Suqqu Cheek Blush Brush Review

August 6, 2011

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 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 🙂

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine August 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I heard really awesome reviews about this brush, please let us know how you feel about the eye brush!


Reika August 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I will 🙂


Petrina August 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Great review! Im on a lookoutfor a new blysh brush and am not fond of my MAC 129 at all- it sheds way too much and feels harsh against my skin.


Walls August 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I recently discovered your blog, as I am a regular visitor to Best Things in Beauty, Café Makeup, and The Beauty Look Book (to name but a few). Kudos to you for putting together a string of fabulous and informative posts. Living in the U.S., I am not able to get my hands on Suqqu at any department store or brick and mortar establishment; I’ve been eyeing the brushes and the line in general since Lisa Eldridge raved about the brushes. However, I’ll have to save up before taking the plunge. I’m glad you’re enjoying your Suqqu blush brush. Use it in good health!


Reika August 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Thank you so much for dropping by 🙂 I took me a while to take the plunge to spend more than $100 on a brush, but it’s worth every single cent 🙂


popblush August 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Personally, I find that it is important to have a good quality brush that works really well.

Your review on this brush is exactly what I want in a blush brush and I can understand why you love it so much~ Also, I like the shape of this brush =D


Joyce August 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I’ve checked out the Mac 129 at a Mac counter and at a CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet), and both times, the bristles felt scratchy.

You don’t think that the Mac 129 feel a little uncomfortable?

When did you get your Mac 129 brush? Maybe the quality of recent Mac brushes are different than previous years? I bought 2 Mac 168 and 2 Mac 187 brushes all at different times and there are differences among them.


Reika August 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Hi Joyce, I have had my MAC129 for more than 5 years! It is quite soft (softer than my Chanel blush brush) and doesn’t shed at all.


onlyfr33b33 August 8, 2011 at 1:57 am

can you do a review/eotd with Lunasol Aurorized Eye palette? I really want to buy some but now that I’m not in LA I can’t find an Asian beauty store out here in Miami to test it.


Reika August 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I am expecting a few more Lunasol quads, once I receive them I will do a group review on the Aurorized eye palettes 🙂


Charlotte August 8, 2011 at 2:24 am

Oooh. Great review. I, too, have been obsessed with getting a Suqqu blush brush but I’ve been trying to resist because of the price! Have you tried Hakuhodo brushes? I’ve heard that they are comparable but it’s hard to decide without actually testing those out first.


Reika August 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Yes I have! And I will be ordering some Hakuhodo brushes soon, they look very promising and relatively cheaper compared to Suquu 🙂


Cynthia August 10, 2011 at 11:28 am

I too love suquu brushes but can’t seem to find it here in sydney. Do you know where i can find suquu brushes in Sydney or which website does sell and ship to australia??


Reika August 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Hi Cynthia, there is a few online shops that sell suqqu brushes. You can find the links in my post 🙂


Victoria August 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Hi Reika!
Thank you for the informative review. More and more i see the “buzz” going on around this brush. Just yesterday went to London on purpose to buy that particular brush and at the end i prefer RMK blush brush to Suqqu one. I had such high hope for Suqqu brush but after comparison i’ve found that RMK is softer. And MUCH cheaper!
There a lovely lady who has a great collection of squirrel brushes, and she did great reviews on most of them!
I am really looking farward to read yo review on Lunasol brush and comparison with Suqqu one! Want to have all of them!!!
Thank you!


Reika August 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Hi Victoria, thank you so much for the information. RMK brushes are even softer?? wow that’s unbelivable!
I am a big fan of her blog, her brushes posts have me wanting to have them all!
At the moment I am tossing between Lunasol and Hakuhodo brushes..haven’t made up my mind yet…


Victoria August 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Hi Reika!
You know i was so shocked (i think that’s the right word) when i compared both of them,and the RMK seemed to be much softer. Maybe the Suqqu brush was a bit dirty with powder or fingerprints, maybe this can explain why i wasn’t amazed by the softness! But i think i will give it another shot, especially considering the fact that adorable Lisa Eldridge usese it. I Have to have it!
Oh, i think Lunasol ones are gorgeous.. I am also considering buying IPSA brush. Do you have any IPSA?


Reika August 22, 2011 at 7:27 am

Hi Victoria, you should give it a second shot, Lisa eldrige cannot be wrong when it comes to makeup right?! 😛
I don’t have IPSA 🙁 My wishlist for brushes is getting longer and longer!


Cindy August 23, 2011 at 5:47 am

Wow that is probably the most expensive cheek brush ever!!


kazu August 23, 2011 at 7:22 am

I’ve been drooling over suqqu brushes for so long. It’s just such a hard to get item. Thanks so much for including the DollyLeo website. Now at least I know where to get them if I make up my mind. Love your review!!


Jess August 24, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Thank you so much for your review on this blush brush!
I have to admit that I’m quite a makeup brush addict. My brushes range from MAC, Bobbi Brown, and recently RMK.

