Suqqu Brushes Overview with Face Brush and Eyeshadow Brush F Review

March 14, 2013

My Suqqu Brushes are one of my most treasured makeup collections. I have acquired all the Suqqu brushes that I wanted and it was really a great investment for me as I couldn’t imagine a day without them every morning when I do my makeup. Here are some proud and happy family shots of them!



When it comes to brushes, everyone has their own preference depending on their facial features. I generally prefer smaller eye shadow brushes as I have quite a small eye lid space to work with. And the same goes with face brushes, as I find a smaller face brush allows me to layer different products more precisely and blend out the harsh edges.

Below are the hair types used in brushes in order from the softest:

Red Squirrel hair (very rare, only seen from the Jap brands) -> Blue Squirrel hair (rare) -> Grey Squirrel hair (ie Suqqu and CHIKUHODO) -> Fine goat hair 细光峰 (very rare, I have only seen them from CHIKUHODO and HAKUHODO) -> Squirrel hair with no classification (ie Sephora premium brand which I find quite coarse) – > Normal Goat Hair 粗光峰 (the most common amongst western brands, ie MAC, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford etc) – > Pony hair

CHIKUHODO recommends that if you have dry and sensitive skin type, squirrel hair would be a better option, whereas oily skin type should go for goat or pony.

As for me, my preference goes to brushes made with 100% grey squirrel hair, or a mix of squirrel and goat (of which I highly recommend the GS range from CHIKUHODO as they are just as soft but the bristles have the same resistance as goat hair which are better for blending and picking up more pigments. I don’t wear heavy and bold makeup so naturally these brushes suit my needs.

Most goat hair can feel prickly on my skin as I have very sensitive and thin skin. On the other hand I have friends with oily skin (with bigger pores) who complain that squirrel hair brush deposits very little pigments on their skin.

If you want to invest in a set of premium brushes, you probably would have done a lot of research by now and maybe Suqqu or CHIKUHODO’s Z-series brushes are on the top of your shopping list. They are very similar since they are all made by CHIKUHODO. I have them both and here is a brief comparison that I put together:

–          Suqqu are slightly more expensive than the Z-series.

–          The ferrule and the handle qualities of the two are almost identical.

–          They are both made of 100% grey squirrel hair so they are equally soft and smooth. They also have equal amount of hair in each brush of the same type. The Z-series brushes feel more dense, silkier and heavier on the face, whereas Suqqu brushes are fluffier, and more bouncy – in the words of some “they feel like breeze on the skin”

A quick review for the Suqqu Face Brush:

I contemplated for a long time whether I should spend 168 Pound on a powder brush? But I am really glad I got it in the end. I thought loose powder and dewy skin cannot co-exist, but this has changed my perception. Since I had this brush, I literally use loose powder on my face everyday. It feels like breeze on my skin (apologies for the repeat but I can’t find a better word to describe the sensation). The ultra fine hair deposits an invisible veil of powder on the skin that is just enough to set the makeup and take away the unnecessary shine, but retains the natural radiance of the skin. You will never look cakey or powdery with this brush. The bristle is slightly tapered which also gives you a better control when applying powder over the t-zone.

Suqqu face brush used and unwashed 😛


Onto the Suqqu Eyeshadow Brush F:

The shape of the bristles is very similar to MAC 239. Function-wise, it is mainly used for laying down colors and it deposits the same amount of pigment as the MAC. Needless to say, it feels 1000 times softer and silkier than MAC. What I love about this brush is that it is very flat if you look at it from the side, which is perfect for smudging a soft (or smoky) line along the lower lash line which is what I have been using it for lately. Compared to a normal pencil brush, it distributes the pigments much more evenly, feels smoother and takes about 2 seconds to do one eye. In short I love this brush!

Suqqu Eyeshadow Brush F used and unwashed



Links to my review of the other Suqqu brushes:

Suqqu cheek brush

Suqqu eyeshadow brush L

Suqqu eyeshadow brush M

Suqqu Eyebrow brush S

All Suqqu brushes can be purchased from Selfridges.

Another long post! Is that what pregnancy does to a woman..I have been noticeably rambling a lot lately..






{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris March 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Thank you for this review. I’ve been thinking of investing in Suqqu brushes for some time and this has only encouraged me.


Aleeza March 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I need the Suqqu cheek brush in my life! Wish I could get them in Canada — need to make a trip to the UK just for these haha 🙂 x


Gwen March 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Hi Reika! Its so nice to see you back again =) Congratulatios on your big news! Can’t imagine how excited you must be.
This post is so timely for me. I bought my first Suqqu brush (M) just 2 months ago and have been enjoying using it everyday. It is indeed magical that it can be so soft yet deposit pigment so well. My makeup application with this brush is so effortless so even though it cost be a fair penny, I think it is absolutely worthwhile!
I was considering the L and F brush next but have heard mixed reviews about the F brush being too soft to pack on pigment due to the squirrel hair. I don’t go for the bold look either so maybe this wouldn’t be an issue? Also, the L brush seems to be fairly large. I’m curious to know if it might be too unwieldly on Asian eyes.


