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You say multi-purpose brush and I hit snooze and go back to sleep. I hate the phrase – it leaves me under the impression that the brush excels at nothing in particular so it’s lumped in the multi-purpose-face-brush-pile.

So when reviews claimed that the SUQQU Cheek Brush was the ultimate powder, bronzer, contour and blush multi-purpose tool, I scrunched my face like a baby who’d been handed a lemon. I don’t want that.

SUQQU Cheek brush looks like a lot of blush brushes on the market; it’s overpriced, hard to find, the reviews are mixed and I bought it. Why on earth did I purchase this brush?
Curiosity, ladies and gentleman, is a force to be reckoned with.

SUQQU Cheek Brush

Hideously Expensive Cheek Brush skyrocketed to stardom when deity Lisa Eldridge nicknamed it the ‘kitten paw’, the softest brush evarrr. Her models smiled once it touched their faces… it became somewhat of a legend.

If you came here hoping I would kill your insatiable lemming, best you stop reading now…

SUQQU Cheek Brush

…because it quickly became the love of my life.

Two things you gotta know about the SUQQU Cheek Brush:
1) it’s the softest brush you’ll ever have the pleasure to touch and
2) It offers less resistance than other cheek brushes.

Aspect 1 will please everyone and aspect 2 is subject to criticism.

SUQQU Cheek Brush

The picture above depicts how the Cheek Brush flattens under it’s own weight, with no pressure from my hand at all. The issue that many people have with brushes that lack resistance is that they fail to deposit much product/colour, this is 100% true with regards to this brush.

Don’t get me wrong, it is by no means floppy and it does have a bit of spring, but it will fold around the contours of the face (unlike other brushes that hold their shape and drag on the skin).

An example may help. Let’s say you have a sheer blush, would you opt for the SUQQU tool? Probably not, you’d be underwhelmed. Now let’s suppose you’re working with a red blush or a Guerlain Bronzer, this is where the SUQQU’s performance shines- it blends as it applies, leaving a soft and diffused appearance.

The application of any blush/contour/bronzer becomes foolproof, not even a monkey would find themselves with blotchy blush application (should a monkey decide to wear blush). I personally don’t use it for highlight as I prefer a small and strategic placement of highlighter, but I imagine many would like it for that, too.

SUQQU Cheek Brush
Left to right: Real Techniques Contour Brush, Illamasqua Highlighter Brush, SUQQU Cheek Brush, Hakuhodo Eyeshadow L, Hakuhodo Medium Yachiyo and NARS Yachiyo.

In terms of how SUQQU Cheek Brush compares to other brushes in my collection, it’s like comparing apples to oranges. Definitely on the smaller side, with a slightly flattened footprint, it bears no resemblance to my other brushes and I’ve placed this picture here merely for size and shape reference. It’s softer and offers less resistance than all the brushes pictured above.

SUQQU Cheek Brush

If I had to liken it to anything, it would be the Hakuhodo Eyeshadow L (as every other brush has a round footprint), but it would be a silly comparison, really.

You need (a term used satirically) this brush if:
– You’re very pale and blush/bronzer frequently looks over the top
– Your cheek colour is never as blended or diffused as you would like
– You own a fair few pigmented blushers and bronzers
– You enjoy the silky, tactile experience of luxe brushes

SUQQU Cheek Brush is comprised of Grey Squirrel and the quality of mine appears to be wonderful; no shedding, washes well and retains shape after washing. I purchased it off Ichibankao for 18450JPY or 186USD.

FYI: I caressed my face with this brush for a solid hour, as I wrote this review.


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  1. God, I love your writing! I searched just out of curiosity the price of this brush and I just laughted. The price tag is ridiculous.

    1. That’s what I thought right? But seriously if it’s that good and you’re going to use it everyday for quite a long time I think it stacks up. I can think of times where I’ve blown that much on a nice meal and night out. It’s relative ey πŸ˜‰

  2. Hi Karima – I could be wrong, but did you have a video of you using the Rae Morris cheekbone brush? Would you be able to remind me of the link? Thanks πŸ™‚ xx

  3. Oh my God, you’re so funny…the brush caressing your face for an hour!
    I gotta get that suqqu brush…thanks… your reviews…

    1. After a solid hour, I was like “well, this is weird…I’ll put this brush down now…” LOL.
      Hope you love it as much as me πŸ™‚

  4. I was so close to getting this brush the other day, but talked myself down off the cliff. I’m going to have to save if I really want it. And oh, I really want it. Especially after seeing this review and how you said it’s great for extremely pale skin. One day, she will be mine!

    1. I talked myself off that cliff so many times. I really wanted to say “this is overrated” but alas, it is incredible πŸ™‚
      Maybe a luxe birthday present? πŸ˜‰

    1. Yeah, I actually think it would work well for you. The Hakuhodo L is slightly more directional and smaller. The SUQQU has more give- it’s a foolproof brush, I don’t understand why I waited this long to get it!

