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on 9/16/2015 9:23:00 AM
More reviews by bululu
Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Look no further for the perfect blending brush. If you have the opportunity to acquire a Hakuhodo brush, go, actually run for it. The J5523 is the closest MAC 217 dupe made by Hakuhodo. It is made of white goat hair with a round-oval but flattened head. Also the J5523 is a fraction smaller than the 217. I have both and the Hakuhodo is far superior when you blend out your eyeshadow. It has just the perfect shade to fit into the crease and does its job so effortlessly. I find the MAC to be a bit scratchy, more expensive and it tends to lose its shape when you wash it. I know MAC is widely available pretty much everywhere, but once you try a Hakuhodo brush you'll never go back. They have become my weakness and I am slowly building my collection. If you are a brush fanatic, start yours!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 9/15/2015 9:41:00 AM
More reviews by hollyms
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
Amazing, so much better than Mac it's not even funny. If you don't have this you need to order it today...along with many other Hakuhodos. This brush feels like silk on your eyes and blends effortlessly. Can't live without.
on 8/18/2015 7:51:00 PM
More reviews by babykitten9
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium
Excellent brush. It's really the better version of MAC 217. It is ever so soft but yet firm enought to apply the main colour onto the eye lid and blend it out to perfection. It does it all. I have been using it daily for the past 3 months and am going to purchase one more because it's really that one brush I go to in my stash and always think that I should get at least one (or even two) more :)
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 3/7/2014 12:34:00 PM
More reviews by Nene2012
Skin: Combination, Dark, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Definite upgrade from MAC 217: softer and more control; don't forget cheaper too. Worth every penny. I own 3 MAC 217 brushes and will still use them but will replace them over time with the J5523. Actually i am done buying MAC brushes( but not their makeup; still the best) .I am all about HAKUHODO now!
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 2/10/2014 3:05:00 AM
More reviews by stacyavdeeva
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I currently have two of these brushes. Really fantastic blending brush. It is slightly less expensive than it's counterpart, the MAC 217. In my opinion, it does work better, but the 217 is still a great brush. In terms of softness, the Hakuhodo wins out due to the brush hairs not being laser cut and hand selected. I have had my 217 for a while so it's looking a little worse for wear, so it would be unfair to compare the two today as opposed to remembering when I got the 217 originally. Another thing to note, the handle to the Hakuhodo is shorter.I added a photo of the J5523 (left) and 217 (right) side by side. Hope it helps!
9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
on 2/2/2014 3:15:00 PM
More reviews by Moremi
Skin: Very Dry, Medium Brown, Warm
Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium
The softer version of the MAC 217. It is cheaper, it is better and you can even tell just by looking at it that it's softer, the hairs are much thinner.This is better than the MAC one in every way, and I prefer the shorter handle, it gives more control.One thing I had to add: MAC 217 is still a good brush and I've seen so many comparisons with a brand new haku and a three year old MAC brush, which isn't fair. Of course brushes will be rougher with time.
on 1/13/2014 12:46:00 AM
More reviews by aleshoane
Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Fine
A staple. One of my top all-time favorite beauty products for sure. What more is to say that it blends out eyeshadows beautifully, soft as feather, and retains its shape after, say, a hundred washes? Plus side - it also blends concealers to perfection. At the price of $18 it is worth every penny. I have tried dupes but they are incomparable to this beauty.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 6/19/2013 10:55:00 AM
More reviews by jc2729
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
Holy crap I love this brush! Soft as a baby's breath and great at both applying and blending shadows. Retains its shape beautifully, so glad I got this instead of the MAC 217.
on 6/13/2013 10:39:00 AM
More reviews by Jen19722
Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I love this brush. It is very versatile and well made. It is very soft on the eyelids but also blends shadow extremely well. I use it with both creams and powders. It is flat on one side but fits in my crease perfectly. The price is very reasonable for such a well made brush. This is a must have brush.
on 4/2/2013 3:17:00 AM
More reviews by is88822
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Buy this brush instead of the MAC 217!This is a wonderful blending brush. I own the MAC 217, and several cheaper dupes aswell, but I prefer the Hakuhodo.+ the shape is perfection, no stray hairs+ it doesn't shed+ holds the shape after washing (no brush guards needed!)+ very soft goat hair with a great "bounce" to it+ blends extremly well+ 18 $ for the brush is amazing valueI have this brush for over a year now, and since then I have been getting a lot of use out of it, and washed it about 50 times. It still looks brand new.Will be getting a 2nd and 3rd one!
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