodo and I would say this is a level up in quality and finishing.
Keep in mind the handles are about 2-3 cm shorter then the MAC brushes. Easier in front of the mirror for personal use, but could be a little bit short for professional use on others.
A very happy with her new Hakuhodo brushes Yvette (and saving for more.....)