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How to Pick: Taro + How to Make It Last Longer

When picking Pre-cut Segments with visible cut cross sections:

Look for the ones with as few of the purple “veins” as possible. The center should be mostly white (powdery) with few veins speckled/sprinkled in. If it starts getting more speckled toward the outer 1-3 to 1-4, that is fine. There is enough “powder” to compensate for the taste.

More white space is good because the white is “powder” (rough translation) aka the starch, and lends itself to the signature aroma and flavor of taro. It will also be “fluffy” and light in texture for lack of better words like fresh powder snow. When cooked, taro should practically melt and crumble. Dense packed, purple veiny taro  = vegetal nasty tasting taro. 

When picking out Whole Taro:

Pick the one that is the lightest for its size (least dense). Less density = more powder and fewer veins. See above for explanation of why this is desirable. 

How to Know if you Picked a Good One:

Slice it. If where is white residue clinging to the blade, congratz! You’ve picked a tasty one. That means that powder is in excess, enough to transfer onto other surfaces by contact. 

Making It Keep Longer:

When you get it home, skin it, as in slice the outer brown skin off. This will prevent the taro from “aging” futher and changing in texture.  

FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY DO NOT GET THE TARO WET. NO WATER SHALL TOUCH IT. If water gets on it, it will start the decomposition process almost immediately (next day) and go bad very quickly.

To store it, wrap it in brown paper and stick it in a low humidity, cool enviorment. For me, that’s the fridge.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Basics, Exotics

 

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Yojiya Brushes Now Sold At CDJapan – Potential Haul + Price Comparisons & Calculations

This post is going to be a fairly quick one as I am writing it between classes instead of doing my writing assignments. ~wheeeeee~ that is the sound of irresponsibility. I already took the time to do calculations on the prices of Yojiya brushes vs similar if not identical models made and sold by Hakuhodo. I’m sharing my calculations and “research” here because I’m a nice person ;D

For the brushes that I am comparing, the specs that they give (hair length and hair type are identical). I think its fairly obvious who the OEM for Yojiya is, hm? Also, these are only the ones i am interested in. I’m obviously not comparing all of them

Let’s start with the ones I am nearly bouncing out of my chair with excitement for: The Traditional Lip Brushes. It’s well established by now that if anyone mentions “kolinsky” I’m all ears, tugging at the leash, and salivating uncontrollably.

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Hakuhodo Left, Yojiya Right – Both heads are 15 mm long

This Medium Traditional/Pro Lip brush is a good deal though (even before throwing in CDJapan’s free shipping and no tax for international orders)

= 5.1% savings

plus it’s convenient as shit.Hell yeah I’m getting this. The handle length and color might actually be different though

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Hakuhodo Left, Yojiya Right – Both heads are 18 mm long

The Large Traditional/Pro Lip Brush for some reason does not have the same rate applied. In fact, it is more expensive than the Hakuhodo equivalent.

=6.7% markup

At this low of a percentage, I kinda don’t care anymore. convenience is king, plus i can think of it as only 3.7% markup because on CDJapan purchases, 3% of the purchase price is given back as points

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I’m also eyeing the Kokutan Eye Shadow brush with Canadian squirrel because I’m already too deep down the rabbit hole to stop. I’m doing comparisons in USD becuase this brush and the following can be found on Hakuhodo USA

CDJ is 12.78% more than H. JP

CDJ is 14% less than H. USA

H. USA is 34.2% more than H. JP’s price with today’s exchange rates, before shipping and personal shopper’s fee (which will vary but is usually above 10%).

Yikes… maybe I won’t get this one. I’m not digging that double digit mark up… between Cdjapan and Hakuhodo Japan, but compared to Hakuhodo USA (before shipping), the price is pretty nice. Plus, the 3% back of Cdjapan will technically drop the CDJ price down to 9% more than Hakuhodo JP’s price.

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I am also eyeing a most likely exact Yojiya dupe for a brush I already have (the Hakuhodo Kokutan Large Eye Shadow Brush). If they are the same, great! That will mean I’ll have a backup for a brush that I love and near abuse with frequency of use. I’m also curious to see if the quality of hair Yojiya Brushes use is as good as, better, or worse compared to Hakuhodo. Think of it as setting a baseline.

