The reason why I would not repurchase is because I found a dup!!
Yes the same exact tapered hairs, the same exact hair, the same exaxt softness.
I am a huge believer in the fact that the quality of the brush really does affect the application of your makeup.
So - Just a little tidbit of information I found researching brushes. I found that you can purchase a brush exactly like the Suqqu blush brush that sells for over $200 from Suqqu at the Madison Art Shop for $49!! It is made of squirrel hair and is the softest brush ever and works amazing. You can also purchase brushes from the art store instead of a “cosmetic” brush for way way way less money and they do the same exact thing!
The airy softness of this brush is incredible to feel as it softly dusts powder on your face. The craftsmanship of this piece is incredible. The handle is weighty. The brush head is fairly large, long and shaped. The ends of the hairs are not clipped into shape, but arranged so that the natural ends provide the tapered ending.
The price is incredibly high. This is a serious lifetime investment brush. I bought mine in Japan and I think it is priced higher there than in the UK. If you are going to buy something like this, you should be serious about makeup and familiar with what you want in makeup brushes. If you do buy in Japan as a foreigner with your passport, you can be refunded the tax for it. So don't forget to do that.
I have other face brushes (Bobbi Brown, Chanel and Sonia Kashuk). To compare, this is much softer than any other I have. It picks up a smaller amount of powder compared to the Bobbi and the Sonia Kashuk. The tapered shape allows you be blend into narrower contours of your face (sides of your nose, eg).
I love brushes. I do. Some people collect stamps, others collect makeup - I collect brushes. I started with very cheap tools - the kind of 20 brush sets you find on Ebay for 15€ - but I soon discovered that they performed quite bad (this is an understatement in that particular case) - they did not pick up color well, felt harsh on the skin and did not give good results. I knew I had to invest in some good quality brushes. Little by little, I bought MAC, MUFE, Louise Young, Shu Uemura and finally Hakuhodo (which is my absolute favorite by far). I guess that over time, when it comes to makeup tools, my standards/expectations got pretty high. :-/
I now own about 100+ pieces but I love being in the search for something new - new shape, new hair, new way of applying makeup. So when I saw this brush on a Lisa Eldridge's video, it instantly went on my wishlist.
It's been quite hard to get my hands on it. I had to give a phone call to the Suqqu Selfridges' counter to put it aside, so that one my friend who lives in London could take it for me (I live in France and the shipping cost was £60 at the time!! (not available online yet)). I was lucky and very pleased to deal with very, very nice MAs and had no issues afterwards. But this brush is darn expensive - £168! (around 193€ / US$274). It cost me even more than my most expensive Hakuhodo brush! I thought I did not hear well when she confirmed me its price! I remember I could feel my eyes watering when I paid, but I don't regret I've bought it though. I think the best description I could give you about this brush is actually from the beauty blogger Not Enough Lipgloss: "I think being wrapped & caressed in warm fluffy clouds would be the most appropriate. The hairs are so soft and light it literally feels like gentle air on my face." Yes, this is THAT good! I always look for it when it's time for my face powder. The bristles are soooooo soft that they could send me to sleep...! The handle is not too short, not too long, but I'm always kinda surprised when I hold it as it feels very light - I wish it felt heavier in my hand. Also, it's tapered so more precise compared to other big, fluffy face brushes.
If it wasn't so pricey, I would definitely recommend it but this item is real luxury and I totally understand that paying that much for a brush sounds (is?) kinda crazy, even for a brush lover like me. But I can't help thinking that this Suqqu face brush is just a league of its own - I L.O.V.E it. continued >>
What is the softest thing in life? Quadruple-milled flour? Allison Krauss' voice? Down from a baby pegasus? YOUR OWN MOTHER'S LOVE?
Nay. I now know what the softest thing in life is, and it is this: the SUQQU Face Brush.
I got it by accident, and what serendipity that was! This brush is incredible, which is silly, because it is quite credible - it is here beside me. Real as day. This brush is so viscerally real - it has a pelt, not just bristles. You can see the ends of the hairs ending naturally - no cutting. And the hairs are graduated up so that it ends in a pleasingly, slightly-pointed tip that can swirl in luxuriously tiny circles in use. Although it is super-soft, there is sufficient snap to the bristles.
The price is WICKED. Truly evil. But heck; I make a lot of money, and I rather like me, so sometimes... you know... I splurges. But this has set off alarms. I will not be satisfied until I possess the cheek brush from SUQQU, as well. That one's price is evil and doesn't love you or me, either. But if it's anything like this beauty, like Gollum says, I wants it.