Thursday, October 30, 2014

Japonesque Liquid Light Swatches & Review - Shades #1, #2, #3


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Japonesque Liquid Light

Japonesque released new liquid highlighters this year. As of right now, 3 shades are available through retailers like Ulta/ These are meant to be placed over makeup to highlight the highest planes of the face or all-over on its own as a makeup base. 

Japonesque Liquid Light Swatches - #1, #2, #3

These were all swatches on clean skin. It was actually really difficult to capture all of the reflective shimmer in these.

japonesque liquid light highlighter bronzer swatches #1 #2 #3
L to R: Japonesque Liquid Light #1, #2, #3

Japonesque Liquid Light Review - #1, #2, #3

I want to note that I was a bit sad not to see a shade that was super light (even translucent white) with a pink reflective quality for those with super cool and/or very light complexions. Perhaps in the future!

Japonesque Liquid Light #1 Review

Product Type - liquid highlighter
Scent - light clean scent
Shade - rosy metallic champagne
On the Skin - extremely shimmery; thin formula once applied; moderate tinting
Price - $28 (.84 fl oz)
Where to Buy - Ulta/ 
My Thoughts - This is a rosy champagne with a lot of metallic shimmer to it that is pretty reflective, especially up close. The formula is interesting as it's almost gel-like, but less opaque than I thought it would be looking at the bottle. Speaking of the bottles, they are very heavy and made of glass if you're unfamiliar with Japonesque packaging--great for the top of your makeup table and nice in your hand, but too heavy in my opinion for a kit. I recommend depotting if you plan to travel with this. The actual pump part feels a bit cheap in comparison to the substantial bottle and makes it a tad difficult to pump out small bits of product vs. a full pump, though it works well enough if you plan to use a lot of product. A little of this spreads out quite a bit, so I suggest using a light hand and layering if you want more of a dramatic effect. The more product you use the longer it will take for this to dry down and set. It can become a little uneven if too much product is applied as it tends to slide around quite a bit while wet. The metallic shimmer in this is most comparable to me to the finish you get (in terms of reflective particles) to some of  MAC's Mineralized Skinfinishes with more metallic, frosty finishes. It is not quite as fine a shimmer as Benefits liquid highlighters or Face Atelier's Ultra Sheers. 

Tip: Put a pump of this into your body lotion for some added dimension

All in all, I think these are best for looks where you want a high-shimmer effect or for use over your body when mixed with lotion. The price is really reasonable for the amount of product you get, which may make them appealing to those looking to try liquid highlighters or who want something tinted.

Japonesque Liquid Light #2 Review

Product Type - liquid highlighter
Scent - light clean scent
Shade - peachy metallic light gold
On the Skin - extremely shimmery; thin formula once applied; moderate tinting
Price - $28 (.84 fl oz)
Where to Buy - Ulta/ 
My Thoughts - My thoughts on the general formula, finish and packaging above apply to all of these. This color in particular is perhaps the most versatile as it's slightly lighter than the other 2 shades and may complement even slightly fairer complexions. I think this could potentially be nice for warming up the face when mixed with foundation or applied under foundation. This was as shimmery as the other two, though the tint in the base was lighter as you can see above. A nice color and my favorite of the 3 overall.

Japonesque Liquid Light #3 Review

Product Type - liquid highlighter/bronzer
Scent - light clean scent
Shade - bronzey gold metallic 
On the Skin - extremely shimmery; thin formula once applied; moderate tinting
Price - $28 (.84 fl oz)
Where to Buy - Ulta/ 
My Thoughts - My thoughts on the general formula, finish and packaging above apply to all of these.  This shade is the one I'd say is definitely more of a bronze-highlighter of the three. It has a distinct bronze effect in addition to its warm brown base. The base is a tad more orange leaning, which I find common in bronzers. I think this is the type of product you'd most reach for in the summer if you're medium to medium-light complected or year-round if you have a deeper complexion. I'm not sure how well this would translate on fairer complexions, but the orange hue may be a bit too strong. I think this shade in particular would make for a fabulous all-over body bronzer/highlighter when mixed with body lotion. It could also be nice on tan faces for highlighting. 

What do you think of these newer liquid highlighters from Japonesque? Would you consider purchasing them? Which shade do you like best?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LUSH Halloween 2014 Collection Review - Includes Wizard Hat Gift Set


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LUSH Halloween 2014

You guys know I live for LUSH's holiday collections. Remember last Halloween's amazing collection? I loved it and I have to say, I may be even more in love with this year's collection (except Pumkin Mumkin, he's my boo and I will forever love him above all else!). 