CDJ is 14% more than H. JP

CDJ is 14.9% less than H. USA

H. USA is 34% more than H. JP with today’s exchange rates before shipping and personal shopper’s fee (which will vary).

Ouch. I can’t even reasonably justify this one. Maybe when the exchange rate improves.

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Let me tell you what is a good deal though, the Yachiyo’s and equivalent of the Hakuhodo’s  Itabake’s which Yojiya calls “Kokyuban-Hake.” I’m not all that interested in the itabakes, but for the lazy readers who are interested, here are all the sizes of the Yojiya -Hake’s . Just compare the prices side-by-side in seperate windows with the Itabake’s from the Hakuhodo JP site. Don’t even bother checking Hakuhodo USA. They will be higher priced. The Yojiya ones are very well priced. Shockingly so at nearly 50% less! Maybe this is because contouring (what most people use the itabake’s for as a stand in for the infamous NARS contour brush) is not a trendy thing in Japan so they don’t price gouge off public interest.

Enough about that though. The one I’m interested in is the Yachiyo-hake Medium (2,112 yen) which I’m pretty sure is the same as the Hakuhodo Blunt Medium Yachiyo (3,348 yen) rather than the Pointed/Tapered Medium Yachiyo (3,564 yen), based on the shape of the heads in the pictures.

Yojiya Yachiyo-Hake (Left), Hakuhodo Blunt Yachiyo (Center), Hakuhodo Tapered Yachiyo (Right)

But hallelujah! CDJapan’s price is 40.74% less than Hakuhodo JP’s!!! The only different I can see is the different color of the handle string loop. Again I’m not going to bother wasting my time comparing to Hakuhodo USA prices.

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There is one unique item that I am ready interested in as of right now. It’s this wooden Brush Case (Fude-oki) which swivels!I’ll take two of the Yojiya’s.! FML nvm. They updated the pictures because i think too many people were going over to the website and being excited only to receive the actual thing and be disappointing. This is the old picture that got me excited and was taken off the website:

AAAAAANNNND, here are the updated pics that better represent the product…. it’s just one, segmented box.

Maybe they’re stack-able? (referencing the one that got me so hyped). Welp, now i have a potential wood-working project to waste my time on!

Nevertheless, I think is a pretty reasonable price at 1,908 yen or approximately $17. Yes, it is simple, but the materials + time:labor costs if I were to make this myself would far outstrip the cost of this. Plus, consider that a plain lift-top box like this velvet-lined box by Koyomo here is selling for 3,000 yen.

 

Why am i not buying them right away even though I’m so excited? Why is this a potential haul instead of a haul I’m waiting on to arrive? Well, I’ve been a very bad girl this month. I’ve already bought invested too much in gear for my upcoming ski weekend @ Tahoe. Financial responsibility above all else, children. (Which is funny because I’m probably a fetus compared to most of the people reading)

Thanks to haneulhouseki for posting the news over at /r/Fude!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2017 in On the Fence

 

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The Effect of Rain in Southern California

Con: People drive like intoxicated, blindfolded monkeys.

Pro: Shopping becomes a peaceful affair. People refuse to go anywhere, preferring to hole up at home instead.

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I mean look at the Costco check-out area! It’s practically a ghost town.  Normally on a Friday afternoon, I would be able to waltz from one side of the checkout floor to the other by walking across a solid continents of carts and never touch the ground.

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It also looks like a different neighborhood out there. I swear these hills usually have fewer signs of life than Mars.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2017 in Current Events, Short Humor

 

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Sweet Way to Wrap Up 2016: Surratt Brushes! And Setting Goals

Christmas miracles do happen. I am now in possession of both of the Surratt eye brushes i have lusted and agonized over…  along with an extra luxury… The face brush! They all joined my collection within the span of a week.

2016, as shitty as it was for the rest of the world, has been very kind to me. i discovered many new loves (in terms of hobbies and objects), obtained some amazing things i have only dreamed of, and dined at places that I could never have imagined eating at before.   My brush acquisition rate dropped sharply (as did my posting frequency, haha) because the exchange rate sucking and various other factors, but I still found amazing new loves . I’ve had to put several projects on the back burner that I am picking up with vigor, one of which I hope to get finished by the time Winter Break is up.

