Reviews, Tools

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.

Chikuhodo R-C2

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.

Chikuhodo R-C2

Left: Hakuhodo J210
Right: Chikuhodo R-C2

Chikuhodo R-C2

Chikuhodo R-C2

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.

The Chikuhodo R-C2 ($63) is available at Visage (update: now $49 from Visage, and also available for ~$38 from CDJapan).



  1. The Girl

    July 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Yay! Finally a more accessible vendor! Now, what’s that I hear? Oh yes… the dollar bills flying out of my wallet and into Chikuhodo’s pocket! I guess it’s a good thing so many brushes are already sold out, or else I’d be in big trouble! ;)

    1. Nikki

      July 9, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Hahaha! The sound of money escaping is one I’m definitely familiar with. I’m really interested in the Z-3 because it’s an interesting shape. I was also looking at the R-P5 – it looks so similar but it’s more expensive. I wonder what the difference is? The Z-3 is sold out, so I guess I’ll have a while to decide.

  2. Jessica

    August 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    What a lovely post!
    I am currently deciding if getting the Chikuhodo R-C2 but now I want the Hakuhodo J210. I guess it’s gonna have to be the both of them.

    1. Nikki

      August 2, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Better get both just in case! Though the J210 is a little more versatile since you can use it with cream or powder.

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