The second I saw this collection I was totally thrilled. A wizard hat? The return of one of my favorite bath bombs? Yes, yes, yes!

I know I gave you guys a little teaser before I traveled last week, but I'm happy to say I have now had the chance to review each item and jot down my thoughts for you.

What better way to spend the night after taking the little guys trick-or-treating or hitting up a fabulous Halloween party? Halloween bath time, here you come!

LUSH Halloween 2014 Individual Products

lush halloween 2014 fairy ring soap
LUSH Fairy Ring Soap

LUSH Halloween 2014 Lord of Misrule bath bomb
LUSH Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

LUSH halloween 2014 Northern Lights Bath Bomb review
LUSH Northern Lights Bath Bomb

lush halloween 2014 sparkly pumpkin bubble bar review
LUSH Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

LUSH Halloween 2014 Wizard Hat Products 

lush halloween 2014 wizard hat products review
LUSH Halloween Wizard Hat Contents

LUSH halloween 2014 Sparkler Bath Bomb review
LUSH Sparkler Bath Bomb

Lush star light star bright bath melt
LUSH Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt

lush halloween 2014 wizard bubble bar review
LUSH Wizard Bubble Bar

LUSH Halloween 2014 Product Review

LUSH Fairy Ring Soap

Product Type - bar soap
Scent - jasmine floral scent
On the Skin - nice slip; cleanses well; leaves soft scent behind
Price - $7.95 (3.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH stores/
My Thoughts - First of all, I'm a huge fan of LUSH's soap, which tends to be one of the only soaps we keep by the sinks in our bathrooms. This smells beautiful! The Jasmine scent is strong enough to easily detect, but soft and lovely. I love the name of this soap, too! If you're not familiar, several European cultures have different folklore about Fairy Rings or circles of mushrooms that spontaneously occur. The Hub's family is Irish and Celtic tradition believes these are left behind by dancing pixies or elves. Super fun! The fact this soap is made using fresh mushrooms and has a name related to such a whimsical idea is perfect in my opinion.

LUSH Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

Product Type - bath bomb
Scent - vanilla and patchouli
In the Bath - fizzes well; pop rocks crackle making it a run experience; mix of green, silver and magenta colors swirl together
Price - $6.95 (7.1 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/
My Thoughts - If you missed my raving review last year, I'm a HUGE fan of this bath bomb. While I'm actually not a fan of patchouli, the scent of this bath bomb is so perfectly constructed that it's actually one of my all-time favorites. Inspired by the Feast of Fools, it's fun to use with it's multiple colors and popping candies, but even better, it smells so lovely and fills the entire upstairs with its scent when we use it. This is a must in my opinion!  

LUSH Northern Lights Bath Bomb

Product Type - bath bomb
Scent - floral (same scent as last year's Chrismas Eve Bubble Bar of Christmas Past)
In the Bath - fizzes well; dissolves from purple to blue to green
Price - $5.95 (3.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/
My Thoughts - This is easily one of the prettiest looking bath bombs I personally think they've done judging by both its appearance before you use it and while it fizzes! It's so Halloween-perfect I can't even stand it :) If you look close you can see these adorable little stars, too. Just so cute! The scent is very floral so if that's your jam you'll probably be a fan of this one.

LUSH Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Product Type - bubble bar
Scent - citrus and berry (think a citrus-y sangria)
In the Bath - creates amazing bubbles; gold shimmer will need to be rinsed off
Price - $7.95 (3.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/
My Thoughts -  LUSH's bubble bars are fantastic if you're the type that like commercial-worthy mountains of bubbles in your tub. The scent on this bubble bar is so fun--it really does smell like a citrus-y sangria to me! While the shimmer does require some rinsing off of both you and your tub, it comes off pretty easily. Overall, a super yummy smelling bubble bar if you don't mind some extra rinsing afterward!

LUSH Sparkler Bath Bomb

Product Type - bath bomb
Scent - Rose Jam (one of my favorites!!!)
In the Bath - fizzes well; popping candy make it extra fun; dissolves into mix of yellow and rosy red-brown colors
Price - $6.95 (3.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/
My Thoughts -  If you love the Rose Jam scent don't think twice, just grab this bath bomb! It is one of my favorite scents from LUSH and anything they release in this scent has to come home with me. Delicious, perfect scent aside, this bath bomb is super fun between its dayglo exterior, popping candies and sparkly rosy layers. This is one of those bath bombs that is just as amusing to watch fizz as it is lovely to soak in. Super, super amusing for the little ones as well in my experience.

