This is the question that is asked most often. Looking at our series, one can understand why! We have a total of seven series: S100, J Series, K Series, G Series, Kokutan Series, Basic Series, 200 Series, plus Japanese traditional brushes, kinoko (kabuki) brushes, fan brushes, and portable brushes.
With all these series, it can be hard to know where to start. (More on this later.) However, the most important thing to understand is: every brush head is the same, high quality, no matter what handle.
A lot of times customers will assume that the S100 series is the best because it is essentially the most expensive and flashy. However, the expense comes from the beautiful handles, and the brush heads are of the exact same great quality as the other series!
For example, the S100 and B100 have the exact same heads. The roughly $20 price difference comes up because the S100 handles make them more expensive. So, if you like the handles, then go for it. But if it doesn’t matter to you, keep to the basic handles and save a few dollars. The white goat brushes in the J series are also a bit more expensive because they are softer than the black, dyed goat brushes.
Here are some other tidbits about the various series that make them stand out for one reason or another.
S100 series: The S100 Series brushes have a 24 karat plated ferrule, as well as a red lacquer handle and the Hakuhodo blue bird logo on the bottom. They are a favorite for gifts. The most popular brushes in this series are the: S103, S125, S142.
J Series: The goal with the J Series was to “return to nature”. All of the goat hair brushes are not dyed, and the rest of the brushes are made of horse, so any brush can be used with liquid or cream products. Some popular brushes in this series are: J5523, J5521 and J528.
K Series: The K Series has a lot of interesting brushes, including a blush brush made of pine squirrel (K008), and a goat blush brush with an interesting round and flat shape (K022). The eyeliner brush K005, luxurious blue squirrel powder brush K002 and blush brush K020 are fan favorites.
G Series: The G Series is the most varied of all the series. There are many fun shapes, sizes, and hairs. It also contains the very unique dual-fiber foundation brushes (G5552-G5557) .
Kokutan Series: “Kokutan” means “ebony wood” in Japanese. The handles in this series are made of that wood, which has a great weight to it. The handles are also a little shorter than the other series. Fans of the Kokutan Series love the varying eyeshadow brushes.
Basic Series: The basic series is made up of brushes that are just that: the basics. The basic series gathers great brushes from other series, and contains many goat/squirrel mixed brushes. The B100 and B103 are popular brushes from this series.
200 Series: This series is mostly lip and eyeshadow brushes. A fan favorite is the 210 blush brush.
Japanese Traditions: Fans love these traditional brushes that have been used for generations in Japan on geisha and for various theatrical performances. The Yachiyo brushes are hand-wrapped in cane, giving them a very delicate look. The flat traditional brushes are great for contouring, foundation, or body art.
Kinoko/Fan Brushes: “Kinoko” means “mushroom” in Japanese, and has become the name of these kabuki brushes that take the same shape. These brushes come in many sizes and shapes and serve all purposes including: foundation, blush, contour, buffing, blending, bronzer. Fan brushes are great for taking along in a purse.
Portable Brushes: Our portable brushes are just that-portable! We have portable brushes for all your needs.
We hope this helped clear up any questions you had about Hakuhodo’s series!
All the best,