Review: Hakuhodo Misty Set

Makeup brushes to me, are daily essentials. I hardly apply makeup using my fingers, and personally, I find that a good brush makes a huge difference in how the makeup turns out. A good brush does all the hard work for you while a bad one might be scratchy, itchy and bitchy. No, a makeup brush can’t be bitchy but the nerd in me thought it sounded cool. The thing with many things is, most of the time, once you’ve tried the good stuff, it’s hard to go back to the ordinary stuff, you know? You don’t know what soft is until you’ve tried different degrees of soft! So my journey to the black hole began with my first purchase from Hakuhodo. I chose the Misty Set because it has the essentials and less overwhelming for me to handpick a few out of so many brushes available.




There are 6 brushes in this set, housed in a black brush pouch. The Misty Set is sold exclusively online at Hakuhodo USA and I bought it for $192. You can also buy them individually, and the brushes are listed below.

  • G531 Powder/Blush brush (Goat / Sokoho, 145mm)
  • G5521 Highlight brush (Bue Squirrel / Goat / Sokoho, 143mm),
  • G5523 Eyeshadow blending brush (Blue squirrel, 130mm),
  • G5507 Eyeshadow brush (Horse, 125mm),
  • G5511 Eyeshadow pencil brush (Horse, 118mm),
  • G5514 Eyeshadow smudge brush (Horse, 122mm),
  • Po810Bk (Black) Enamel brush pouch


Misty set


I will talk very briefly about them, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in comments below. I will try my best to answer. First, let’s talk about the eye brushes. You get 4 of them, and they practically cover everything you’d need. The blending brush G5523 is pinched and if you have bigger eyes, you can also use it to pat eye shadow on your lids. The eye shadow brush G5507 is quite dense and packs on colour on the lids. It is similar to MAC239 but the MAC one is firmer and places more pigments on the lids. The smudge and pencil brushes are smokey eye must haves. They blend out pencil liners and dark eye shadows near the lash line without irritating the eyes. They are small enough to offer precision and they don’t make your eyes tear when working close to the lash lines.


Misty set eye brushes


Of the 2 face brushes in the set, the highlight brush is the softest. In fact, the highlight brush is the softest of all 6 brushes. I’m not kidding when I tell you it feels like silk because you can NOT feel any individual hair scratching your face. The powder brush however, is the least soft in the set (but by no means is it in any way scratchy), and it sheds a few hairs every time I use it. A dud in the set, if I have to nit pick, which is a pity. This powder brush is dense and holds its shape. Its angled tip and pinched ferule makes this a candidate for light contouring as well. A multi tasker and would’ve been an ace if it didn’t shed.


Misty set brushes


The brushes bled a little the first time I washed them but that was a one off experience. This is an all rounder set that I find is rather complete. The brushes in here cover all that you need for a basic look and I don’t regret getting this one bit. It is best to purchase what you really want by getting them individually… if you have the time to understand the brushes offered and pick them individually, of course. Otherwise, I’d say this is a pretty good introduction to Hakuhodo brushes. Have you tried any?


xoxo Lily



  • Anat13

    Huge fan of Hakuhodo brushes! The highlighting brush has been next on my list, and now I would like the 5514 smudge as well–thanks for showing it! Here are my favorites:
    Shadow / laydown, Hakuhodo J242G
    Shadow / crease & blend / med., Hakuhodo J142 (J5523 is also great)
    Shadow / inner corner / tiny pencil, Hakuhodo G5515
    Concealer / under eyes, Hakuhodo G542
    Concealer / face, Hakuhodo G538
    Powder, Hakuhodo J104

    • Lily

      Hi Anat13, thanks for sharing your favourites! The highlighting brush is the best brush in this set. I actually like to use it to set my under eye concealer with powder. Sooooo soft! And yes, the smudge brush is great too. I can really move it back and forth on my lash line and it won’t hurt šŸ™‚

  • I’d love to have them! I just can’t justify the price right now. I can get everything done with my MAC brushes just fine. šŸ™‚ They sure sound nice though!

    • Lily

      I used to be crazy about MAC brushes and there are a few goodies that I’d repurchase… like the MAC239. I wanted to buy the MAC219 because mine isn’t holding the shape anymore, but after trying this, the 219 feels so scratchy! That’s the downside. Brushes that used to feel soft feel scratchy to me now.