LUSH Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt

Product Type - bath melt
Scent - lime with a hint of ginger zing
In the Bath - dissolves into hot water and softens the water beautifully; silver shimmer requires extra rinsing from tub and body
Price - $6.95 (1.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/
My Thoughts -  If you don't mind a little extra work, this bath melt turns water into hydrating, silky, silver loveliness. The shimmer will get on everything though, so be warned ;) The scent on this is super yummy if you like citrus.

By the way, anyone else hear "Lucky Star" by Madonna when they read the name of this bath melt? Child of the 80s ;)

LUSH Wizard Bubble Bar

Product Type - bubble bar
Scent - citrus with something slightly spicy at the end
In the Bath - mounds of bubbles if you can bear to break him apart
Price - $7.95 (1.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/
My Thoughts -  I swear LUSH knows how to make the world's cutest bath products. I can now add LUSH's Wizard to my ever-growing list of bath products too cute to use--right up there with Pumkin Mumkin, the Bunny from East and the Christmas Penguin. This little wizard is too precious for words! *sigh* He smells lovely as well and should you choose to use him in your bath, he will conjure up a magical amount of bubbles. He's just too darn cute!!!! My little guys went nuts over him, too.

LUSH Wizard Hat Gift Set

Product Type - Halloween bath set
Products Included - Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt; Wizard Bubble Bar; Sparkler Bath Bomb
Price - $27.95
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/
My Thoughts -  This is seriously such a cute set! Is it just me or does that hat remind you a little of the wizard hat from Fantasia during the Sorcerer's Apprentice bit? Where are my dancing, cleaning brooms?! The packaging is fun, but the products inside do not disappoint either. And to top it off, the cat can actually be warn as a wizard hat if you add some string. So darn cute and well worth the purchase. 

Now all I can hear in my head is "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"... 

What do you think? Will you be nabbing any of these fun Halloween goodies? Which are your favorites?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions above are my own.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mini MAC Cosmetics Giveaway - US & Canda Only

I'm back! Sorry I've been absent for the last week or so, I've been traveling and there was literally NO time to update the blog. To thank you all for your patience, I thought it'd be fun to do a mini giveaway with a couple MAC items that released this fall! This prize includes 1 bottle of MAC Before Dawn nail polish and 1 Black Brilliance  Fluidline Eye Pencil.

Because one of these items is a nail polish and shipping them overseas can be miserable, I've limited this to a US and Canada giveaway only. But don't worry international readers, I won't forget you in future giveaways!

Entering is simple and can be done through the rafflecopter widget below.

This giveaway is for those in the US and Canada (or those who have US or Canada mailing addresses) who are 18+.

Once this giveaway ends, the randomly chosen winner will be notified via the email they supply when entering and will have 48 hours to reply with their mailing address in order to claim the prize. Should they not respond in time, another winner will be selected under the same conditions. This pattern will continue until a winner claims the prize within the allotted time.

Good luck!

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Frank-n-Furter Lipstick Swatch & Review


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MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show

As you probably already know, MAC released a collection inspired by the cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show. I don't think I've seen a collection sell out as quickly online this year as this one. It flew off the virtual shelves! I've heard it has been very hard to find in-store as well--though with some digging I know some have been successful finding it at some MAC counters and locations.

I received Frank-n-Furter to share with you and I have to say, I'm so glad I did! It is a beautiful color and while the original description isn't one I would have been drawn to, the actual shade is beautiful!

