***Update 8/6/14: I updated the eyeshadow and blush brushes, and added powder and highlighter brushes***
I have wanted to, for a while, make a sort of “English catalog”, where you can easily compare the brushes side-by-side. At this current time, we only have a Japanese catalog, so our website serves as our English catalog, but the brushes are not listed side-by-side. In particular, I wanted to line up the brushes by type, so you could get more of a feel of the size and shape of brushes in relation to others of the same function, because when viewing online it is hard to envision these dimensions, even when those figures are written about each brush.
I have currently finished two sets, and I will be adding more when I am able to. I wanted to make a couple of notes about these before I post them.
**Please note about this “online catalog”:**
1.) This has been made for informational purposes only. Brush sizes and shapes may vary. These are pictures of four-dimensional items, so they may not look exactly like the brushes in person. (What I have noticed most is they are, of course, fluffier in person.) Besides, each brush is hand made, so even if you buy the same brush, they may not look exactly the same. I took photographs we have and compared them one-by-one with the brushes in our showroom. ALWAYS rely on the dimensions listed on the website.
2.) The photographs are of the Japanese brushes; the heads (tops) are the same, but the handles might be different. (The handles are not shown in full anyway.) For example, the brushes in Japan are primarily SM, or medium size. The brushes at Hakuhodo USA are primarily SL, or large size. (Except for a few in the G series, which are the same in Japan and the USA.) Again, we are comparing the heads here, so it doesn’t really matter, but I wanted to just note this.
3.) I have taken the liberty of organizing some brushes as I see fit. For example, the Kokutan Eyeshadow C is listed as an “eyeshadow” brush, but I have put it with the highlighters because of its size (and it is the same top as G528 which is a highlighter brush). I did the same thing with G5537 and G5538. There are also a couple large blush brushes that I have saved for the powder series.
4.) You should be able to compare between series. I have matched them all up. I am not sure about the cut of the crop, because I did them separately, but the dimensions should be parallel.
That is it, for now! I hope these images help making choosing the perfect makeup brush simpler, and dare I say it, fun! 🙂