I have heard excellent things about SUQQU brushes, and I think I won’t be able to resist on this brush any longer! 😉


Reika August 25, 2011 at 1:27 am

Hi Jess so happy to hear from you! Where have you been..I miss your blog!!
I have heard RMK brushes are just as good as suqqu since they are made by the same manufacturer. Can’t wait to try them out!


Meryl September 5, 2011 at 1:45 am

hi Reika,
I just visited Japan last week and bought a large eyeshadow. Their brush is so fluffy, and I was to tempted tp buy their face brush but it’s way too expensive 31500Yen 🙁 so at the end I didn’t bought the face brush. I only bought a large shadow brush and I’m happy 🙂


Lisa September 14, 2011 at 6:54 am

Hello from Canada! I’m so happy to find your wonderful blog.
I hear so many great things about Japanese brushes, but I am concerned about whether the squirrels are killed to get their hair? I’m not a vegan, it is just for my religion…certain animals I cannot touch if they are dead…including their hair/furs. Of course, overall, I prefer no animals would die for my vanity!!! Do you know how I can find out about the situation for squirrel brushes? Thankyou.


Reika September 15, 2011 at 1:34 am

Hello Lisa, thanks for dropping by 🙂
I am also not very clear on that either..many cosmetics companies do promise that they are animal cruelty free druing the process of making brushes. However in reality, I am quite skeptical about most cases they purchase the hair from other manufactureres and there is no way they can ensure that there was no animals being harmed.


AB September 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Hi Reika!

I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog post! This was such a great and very informative review. I’ve really been looking into the hakuhodo brushes and am really debating on which ones to go with, but your review was very helpful! I’ve actually never heard of SUQQU brushes until now. SUQQU seems like a great brand and was wondering if you could tell me more about it? I write about asian cosmetics but never came across this brand before. Anyhow, thanks for the post! I will definitely be back to visit!


Michelle November 20, 2011 at 11:20 pm

That brush looks sooooo good! However, I use mostly non-pigmented blush, so would you not recommend this brush for that? :/


Reika November 23, 2011 at 11:18 am

Hi Michelle, what brands of non-pigmented blush are you using? I don’t like to use this brush with my chanel J/C blushes, other than that it’s great with everything else. Maybe you should look into brushes with a mix of squirrel and goat hairs.


Michelle November 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I’m using Silk Naturals sheer mineral blush (in blush baby), not a pressed powder. It goes on subtle with my MAC 138 (I don’t know why that brush sheds!), but I like that look. 🙂 What brush would you recommend that does squirrel and goat hair? RMK cheek brush S?


Cynthia December 16, 2011 at 6:02 am

Hi Reika, I know this is an older post, but I since I just got my Suqqu face and cheek brushes, I had to ask – how do you clean them? I usually use a mild shampoo to wash my brushes, but given the investment, I wanted to be extra careful with these brushes. Unfortunately, I don’t read Japanese, and no instructions accompanied the brushes… I’d love to know what you’re doing for your Suqqu’s!


Reika December 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Hi Cynthia I just wash them with my becca brush soap, it is just a soap especially made for cleaning brushes. And sometimes I clean them with my she uemura liquid brush cleaner ( very similar to the MAC one but better) HIH!


Zuzu's Petals January 31, 2012 at 1:30 am

This brush finally came back in stock at Dolly Leo, and I got one! My first Suqqu. : ) But first I wanted to check reviews so I could be sure, as sure as anyone can be when able to see and touch it in person. Your review popped up first, so thank you for the great description, photos, and comparisons. I am so excited, I’m ready to hop on a jet and go pick it up myself!


Ronalou Lau February 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Oh I cant agree more! I made sure my Hubby got me one of this fabulous brush when he was off to London. This is definitely a lovely blush brush and I have not yet encountered one as soft.. I also knew of this brush through Lisa E. I Love Suqqu makeup and brushes!!!


Angela September 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Since you mentioned Birkin… Loved your Chanel shoes with the metal plate. If you’re up to it, maybe your blog could also feature things like bags, shoes, watches. Fun!


Reika September 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

Thanks for the suggestion, I will definitely feature more fashion/accessories posts in the future 🙂


henry February 18, 2013 at 1:41 am

wow makes me want to have that brush even more… i first heard that brush from Lisa Eldridge too…


Beby July 4, 2013 at 7:53 am

Dear Reika,
I was a silent reader tp or blog all thistime, what do you think this brush compare to Tom Ford face brush ( im looking for blush brush ), which one you like the most….Btw ur blog is really helpful…many times i bought makeup product base on ur review…thank you so much


Reika July 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Hi Beby, Suqqu blush brush is softer, fluffier and less resilient than the Tom Ford. If you like your blush to apply sheer, then you should go for Suqqu. Tom Ford blush is great for packing on the color and blending.


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