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Frank-n-Furter Images

As usual, blogger has done odd things to my skin when uploading pictures with vibrant colors as the primary focus so ignore that. The color is as accurate as I could capture in terms of the actual lipstick!

mac franknfurter lipstick review and swatches rocky horror picture show
MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Frank-n-Furter

mac rocky horror picture show frank-n-furter lipstick swatches and review
MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Frank-n-Furter

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Frank-n-Furter Lipstick Review

Product Type - lipstick
Finish - matte
Shade - slightly berry-toned, cool red
Scent/Flavor - traditional MAC vanilla
On the Lips - pigmented; comfortable and lightweight; not drying on well prepped lips
Packaging - limited edition packaging
Price - $17.50
Where to Buy - and MAC counters/stores (sold out online as of the time of this post, but perhaps it will be restocked so keep an eye out!)
Final Thoughts - This color is super pretty and not nearly as dark on the lips as it looked in the tube. It's actually a perfect fall red in my opinion. MAC described it on the site as a deep raspberry wine and while I do see the slight berry hue, it isn't what I'd consider wine or deep. Keep in mind, my lips are not very pigmented. The lipstick itself looked slightly satin on my lips and I found it to be very creamy for a matte lipstick. It was very lightweight and not at all drying on lips that were well prepped prior to application with exfoliation and balm. I love the packaging on these lipsticks--then again I'm a total LE packaging hoarder ;) This is definitely a must-buy if you can get your hands on it in my opinion!

Did you grab anything from MAC's Rocky Horror Picture Show collection?

Note: This product was sent by PR/the brand. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Traveling? Grab These Handbag and Travel Must-Haves For Less!


Handbag and Travel Must-Haves

I'm traveling next week so I'm in full-on prep mode! Lists are being made, laundry is being done, my kit is being packed ... and so is my handbag! Whenever I travel I try to make sure I have everything I need and that includes having all my bases covered. I previously discussed 5 of my top hangbag must-haves, but I realized these products were all really applicable to packing for travel as well!

1. U by Kotex Click Tampons

These U by Kotex Click Tampons are perfect for travel! They're super slim and the applicator is very compact. I always tend to grab a few and keep them in whatever bags I'm traveling with just in case.

Tip: Make sure to pack tampons and/or pads in your carry-on/purse as well as your suitcase. You never know whether or not your luggage will be unavailable to you when you need it most ;) Through October 2nd you can score coupons from Walmart and U by Kotex! Perfect timing for me.

2. Kleenex Slim Pack

It's cold and flu season, which can be a miserable time to travel if you're not prepared, In addition to keeping vitamin C and zinc supplements on me, I always keep tissues as well! These new Kleenex Slim Packs are cute and super convenient for travel. You can purchase them individually or score a pack on specially marked packages of U by Kotex pads and tampons

Tip: Always keep tissues in your carry-on/purse. They're perfect for runny noses, messy hands (when napkins aren't available) and quick blotting when you've forgotten your blotting papers. Score a fabulous coupon from Kleenex and Walmart through October 2nd to save even more!

3. Hershey's Kisses

I always keep little treats on me when I travel--and not just for my little guys! You never know when you're going to need a little quick pick-me-up if food isn't available. Chocolate is my kryptonite and I pretty much always keep a little on me! All things in moderation, right? ;) Walmart has a great selection of purse and carry-on worthy treats!

4. Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Red Extreme

I'm so thankful Walmart carries a huge selection of Milani products (some of the only drugstore beauty products I tend to love). These amazing liquid lipsticks by Milani are as good as, if not better, than any other lip products I've tried. They're also travel-perfect because they wear great in my experience. And this red? Killer for fall! 

5. EOS Lip Balm

This is an essential for me year-round, but especially in the cooler months. EOS lip balm keeps my lips moisturized and dry skin-free all Fall long. I hate dry lips, but I swear it makes me extra nutty when my lips get dry while traveling--especially if I can't do anything about it. I generally keep a few lip balms on me in my handbag or carry-on. EOS is also available at Walmart.

What are some of your travel bag must-haves?

Thank you Walmart and U by Kotex for sponsoring this post.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Release Oct 1 - Swatches & Review

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sugarpill sparkle baby review and swatches

Sugarpill Profile

Sugarpill, one of my all-time favorite indie cosmetic brands, sells an amazing array of mostly cruelty-free loose and pressed shadows. I first came across Sugarpill in their first year and I'm so glad I did. They instantly became one of my favorite bright shadow brands and have maintained this position ever since--you've probably noticed I regularly use Sugarpill in tutorials.

I previously reviewed 27 other Sugarpill pressed and loose shades in 2 parts:
Sugarpill Swatches Part 1
Sugarpill Swatches Part 2

Sugarpill first debuted the Sparkle Baby collection a couple years ago if memory serves me correctly at IMATS--this collection consists of 4 shades of pressed shadows. Since then, Sugarpill fans have been waiting with bated breath for their release. I'll be the first to admit I've been frustrated a few times over how long we've waited for these to launch on the site. Thankfully the wait is over and they are slated to be released on October 1st if what I've read is correct! 