Now  I’m just waiting to see if i will be blessed with the the biggest miracle and gift of all: an acceptance into my top pick grad school. That would be a beyond great way to start off 2017.

For my New Year’s Resolution I’m going to say: haul ass and post at least twice a month maybe once a week if I’m feeling daring! God knows i have more than enough material. There are 162 drafts sitting around and innumerous more items i haven’t even started a post for! I refuse to sacrifice quality for quantity so I’m really going to push myself to write the equivalent of a novella bi-monthly. I may also start doing YouTube videos to demo the brushes in action. Some of of my uses are… “off label” to say the least and I feel like my explanations suck ass. It would be  much easier to show rather than tell. However, the prospect of filming and editing videos is quite daunting.  If I’m not careful, I’m going to end up talking myself out of it and retreat back to being lazy. >_>

One of my problems and obstacles to getting things done, especially things that need to be shared (or will be seen by other eyes) is that I aim for perfetion. I shoot for perfection in the planning stages so that after crudely finangaling my way though several unforseen, but expected bugs, the result I am left to settle with will be at least acceptable in quality (and not utter crap).

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Current Events

 

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Long Lasting (No Primer, No Setting Spray) “No Make Up” Make Up with a Surprise

*Going to an event with a lot of crickety, conservative people like them*

Mom and Dad: Don’t embarrass us by wearing too much makeup!

Me: Minimal makeup. Got it.

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The Product Spread. For a full list and routine details, see the end of this post.

M & D: !!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT DID WE #$%@&%$ SAY?!

Me: Relax. It’s going to look like a whole lotta nothing.

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Posted by on December 18, 2016 in Paint By the Numbers

 

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Quick 15 Minute Look: Black Widow Lips and Pumpkin Eyes for Halloween 2016

That’s 15 minutes including everything but the skincare step. I think that everything in the look is pretty intuitive but I’ll list the steps anyways so you can see what i used.

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Base and Face

  1. SOONPURE Rose Facial Serum (half a capsule): this is a skincare item that i use as my primer. it’s is my go to for “special” days when i want my skin  to NOT turn into crepe paper by the end of a long day. I’m not counting this step in the makeup time because it takes about 5 minutes for this to fully sink in and dry down to a velvety-soft, silk smooth finish. After it sinks in it’s like, pores? What pores? It doesn’t fill in ice pick scars but it sure does make the skin blurry enough to ignore them.
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer w/ 2 parts SX07 (neutral medium) to 1 part SX03 (pale olive): applied little dots as smears distributed on skin first concentrated on the nose and blended out with a Sephora 45.5 Mini multi-tasker brush.
  3. Guerlain Meteorites Perles des Neige (2015 Enchanted Snowflake Edition): you know what they say, “X-mas comes right after Halloween,” and I’m straddling the line by using this.  Applied with a Koyudo BP006 Large Powder Brush.
  4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure: applied on lower half of cheeks and apples to give back juuust a hint of dimension. I was going for mostly dead/ghostly with my face. Used a very light hand and an extremely soft brush to boot (Koyudo Red Squirrel Blush Brush Gen. 2)

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Eyes: Essentially, same application process as a standard smokey eye but with pumpkin colors

  1. Urban Decay Primer Potion: very thin layer melted between fingers then applied all over upper lid and on lower eye too
  2. Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I722: Mandarin: Applied all over upper lid as a base with Makeup Cat #114 Large Eye shadow Brush
  3. MUFEArtist Shadow ME304 Emerald: Applied with a Zoeva 325 Luxe Brow Light Brush. This brush is essentially a very wide smudger, so i used it to apply and smudge/blend the shadow on the outer 1/3 of my upper and lower lashline below my visible crease. I used what pigment was left on the brush to lift the eye a bit by wiggling it outward and upward at the corner.
  4. MUFE Artist Shadow I330 Linden Green: Applied with same Zoeva 325 brush. “smudged” into the inner part of the eye where it folds and on the bottom lash line. On my upper lid, i swept it up with light strokes to blend it gently into the orange. Linden green has a golden sheen that blended beautifully with mandarin which is a very strong yellow toned orange. To blend into ME304 Emerald, i just wiggled the brush side-to-side at the junctiions.
  5. MUFE Artist Shadow M536 Milk Tea and M558 Dark Taupe: Just used a bullet brush (Smashbox #15 Definer brush), as my crease and blender brush in one.  I hopped my brush from pan to pan, back and forth about three times, then swirled on the back of my hand lightly to mix the colors, then applied on the outer V of the eye,  blending down into I722 Mandarin at the top, and over the place where I722 Mandarin and ME304 Emerald meet on the outer crease before slightly diffusing it out and up. Milk tea contributed the warmth needed to meld with I722 Mandarin at the border and M558 Dark Taupe provided the cool, dark ash needed to match the natural shadows in the hollows like the inner corner of my eyes.
  6. Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara: two coats. Not my favorite but went with it since my Clinique High Impact Water proof was AWOL. Did the trick enough.
  7. Bareminerals Lock & Coated Waterproof Lash Topcoat: Makes the above mentioned mascara bullet roof. Otherwise it melts off with the slightest moisture like the mini tears i get when i sneeze.

