Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush review, photos and comparisons.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo makeup brushes are renowned for their handmade quality and attention to detail. Just like Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush (reviewed here),  Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush ($43 USD) is yet another example of an eyeshadow brush done right.  The size, shape, hair quality, design, and weight are so meticulously constructed, I often wonder why I waited so long to purchase this beauty.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

The Pros to Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush:

  1. Made from 100% Gray Squirrel.
  2. Hairs are”uncut,” shaped and assembled by hand in Japan.
  3. Substantial thickness to the handle, yet lightweight design indicate thoughtful construction.
  4. Densely packed hairs apply powdered eyeshadows easily and deposits color evenly for flawless results.
  5. Hairs are tapered with a “flat-round” shape–ideal for all over color application, crease color and lower lash line color application.
  6. Larger head size is perfect for fast application of eyeshadow during busy mornings.
  7. Soft gray squirrel hair is ideal for people with very sensitive skin..feels like silk on the skin.
  8. Has not shed one hair during usage or deep cleaning.
  9. Shorter handle (5.3 inches/13.4 cm/135 mm from tip to base) will allow people to get up close to makeup mirrors, without the annoyance of having the brush handle bump into the mirror.
  10. Wooden handle is engraved with the company name on one side and the brush name on the other.
  11. Now-eproject offers a personalized service where anyone can have their name engrave on the brush for an additional two dollars per brush.
Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

The Cons to Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush:

  1. Not sold in any retail location in the US.  Ordering such an expensive brush from an online source takes a tremendous leap of faith.
  2. People with smaller lid space will find this brush overwhelming.
  3. Gray Squirrel hair can only be used with powder eyeshadows…don’t even think about using this angel with cream eyeshadows.
  4. Deep cleaning is recommended once a month…so if you feel an overpowering urge to wash your brushes on a weekly basis…DON’T.  Chikuhodo suggests to “dry” clean gray squirrel brushes on a clean towel in-between uses.
  5. No other cons…This brush is pretty much perfect in my eyes 🙂
Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply all over lid color.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply all over lid color.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply color under the brow.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply color under the brow.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush dipped into bronzer to apply color to the eye crease.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush dipped into bronzer to apply color to the eye crease.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply color to the eye crease.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply bronzer to the eye crease.

Comparisons to Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush:

Comparisons: Billy B #8 Eyeshadow Brush, Shu Uemura #10 Flat Eyeshadow Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Smashbox #17 Brush.

Comparisons:
Billy B #8 Eyeshadow Brush, Shu Uemura #10 Flat Eyeshadow Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Smashbox #7 Brush.

Comparisons: Smashbox #7 Eyeshadow brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Shu Uemura #10 Flat Eyeshadow Brush, Billy  B #8 Eyeshadow Brush.

Comparisons:
Smashbox #7 Eyeshadow Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Shu Uemura #10 Flat Eyeshadow Brush, Billy B #8 Eyeshadow Brush (click to enlarge).

  • Smashbox #7 comes the closest in size to Chikuhodo Z-5.  Both brushes perform similarly, but Chikuhodo surpass Smashbox in terms of design and softness.  Chikuhodo’s tapered head is suitable for more precise eyeshadow application, whereas Smashbox’s brush head is structured more as a blending brush.
  • Shu Uemura #10 is clearly not the same type of brush, Shu is primarily designed to lay down color on the lid.  Chikuhodo is able to deposit and blend out color at the same time.  Shu Uemura #10 is an excellent brush and has served me well for 14 years.  I prefer to use #10 when I want a heavy eyeshadow application.
  • Billy B #8 (reviewed here) is a great little brush for just about anything–the only difference other than the size, is the quality–would love it if Chikuhodo came out with a brush of this size in their Z-Series.
All eyeshadows (with the exception of the liner) were applied with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

All eyeshadows (with the exception of the liner) were applied with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

  • All eyeshadows were applied with Chikuhodo Z-5 Brush:  Bobbi Brown Cement on the mobile lid, Too Faced Bronzer in the crease, Bobbi Brown Bone under the brow bone, Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer on the lower lash line and Bobbi Brown Espresso applied lightly in the outer corners. Chantecaille Iron Ore Eyeshadow (reviewed here) was used wet on the upper lash line with Estee Lauder Angled Eyeliner Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow brush can be found exclusively at now-eproject.com and  Beautylish.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush is one of those makeup tools you will always reach for, never regret buying and secretly wish for multiple back-ups.  I hope you enjoyed.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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