Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush review, photos and comparisons.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

It is my personal belief one should invest in quality makeup brushes from the very beginning.  Some of the best makeup brushes are made in Japan.  Unfortunately, one cannot easily gain access to those products; many Japan based companies are unable to ship to the US.  Thankfully, companies such as Chikuhodo, are making it possible for overseas consumers to purchase their products (for a premium of course). Taking full advantage of this convenience, the Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush ($109 USD) made its way across the Pacific into my eagerly awaiting little hands.  This decadently supple gray-squirrel brush caresses the face like the finest silk imaginable.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush personalized with my name.

The Pros of Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush:

  1. 100% gray squirrel hair.
  2. Hand made in Japan.
  3. According to now-eproject, “The ultimate Chikuhodo brush collection series, where [Chairman Tesshu Takemori] himself oversees material selection to finishing.” 
  4. Brush measures roughly 6 inches (15 cm) from hair tip to base..I like shorter handle brushes.
  5. Extremely light-weight feel with minimal design.
  6. Hairs are uncut, giving the brush an incredibly silky quality.
  7. Hairs are bundled meticulously for a voluminous airy feel..perfect for people with sensitive and dry skin.
  8. Blends any powder blush or bronzer to perfection.
  9. Can be used with highly pigmented powders for a soft-focused effect.
  10. The rounded paddle shape and tapered sides picks-up color beautifully and makes for effortless application.
  11. Round-oval shape coupled with a slightly pointer end is fitting for bronzer and contour application.
  12. Company name and brush type is printed with raised white lettering, which has not faded in the past month of use.
  13. For an additional two dollars per brush, you can personalize your brushes.
  14. Chikuhodo also manufactures Suqqu Brushes, Kanebo Tesshyu Collection, La Donna, Shiseido Brush Etheindre, RMK, and Lunasol.
Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

The Cons to Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush:

  1. Ordering such an expensive brush online takes a tremendous leap of faith.
  2. Not for people who prefer a strong blush or bronzer application.
  3. Not the most efficient bronzer brush..takes more time to build-up color (IMHO, the results are worth it).
  4. Natural oils from the skin will collect on the delicate hairs after every use.  Make certain to “dry” clean your brush on a clean towel before storing it away for the day.
  5. Some may find the shorter handle not to their liking.

 Comparisons:

Comparison L-R: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Comparison L-R:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

As you can tell Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush is the daintiest of the lot.  Tom Ford Bronzer Brush has a towering presence in both appearance and feel.  Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush is lightweight, not as much as Chikuhodo, but it is definitely bulkier in comparison (not my favorite brush).

Comparison L-R: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Comparison L-R:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) is composed of dense goat hair; I prefer to use this brush for a fast all-over bronzer application, and to deposit bronzer down my neck and décolletage. Chikuhodo is delicate from the start; this exquisite swan will dance brilliantly over the skin, depositing a light veil of color. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush is the brute of the bunch…he sheds like crazy and I find the shape a bit awkward.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush and Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush and Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here) is composed of densely packed goat hair and is ideal for those who prefer a heavier blush/bronzer application.  The more substantial goat hairs are able to pick-up powder products that are tightly pressed in the pan or blushes that are subtly pigmented (like my Giorgio Armani Blush #10). Chikuhodo is the perfect shape and density to blend highly pigmented blushes (from Nars and Tom Ford) to sheer perfection.

Too Face Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Too Face Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush (with flash).

I use Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush with Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer and the coverage is delicate and balanced.  Chikuhodo recommends deep cleaning gray squirrel hair brushes once a month.  Read their outline here.

Chikuhodo Brushes can be purchased at now-eproject.com and  Beautylish.com 

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you want to treat yourself to a beautiful, yet functional makeup brush, then Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush would make the perfect investment.  My husband gifted this to me after he saw me drooling over Sonia’s (Sweetmakeuptemptations) review (here) and Tarabayz’s review (here). Admittedly, this brush will not be for everyone, but if you get a chance to experience the feel of Z-8, I doubt anyone will be able to resist its charms.  What can I say, some girls like flowers, dining out, designer bags, shoes, etc..personally, I’ll take Chikuhodo makeup brushes any day….however, jewelry is always welcomed 🙂   I love anything makeup related, but I’m not completely crazy.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

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