I realized after i was in the car that i forgot to tight line and curl my lashes. Oh, well.

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Lips

  1. Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil: Primed lips with a thin layer of this all over, pressing lips together to let it melt in better
  2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics NSFW Colour Pencil: traced the hourglass outline, adjusting the dimensions until i was happy with it
  3. Stila  Stingray Stay All Day Smudge Stick: Filled in the outer parts of the lip with this since i don’t have black lipstick. Really creamy and easy to apply like a regular lip liner. it smudges like a mofo on my eyes within an hour but stayed pretty well put on my lips!
  4. Milani Desire Amore Matte Liquid Lipstick: applied over the earlier outlined hourglass with a Real Techniques Detailer Brush to add impact and make it as opaque as the black parts. The liner by itself was really wimpy and i wanted a bright, red POW.
 
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Posted by on November 2, 2016 in Paint By the Numbers

 

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Chikuhodo Violet Noel and Azur Noel Collection for Holiday 2016 Available for Pre-Order: Value Calculations

First off, i know. I’m terrible when it comes to typos and there’s a glaring one in the title: Azure is suppose to have an “e”. it’s not my bad this time though. That’s literally how they (Chikuhodo) spell it. Never mind. I’ve been schooled. Azur is the French spelling for azure and all past Chikuhodo holiday sets have been named in French, so it makes sense to continue the trend. Violet, being the same threw me for a good loop though.

NOTE: I will add the price comparison for Beautylish once i see their list price for the sets.

Let’s start with the bigger (and more expensive) set.

Azur Set
This set is available for pre-order now at CDJapan for 32,500 yen. The set contains 6 brushes and a pouch, all in a dark, shimmery cool-blue theme. There are 200 sets available. The product page says that they wont be shipped out until late November though but be prepared to buckle down for long wait.

From the pictures and comparing provided measurements, it looks like this set contains the following series of brushes

  • Powder Brush: Gray Squirrel
    • Hair length approx. 52 mm, 27 mm wide (tentative, see the long quote in the Violet Set section to see how the number was arrived at.)
    • Looks like a MK-2 (16,000 yen) or perhaps a Z-9 (16,000 yen). Both are 52 mm long and 25 mm wide with the former being 22 mm thick and the latter being 20 mm thick. Without a thickness measurement for the Azur powder brush, i have no way of telling which one it is. Either way, both brushes have the same price and match in hair length + hair type.
  • Blush Brush: Gray Squirrel + Sokoho Goat Dyed
    • Hair length approx. 36 mm Full length approx. 151 mm
    • Closest match is the GSN-4 (6,000 yen) w/ hair length, ferrule shape and materials matching exactly.
  • Eye shadow L Brush: Brown Squirrel + Weasel
    • Hair length approx. 18 mm
    • This one was hard. The closest i got was finding the Y-3 (2,500 yen) and the Artist RE/BL-12-2 Eye Shadow L (2,500 yen). Both are made of pine squirrel mixed with weasel and 20 mm, so 2 mm longer. The Y-3 looks fuller and starts tapering earlier like the Azur L e/s brush. This Azur L e/s brush may actually be a twin of an eye brush that is not from Chikuhodo though.
  • Eye shadow M Brush: Canadian Squirrel
    • Hair length approx. 10 mm
    • Closest match is the Artist BL/RE-6-6 Eye Shadow M (2,500 yen) that is also  made with Cn. Squirrel, but 2mm longer than the brush in this set. However, this brush is discontinued (dc’d) and no longer available like their other pure Cn. sq eye brushes from the Artist line, the whole of which was dc’d recently.
  • Eyebrow Brush: Water Badger
    • Hair length approx. 9-11 mm
    • Similar to the Artist RE/BL-6-4 (2,700 yen) but appears less wide, though not less slanted (the RE/BL-6-4 is 7-11 mm long). Being in the Artist series, this is now dc’d, and quickly running out of stock.
  • Non-Retractable Lip Brush: Weasel
  • Brush Case: opened 200 x 185 mm; closed 200 x 90 mm (not including this in price calculations)