  5. Hi Karima! I went on a search after I initially saw this brush and found what I believe might be a good alternative to the Suqqu Cheek Brush. I ended up getting the RMK Sheer Powder Cheek Brush S from Strawberrynet for 57 USD. I was wondering if you had it. I don’t have the Suqqu one, so it’s kind of a shot in the dark for me whether they are legitimately similar. Would love your thoughts, or maybe a future post on how the two compare πŸ™‚ xo

    1. Hey Jessica!
      I actually don’t own the RMK Cheek S but I’ll link you to a post by Sonia that compares the two:
      She is incredible, do check her out (if you haven’t already). Judging from the pictures, RMK Cheek S is a tiny bit larger than the SUQQU Cheek.

      Also, in this post she talks about the difference in hairs. The RMK has a bit of goat so will likely have a bit more resistance and a little less soft:

      Hopefully this helped clarify things πŸ˜€ xxkarima

  6. Finally a blog worth its weight in key clicks! So expertly and creatively written. Thanks for this. I’ve been toying with the suqqu as a purchase. I own 30 hakuhodo brushes and though I love their performance, despite the tender care they get, they are shedding like mad and are only 1 year old. Disappointed is an understatement when my wallet got so beaten up to buy them. Wish Suuqu were easier to get in Canada.

    1. Thank you and my pleasure! That’s so strange regarding the Hakuhodo brushes! I’ve had mine for over a year and no shedding whatsoever?!
      I imagine you wash them with care so perhaps contact customer service? Because that AIN’T RIGHT. I know what you mean about SUQQU, I also have to buy online at a markup πŸ™ xx

  7. Finally a beauty guru that actually responds to follower questions! What do you think of the sigma brushes? I was thinking the Mrs. Bunny set?

    1. I always respond! I haven’t tried Sigma at this point, I have a ridiculous amount of Japanese made brushes and I can’t justify getting more lol. Perhaps at some point in the future, but I generally prefer handmade brushes as mass made brushes rarely impress me. xx

  8. I wasn’t really sure on which post to put my brush question, so here it is, on a post about brushes! I am looking for a domed fluffy brush with which to buff on liquid foundation and was wondering if you had a recommendation. My nose is rather narrow which puts flat-top brushes out of business, unfortunately. Thank you!

    1. Hey Suz,
      If you’re open to a less dense alternative, how about the Real Techniques Contour Brush? That fits your description and it’s synthetic, so great for liquid formulas. xx

  9. Love the review, since you own both the chikuhodo z4 and this brush, which one do you prefer? (put the price tag aside) and do you think this brush worth the money? thanks~

    1. Hey Cecilia!
      Worth the money is totally relative on how much you want to spend on brushes! As to which I prefer, I prefer the SUQQU for strongly pigmented products (Guerlain Bronzers, red blushers and such) and Z4 for more moderately pigmented products (pale bronzers, Chanel blushers etc). Look into your stash and let your products guide you. Overall, I’m glad I own both. x

  10. How does NARS Yachiyo compare to Suqqu? It’s a cheaper alternative that I wanted to try, I primarily need it for pigmented blushes and blendability.

    1. Mmmm. I have had both. The Nars Yachiyo and the Suqqu check are completely different. The nars hairs are dye black goat hair. Something about the dyeing process made mine seem really dry and almost scratchy. (ymmv here, I have very sensitive skin). The Nars applied powder much, MUCH, heavier (again ymmv, I am pale) which was quite a problem. The Yachiyo blend power was ok. Just okay. It often pushed my makeup around underneath. If you want a yachiyo hakuhodo’s yachiyo’s are less expensive, softer, and offer a more blend-able application (they just aren’t as pretty as all black)

      The Suqqu is grey squirrel. It’s extremely soft and wispy. It’s like if you took a soft bunny pelt and used it to apply powder. It apply very lightly and blend able. You can “build up” color. It won’t “move” your makeup underneath.

  11. I purchased it, when I was in Tokyo last week, and I see what you mean with stroking your face with it for hours; I love it soo much!
    btw your makeup application, etc. is such an inspiration; I have learned so much from your blogpost’s and video’s !
    love you; Kat

  12. Hi Karima,

    Been following your blog and videos for just a month – you’re amazing and so good at reviews as well. (Also love your in-depth responses to comments!)

    I have a quick question for you: what’s the closest Hakuhodo dupe for the Suqqu cheek brush? (Sorry if you mentioned it somewhere, I’ve been unable to find it!)

    Thanks a lot! =)

    1. Hey Jenny,
      As far as I can tell, Hakuhodo doesn’t make a close dupe for the SUQQU Cheek. The only one I own that somewhat resembles the SUQQU is the Hakuhodo Eyeshadow L, but it’s much smaller and much denser.
      Hope that helps!

  13. Hi
    First, sorry for my bad english, i speak French ….
    I have the Suqqu cheek brush and i love it !!! But i have found a brush that is so soft as the Suqqu, that is the Shiseido the Makeup powder brush, it is amaizing !!!! and sooooo soft !!!!! for 50 Dollars !!!
    Do you know this brush ?