Update Sunday, August 9, 2015.
Yelena Zheng of Jaywalking Birdwalking Jabberwocky who wrote the guest post Chikuhodo Z-1 versus Koyudo Fuwafuwa had requested that I post a quick comparison for Koyudo Fuwafuwa and the fu-pa14, so here it is, finally. These photos do zoom, so click on them to see a larger version.
In these photos, the Fuwafuwa was freshly washed whereas the fu-pa14 was not. But in general, the former is very slightly larger than the latter in circumference, and with hair being about 1mm longer as well. Both are the same density though. The fu-pa14 still feels a touch softer to me, that said I love them equally and I switch one off every other week to give it a rest. I'm so, so, so happy to have both ^.^
Original post Thursday, June 18, 2015.
These are some of my most-anticipated Koyudo brushes thus far, aside from the two fan brushes which CDJapan (not affiliated) still has yet to ship. I do wonder how long the waiting list is for those? Hmm... :X
In this batch: Fuwafuwa Brush (top white box), fu-pa14 Black Handle (bottom pink box, not mine, but I had permission to take a couple of quick photos ^.^), H007 Kinoko Wood Handle (center top), H Series Macaron Pink (center bottom), fu-pa07-p, and fu-pa13-p.
- Fuwafuwa Goat Saikoho, 12,000JPY: my god this brush is just exquisite to look at, to hold, and to use! It was one of those love at first sight kind of thing -- I got the notice email from CDJapan, clicked on the link to see it, and added it straight to my cart and never looked back. I know Koyudo does much much better, as in this Goat Saibikoho 5-Piece Brush Set that goes for a jaw-dropping 300,000JPY, but since I'm not loaded this is a piece of heaven for me and I shall treasure it forever ^.^
According to CDJapan, the ferrule is brass, and the handle is made of slivers of "Ebony (black), Hard Maple (white), and Pao Rosa (red)." Holding the brush, I feel the weight of the wood handle, which has been sanded so well it's satiny to the touch.
And the saikoho hair, wow! It almost didn't feel like goat hair, that's how soft it is! Being that it's indeed goat hair, I use it for translucent powders and it just blends like a dream. Boy do I worship this brush, and yes I cannot recommend this brush enough. If you're new to Koyudo and want to try a goat and a mixed squirrel hair brush, go straight for this Fuwafuwa and the fu-pa14 and skip the rest ^.^
CDJapan already did a comparison between the Fuwafuwa vs. fu-pa14 (basically similar in size, density, and shape!), so instead I compared Fuwafuwa versus fu-pa01. The Fuwafuwa is not as dense as fu-pa01 but is way softer! Even then, perhaps Fuwafuwa and fu-pa14 don't feel as dense as fu-pa01 probably because both have much longer hair.
After washing, the Fuwafuwa poofs out to a 50% increase in circumference ^.^
- fu-pa14 Gray Squirrel & Goat, Black Handle, 9,000JPY: I've already reviewed this brush, but I thought I'd post a picture of the black handle. Handsome, isn't it? I'm so, so, so tempted to get me one also...
- H007 Kinoko Gray Squirrel & Goat Sokoho, 7,950JPY: I bought this brush to use in conjunction with fu-pa14. It's denser and larger than the Sakura022, less dense than fu-pa14 and just as soft. Love!
Here's a comparison between fu-pa14 vs. H007 Kinoko. H007's hair is about 5mm longer than the fu-pa14, which means more spring ^.^
Here's another comparison, H Series White Kinoko vs H007 Kinoko, and totally dwarfs it in all aspects with the exception of softness. Yes, H007 Kinoko is softer than White Kinoko, which is to be expected since it's gray squirrel mix.
- H Series Macaron Pink Goat, 4,800JPY: I had reservation about getting this brush, mainly because I don't know what I would use it for. But as soon as it arrived, I slapped myself silly for even doubting this gem. Yes, this is a gem and I'm shocked it's only 4,800JPY as it's worth a lot more. Because you see, it's basically a fu-pa01 with a kabuki handle being just as dense and with the same hair length. And get this - the brush head is actually larger than the fu-pa01's, somewhere between the fu-pa01 and the deka fu-pa, and way softer, just a tad below the Fuwafuwa above when it comes to softness, probably because of the density and shorter hair. You didn't expect this, didn't you? Me neither! I'm so, so, so happy I got this brush. If you like the idea of an on-the-go fu-pa01 but find it too big and clunky, take this brush with you instead! It's ideal for portability!
More comparisons among the Koyudo kabukis: H Series White Kinoko vs. H007 Kinoko vs. Macaron Pink. The Macaron Pink is the densest of all three kabukis. After washing, it poofs out to a slightly larger circumference than H007 Kinoko too.
- fu-pa07-p Goat, 5,760JPY: since I apply sunscreen powder everyday, I've been buying goat powder brushes to switch off and not wear out the brushes that I reach for over and over. This is another one of those, very soft. That said, I think the Fuwafuwa above has pretty much ruined all the fu-pas for me, even the BP013, because every time I touch them I'd think, damn, it's not as soft as...
- fu-pa13-p Goat, 5,040JPY: so this brush is a bit, umm, oddly-shaped ^.^ I bought it for use with bb creams but it feels not dense enough, and thus too soft to blend a cream. But we'll see, perhaps I'm just not used to it yet. Perhaps with time it will grow on me, but right now I'm thinking it's kind of meh...
See my previous posts:
- My Koyudo Favorites (as of end of February 2015)