Additionally, I believe the LE chromalust released in super limited quantities at IMATS Sydney will also be available tomorrow as well. The last few LE chromalusts have gone really quick, so I strongly suggest jumping on it if you want it!

Note: I am unsure of whether or not any of these shades contain carmine as the packaging does not indicate which do just that some may, so best to ask if this is a concern for you. I'm also unsure of whether or not the pro palette will release on the site, though it was offered at IMATS Sydney.


These will retail individually for $12 

Where to Buy

These should release on October 1st through Sugarpill's online store

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Swatches & Review

sugarpill sparkle baby review and swatches

Product Type

These are pressed shadows with varying finishes. I'm unsure of whether or not these will release in regular individual compacts or these white ones, but I believe they will launch both in a palette as well as individually. 


Sparkle Baby consists of 4 shades.

sugarpill candycrush review
Sugarpill Candycrush

sugarpill candycrush swatch
Sugarpill Candycrush - minty pastel aqua with frost finish

sugarpill frostline review
Sugarpill Frostline

sugarpill frostline swatch
Sugarpill Frostline - pastel lilac with subtle pink sheen

sugarpill hotsy totsy review
Sugarpill Hotsy Totsy

sugarpill hotsy totsy swatch
Sugarpill Hotsy Totsy - raspberry with lilac sparkle

sugarpill kitten parade review
Sugarpill Kitten Parade

sugarpill kitten parade swatch
Sugarpill Kitten Parade - pinky-peach with gold flash

On the Eye

These shades have fairly different textures so I've broken them down by shade.

Candycrush - fairly soft and buttery with decent payoff; slightly pills on itself when picking up color in the compact, but applies nicely

Frostline - this had a moderately firm formula in the pan and given its light color it provided more of a wash of lilac than super opaque coverage, but very pretty; use over a white or colored base for more depth

Hotsy Totsy - this was the hardest of all the shades in this collection, but with a little extra effort you can get a reasonable amount of color; this may stain without something between it and your skin

Kitten Parade - this had a soft, buttery formula with good payoff; absolutely stunning in person

Final Recap 


These will retail individually for $12 

Where to Buy

These should be available on October 1st through Sugarpill's online store

Final Thoughts

This is Sugarpill's softest collection in terms of colors and I think many will find it very wearable. If you're the type that loves Sugarpill shadows, but isn't comfortable with super bright, opaque shades then this may be a great introduction. 

I love the shades and I think they're fantastic for spring! While they're not all as super opaque as other Sugarpill shades, none are bad and all are workable. They are not super similar to anything else Sugarpill has released for pressed shadows so they make great additions to even the largest Sugarpill collections in my opinion. I believe Sugarpill will be releasing these in palette form in addition to individually. 

Overall, I'm glad I have them and look forward to working them into tutorials this spring and summer!

Will you be grabbing these from Sugarpill

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hakuhodo Face Brush Reviews & Comparisons - J210, J5521


hakuhodo face brush review and comparison J210, J5521


Hakuhodo is a Japanese company that crafts what are arguably some of the most exquisite natural hair makeup brushes in the world. I discussed them a bit more in depth in a previously post on a number of Hakuhodo blending brushes I purchased.

I recently purchased a number of Hakuhodo makeup brushes and since I've personally only found a few reviews online, I thought it might be helpful to throw in my 2 cents. I've broken these brushes down by type into separate posts, having previously posted about the blending brushes I grabbed and planning to post 1 more eye brush post after this face brush post. I've tried to include comparisons of some of these brushes to other popular makeup brushes similar in shape/size for reference.

Quick Note: Hakuhodo brushes were not originally numbered on the handles, however, they have recently changed that and newly crafted brushes in the "J" line are numbered. As a result, Hakuhodo is currently informing customers they may receive a mixture of numbered and unnumbered J brushes during this transitional period. Almost all of the brushes I received were numbered.

Their shipping is lightning fast and cost me $9, which I believe is flat-rate through their site.

Hakuhodo Face Brush Review & Images - J210, J5521

I have mentioned brush types and shapes below in each review, however, I'm a big believer in using your tools the way you see fit--there are no rules! The way I use a brush may not be the way you'd use it, so this is more guidelines based on my opinion.

