Sunday, July 29, 2012

Suqqu M Brush +

I've finally have gotten to write this review ... ever since back in May that I discussed Suqqu's L brush, I've been asked how I use the M brush. So here goes ...

Like I stated with the L brush, I still don't know what hairs it consists of, but my guess is still Grey Squirrel. I don't know the actual answer since I don't have access to a Suqqu counter to ask an associate. 

How this brush is different from the "L" brush: It's shorter hairs, and more shaped like a cyclinder on the base, and it's ever so slightly tapered. I don't consider it a pointy brush either. The bristles are a bit more densely packed together than the L brush. I like it because I can use the M brush for the crease for more precise work, moreso than the L since it's a bit too big at times. The L for me is blending a wash of color on the lid, or blending 2 colors on the lid (lid and outer V). For those who want to blend the crease into the highlight or just the crease in of itself, the M brush is a better fit due to the size and shape. 

Sometimes i feel like a really pointy eye brush I can't manage to get a really defined crease to my liking, because it's too defined. What's nice is that I don't have this issue with the M, since it's not too pointy. I will say it's a bit tricky to use at first since the bristles are a bit dense, but it took a bit of practice to get the effect I wanted.

Price: £48 at Selfridges, ¥10000 on (which is about £81, almost twice the price).

Is it worth having: If you have a great blending brush that you don't find too large, then the M may not be necessary.  If you think brushes like the MAC 222 is too flimsy, MAC 224 is too big and scratchy...or don't have a nice crease brush, then I do think it's nice to have.

Onto the photos!

L to R: Chikuhodo Z10, Suqqu M, Suqqu L

L to R: Chikuhodo Z10, Suqqu M, Suqqu L

L to R: Chikuhodo Z10, Shu 5R (kolinsky) Suqqu M

L to R: Suqqu M, L (color enhanced the photo since flash wasn't cooperating)

L to R: Chikuhodo Z10, Suqqu M


  1. Lovely brushes! I wish I had the self-control to save some money and invest in nicer brushes...instead, I splurge it all on makeup :P

  2. usually the best time to buy brushes is that lull period between seasonal collections. to be fair, my brush collection has been an evolution from the past 10+ years.

    to see some of my favorite brushes, you can click on my "brush" tag. the best eyeshadow brushes are in my opinion Shu Uemura (especially the kolinsky since you can use them both for cream and powder). For face brushes, Suqqu and Chikuhodo brushes are really awesome.

  3. These brushes look great. Would love to try some of their brushes at some point. Thanks for the post.

  4. You keep tempting me with the Chikuhodo :)

  5. Those look great!!! I wish those brands were more easy to get over here.

  6. Lovely brushes! Great pics making it very easy to see the differences that you are talking about in your post! lemmings.....Like Anne, I wish there was an easy place to source these in the U.S.

  7. Well, that is a beauty. :-)

    In the scheme of things, how would you rate Suquu brushes compared to Hakuhodo and Shu Uemura (in terms of quality)? If I already have a healthy Hakuhodo and Shu collection, is it worth my time to seek out Suquu brushes? TIA for your response!

    1. let me begin by saying i'm not a fan of hakuhodo -- a few reasons: they have quality control issues in the past with their brushes...bad batches of brushes. i don't know if that's so much the case now. secondly, their kolinsky range isn't as solid as Shu Uemura's.

      Shu Uemura -- in my honest opinion and experience make the best eyeshadow brushes, especially with the kolinsky range since you can use the kolinsky with both cream and powder formulas. the density is perfect for packing on the color. Plus they have a decent selection of different shapes and sizes of eyeshadow brushes. Their powder brushes (like the red haired brush, etc) aren't as great.

      Suqqu brushes are lovely, but the main difference is that they are softer since it's a different hair (grey squirrel). Suqqu's purpose is more for handling really pigmented colors. The grey squirrel hairs help diffuse super pigmented blushes or eyeshadows. Suqqu fills the gap for making solid face brushes, where Shu to some degree is lacking. I do think Shu makes nice blush brushes, but for setting powder or all over the face's not so good. Suqqu eyeshadow brushes aren't the best for packing on colors, so that's where Shu kolinskys come into place.

    2. Thank you so much for your response! I absolutely agree with you about Shu making the best eyeshadow brushes. I've been somewhat disappointed with most of my H. eye brushes...they don't use kolinsky, as you said, and I'm not a huge fan of the Canada squirrel that they use in so many eye brushes.

      Your comment about the quality control is interesting. I've heard 2 or 3 people say they're not fans of Hakuhodo, and I could never figure out why. Maybe they got a bad batch. I have noticed that Hakuhodo brushes shed a lot.

      So each brand has their strengths and weaknesses. I'll probably get a Suquu just because I'm a brush h0r, lol. Thanks again for taking the time to respond!

    3. Hakuhodo has a series of kolinsky brushes, as seen here:

      let me know how you like the suqqu brush. i do like the "L" brush a lot.

    4. but from what i've been told, Hakus kolinsky brushes are a bit too soft to use for eyes...

      i don't know, Haku brushes don't do anything for me, personally.

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  9. oops! Totally didn't mean to delete that comment. I meant to delete my double post. :(