My first brush review goes to this amazing Yachiyo Kabuki Brush #27 by NARS.
Inspired by traditional Japanese beauty rituals Kabuki Theater, the NARS Kabuki Artisan Brushes meld heritage with modernity, in both concept and function. The multi-functional design of the Kabuki Yachiyo Brush, with its tapered dome head, makes it excellent for defining cheekbones, highlighting the complexion, and blending and diffusing color on or around the eye area.
- Made with very soft Pen Super Goat hairs, which are ideal for blending pigments
- The hand-spun black wisteria handle preserves its unique traditional character
Above descriptions extracted from NARS website.
“The Yachiyo Brush is one of my favorite tools. The shape of the brush and the density of the hair picks up and deposits the right amount of color every time. It’s the perfect brush for contouring, highlighting, and sculpting the face.”
Director of Global Artistry
The Yachiyo Kabuki Brush measures approximately 16.5cm from tip of the brush to end of the handle – similar in length to some of my favourite blush brushes like; Laura Mercier Cheek Colour, Shu Uemura 20, Louise Young Super Blusher LY06, NARS 6 and Lancôme 6 – with some being a little longer by 0.5cm.
I find this length of blush brush works best for myself as it’s just nice – not too long like Bobbi Brown Blush Brush and MAC 129 which often gets in the way (knocking on mirror when I move too close). I don’t mind using shorter brushes like those found in a travel set though.
Throughout the years, I have accumulated quite a few blush brushes which I am very happy with. Each gives a different touch and is used on different occasions.
The bristles of both Louise Young Super Blusher LY06 and Lancôme 6 are more plush and full. With a fuller blush brush, you get a fuller and more even colour distribution across a bigger area. With brushes like such, I use it when I want to achieve a more feminine and fresh look; on the apples of my cheeks.
Flatter blush brush like the Yachiyo Kabuki Brush, I use it to create sharper, more defined and contoured cheeks along the cheek bones. Particularly with this brush, I am able to apply blush precisely because of its tapered dome head. I can use it to sculpt, blush and highlight – all with one brush.
This Yachiyo Kabuki Brush is my first brush with hand-spun black wisteria handle – initially, I was quite afraid to wash it, wonder if the thread is going to come off – have been using it for a few months now, everything still seems to be in perfect condition.
I experience no shedding during first wash and no discolouration occurred either.
Unlike brushes with wooden handles, the Yachiyo Kabuki Brush needs a little more attention while traveling as it can easily be bended. I am not sure if it will break and I am not trying that.
While I was practicing my makeup artistry, my senior once told me that a good brush picks up product easily, does not “eat” up the product, does not “scratch” the skin and transfers to where you want to apply with minimum fall outs. And this brush fits the bill.
The soft Pen Super Goat hairs is gentle on the skin, even around the eye area.
I highly recommend this multi-tasker to everyone who wants to build up your existing brush collection. Or if you are someone who travels a lot, all you need is this brush and you will have every thing cheek covered. I personally find this brush worth investing in.
I believe the Yachiyo Kabuki Brush retails at S$75 in Singapore.
Thank you for looking.