Not including eyeliner brushes. It's time to declutter a little, so I'm first doing an overview of what I own.
• #Chikuhodo #Takumi T7 ☆
A flatter, less fluffed-up and tapered version of the MAC 217, this is my preferred laydown brush for mattes. One might blend with the T7ㅡthough it's not as well suited to multitasking as the 217ㅡbut I like it for laydown because one does not typically pack on matte pigments unless doing detail work, and I find the fluffy goat hair aids with diffusion.
• #Hakuhodo #Kokutan SG
A high-end version of MAC 239, a short goat/synthetic filbert. It differs little from the Chikuhodo T7 in performance, but the extra fluff and softness makes the T7 a little nicer.
• #THREE Color Statement Veil Brush M ☆
To lay down shimmers, I like weasel (or some such firm, smooth, straight hair) because it seems to manipulate the pigment better. THREE M is a squat filbert in a blend of weasel and squirrel, nicely tapered. It's not dissimilar to Shu Uemura 10, but less dense, not so scratchy.
• Hakuhodo Kokutan WM
Kokutan WM is a less dense, longer-haired filbert (in pure weasel), and though similar to THREE M, the combination of the length and density makes this a softer brush. I think I may prefer the firmness and control of the THREE.
• #Suqqu L
Grey squirrel may not be as efficient a blender as goat, but this is dense enough (plus its size makes it unsuited to precision in any case) function as a finishing brush: keep it clean, to blend out edges seamlessly into skin.
• Hakuhodo J5522
The J5522 is also sized as a finishing brush: the extremely tapered goat hair straddles the divide between softness and efficiency, and it's well priced considering how well made it is. I haven't yet decided if I like Suqqu L or J5522 better; perhaps someday I'll get the squirrel/goat Hakuhodo G5522 to compare.
• #EdwardBess Luxury Eye Brush
The densest, firmest, and therefore the most efficient blender out of the three big brushes.
• #WayneGoss °17
A smaller version of the J5522, this is great for blending out precisely placed pigment at the lashline or crease, rather than finishing.
#stash #decluttering #brushes