The values of the individual brushes in this set total up to 31,200 yen while the set costs 32,500 yen. No savings at all, in fact you are paying 4% more than if you brought all of them alone, except you can’t buy some of them because they are of the dc’d Artist line. And yes i double checked my calculations because i was taken aback.

Some would argue that this isn’t fair because I didn’t include the cost of the case, but I didn’t do that last year either. And yes, the price for the Lumiere set was still a 7% savings compared to getting the equivalent brushes individually.

**Edit Oct 28, 2016: important update via a comment i received:

I’ve seen brown squirrel used for the KW-2 powder brush from their discontinued Kiwami Brush Set. A closer match might be the Eyeshadow Brush B by Addiction (a rumored Chikuhodo OEM), which also has the same combination of brown squirrel and weasel.

This would be pretty good news.  The retail price of the Addiction B eye shadow  brush (20 mm long, 2 mm longer) is 4,900 yen, which would push the value of this set into positive territory.

If the Addiction by Ayako brush is the closest match, the new individual total would be 33,600 yen. The difference of 1,100 yen between the individual price and the set price means a 3.4% value. Not much, but at least it’s in the green now.

This set might be worth getting if you are head over heels in love with the blue shimmers + shooting stars (?) on the handle, and don’t own any of the equivalent brushes.

Notes on Azur Set:

  1. I’ve no idea what brown squirrel in that large eye brush is. I’ve never seen it in Chikuhodo’s offerings until now. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know! It might be Kazan squirrel which is really expensive and thus, pushed the price up.
  2. Looks like they really dug deep into their more obscure brushes this year. Last year’s price comparison (here) was a breeze because i had suspects that i could name off the top of my head. Last year’s large set was 34,600 yen (2,100 yen difference or 6% more) but had 7 brushes, four of which  (2 face, 2 eyes) were pure squirrel as opposed to the 1 lone, pure grey squirrel brush this year.
  3. I was disappointed to see that the lip brush this year is non-retractable. At least give it a cap to make it portable, please! Being able to protect the brush head makes a lip brush far more useful (for me anyways) as i can load up the brush in the morning with my lip color choice of the day, toss it in my bag willy-nilly, then pull it out and uncap for touch ups throughout the day… rather than bringing the whole tube of lipstick with me, risking the cap falling off and letting debris get in, or worse, having it get stolen, or lost. They do offer an Artist Series 4-2 Lip Brush with a cap (for 1,800 yen), which i would have preferred.
  4. According to a commenter (thanks a bunch by the way) “Chikuhodo lists the shape of the Azur blush brush as 丸, which they also use to describe the shape of other completely round ferrules like the ones found on the R-C2.” So it is fairly safe to say that the GSN-4 is a proper match.

[Beautylish price analysis coming soon]

Now for the other one:

The Violet Set

The Violet Set (15,500 yen) is the second, smaller set that CDJapan is also taking pre-orders for and has a shimmery violet theme with the same chain-of-stars accents. There are 400 sets available.  It contains three brushes that form a pretty well rounded set for face, cheeks and eye.

