Long overdue but here we are! Instalment one of my top brushes series – face, lip & brow brushes. Narrowing it down was excruciatingly difficult but I’ve been brutal! Directory of stockists and reviews below :)
Spinoff discussion relating to my Top Brushes Series – Why pay more for brushes?
Youtuber of the week: Rae Morris
SUQQU – Cheek Brush
First review can be found here.
Most of the SUQQU line, including the brushes, can be purchased from Ichibankao. There is a significant markup but prices include international shipping.
Alternatively, SUQQU can be purchased off Selfridges. Internationally shipping is flat rate of 25 pounds (ish?) but the raw prices are cheaper than Ichibankao. Essentially, it works out cheaper to buy off Selfridges if you’re haulin’ big but for one or two items, Ichibankao is the way to go.
Or… make friends in Japan.
Chikuhodo – Z4 Cheek/Highlight Brush
Chikuhodo Z4 review and comparison to the SUQQU Cheek Brush can be found here.
Chikuhodo can be purchased off Now-EProject. Recently, Beautylish also began stocking Chikuhodo Z Series (I hear they have additional series’ on the way!).
If you’re in Japan, Chikuhodo can be found in a little store called Tau Hiroshima, which is where I purchased mine.
Hakuhodo – B505 Blush Brush
I don’t believe I’ve reviewed this – I wouldn’t recommend for those who have particularly small features but I enjoy it for larger placements of colour.
Hakuhodo B505 can be purchased on their website, I believe shipping prices vary. You can also find the brand at various makeup conventions, like IMATS.
Chikuhodo – Z2 Highlight Brush
I haven’t reviewed this on the ShamFrip but it’s a gorgeous brush, I generally use it for highlight but on occasion I use it for contouring. Moderately dense, it doesn’t read quite as soft as the SUQQU Cheek/Chikuhodo Z4 but it’s still within the realm of bunny softness, by far the silkiest candlestick brush I’ve touched. For stockists, refer to the Chikuhodo Z4 stockists above.
Rae Morris – Ultimate Cheek Bone Brush #3
Original review can be found here. As I mentioned in the video, I own the older style but you can see the new style on Sonia’s blog.
Rae Morris brushes can be purchased at IMATS conventions as well as the Rae Morris webshop.
Real Techniques – Buffing & Contour Brush
No reviews but I think most of you are familiar with the Real Techniques line.
Australians can purchase at Priceline Pharmacies or at iherb.com (cheaper, FYI). For international stockists, click here.
The Beauty Blender Sponge
I use the original but there are some dupes floating about. Another cult favourite that doesn’t require an introduction, read a list of stockists here.
Chanel – #24 Brush
Discontinued WAHHHHH. Read my thoughts here. No known stockists.
Lip Brushes – Hakuhodo and Chikuhodo
I cannot find my Hakuhodo Square Lip Brush on the site, I purchased it at IMATS Sydney. The Chikuhodo brush is a square, retractable lip brush.
Hakuhodo J163H Eyebrow Brush Angled can be purchased off the Hakuhodo website and at IMATS Conventions. The mini SUQQU Brow Brush can be bought in full size, I believe it’s the Eyebrow Brush S (for stockists, refer to SUQQU Cheek Brush blurb above). The Benefit Hard Angle Brush is a synthetic option that is widely available in store, as far as I know.
Hope you guys found this video interesting :)