For the most part, I prefer white goat hair for crease brushes (click here for that segment) because sometimes, dark bristles are le floppy. Spoiler: I really should trust my instincts.
I’m reviewing the Hakuhodo G5522 and G5533 today, here is how they compare to some other dark bristle brushes.
Hakuhodo G5522BkSL Eye Shadow Brush Tapered
The blue squirrel version of the white J5522 reviewed earlier. A fraction larger than the MAC 224 but worlds above in quality. WTH MAC? Why a scratchy brush?
Like the MAC 224, this is a tapered, largeish crease brush- many may find this to be too large. Best for blending out edges as opposed to placing colour but it could also be used to blend out under eye concealer (many use the 224 for this purpose, despite the fact that it is not synthetic).
In short, if you like the 224, this brush is similar but so much better that drawing the comparison makes me cringe.
Final Verdict: B. Large for crease purposes but a great blending aid. One of the softest crease brushes I own and a pleasure to use.
Hakuhodo G5533BkSL Eye Shadow Brush Round
Undoubtedly the softest eye brush I have ever encountered. Alas, what G5533 delivers in softness is negated by its lack of resistance… behold, floppy. A not-so-dense blue squirrel creation, it may be used for soft crease colours but even then, purge worthy. I mostly employ this when doing a ‘once over’ on an eye look (to ensure that all lines are seamless) but it really shines when used for setting under eye concealer with powder, so silky… so soft…
Final Verdict: C. Pretty rubbish for eyeshadow application but if you’re searching for a luxe brush to set your under eye concealer (a must in my routine), upgrade that rating to an A.
You’re looking to buy some Hakuhodo crease brushes but you have a meltdown every time you visit the site? My top 3 recommendations would be;
– J5523 (to place colour)
– J142 (slightly less dense, to blend)
– J146 (for more precise crease work, inner corner and brow highlights).
Sense a pattern? All white goat hair- always soft but never lacking in resistance. If you’re more about soft washes of colour, as opposed to definition, you may have better luck with their darker fibre varieties.