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Friday, 23 December 2011

Eyeshadow Brush Comparison pictures -- part 4

Finally, the brushes I use for precision work and eyelining (with powders, creams and gels). These divided neatly into four categories so new format today: a group shot to show relative scale and handle lengths, and then closer comparisons.
As before, the short gold-handled Hakuhodos I purchased in Japan; I've linked to the brushes with exactly the same heads and numbers currently available on the international Hakuhodo webshop. The Chikuhodo Artist series brushes also come in black (long-handled) versions.

brush comparison  MAC 231, 266 Chikuhodo Artist Red 6-1 Hakuhodo S162, 007, 5531 Shu Uemura 6OB, 4F Maybelline gel eyeliner KATE gel eyeliner Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner
1. MAC 231 synthetic curved push brush 
2. Chikuhodo Artist Red 6-1 kolinsky curved push brush 
3. MAC 266 angled ox/synthetic blend brush 
4. Hakuhodo 162 angled weasel brush (see S162) 
5. Shu Uemura Natural 6OB angled badger brush (mine is travel-sized; they also make a long-handled version) 
6. Shu Uemura Natural 4F sable flat brush 
7. Maybelline gel eyeliner synthetic tapered flat brush 
8. KATE gel eyeliner synthetic tapered flat brush 
9. Hakuhodo 5531, synthetic script brush
10. Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner sable/nylon blend brush 
11. Hakuhodo 007 fine pointed weasel brush (see K007)

Curved Push Brushes
brush comparison MAC 231, Chikuhodo Artist Red 6-1
brush comparison MAC 231, Chikuhodo Artist Red 6-1
The 231 (#1) is one of my favourite brushes from MAC -- I keep several on hand for lining (eyelids, lower lashlines, waterline, tightlining) and also for inner corner work and patting on a 'pop' (sorry) of colour or shimmer right in the centre of the eyelid. It handles all textures of powder, cream and gel with equal aplomb.
I purchased the Chikuhodo Artist 6-1 (#2) as a short-handled travel version of the 231. And it actually blows the MAC brush out of the water in every single way. Its slightly smaller dimensions translate to a huge increase in precision, and the kolinsky hair outperforms MAC's synthetics with all textures. A must-have, if you like this shape.

Angled brushes
brush comparison MAC 266, Hakuhodo S162, Shu Uemura 6OB
brush comparison MAC 266, Hakuhodo S162, Shu Uemura 6OB
brush comparison MAC 266, Hakuhodo S162, Shu Uemura 6OB
MAC 266 (#3) is the widest and next to the Hakuhodo 162 (#4) and Shu 6OB (#5) it feels positively floppy. Because my eyes are small and brows are fullish, I can't use this for either lining or brows, but it's handy for sketching out sharp cut creases.
Hakuhodo 162 is the densest and thickest of the three and works best for smokey, smudgy lining. It is also the softest as well as the firmest, and works excellently for working eyeliner right into the base of the lashes. Also marketed as a brow brush, but only recommended for those "more hairless" than me (nice euphemism courtesy of the Osaka Hakuhodo counter manager, who would only sell this to me when I solemnly swore never to let it approach my were-brows.)
Shu 6OB is another staple of mine, used with brow powders and gels, and with powder eyeshadow to line my eyes (almost daily). More angled than the Hakuhodo 162, it draws thinner, less smokey lines with powders, but works less well with gels/creams because it's more loosely packed.

Flat liner brushes
brush comparison Shu Uemura 4F, Maybelline gel eyeliner, KATE gel eyeliner
brush comparison Shu Uemura 4F, Maybelline gel eyeliner, KATE gel eyeliner
brush comparison Shu Uemura 4F, Maybelline gel eyeliner, KATE gel eyeliner
Shu 4F sable (#6) works best on the lower lashline, with powders and loose pigments. With creams I prefer a neater line and more control so turn to my trusty drugstore freebies from Maybelline (#7 -- Lisa Eldridge and Jung Saem Mool like it too!) and KATE (#8) -- both are denser and more directional thanks to tapering. KATE works better on the eyelid, and for smudging out as well as lining, so wins out overall; they are equally excellent on the waterline.

Pointy liner brushes
brush comparison Hakuhodo, 007, 5531, Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner
brush comparison Hakuhodo, 007, 5531, Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner
brush comparison Hakuhodo, 007, 5531, Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner
Hakuhodo 5531 (#9) has become my go-to for spot-concealing. It's replaced the Sonia Kashuk (#10) because despite being bigger, it's also more precise and less, well, poky on sore red skin. I prefer slightly bigger shapes for spot-concealing because one jab is less painful than doing something pointillist with an ultrafine brush.
I've had two months with Hakuhodo 007 and it's officially time to call Holy Grail. Makes more graphic liner (flicks, angles etc.) absoutely effortless. In the past I've worn out many a MAC 209 and 210 and Louise Young 24 and 25, not to mention dozens of Japanese pen liners with attached brushes (KMHM, Rose of Versailles and KATE, for example). At the Hakuhodo counter, I also had a play with several other script brushes, all of which were too long or too rounded; the 007 is simply perfection.

5 comments:

  1. Another great brush comparison post! I have the MAC #231 myself, and I reach for it so often! Indeed a super versatile little brush!

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  2. I like the MAC 231, and the Bobbi Brown liner brush is my fave.

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  3. eurghhhh why you give me so many lemmings! now i need that Chiku 6-1 flat liner brush! I was thinking about getting another MAC 231 since I like it so much :D

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  4. Which 007 is the Hakuhodo brush? They have a few in their different series. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Addy, it's the same head as the K007 (weasel) :)

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