Suqqu Eye Shadow Brush Medium Review

October 25, 2011

I bought two Suqqu eyeshadow brushes a while ago. I have already reviewed the Suqqu Eye Shadow Large and this is my review for the Suqqu Eye Shadow Brush Medium, also called Socket Brush. As you all know Suqqu brushes are expensive- this little socket brush retails for $48 pounds on Selfridges. But I am using this brush with so much joy everyday, so really it’s worth its weight in gold.


The Suqqu eyeshadow brush medium is a round crease brush that is made of 100% premium gray squirrel hair.  The size is a little unusual – larger than a pencil brush and smaller than a normal blending brush (ie MAC 217). The hair is the softest you can get and it is densely packed which just gives enough control over applications such as contouring, and gentle blending for small areas.

suqqu-eye-shadow-medium-socket-brush-1Compared to some of my other pencil brushes, the Suqqu is relatively larger, and the softest and fluffiest. I have also included MAC 217 in the picture to show you the size differences.


Suqqu brushes are very unique and original as the the design is always different to the mainstream brushes for the same purpose, which makes them extremely versatile and practical. I personally find that this brush is great for the following uses:

– It is great for applying the eye shadows into the crease/socket line.

– My favorite use of this brush is for adding color to the outer edge of the eyes (as seen in many Lisa Eldridge makeup tutorial videos as that’s how she uses this brush).  I normally like to apply a darker color on the outer v, and this brush picks the perfect amount of color as well as giving a full control on defining the edge on my small eyelid space.

– Gentle blending for small areas

– Adding a light wash of color along the lower line which is great for creating soft smoky eyes.

Bottom Line: My life (in the world of makeup) wasn’t complete before I had this brush. If you are on a constant lookout for brushes, Suqqu is the ultimate brush to go for.

FYI, Suqqu brushes are made in Japan by Chikuhodo, and the hairs are sourced from China.

Just a little information on Chikuhodo if you are interested. They are one of the best makeup brush makers in Japan – not only do they have the biggest cosmetics companies such as Suqqu, Shiseido and Kanebo as their clients, but their own series of brushes are even more amazing. For example, the Z-series is their second best series – all brushes in the Z-series are made of 100% gray squirrel hair and have a similar design to Suqqu. Some people say you only need to invest in either one. I personally find that the bristles of Z-series brushes are too silky and densely packed (been playing with them for the last couple of days), it lacks the fluffiness of  Suqqu and picks up less color.

Now I want to talk about the P-series which is their best premium range. These brushes are the creme de la creme… can you believe the powder brush retails for 157,500円, that is equivalent to USD2000??!!!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

petrina October 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I was so taken aback by the P Series Powder brush – $2k!! Personally, I would just buy the Suqqu brushes (the essential ones!) and buy a new bag 🙂

Thanks for all your reviews on Suqqu – I plan to go to Bangkok and check the whole range out the next time I’m out there 🙂


Reika October 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I know petrina, who is going to spend 2k on a brush?! Me too I’d rather buy a new bag/shoes with that much money 🙂
Love your new miu miu btw!


Petrina October 26, 2011 at 5:14 am

Thanks 🙂 i went on a Prada binge too – so much cheaper than Au!! Though I wonder, how many P series brushes I can purchase with the $$ I spent on my bags….


Jamilla October 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

It looks like perfection!!


Elizabeth October 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Holy shizzzz… with 2k, I’d much rather a new Balenciaga! And a BIG one, lol!

I have to agree about Suqqu though, their brushes are so lovely. I purchased the cheek brush based on your review, as well as Lisa Eldridge’s favourite brushes video, and I’m so so pleased with it. The only thing I’m worried about is after just less than 2 weeks use, it has lost 2 hairs – I hope that’s the end of it! I’m nervous about washing it. Any suggestions?

I think I will add the medium eye brush to my next Suqqu order, as well as a Creamy Glow lipstick – debating between shades 01, 02, and03.. I’m looking forward to your reviews on the other 2 colours you bought!


Reika October 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Hi Elizabeth thank you so much, I am very flattered to hear that! Glad you love the suqqu cheek brush 🙂
I have had the cheek brush for months now and it also lost one hair, so I guess that’s normal. I lather up the baby shampoo using a sponge first, then I wash the brush with the foam.
Suqqu cream glow lipsticks are so lovely, yes I will be doing a review soon.


Vee October 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

First time commenting – just recently added your blog to my google reader. All the beauty reviews are quite addicting! Though I can’t say I would be comfortable putting squirrel hair to my face. They’re pesky rodents where I live!


Reika October 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Thank yo so much Vee! Appreciate your lovely comment 🙂


Yvette October 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm


First of all please allow me to say what a wonderful blog you have here. I love the layout.

On to SUQQU Brushes, I wanted to purchasefrom Dollyleo fm the UK based on your recommendation, however, upon emailing them, found out that they still do not ship to where I am (KL, Malaysia) yet.

Instead, I emailed them about posting the brushes to my sister who is in Perth, Australia, they said that should not be a problem, however, I am worried about the import duties in Australia.

I wanted to ask if your packages from Dollyleo were they ever taxed or withheld by the customs? What method does Dollyleo utilise to send your packages?

I hope you can ease my anxiety abit and I can purchase the SUQQU Brushes finally.

Oh btw, I am a lunatic when it comes to brushes.