  • Powder/Blush Brush: Gray Squirrel + Saikoho Goat Dyed
  • Highlight Brush: Goat Saikoho Dyed
    • Hair length approx. 30 mm
    • Closest match i can find is the Takumi T-5 (5,000) yen and even this one is really off. 8 mm off to be exact. The Violet highlight brush starts tapering much earlier (lower down on the ferrule end) and ends in a finer point)
  • Eye shadow Brush: Gray Squirrel
    • Hair length approx. 12 mm
    • It’s either a clone of the M-5 (2,600) or G-4 (2,400 yen) both of which are pure grey sq. and 12 mm long. The M-5 is dc’d but the G-4 is here to stay. I mentioned the M-5 because it was the other grey sq. brush by Chikuhodo with 12 mm bristles

There is no brush  case with this set

I’ll be doing several combination comparisons because i have no effing clue which powder brush is the closest. To make my life easier I’m taking the average of the eye brushes and using 2,500 yen for my calculations. I’m assigning a value of 3,900 yen to the highlight brush. See note #3 for how i came up with this number. I came up with a value for a hypothetical mixed bristle Artist 20-2 brush.  See note #4 to see how I arrived at the value I used in my calculation. **Edit Oct 28, 2016: I did not think the original version of my first chart through enough. The chart has since been updated to reflect adjust prices for the G-8, MK-3 and GSN-1 (to approximate their values as if they were 45 mm long rather than 55 mm long as the original chart was based off of). I will not be showing calculations for these since they were simple proportions like in note #3.

The reason why i did these adjustments is because the length differences between the violet brushes and the permanent ones are quite significant and hair length is correlated with price. I consider anything more than 3 mm in difference to be significant as it is readily visible. I was not able to properly adjust for the cost of having saikoho mixed in rather than sokoho, which would increase the value of the brush some, so takes these calculations with a grain of salt.

Mx 20-2 G-8 MK-3 GSN-1
Powder brush 6470 7400 9400 9800
Highlight brush 5000
Eye brush 2500
Individual Total 13970 14900 16900 17300
Violet Set Total 15500
Difference -1530 -600 1400 1800
Percent Savings -9.87097 -3.87097 9.032258 11.6129

**Edit Oct 30, 2016: We owe many thanks to the reader who gave me this critical information:

I’ve tried to calculate the width of the powder brushes using Chikuhodo’s website description that I printed. For the purple powder: the hair is 45 mm long, this equals 30 mm on the printed paper. On the printed paper, the hair at the base of the ferrule has a width of 17 mm on my ruler, making it 25,5 mm on the real brush. For the Azur powder, my calculations give a 27.5 mm width at the base of the ferule on the real brush. But I don’t have the thickness.

This would mean that the closest brush (without knowing the thickness), at 26 mm wide is the MK-3 powder brush. You would hypothetically be saving 9% by getting the set, but it is really hard to give a value to an all-new brushes.

This set is intriguing due to the never-seen-before brushes (and that gorgeous purple color), but i woudn’t cry over missing out if my credit-card fu ends up being rusty and too slow to snag a set.

Violet Notes

  1. These brushes seem to be novel Chikuhodo offerings. They usually do gray sq + sokoho combos. There are no brushes with grey sq + saikoho in their current line up. They don’t have a goat (saikoho or sokoho) highlight brush as short as the one in the azure set either.
  2. I really wish they have given width measurements so that i could narrow down and select the closest powder brush in their regular brushes available all year round. If anyone gets this set, please let me know the width of the ferrule on the face brush!
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    T-5 Violet HL
    38 30
    5000 3947.368  = 30*5000/38
  4. ** To calculate what a mixed bristled Artist BL/RE-20-2  (9,500 yen) would cost, i compared the MK-1 and MK-3
    1. the MK-1 is 52mm long, pure squirrel and costs 16,000 yen
    2. the MK-3 is 55 mm long, mixed and costs 11,500 yen
    3. if the MK-1 was 55 mm long it would cost 16,900 yen proportionally
    4. Now that the brushes are “equals”, we can see that using mixed hairs translates to a 32% decrease in value compared to pure sq.
    5. here’s a visual
      MK1 MK3 MK1 (55) MK3
      52 55 55 55
      16000 11500 16923.08  – 11500  = 5425
      MK1 (55)
      5425  / 16900  = 0.321006
       BL/RE-20-2
      32% of 9500  = 3040
      Mixed 20-2
      9500  – 3030  = 6470

[Beautylish Price Analysis Coming Soon]

Maybe they got pissed at me price snooping last year and decided to make my life hard this year. (Ha! As if they even know who i am, or read my price analysis).  The more logical explanation is that they are testing the market strength of the Chikuhodo name and trying to gauge general consumer interest toward their brand and  less popular brushes.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2016 in Grab It Before It's Gone, On the Fence

 

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