149 Foundation brushes (B-FD-01 vs S5557)

Hi Everyone, 


It is summer but still raining. Very rare to have so many rainy days in July.


This is a four day weekend, and I went to Shibuya department stores to visit 

Jill Stuart

ADDICTION 

Shiseido 

CPB


I was surprised to see that there were very few customers at shop,  and shop employees seem to be more friendly than usual)


I am often asked questions in instagram DM and emails.  I try to answer on my own and with information acquired on the web. And I also ask my clients who have bought those products being asked.


This time, I was asked how B-FD-01(Bisyodo) differs from S5557(Hakuhodo). B-FD-01 has Saikoho goat and S5557 has goat/synthe mix. Both are foundation brushes.

https://fudejapan.com/product/b-fd-01foundation/


I asked a client of mine who bought both B-FD-01 and S5557.

Her answer was :
B-FD-01 can be used to all kinds of foundation whereas S5557 are mainly used cream and powder foundation.

B-FD-01 is

Smoother than S5557

Softer than S5557

Easier than S5557


B-FD-01 is used by buffing and S5557 is by short-tapping. 


B-FD-01 is 11000 yen,  S5557 is 11160 yen ( including my fee) 
I hope this helps some of you who consider which foundation brush to buy.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

SUQQU new products are now being reserved.

I found a youtube. It is only in Japanese but you can have a good picutre of those products.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=240&v=F-6FGAqyei0&feature=emb_logo

So far, I have received most orders for Limited Blush compact.


Thank you for reading !

Toshiya

I googled Kumano brush

Hi Everyone,

I went to Shinjuku and bought one soap of Takeda. Takeda has a shop at department store as Hakuhodo has.

Hakuhodo is a brand which invests most on retail shops.

There are many makeup brush companies in a small town in Hiroshima, so the competition must be hard. One company sells new hair and others follow.

Chikuhodo began to sell silver fox first. Now Koyudo and Takeda does it as well.

These are Takeda Silver fox.

Silver fox is soft like grey squirrel but resilient as goat.

I have sold Chikuhodo Silver Fox and the feedback has been good so far.

I was told that the process of cleaning Silver fox hair takes time.

Maybe that is one reason that it is expensive.



I visit many makeup shops, and ask if they know makeup brushes.

They often know Hakuhodo, but the others are not known by shop employees much.

I feel there are more fans of Kumano brushes outside Japan. In fact, my instagram is followed more by foreigners.

So I checked Kumano brushes on the web.

I checked Rakuten Market by Kumanofude. Here are brushes by good reviews. (Rakuten is the biggest online shop in Japan, along with Amazon)

https://search.rakuten.co.jp/search/mall/%E7%86%8A%E9%87%8E%E7%AD%86/?s=6

熊野筆 is kumanofude, if you want to google it.

You see many companies: they look like products provided big Kumano brush companies and are sold as own brands.


While I take orders every day, I receive a question daily about brushes and makeup, and it may be interesting to write about it.

Today, I was asked how AB-HC of Bisyodo is compared with J210 Hakuhodo.

Both are goat, and Bisyodo officially says it is Saikoho. I don’t think Hakuhodo has Saikoho now. They just say ‘goat.’ Maybe at Hakuhodo, Saikoho is mixed with other kinds. And they don’t say Saikoho unless it is 100%.

Here is feedback from a client who uses both.

“AB-HC is more fluffy than J210.
J210 is a little bit softer than AB-HC.
AB-HC can be used more than J210 to parts of face”


Your question is welcome and I will look into it and will share it in my blog if you don’t mind.

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya

What are brushes other than Kumano brushes?

Hi Everyone,

I received a question regarding whether Bisyodo belongs to Kumano brushes.

The answer was that Bisyodo is not a Kumano brush member.

Bisyodo is located in Osaka, and not a member of Kumano Fude Union.

Bisyodo has been providing hair to brush makers, and they have a good quality, but not a Kumano Brush.

And I thought it good to write brush towns other than Kumano.

Kumano brushes account for 80% of production in Japan. So others are small.

But others have a history as well. I came up with two names.

One is Toyohashi, near Nagoya, and the the other is Kawajiri, Hiroshima.

Kawajiri is a small town next to Kumano, and you may know that Koyomo is one of the Kawajiri brushes.

Most of Kawajiri brushes seem to focus on calligraphy brush.

But, I found one making makeup brushes – Bunshindo.

Bunshindo has these makeup brushes made from Kolinsky.


I will check more on Bunshindo if you are interested. It may be interesting to know more about small players.

I will search more on Toyohashi brushes next time.

I was requested if I can take a video of brush making.

I am far from Hiroshima now and this is a youtube on brush making. He is making a calligraphy brushes, and there are more than 100 processes.

Updates on Japan are:

‘Stay Home’ is still placed in Japan, but it seems local cities with few corono virus patients will be back to normal life gradually.

EMS is not working between Japan and USA, Russia, Austraria and most of EU nations.

If it is a limited brush or product, please let me know.

I will buy and hold it till mails begin to work.

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya

I met an American working for a brush company!

Hi Everyone,

Summer is over in Japan finally. It is 23C in Tokyo now!

When I was a boy, August 15, Obon, was already in the fall, and I was not able to swim any longer. Coming from a rural town in Hiroshima, I used to swim in the river. These days it is so hot even in September !

In the river, I managed to catch Unagi once. I released him as I wasn’t interested in Unagi as food. I also caught ‘Ayu,’ very fast moving fish. Have you eaten Ayu ? I would recommend you to eat when you travel to Japan, with salt. One of my favorites.

As I wrote on instagram, I went to Gift Show and visited the Bisyodo counter. Adam and Ueda san. Actually, Bisyodo is formally Ueda Bisyodo. They have been providing hair to Kumano brush makers and recently begun to manufacture its own brand. My contact is Adam.

This is the first time to meet Adam. I had thought he was an Australian for some reasons. Well, his email in Japanese is impeccable or native, and I met many Australians who spoke Japanese very well. My biased image..

He is from New Jersey and a Polish descendant. As his grandfather moved to America from Poland in 1943, during the war , we talked about the history and Schindler’s List movie for a while. And Chicago as a city of many Polish Americans, and Milwaukee.

I have been interested in ethnic backgrounds. So I usually guessed from a last name and asked if I was right when I was working in Long Island, NY. There were four major ethnics there, I remember, working as my colleagues – Polish, Irish, Italian and Jewish Americans. It was so interesting)

So a Polish American works for a brush company in Osaka. He said the strongest language was Japanese. Isn’t it unique? My client asked me if he speaks Polish, I will check!

Actually, I heard Koyudo hired some Chinese students from Hiroshima University. I hope they enjoy working there) and they should do more. The Japan brush market is shrinking, but a big potential exists outside Japan.

Thank you for reading !

Toshiya