Review: Chikuhodo R-C2 Cheek Brush
You all know my love for Japanese brushes already, but most of them are sort of a pain in the ass to get (Hakuhodo being the exception). I’ve been saying for ages that brands should make their brushes easier to buy in the US, so I was thrilled when I heard Beautylish was going to start carrying Chikuhodo. Finally, a way to get them that doesn’t involve a $100 minimum order and $35 shipping! The brand recently went live with a selection of their most popular brushes.
Notably missing: the entire R series.
I was a little bummed not to see them on the page, because they’re really nice and have a more wallet-friendly price tag than the Z series. According to a customer service rep from Beautylish, they should be getting them sometime in the fall. In the meantime I’ll go ahead and tell you about the R-C2 cheek brush anyway, since it’s still well worth checking out.
Like the R-P6, the R-C2 has a sturdy metal ferrule and a black-lacquered handle with the brush number printed on it. The build is everything I’d expect from Chikuhodo – all the parts are joined tightly, there are no rough bits and the brush head only shed a couple hairs before/during the first wash. The only slight criticism I have is it feels just a tiny bit top-heavy. It’s probably not noticeable unless you’re sort of over-analyzing it (which I pretty much consider to be my job here), but it’s definitely more comfortable to hold at the base of the ferrule vs further down on the handle.
The brush head is a type I’ve been wanting for quite a while – round, dense, and made out of grey squirrel hair. I find round brushes the easiest shape to use for blush, but the Hakuhodo J210 (shown above) can be a little tricky to use with very pigmented blushes if I’m not paying attention. I thought grey squirrel might be a good alternative to keep me from overapplying when I’m half asleep, and I was right. The softer bristles pick up less product than the goat hair, and since they’re a tiny bit longer the application is more diffused. Obviously the brush will operate as intended for anybody, but I can see it being especially useful for folks with lighter skin since over-doing it is more noticeable. The hair is very, very soft, so it doesn’t make my skin flush when I use it the way some brushes do.
For your numerical reference, here are the dimensions:
- Full length – 151mm
- Bristle length – 33mm
- Width of ferrule foot – 16mm
- Width of brush head at the widest part – 28mm
In Short: It’s the blush brush I grab whenever I don’t have time to make mistakes.