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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Lip Brush Comparison pictures

The final set! You can see an index to the whole series by clicking the Comparisons tab at the top of the page.

brush comparison lip Shu Uemura 7HR, Boots No 7 Lipbrush, Hakuhodo Push-up flat BkA, Misako Portable, Illamasqua
brush comparison lip Shu Uemura 7HR, Boots No 7 Lipbrush, Hakuhodo Push-up flat BkA, Misako Portable, Illamasqua
brush comparison lip Shu Uemura 7HR, Boots No 7 Lipbrush, Hakuhodo Push-up flat BkA, Misako Portable, Illamasqua
brush comparison lip Shu Uemura 7HR, Boots No 7 Lipbrush, Hakuhodo Push-up flat BkA, Misako Portable, Illamasqua
1. Shu Uemura 7HR kolinsky, rounded angled (also excellent for cream eyeshadow and gel liner -- like a bigger, thinner version of the brush that comes with Chanel Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadows)
2. Boots No7 Lip synthetic, square
3. Hakuhodo Push-up flat BkA kolinsky, square -- closest analogue is the thicker Retractable GoS
4. Hakuhodo Misako Portable weasel, rounded -- closest analogue is the thicker, wider Kokutan RS
5. Illamasqua Lip synthetic, pointed

I am a lip-brush fiend, and use them to apply almost all lip colours (including glosses, stains and pencils). The two Hakuhodo brushes are far and away the best I have ever tried:
  • depositing colour evenly across the entire width of the brush without leaving any streaks at the outer edges
  • soft enough to glide over the lips without tugging and to blend with
  • firm enough to create precise shapes (very important if you dislike lip liners as I do)
  • don't gouge into the creamy moisturising formulas I like, while also effortlessly picking up colour from harder lipsticks
  • made from the highest quality natural hair-- they hold onto pigment without 'drinking' it in, so easier to clean and faster to dry than synthetics
  • all the little subtleties of heft and shape make them beautiful and comfortable to hold and use, and the generous lid design means you're never at risk of splaying the brushes while recapping.
The Non Blonde reports that Hakuhodo's English site (which ships internationally) will be restocking later today for the last time before their January 1st price increase, so I hope this comparison series will prove useful. For more, please click through to these excellent blogs, by far bigger Haku-heads than me:
Ars Aromatica
Delicate Hummingbird
Glossed in Translation
The Non Blonde

2 comments:

  1. If you had to choose one of the Hakuhodo brushes which one would you choose. I have large lips that are defined. I like the curve of the Misako, but I don't know.

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    1. Go for the Misako :) I think it offers enough control for anyone, and it's not so small that you'll be sat there painting for days.

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