Ultimate Guide to Chikuhodo makeup brush series

Ultimate Guide to Chikuhodo makeup brush series

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 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.

Chikuhodo Z-Series

chikuhodo z-series z-11 makeup brush
Chikuhodo Z-series Z-11 Eyeshadow blending brush

Release Date: 2014

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.

Chikuhodo FO-Series

Chikuhodo FO-series FO-1 Powder brush

Release Date: 2019

Description of Series: The FO Series is the industry's first natural makeup brush made with silver fox bristles. The softness is comparable to gray squirrel, with the strength of goat hair. Together, with an elegant wooden handle, these create brushes of unprecedented luxury and efficiency.

Availability: Available in Powder, Foundation, Cheek/ Highlight, Cheek and Eyeshadow brushes.

Recommended customer: For those with sensitive skin who would like to experience a luxury set from Chikuhodo, and rare set in the industry.

Chikuhodo Takumi T-series

chikuhodo takumi series japanese makeup brushes
Chikuhodo T-series with its natural, undyed Goat hair brushes

Release Date: 2014

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

Chikuhodo GSN series

 chikuhodo gsn series japanese makeup brushes
Chikuhodo GSN series with its elegant gold ferrule and white handle

Release Date: 2013

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.

Chikuhodo Maki-e MK-series

 chikuhodo maki-e series japanese makeup brushes
Chikuhodo Collaborated with Maki-e lacquer company to make this exquisite series possible.

Release Date: 2016

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.

Chikuhodo Regular R-series

 chikuhodo regular series japanese makeup brushes
Chikuhodo Regular series makeup brushes come with red or black handles

Release Date: 2014

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

Chikuhodo Passion PS-series

 chikuhodo passion series makeup brush
Passion series brush with pink gloss finish handle

Release Date: 2015

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)

Chikuhodo BP series

chikuhodo BP series makeup brush 
Chikuhodo BP series with its minimalist look

Release Date: 2015

Description of Series: Designed based on feedback from customers and makeup artists. The makeup brush series has a distinct silver ferrule and black handle.

Availability: Set of 8 pieces with three-fold black tie up pouch. Powder, Cheek, Highlight, 3 Eyeshadow, Shadow Liner, eyebrow brushes.

Recommended Customer: Minimalists or for those who would like to buy a set with many eye brushes. Also for those who would like a series tailored to customer reviews.

Chikuhodo G series (Short Handle) 
chikuhodo g-series makeup brush

Chikuhodo G series is someone who seeks for compact makeup 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.

Chikuhodo Artificial – AF series

 chikuhodo AF series animal-free makeup brushes
Artificial series uses synthetic, 100% animal-free material

Release Date: 2016

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.

Availability: Lip, Foundation, Blush, Powder, Eyebrow, Eyeliner, Cheek brushes available. Sold individually.

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. 

Chikuhodo Retractable K-series

 chikuhodo k series makeup brushes
Chikuhodo K-series for your compact travel companion

Release Date: 2016

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 Edition Models

Chikuhodo Premium Line P-Series

Release Date: 2017

Chikuhodo P-8 Powder brush, the only one brush from the premium series

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 that 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. 

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