Thanks for reading my super long comment and will appreciate your reply.


Reika October 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Hello Yvette, I have purchased from dollyleo many times and they have very good customer service!
My each purchase is normally under AUD$300 so I have never been charged with import duties. They normally ship out within 1 to 2 days, you won’t get a tracking number but package normally arrives within 7-10 days.
Hope you will lay your hands on SUQQU brushes soon 🙂 They are wonderful.


Maxine October 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

Hi Reika
I was wondering where I could purchase suqqu brushes I have try the but can’t seem to find any on there!
🙁 pls help me and let me know where else I can purchase them! I live in the usa in Wisconsin. And want to order as soon as possible! 🙂 thanks Maxine


Eileen October 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I adore excellent brushes and have mostly Hakuhodo and Suqqu. I love the soothing feel of a fine brush gliding over my skin, especially around the eyes. It’s one of those little things that makes applying make-up a pleasure rather than a chore. What we’ve been seeing a lot of just lately, though, is brush prices being inflated to the point of absurdity. Brush as status symbol–oh really?!? When someone pays the rediculous prices, they’re paying disproportionally for vanity rather than the actual quality of the brush. Good tools are important to proper make-up application. I think we’d all agree to that. The question is, is a $2,000 brush going to apply powder better and make you more beautiful than a $60-80 brush? Nah!


Reika October 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I have been reading reviews on the P-series brushes lately, can you believe there really are some “obsessed” ladies who bought them… Apparently even the cost of the brush handle is worth more than a few hundred dollars..


replica October 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm

That looks like a very useful brush, the shape reminds me of a slighty smaller version of the Edward Bess Luxury eye brush. Thanks for the great review 🙂


Reika October 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm

O..the EB eye brush is on my wish list!


MrAJBx3 October 26, 2011 at 12:10 am

wow that looks so awesome, i really wanna try this. I have seen Lisa Eldridge use Suqqu alot


Celeste @ Becoming Beautiful October 26, 2011 at 12:44 am

I’ve been following your blog for a long time now though this might just be my first time commenting. I think.

Just had to say that everytime I read a review from you, I feel this incredible urge to run out immediately and buy the item you reviewed. I have been looking at Suqqu’s brushes recently and before you started reviewing them, I would never even have considered them! (The price range is out of my budget but I’m definitely saving for them now)


Reika October 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Hi Celeste. Thank you so much for commenting! I really appreciate that, it’s always nice to meet a fellow Aussie blogger!
Do keep an eye on Dollyleo’s discount coupons, they have done 10% off on all products previously!


Cindy October 26, 2011 at 5:02 am

Oh, how I wish we had Suqqu where I live so I can feel them in person before caving in for the buy! Anyway, I recently purchased a big fluffy face brush from RMK. Learnt from Fuz that RMK is the sister company of Suqqu and the brushes felt so soft to the touch that I couldn’t resist buying them. RMK might be a cheaper alternative for people who are looking for a good decent brush but don’t want to pay as much. I personally feel that my RMK brush is far more superior to my MAC 134.


Reika October 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Most Japanese brushes are far more superior to MAC brushes!


Daisy October 26, 2011 at 5:02 am

I am curious how this compares to Armani’s small contour brush…. thanks for sharing, Reika, I have been curious about this brush


steph October 26, 2011 at 6:38 am

Thanks so much for reviewing these Suqqu brushes, I find it helpful! I’d love to know more about Chikuhodo as well, will you be doing a review of these soon? 🙂


Reika October 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Hi steph, I am still trying to get hold of a few more Chikuhodo brushes. Once that’s complete I will be doing a review 🙂


popblush October 27, 2011 at 12:22 am

I have a similar pencil brush like the MAC 210 but I don’t seem to be using it as much as I could be. I’m happy to hear your ‘life is complete’ now, hehe.

oh my gosh… $2000?! wow!!!


Jess October 28, 2011 at 12:21 am

I NEED it! 🙂

But before I actually go ahead to get it, I have a question. Do you think this is a good size for someone with smaller and puffy monolid eyes like I have? You know, ‘monolid girls’ don’t have that crease where this brush is targeted to apply the crease color. So, do you think it’s a brush that I will be loving using?


Reika October 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Hard to say Jess…I don’t use it for applying the crease color as well (me too I don’t have a crease). I use it for applying a darker color on the outer edge, do you do that? If you always reach for a pencil brush, this one will be a very good alternate. Else you can skip it..but I know it’s hard to resist Suqqu!


Jess November 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Thanks for replying, Reika! Yes… for a makeup brushes addict it’s actually almost impossible to skip! Especially after reading your reviews, hehe…


Rada November 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Thank you for this review – I already own the Suqqu Face Brush and the Eye Shadow brush L, but now I want to splurge on the Cheek and Eye Shadow M brushes! LOL. Your photos are really helpful too – crazy to actually SEE the difference between a MAC brush (already good tools) and these beauties (my favorites by far, along with Hakuhodo)! I’m glad to read that we can order safely on Dollyleo – now I can’t resist their call! ^_^’


Reika November 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Hi Rada I am really glad to know that suqqu brushes are your favorites as well 🙂


nouna December 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Hi, I live in France, do you know where O could buy these brushes on line?


rachel April 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Hi Reika, I noticed DollyLeo closed down now. Do you know any other good source for Suqqu brushes online to AU?


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