Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Epic Brush Post, Part II: Cheek Brushes

This is part two of my ongoing brush series. The first can be found here.

The misconception I mentioned in my face brush post seems to be most commonly applied to cheek brushes. Generally, the softer a brush is, the more pliable it becomes, but since blush application should be targeted, anything too pliable causes loss of control. The thing is, I'm not necessarily sacrificing softness for firmer bristles. Everything I own feels really good on the skin. 

L-R: Hakuhodo 210 Blush Brush, LMdB Cheek Brush, Shu Uemura 20H

The Hakuhodo 210 is a cheek brush with a rounded head perfect for contouring. Its bristles are firm (but not bristly!) and it does a great job of maintaining its shape, which is crucial when what you need is extremely targeted application.

I have five other blush brushes, but each plays its own role in my collection. The Le Métier de Beauté Cheek Brush and Shu Uemura 20 are work horses. They are the ones I'll bring on travels if I could only have one cheek brush. They feature the standard shape (LMdB's is wider, Shu's more tapered) and work with a large variety of textures. I would repurchase both in a heartbeat if I ever lost either.

The Shu Uemura 20H is known as a contouring brush, but I don't really use it for that purpose. To me, it lacks the firmness and density to produce a proper contour. That said, if you want an all-purpose cheek brush, this is it. I like it because something about the shape makes applying blush really, really easy.

L-R: Shu Uemura 20, Yojiya Cheek Brush, Suqqu Cheek Brush

The Yojiya Cheek Brush is one of my softest cheek brushes. I use it for particularly pigmented blushes because it blends them out most effectively.

I'd say the only "dud" I have in here is the Suqqu Cheek Brush. The brush head is too small and feels too soft to be functional as a cheek brush for me, but I couldn't part from it because like its face counterpart, it is so soft. I usually use it with finishing powder to set my makeup.

The Hakuhodo 210 Blush Brush ($36) can be found at hakuhodousa.comLe Métier de Beauté Cheek Brush ($55) at any Neiman Marcus store, nordstrom.com or zuneta.com, Shu Uemura 20 and 20H (both $50) at shuuemura-usa.com, and Suqqu Cheek Brush at ichibankao.com (though highly marked up). Yojiya products are only available in Kyoto and select airports in Japan.


  1. I have the LMdB one, and you're right about. I would also choose that if I could only bring one brush. It went into my everyday essentials pouch the moment I used it. It's like, you just know this is a good brush, when you use it.

  2. The hakuhodo looks great! You make me want to purchase it. I love my bobbi brown blush brush as they are very fat and easy to use :)

  3. What's the difference between the Shu 20 and 20 H? I'm a little unclear on what you do with eah of them and why. 20 is a work horse, & 20 H is called a contouring brush but you use it for blush?

  4. Really gorgeous brushes, I don't have any dome shaped ones like that- I love yours!

    x Jordan
    - Boho Vanity -

  5. They all look SO soft! I wanna touch! (that sounds dirty... >_<)

  6. Gosh, I LOVE blush brushes! Could the Yojiya Cheek Brush & the Hakuhodo Kokutan Blush Brush S be the same thing with a different Logo?

  7. Jyoan- :)

    memoiselle- it is!

    Isla- I know :/ that part was hard to write. I wanted to sort of explain what brush I use with what blush texture but I feel like I just do that instinctively with no real reason. 20H can be a blush or contouring brush. If you turn it sideways, it fits nicely into the area below the cheekbones. If you hold it normally, it's a cheek brush. The only real difference between 20H and 20 is the shape. In the end I just use all of them for cheeks and the Hakuhodo for specific contouring purposes +_+ sorry for the confusion!

    Boho Vanity- They're really good for contouring!

    dani- come here and i'll let you ;)

    Buggsiebee- They may be made by the same company :) I always thought it might be the case.

    which is why I mentioned if you really need an all-purpose brush, that

  8. I wants the Hakuhodo!!! IMATS nao!!!

  9. I have a question - what brush do you use or would you recommend specifically for highlighters? I'm having a discussion with a friend and I'm not sure I agree with her recommendation, so would love input from anyone more talented with brushes than me (it doesn't take much) :) Any thoughts?

  10. Geeks- It's worth waiting for/better than the 109! get it get it!

    rebecca- if powder highlighters, I personally like using the LMdB cheek brush because it works better in picking up the pigment. I know a few bloggers who prefer pointed brushes, but I haven't found one that I liked

  11. Thanks for clarifying! :) It makes more sense to me now!

  12. I was wondering, is the Yojiiya Goat or Squirrel hair? Thank you - I have a weak spot for brushes and loved your post :)

  13. Wow, I think you may be the only blogger I've ever seen dare rate the SUQQU blush brush as a "dud". I'm kind of glad -- now I don't feel as if I'm missing out. :P

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