What could be more exciting than a Chanel Fall Haul for me? It was my recent purchase of the legendary Suqqu Cheek Blush Brush! I have had it for about 2 weeks now – it was hard for me to contain the excitement for that long, but I really wanted to give it a good use before I jumped to the conclusion that this is the world’s best blush brush (as everyone has said it to be). Suqqu is a Japanese high end brand that I have long been fascinated with…out of all the high end brands I lust for Suqqu the most because of their superior quality as well as exclusiveness. Knowing that this is Lisa Eldridge’s favorite blush brush made me more determined to have it!
The brush comes with a paper box, both the handle and the ferrule are made of black lacquered plastic. It is a round and relatively flat brush that fans out slightly towards the tip.
Compared to the standard sized blush brush (ie MAC 129), Suqqu blush brush is considered just as small. It is about the same width as my Shu Uemura’s Blush Brush in 17, but rounder, fluffier and has more volume to it.
From Left To Right: MAC 129, Suqqu Blush Brush; Shu 17
The brush is made of pure grey squirrel hair. The softness totally lives up to my expectation – ultra soft and silky. When I first received this brush, I couldn’t stop sweeping it across my face over and over just to experience the sensation. Unlike some other brushes which can feel quite prickly if I dab the tips directly on to my face, with Suqqu..in the words of Lisa it felt like a kitten’s paw (as I cannot find a better description of it).
Here is a close up shot of MAC and Suqqu – although it doesn’t capture the softness, it certainly shows the visual differences in the hair textures. By no means is the MAC129 a bad brush, but when it is next to Suqqu, the hair looks coarse and lacks of this glossy and silky sheen.
I have been using this brush with many different blushes. The relatively small shaped brush is perfect for depositing the pigments precisely on to the cheeks and its softness and fluffiness is perfect for blending. Before I had this brush, my only worry was that it might lack some resistance for blending as many ultra soft brushes are like. I was so pleased to find out that the hair is just bouncy as goat hair, which is perfect for me as I like to feel the resistance of the hair when blending. For a highly pigmented blush, this brush is fool proof as it grabs the perfect amount of pigments. With a less pigmented blush such as the Chanel J/C Rose Ecrin which I have been using (baked version), it applies more sheer than a goat brush. I don’t mind to keep layering it on but if I’m rushed for time this is not the best choice.
Bottom Line: My blush brush ranges from MAC, Bobbi Brown, Nars, Chanel etc…but my Suqqu brush truly makes them incomparable in terms of softness, ease of use and the amount of joy it brought me! It was certainly worth the high price tag for me. However, is it a must have? We all have handbags right? Do you consider having a Birkin as a must have?..some would..some wouldn’t. The same with this – this brush won’t make a significant difference to the final result of your makeup. It really comes down to how much you appreciate luxury makeup.
Suqqu brushes are avaiable here.
All the pictures of the Suqqu brush in this post are post wash.
I have also purchased some Suqqu eye blending brushes which I will report back on soon