Reika March 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Thank you Gwen 🙂
I don’t have problems with the F brush packing on me it works similar to the MAC brush. As for L brush, it is a great brush for applying a soft layer of eyeshadow all over the eyes. I normally use this brush to apply the base color, as the hairs are too soft and fluffy for blending purposes.


Serra March 14, 2013 at 11:46 pm

I am new to your website and soooo loved your reviews, I spent a good 2 hours reading and drooling! This review is a delight as I found that I have exactly the same brushes as you and that you are also fawning over them 🙂 I can’t use any other eye makeup brushes anymore as everything else feels like sandpaper compared to Suqqu. I live in London and Suqqu started about 7 years ago as a tiny counter in Selfridges and everything was always sold out. So I never paid attention. Hah! To think about that now…


Reika March 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Thanks Serra! I agree with you! I can’t go back to my Nars and MAC brushes because they feel too coarse against my skin. Suqqu to date still remains one of my fav beauty brands, and it’s great to see that their newer releases are just getting better and better!


Tracy/bebe_tc March 15, 2013 at 12:20 am

OMG i want them so bad, your review is great <3


Elizabeth March 15, 2013 at 1:20 am

I completely agree, suqqu brushes are very much worth the investment. I own the eyeshadow brushes M and L as well as the cheek brush. For me, I simply couldn’t be without the cheek and L brush. The L is absolutely perfect for laying down a super sheer wash of colour which I think can be really sophisticated looking with a few lashings of mascara. They’re also so unbelievably soft! I really enjoyed reading this post 🙂


Ann March 15, 2013 at 2:18 am

Hi! I love your reviews and this suqqu review only strengthens my resolve to buy these brushes. I’ll be in Japan this April and I can’t wait to buy suqqu products.
May I ask if the red squirrel hair you mentioned is the same with the canadian squirrel that chukuhodo use in their 157,500 JPY kiwami series?


Reika March 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Hi Ann, how lucky you are! Japan is a shopping paradise for beauty products 🙂
No..Chukuhodo don’t make brushes with red squirrel hair, but there are some other traditional Japanese brush maker brands (such as Koyudo or Bisyoudo) that do.


Claire March 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Hi Reika, very nice review as always. I’ve been following your blog on/off and congratulations on the wonderful, happy news! I look forward to this blog as my guide to being a stylish & chic mom.


Reika March 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Thank you so much Claire!


Michelle March 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Great review, have always heard lots about these brushes 🙂


Bonnie March 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I’ve been reading bits and pieces of your blog on and off for a while and just realised you were from Sydney! Hi hi *waves*!

I haven’t tried Suqqu, but I’m in love with many of the other Japanese brands. Have you tried the Red Squirrel Cheek brush from Koyudo? If you haven’t, please, please, please do. I guarantee that you will love it 🙂


Reika March 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Thanks for the info Bonnie! The red squirrel cheek brush from Koyudo looks so good, and the fact that it is a limited edition makes me want it more! BUT I also want the most famous red squirrel brush from Tanseido…so I have not decided which one to get!!


Bonnie March 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Is that the YAQ 17? Sonia, from sweetmakeuptemptations who I also follow, has both! She has a review somewhere, and says that they’re both equally as soft, but the Koyudo is more densely bundled, but the Tanseido is thinner and fluffier.

I have the LE Koyudo and it is like silk against your skin ;P


Replica March 17, 2013 at 8:17 am

Great review, I am planning to buy some Suqqu brushes as have only heard good thinks about them, just wish they were a bit cheaper 😉


Reika March 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I know..they are so expensive..but I think the price of these premium brushes will only go up!


ruby March 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Great review, Reika!! Did you purchase the CHIKUHODO while you were traveling in Japan?


Reika March 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I had my friend bought them for me from Japan 🙂


Memoiselle March 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Hi Reika,
Thank you so much for this detailed review of Suqqu brushes. Your blog is one stop guide for Suqqu brushes 🙂


Evelina Kratunkova March 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Great review! All of your reviews are. I am following your Bolg with great interest. I managed to purchase 90% of the brushes from Suqqu and CHIKUHODO Z-series. I cannot live without them. I worked a lot, in order to save the money. I am glad i did. I did not regret, not even for a second. Thank you for sharing your beauty treasures with us. It is in a great help.


Danielle July 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Hi Reika,
Your reviews are great. I decided to purchase the Suqqu Face, Cheek, ES F & M and the Brow S after reading all your reviews on the Suqqu line. I used Skypax and ordered from Selfridges to the US. This saved me quite a bit since I was about to purchase from a seller on ebay. Thank you!
P.S. I love your sense of style and was wondering how you store your brushes for everyday use. I am always looking to organize and display with style. My vanity has limited space. Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks again!


Reika July 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Hi Danielle, I have talked about how I store my brushes in this post 🙂


Danielle July 24, 2013 at 3:59 am

Thank you. I do want to protect them from dust and will keep them in a brush roll. I am so excited to try the Suqqu brushes. I also ordered a Suqqu quad eyeshadow and am looking forward to trying that too.


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