CHIKUHODO Z-Series Eye Shadow Brush and Lam Sam Yick Heart Face Brush Reviews

October 22, 2012

Happy Monday everyone! I realized that I haven’t done a brush post for so long, so I thought I’d show you two of my favorite new brushes lately that took me a great effort in acquiring them! The cute looking Heart Face Brush is by Lam Sam Yick, and the Eye Shadow Brush is by CHIKUHODO Z-series. Both brands are only sold in certain countries in Asia, and I got them through a friend.


CHIKUHODO Z-10 Eye Shadow Brush (only sold in Japan at the moment and retails for around USD$40): I have previously used the CHIKUHODO z-series face brushes. They are similar to my Suqqus but I still prefer the latter as they feel much more fluffier, so that had stopped me from pursuing CHIKUHODO brushes until I spotted this one. The shape of the brush is very unique and looks very promising to be used around the lower lash line. As with all of the z-series brushes, it’s made of 100% squirrel hair so it warrants a super indulgent experience. The size of the brush is similar to my other pencil brushes, but it has a more precise cut and is more tapered towards the end – as  you can see in my comparison picture.  The cone-shaped brush head allows for  a very good control over how thin and thick you want the line to be. Since it is made of the finest hair, it never feels scratchy around my sensitive eyes which I often find is the case with brushes of goat hair. Moreover, squirrel-haired brush deposits the color more softly than brushes of other hair type, so for me this brush is perfect for smudging a soft line along my lower lash line, which is exactly what I want.


LAM SAM YICK Heart Brush Small in pink (aka “Bum Brush”): This is another interesting and unique face brush. It’s made by a traditional calligraphy and cosmetic brush company called LamSamYick based in Taiwan. They adopt a similar traditional brush making technique with a more affordable price. Their heart-shaped brush releases became an instant hit amongst beauty enthusiast in Asia . Girls were smitten by the cute design of the brush, and in the meantime it’s a very functional brush with superior quality. The cheek brush is made of 100% fine white goat hair and dyed pink with an ombre effect! For reference, it has the same softness and smoothness as the MAC 168. The bristles are densely packed and feel fluffy at the same time. This brush also has a nickname of ‘bum brush’ as the design of the brush head is reminiscent of a baby’s bum cheeks! The selling pitch has definitely worked for me as I always dreamt of rubbing my face against baby’s bum (when it’s clean) but I never had the chance. I’ve been using this brush for over 2 weeks now and it has no shedding so far. FYI The heart shaped brush series come in large, medium and small. I always prefer a smaller brush for applying blushes so I opted for the small size.


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Aminah October 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Oh wow what an interesting brush, ‘the bum brush’.I really love the amount of detail you go in,thank you Reika.
‘I always dreamt of rubbing my face against baby’s bum’,that made me fully LOL XD


Reika October 23, 2012 at 6:46 am

Thank you for your kind comment 🙂
Yep I will totally do that to my baby 😛


ponikuta October 23, 2012 at 1:18 am

May I ask where did you get the brushes from? Is it via online shopping site? Might need to get the bum brush to add to my collection. When you get a chance do try out Hakuhodo make up brushes as well. Love them. x


Reika October 23, 2012 at 6:45 am

Hi ponikuta, I got my brushes through a friend but you can purchase the ‘bum’ brush from LamSamYick’s official site. They ship internationally!


faye lu October 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

LOL at ‘the bum brush’ – it’s super cute!! wonder what’s behind the idea of the design ..? SUPER CUTE nonetheless.


Eileen October 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Bum brush–gotta love it 🙂 And, thanks for providing the link to the website. I have a couple nieces on my holiday list who would adore a bum brush in all its pink ombré cuteness.


Reika October 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Wow Eileen you are really spoiling your nieces! Hope they grow up to be makeup addicts like us :-p


Nina October 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm

That bum brush looks so adorable!


raindrop921 October 24, 2012 at 3:09 am

you must must try Hakuhodo Brushes..its acclaimed as one of the best brushes in Japan. Its def super super soft if not softer than Suqu brushes. Their brushes are 100% hand made, most brushes are shapped with a laser at the end of the hair to make it consistent and even, but Hakuhodo brushes do not use laser to shape the head but rather use hands. Google it and you will know what I mean. Its raved about absolutely everywhere. Originally I didn’t believe it but after i tried them, its the softest thing I’ve ever touched.


Dovey October 24, 2012 at 5:37 am

Hi Reika, the heart (or bum) shaped brush is so unique—- I’ve never seen or imagined anything like it! (And if it’s functional too, all the better :-D)


Kay November 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Hi, thanks for your great review! I finally found an online source of Chikuhodo and wanted to share with your readers who are lemming for these exquisite brushes. I stumbled upon based in Sweden last month. The site is not in English but I used Google Translate and had no problems. There is a wide selection and prices include VAT which was deducted since I live in the U.S. International shipping was reasonable and fast. You can contact Malin at the site who speaks English if you have questions or need help.


Jess November 25, 2012 at 2:17 am

I have been wanting a very pointed/precise pencil brush just for applying color onto my lower lashline like you, and according to your descrisptio/review and photos the CHIKUHODO Z-10 seems to be perfect!

Where can I purchase this brush online, Reika?


Reika November 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I bought this through a freind Jess. I know that this shop sells chikuhodo brushes online, but I haven’t purchased from them yet.


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