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Hakuhodo J5521, Hakuhodo J210

Hakuhodo J210 Review

hakuhodo j210 foundation blush brush review
Hakuhodo J210

Brush Shape - round
Brush Type - blush, foundation
Bristle Length - 30mm
Hair Type - goat
Total Brush Length - 170mm
Price - $45
Where to Buy -
Observations - I know this brush is listed as a brush blush, but it's exactly the shape and size I was looking for, for a new foundation brush and I've seen others feel the same. The bristles are super soft and the top is fairly rounded, but not tapered. The brush head is fairly dense, but the bristles have plenty of spring and flex. I'm in love with this brush and will definitely be buying 1 or 2 more! While it could certainly be used for blush, I personally think it's the right size and shape for foundation--though obviously you can play around with it and determine how you like to use it best. I've seen some question how the Hakuhodo J210 compares to the Esum G47, so I've compared them below. 

Hakuhodo J5521 Review

hakuhodo j5521 highlighter brush review
Hakuhodo J5521

Brush Shape - tapered
Brush Type - highlight
Bristle Length - 32mm
Hair Type - goat
Total Brush Length - 167mm
Price - $38
Where to Buy -
Observations - I really love this shape and size brush for highlighting ultra fine, pressed powders. This brush is very soft. It's pretty dense and picks up and distributes product nicely. I bought it because from everything I read and saw it looked very similar to my other favorite highlighting brush, Wayne Goss 02, which I've compared it to below. This is a fantastic brush in my opinion!

Hakuhodo J210 vs Esum G47

hakuhodo j210 vs esum g47 makeup brush comparison
Hakuhodo J5521 vs Esum G47

hakuhodo j210 vs esum g47 japanese makeup brush comparison
Hakuhodo J5521 vs Esum G47

Hakuhodo J210 and Esum G47 Comparison

  • Hakuhodo J210 round, Esum G47 is round and flat
  • Hakuhodo J210 is larger
  • Hakuhodo J210 is softer, but Esum G47 is soft as well
  • Both are similar in overall length
Conclusion - Hakuhodo J210 is nothing like Esum G47. Ironically, Hakuhodo J210 is labeled by the brand as a blush brush and Esum G47 is labeled by the brand as a foundation brush. Personally, for my own uses, I prefer to use them for the opposite purposes--Hakuhodo J210 for foundation and Esum G47 for blush. I think one could easily own both brushes if you liked their individual shapes and sizes, but I don't personally find them to be interchangeable. They are very close in price (Esum G47 is around $42 retail).

Hakuhodo J5521 vs Wayne Goss 02

hakuhodo j5521 versus wayne goss 02 japanese makeup brush comparison
Hakuhodo J5521 vs Wayne Goss 02

hakuhodo J5521 versus Wayne Goss 02 japanese makeup brush comparison
Hakuhodo J5521 vs Wayne Goss 02

Hakuhodo J5521 and Wayne Goss 02 Comparison

  • Both equally (super) soft
  • Hakuhodo J5521 ever so slightly shorter (really small difference as you can see above)
  • Hakuhodo J5521 may be the teeniest bit denser, but honestly it's such a nearly imperceptible difference it's really difficult to tell
  • Both are pure perfection in shape and hair quality
Conclusion - If you guys follow me regularly you know I'm a HUGE fan of Wayne Goss and his lovely, angel-sent brushes. Oh my gosh do I love the ones I own (and look forward to having an equally boarder-line inappropriate relationship with the ones I plan to purchase). The Wayne Goss 02 is my all-time favorite highlighter brush and from everything I'd read and saw prior to purchasing, the Hakuhodo J5521 was supposed to be nearly identical in every way but hair color. I have to say, it really is. Both are beautifully constructed, magically soft and just sheer joys to work with. While my Wayne Goss 02 looks a tiny bit fluffier above, it's only because I didn't intentionally reshape it as a much as I sometimes do while it was drying this last time. It's magic as is the Hakuhodo J5521 and I definitely suggest getting either or both (I plan to pick up 1 more of each) if you're searching for a highlighter brush that deposits the most lovely amount of glow on the highest planes of your (or your clients') face. I've even had those sitting for full face applications comment on how soft my Wayne Goss 02 was before--it's that impressive. Like the soft whisper of a mild fall breeze caressing your face ... ok, getting a little warm over my brushes here. I'll stop! But really, amazing.

Have you purchased any of the brushes mentioned above? What did you think of them?