Whether this is your first time hearing about Chikuhodo, or you‘re a dedicated fan, we’ve out together a guide to help you in your search for your soulmate makeup brushes.
First of all, Chikuhodo is based in Hiroshima and is one of the largest crafters of handmade Kumano makeup brushes. Kumano brushes originate from the Kumano region of Hiroshima and require years of training to perfect the methods used to create the exquisite brushes. Kumano is known to be more durable of makeup brushes so if one invests in a handcrafted set of Kumano brushes from a Chikuhodo series, they might last you a lifetime.
Chikuhodo is an OEM manufacturer that supplies high-end makeup brands such as SUQQU, Shiseido, Kanebo, and Kose. They are now one of the most respected makeup brush artisans around the world.
Each series is very specific to the target user but we have specified which kind of makeup fanatic should buy which series.
High-End Models are all designed by the second generation head of Chikuhodo, Takemori Tesshyu. The quality is indisputable, and this has contributed to their popularity. The Chikuhodo Z-series is the most popular of the series and even won the fude lover’s choice award in 2017. In contrast, the Maki-e is famous for its beauty and Japonesque allure. Purchase of Chikuhodo High-end models will distinguish a casual makeup brush collector from an experienced cosmetician.
Description of Series:The most sought-for of the Chikuhodo brushes, this popular brush series lives up to its reputation. They are renowned for their quality, lightweight feel, and delicate touch to the skin. Each brush in the Z series is created using 100% grey squirrel hair, with each hair hand-picked by a team of specialists. The bristles are left uncut, allowing for the silkiest feel possible. Designed by Tesshyu Takemori.
Availability:Comes in 4, 6 and 8 piece sets with a lip, eyeshadow, eyeliner, cheek, powder, contour and highlighter brushes available. *Z-11 Eyeshadow blending brush was released in 2018 as the newest addition to the brush series.
Recommended customer:For those with Sensitive Skin and a high budget who would like to experience the very best series from Chikuhodo.
Description of Series:Made with Saikoho goat hair, which is the highest quality of goat hair. The bristles are soft yet firm and are not dyed to honor the original white color of the goat hair. The designer Tesshyu Takemori has his name painted on the matte black handle in a red insignia. This makeup brush series is hard to miss.
Availability:Available in a 10 piece set with powder, foundation, cheek, highlight, eyeshadow (L, M, S), eyebrow, and lip brushes available. Comes with a sleek black bag with pouches for the individual brushes.
Recommended Customer:For those who want a soft yet firm makeup application and who have a higher budget. E.g. affluent career women
Description of Series:The GSN is the new (n stands for “new”) edition of the older GS Chikuhodo series. Sets include a mixture of Sokouhou goat and blue squirrel bristles (remember “g” for goat and “s” for squirrel). GSN is recognizable by the white handle and metallic gold ferrule.
Set Availability:The series comes in 4, 6, 9 piece set (elegant black tie-up pouch included). Lip, screw, eyebrow, shadow liner, eye shadow, liquid foundation, highlight, cheek, powder brushes available for individual purchase as well.
Recommended Customer:For those who want to buy Chikuhodo brushes with long handles but enjoy contemporary makeup brands and application styles. E.g. Modern day businesswomen.
Description of Series:Arguably the most aesthetically pleasing of the Chikuhodo series. The handles are the defining feature with beautifully painted peony and sakura flowers on the black lacquer. Made from squirrel hair, densely packed to ensure even finishes to your makeup.
Availability:Portable lip, cheek, and powder brushes. Basic Powder brush model has three kinds of maki-e art to choose from. Also available, 2 different kinds of Makeup Brush Maki-e boxes in black, red, and beige.
Recommended Customer:For those who would like a very “Japonesque” handle due to the Maki-e art with all the power of a soft, yet firm powder brush. E.g. Japan fanatics, Art lovers
The Basic Models
Basic models are highly diverse series of brushes. In each series, you will find a variety of brushes to suit a diverse, more contemporary form of makeup application. Different colors are introduced as well as 100% synthetic animal-free bristles, even retractable options are available. These models are for those who have high-end needs with a lower budget and a variety of creative ideas that can only be applied with a wide variety of brushes.
Description of Series:The brush series employs 35 brushes in two different colors: red and black. The series covers basic needs of makeup application but with the highest quality available.
Availability:Recommended Customer: Those who would like to buy Chikuhodo brushes but who have a very specific area they would like to apply makeup to. E.g. Minimalists who need very specific brushes and nothing else
Description of Series:The most fun series of brushes from Chikuhodo. Sokoho Goat hair bristles are paired with a glossy magenta pink handle that symbolizes “passion” for beauty and a desire to allure. If the set is purchased, all of the Passion series brushes are included.
