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on 2/1/2018 12:09:00 PM
More reviews by KateLausanne
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
Not impressed by MAC217 or want a better version of it, buy Hakuhodo J5523. This might be the best brush purchase you've ever made. Like other reviewers mentioned it's super soft and dense at the same time. It's great for a light all over lid color application, it blends crease to perfection in no time. It's a perfect blending brush that everyone who uses makeup needs to have. My eyes are super sensitive and Hakuhodo is the only brand that I have a pleasure to use brushes from. Luxury experience. P.S. The brand claims that it's cruelty-free and they do not harm animals to harvest the fur.
on 11/12/2017 4:59:00 AM
More reviews by SanFranGirl
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This is one of the best Hakuhodo blending brushes. I really love it; it is better than MAC's 217 and is actually cheaper!I use mine on a daily basis and it is still good as new; is very easy to clean and has softest goat bristles. Doesn't shed and keeps better shape than 217. I could have about 4-5 of these in my kit and use them non-stop for all sorts of things (packing on colour, blending, applying concealer etc.). Very durable and well-designed brush. If you want to read more about my must-have Hakuhodo brushes, including J5523 then this post is for you (http://www.partyparrotblog.com/single-post/2017/11/12/Hakuhodo-Brush-Collection). Really hope my images and reviews help you guys!
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 11/28/2016 3:18:00 AM
More reviews by wolfiexox
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Very Oily, Tan, Warm
Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium
My first Hakuhodo brush was an emergency (kind of?) purchase as I suspected that my cheaper eyeshadow brushes (*cough* Revlon *cough*) were scratching my eyelids so bad that it caused what feels like small cuts. I wanted a natural brush after finding out that they were much softer and much better, and after learning about Hakuhodo and how far better it was I was sold. And just touching it you can FEEL the difference. It's a pleasure to use on the eyes, and blends eyeshadow so beautifully. Will definitely purchase more from them.
on 7/6/2016 11:32:00 AM
More reviews by dombel
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Initially, I was dead set on buying a MAC 217 as my blending brush. I have used it before and was able to get a feel of how the brush would work. My problem was that (imo) the bristles were scratchy to get any real work done quick. I did my research and came across the Hakuhodo brand and what intrigued me was that they are an OEM of other high-end brushes. Crazy enough, they were talked about so highly- and I can see why. The price point for the quality is absolutely amazing. It is expensive but for a high quality brush, I think I can turn the other cheek on the price. If you're in the market for a high quality, real hair brush, check out Hakuhodo. Not just a phenomenal brush but the brand as a whole is great. Read more about it! You're missing out on an incredible experience.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 5/30/2016 11:21:00 AM
More reviews by julianaq
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
I discovered Hakuhodo brushes watching Tati on youtube. I was afraid they where going to be super expensive and to my surprise some of them where more affordable than Mac. The most expensive brush I owned at that time was a Mac 217 and I wanted more 217, so I decided to give this a try since they have pretty much the same shape and it costed only 19+shipping versus the 30CAD+txt I payed for the mac. I ordered 2. The end of the story is that I gave away my Mac for feeling plain scratchy and pokey next to this one and went on ordering more Hakuhodo brushes. Now there's no going back for me.
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!
on 9/15/2015 9:41:00 AM
More reviews by hollyms
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
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 :)
4 of 5 people found this 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!
6 of 6 people found this 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!
10 of 10 people found this helpful.
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