Comparison: Hakuhodo Blush Brushes

If you’re unfamiliar with Hakuhodo, please check out my introduction to the brand here.

Let’s look at three blush brushes from Hakuhodo: the S110, B505BKSL, and Large Pointed Yachiyo.

S110 ($46)

Front View

Side View

The S110 brush is made from one of the softer varieties of goat hair. It feels very soft against the skin, but it’s not floppy. It has a bit of bounce that means it’s resistant against the skin (instead of just smooshing against it) so it deposits a fair amount of pigment.

This brush is the all-rounder of the bunch, a jack of all trades. It applies un-pigmented blushes quite well; a few swipes are needed. It diffuses pigmented blushes well, but there is a slight danger of over-application, unlike with the…

B505BKSL ($84)

Front View

Side View



The B505BKSL is made from Blue Squirrel and Sokoho Goat Hair. Because of its hair it’s ridiculously soft – I’d imagine many would find it too soft. It offers little resistance against skin, but the goat hair does give it a bit of firmness.

This means it’s a great brush for pigmented blushes that are often in danger of being over-applied. However it still performs well with un-pigmented or pale blushes because it can build up colour with some layering. While this layering would be troublesome with a lot of other brushes, the softness of the B505BKSL makes you reluctant to put it down anyway, so a few extra swipes is more of a luxury than a bother.

Large Pointed Yachiyo ($33)



The Yachiyo is made from goat hair that’s rougher than the goat hair of the S110. It’s not scratchy, but it’s not heavenly soft either. The hair is very springy; it offers a lot of resistance against skin, so it deposits a lot of pigment.

The brush is one of my ultimate favourites for un-pigmented blushes. A few dabs in the blush pan makes a pale blush show up beautifully on skin. You do have to be careful with pigmented blushes though: although the Yachiyo can blend quite well, it holds such a lot of pigment that it is very easy to go overboard on pigmented blush with just one swipe over your cheek. This can be avoided if you brush it over a tissue or your hand beforehand applying.

Comparison Swatches

Here are some comparisons with a pale blush (Shu Uemura M Soft Mauve 225) and a dark blush (MAC Loverush).

As you can see, the S110 is a nice middle-ground brush; the Yachiyo deposits a lot of pigment and leaves a more definite edge; the B505BKSL diffuses the blush the most.

My Favourite?

My favourite is the B505BKSL. I prioritise softness in my face brushes (unless it makes the brush unusable) and I love the way the brush blurs the edges of my blush – it makes blending post-application pretty much unnecessary.

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7 comments on “Comparison: Hakuhodo Blush Brushes

  1. I hear lots of great things about Hakuhodo makeup brushes these days. The shape of the brushes are so unique and the design looks really interesting – especially the Large Pointed Yachiyo.

    You did an amazing comparison post, Elizabeth!

  2. I agree S110 is the most multipurpose of the Hakuhodo face/cheek brushes, though I may indulge in that B505BkSL when my RMK Cheek Brush bites the dust.

  3. Thanks for doing the comparisons! I’m thinking of getting a few Hakuhodo brushes but there are so many different versions of brushes touted for the same function it’s hard to know what to pick. The comparisons regarding “powder release” as they call it in Japanese is particularly helpful. Thanks!

  4. Great post! Insightful as well as drool-worthy. I have been leaning more towards the B505 recently because, although I love my pure squirrel K020, I need a blush brush with a bit more force to it for my unpigmented blushes.

  5. Jess: The Yachiyo is really a gorgeous brush – I must admit I’m a huge sucker for the Japanese traditions brushes, and the lovely kokutan handles as well. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Oh also one day you have to share your swatching secrets!

    Dain: How’s the RMK? …Not that I need a new blush brush any time soon, but it’s always good to know! And it’s weird, but I tend to overlook the most general-use/normal brushes and favour the ‘specials’. For example, my preference for the B505 over the S110.

    Luna: I hope the comparison helped a little bit! While I would never complain about a brand having a lot of options, choosing from Hakuhodo’s hundreds of brushes can be very daunting indeed. In my experience though, it’s difficult to make the wrong decision – I’ve been impressed with most of my brushes so far.

    Alex: mmm pure blue squirrel! It must be heaven! Even though the B505 isn’t particularly firm, I remember comparing it in the shop with some pure squirrel blush brushes, and the difference in firmness between them was actually quite noticeable.

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