Availability:7 piece brush set with a glossy pink pouch. Lip, Edge, Eyebrow, Eyeshadow, Highlight, Cheek, and Powder brushes available.
Recommended Customer:For those who would like a comprehensive set and are looking to create looks from natural glows to dramatic pouts. Also for those who care about having the brush handle stand out with matching pink pouch available. E.g. Fashionistas, Actresses, students with a higher budget. (Keep in mind it is goat hair and less soft than squirrel brushes)
Description of Series:This series is distinct due to the short handles which allow for faster application with the faster application. Made from a variety of fur including goat, squirrel, and weasel. Includes liquid foundation brushes.
Availability:Sets of 3, 5, 8, each with specially designed cases. Cheek, 2 Screw, Liner, 2 Liquid foundation, Contour, 2 Powder, Lip, Eyebrow, Shadow liner, 2 Eyeshadow, Cheek/Highlight, Powder/Cheek brushes available for individual purchase.
Recommended Customer:For women who enjoy liquid foundation and would like to buy smaller sets of Chikuhodo brushes.
Description of Series:100% animal-free synthetic fiber that recreates the illusion of a delicate Chikuhodo touch. Uses the corn-based material in an effort to be environmentally friendly. Silver is also used for antimicrobial advantages.
Recommended Customer:For those who are Animal-free conscious buyers who would like to use a high-quality makeup brush without animal hair. Also for those with sensitive skin due to the microbial effect of the brushes.
Description of Series:metallic, portable series with 6 brushes (lip, eyebrow, eyeliner, eyeshadow, powder, cheek brushes). Made from Soukouhou goat, and weasel fur. Each handle is labeled with its functional purpose.
Availability:A 6-piece set is available. Powder, Lip, Liner, Eyebrow, Eye Shadow, and cheek brush available.
Recommended Customer:For those who want a less expensive set, with retractable portable functionality. Brushes provided are not as extensive but cover basic needs of a quick makeup application. E.g. Students, travelers, those who do not have a lot of time to put on makeup.
Premium or Limited Edition Models
Premium or Limited Edition series are highly anticipated favorites that are released on special occasions such as during the Christmas season. Many of these are Chikuhodo fan favorites and get a lot of media coverage through blogs and press.
Description of Series:The Noel limited editions were highly anticipated and marketed well by the press. There are two colors, Vin Rouge and Vin Blanc. Depending on the color, the brushes differ in use.
Noel Collection: Vin Rouge (Red Wine)
A 6-brush set and the most expensive Christmas set Chikuhodo has made in years. However, features a foundation brush, not typical of Chikuhodo. This type of bristle enables the user to evenly apply the foundation or product without worrying much about the angle of the brush.
Set Availability:6 makeup brushes within the series. Powder, Foundation, Highlight, Eyeshadow, Eyebrow, and a Lip brush within the makeup brush series. Comes with an attractive wine red makeup brush pouch.
Noel Collection: Vin Blanc (White Wine)
First Christmas set to feature compact, retractable brushes. It is certainly a big change to the Noel collection, which always had normal brushes with specially designed ferrules and handles. Chikuhodo was experimenting with the way the overseas market reacted to a retractable brush series for the Christmas set. While portable brushes have smaller bristle, they are densely packed to compensate for its size.
Set Availability:Features the portable line (without slacking on quality). 4 brushes including powder, a cheek brush, eyeshadow, and lip brush.
Recommended Customer:For those who are already established fans of the Chikuhodo Makeup brush series and would like a more contemporary look to their makeup brushes. The Vin Blanc series is especially for those who have tried the K-series retractable brushes but who would also like the festive look of the Vin Blanc.
Description of Series:Gathering the very best of the materials, Premium series is listed in the standard lineup but almost always short on the stock due to the rarity of the materials. The only brush out of the series, P-8 uses only the highest-quality long hair of the grey squirrel. Ebony wood is used for the handle as well as the stand, to complement the high-end bristle.
Set Availability:There is only one brush in the Chikuhodo Premium Line Makeup brush series (Powder brush).
Recommended Customer:One who’s interested in trying out the rarest, very best of the grey squirrel powder brush.
Which Chikuhodo Makeup brush series will you choose?
As you might have noticed, the Chikuhodo Makeup brush series is a comprehensive lineup of makeup brushes which cover all scopes of the makeup application process. There are brushes for the simplest of purposes as well as the most precise angles. There is a Chikuhodo makeup brush for everyone. If you have ever seen, touched, or bought makeup, then undoubtedly you need to invest in a Chikuhodo makeup brush series to truly reap the benefits of your makeup.