  • uuuuurgh, i want that highlight brush. It’s not like I need more brushes, but urghhh the softness.

    • Lily

      I know right? I should get rid of all my other brushes and just stick to my Hakuhodos and Chikuhodos.

  • Lim Shu Cheng

    I have G5521 in white. This brush is so versatile that I’m thinking of buying one more.

    • Lily

      It’s a great one! I’m loving mine. Maybe your next one can be black šŸ™‚

  • Oh dang, now I need this LOL I have two Hakuhodo brushes (J5523 and J5543), and I definitely wouldn’t mind getting more! That cheek brush looks so lush and soft šŸ™‚

    • Lily

      And that cheek brush IS very lush and super soft šŸ™‚ If you’re already thinking of getting it, don’t hold back. Well, actually, that powder brush sheds. Maybe get individual brushes?

  • I like sets like this, too, because I could never pick out individual ones all on my own. But I can’t buy Hakuhodo, lol. Need to stick to budget ones for a long time!

    • Lily

      Takes a lot of time and effort to read through reviews for individual brushes and even that, I think it depends on luck. It’s not like I can see and touch before I buy. I read so many good things about Sonia Kashuk brushes, and so affordable. Wish we have that here.

  • Jaa

    What a great set to get into the brand! I really love the look of the Highlight Brush! I have something similar from Charlotte Tilbury but I bet the softness can’t compare. šŸ˜‰

    • Lily

      I read that the CT one is scratchy, but I guess that’s relative to the reviewer’s experience with brushes. You’ll be right that the Hakuhodo one is very soft. I’d take that brush and caress my face. LOL!

  • I first read about this brand on Temptalia and I’ve been wondering about them ever since. This sounds like a great starter set.

    • Lily

      Oh you should try it. At least one brush? But I warn ya… that one might lead to more!

  • Liz

    That’s too bad about the face brush! Seems like a great kit otherwise. I caved and got some nice brushes from Beautylish (Wayne Goss highlighter brush that I use for powdering – so soft!) and some cheaper shorter Chikuhodos with pinkish-red handles that no one talks about (super soft cheek brush and a small highlighter brush). I put so much emphasis on complexion that I figured it was time for an upgrade. It’s a dangerous path though – cheaper brushes can’t compare and upgrading everything will be really expensive!

    • Lily

      Cheaper brushes should compare with other cheaper brushes. It’s so unfair to compare with these. LOL! And you’d be right. It’s a dangerous path. I’m not crazy to buy so many that I don’t end up using, but you know, the temptation!

  • Dain

    The only 2 hakuhodo i have are J5523 and J242G. They are as soft as baby’s hair. Now you make me wanting the highlight brush even more šŸ™‚

    • Lily

      I bet it’ll be a great addition to your collection, Dain šŸ™‚

  • BooBooNinja

    I was also overwhelmed by the Hakuhodo catalog so I got this set. šŸ™‚ My face brush is on the scratchy side and still bleeds a bit of black dye when washed, but I don’t regret getting the set. I have since purchased some Wayne Goss brushes (amazing!) and now I’m in brush heaven.

    • Lily

      I have yet to try those Wayne Goss brushes. I’m tempted by those Rae Morris though. I just purchased a set of Zoeva just to see what the fuss was about. I tried one previously and it was a little scratchy, but it might be a dud. This set is full of soft fluffy brushes sometimes I wonder why we pay more! Then again, I love my Chikus and Hakus šŸ™‚

  • Ruchi Bindlish

    Hi Lily,

    I am interested in building a brush set from scratch and am totally confused between buying individual brushes or a set. I wouldn’t mind spending a little more if the brushes I buy are good. So far after reading all the reviews and discussion boards, I am debating between buying mac individual brushes or the hakihodo misty set. What would you reccomend between the two or would you recommend something else ???
    I would wait for reccomendations before splurging on this…….



    • Lily

      Hi Ruchi,
      If you like your brushes soft, then go for the Hakuhodo. I used to have many MAC brushes, but I let them go. There are many brushes you can choose from Hakuhodo, and while this set is great, there are others that might suit your needs. I suggest going through their website, and probably reading more reviews on the brand’s individual brushes to see what you like. Chikuhodo also makes really good brushes, if you’re into options šŸ™‚