Review: Koyudo Fupa 01, 02, 14

Aren’t these little kabukis cute? I saw plenty of these on Instagram (evil!) and got really curious. I was directed to CD Japan if I was interested, and that was where it started and ended. I have here 3 fupas. 01 (5520 yen) is a blush brush, 02 (4320 yen) a foundation brush (both goat hairs hence more density and less give), and 14 (9000 yen) is a gray squirrel powder brush. Gray squirrel hairs are much softer and usually need gentler care.



Koyudo Fu Pa fupa 01 02 14



I was very excited when I got these. I mean, I wasn’t happy I got taxed one Dior lipstick worth of $, but I was stoked I finally got to try these. Perhaps it’s due to my higher expectations that I find these a little ‘meh’. First, they shed. Like crazy. That’s a huge turn off for me. I never expected them to shed so much! I’ve been using these quite regularly since I got them a few months ago and they’re still shedding. If you have these, do yours shed? Does it stop shedding? Both fupas 1 and 2 aren’t that soft either. They are not prickly by any means, and not scratchy, but some synthetic brushes are even softer. They are also very dense, and work well when you want to deposit more color. I’ve been using Fupa 01 with my baked Chanel blushes and they apply beautifully. I’ve used Fupa 02 with mineral powder foundation, and it buffs in the product very quickly.

However, if you’re planning on getting either fupa 1 or 2, I’d suggest you look at Zoeva’s synthetic line. The Zoeva 102 silk finish brush is quite similar to Fupa 01 actually, just a tad bit smaller, but way gentler on the skin. That, my friends, is where my disappointment is. A much more affordable brush performing better. I guess “you get what you paid for” doesn’t apply here.




top down view



Fupa 14 sheds too. It doesn’t shed as much as the other 2, but it still sheds. This is much softer, more gentle on the skin. I like to use this for blush instead of powder. It diffuses the blush perfectly, for a very natural blended look. It does cost twice as much so there’s your difference. I’m probably sounding like a spoilt brat though. By no means are these brushes sub par, and they ARE soft… just not as I expected.

The higher the expectation, the greater the disappointment, I guess. Perhaps these will soften with more use? Advice?



xoxo Lily




  • The shedding sucks! I’ve switched to synthetics because they rarely, if ever, shed.

    • Lily

      You’re right there. Synthetic brushes rarely shed and when made right, they’re so so so soft! I really wish these stop shedding soon 🙁 I’m sad…

  • Oh that’s irritating when you look forward to something and expect it to perform and it sheds like crazy. I hate brushes that shed. Being old means if there are any rogue shedding hairs left on my face I CAN’T SEE THEM so I walk around with a hair on my cheek. AND NOBODY TELLS YOU because they’re like maybe that’s really HER hair??!! HAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Lily

      LOL Tracy!! Hahahaha! But if you wear your glasses, surely you can see them? I can actually FEEL them because they’re ticklish on my face. Then I try to grab them and that’s when I start ruining my makeup. LOL!

  • Hey Lily, ahh I’m so sorry to hear these don’t live up to your expectations! Shedding is a big no-no in my book (along with bleeding dye. I mean, are you kidding me?). I hate how it makes my face itchy!

    • Lily

      I can live with bleeding dye, even though it still makes me go WTF… but shedding hairs that get stuck on your face? UGH!!

  • Aww, but these look so round, chubby, and cute! Sorry to hear it is a disappointment for you.
    I don’t know why, but I’ve had some similar experience although I haven’t really invested much in brushes. My expensive brushes with natural hair feel scratchy on me. A 3 dollar synthetic brush feels softer.
    Anyway, I want to have something nicer than e.l.f. or RT brushes at this point but don’t want to spend too much. Do you think I should look at Zoeva range? 😉

    • Lily

      You should definitely look into Zoeva, Lena. I have really good experience with them. Their synthetic brushes seem to be softer than their natural hair brushes though. Hahaha! I love their Silk Finish and Face Shape brushes. They’re multi taskers. Oh, the Petit Stippling is not bad too 🙂

  • Bellyhead

    That totally totally sucks! Uh-oh, I have two Fu-Pa’s enroute, I hope they are not sheddy messes. I have heard that the quality is very high (espcially for the price), but now I am worried. I’m sorry they didn’t meet your expectations.

    • Lily

      They won’t compare to your Suqqu or Suratt, that’s for sure! At the moment, these that I have don’t even compare to the Hakuhodos or Chikuhodos I own. I’m still using them, and they seem to shed less…. I’m sorry they’re below expectations too. Sob!

  • These look really cute though! My face brushes keep on shedding so I’m going to remember to be on the lookout for a new one, brushes are not something I usually remember when I’m out shopping….

    • Lily

      They’re so cute and that’s one of the main reasons I wanted to get them! I always look at brushes… and I get curious at those shapes I don’t have. It’s actually quite dangerous…

  • Jaa

    But they are SO cute!!!! LOL! I just wanna reach my hand through the computer and grab them, feel them, play with them, hug them, and umm, stuff. Haha. I don’t mind initial brush shedding but when it never stops, then it’s a big deal!

    • Lily

      It hasn’t stopped Jaa. It’s getting on my nerves!

  • Hi Lily, ouch!!! I’m sorry you aren’t loving them… 🙁 I never bought Fupa 01 as i thought it’s rather odd… lol. I use my brushes differently.. i actually use Fupa 02 for applying liquid foundations and loved it like crazy. But then over time, it started shedding 1-2 strands every use and i junked it. Just couldn’t live with having hair stuck on my face you know? The Fupa14 I use to buff in powder foundation. Mine doesn’t shed at all, and i’ve had it for years. Maybe yours was a bad batch? You should definitely speak to CDJapan about it!!

    • Lily

      The fupa14 sheds 2 to 3 hairs every time i use it. I need to wash it a few more times but it doesn’t shed as much as fupa 1 and 2. I’m going to try to use fupa2 with liquid foundations and see how I like them. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Amy

    How about Hakuhodo? They’re really soft as well!

    • Lily

      Yes, Hakuhodo brushes are really soft as well. Their goat hair brushes are softer than these Koyudo fupa 01 and 02, and the Hakuhodo gray squirrel hair brushes are also softer than this fupa 14.

  • Liz

    Yikes with the shedding! No matter how soft they are or cutely shaped (these are ADORABLE), I can’t deal with shedding, especially if they cost a lot. I like the Chikuhodo pink short-handled series on Beautylish and will probably shell out for their powder brush in the future. The cheek brush is really nice! NO SHEDDING.

    • Lily

      I know, shedding drives me nuts! The Fupa 14 stopped shedding but the 1 and 2 are still shedding. Total fail!

  • Lily

    Always good to discover new brands.

  • Umm ok, shedding is really no go but considering these have so many hairs, I think percentage of the hair shedding might be close to any other brush? I don’t know, just wild guessing. I have
    fu-pa13-p and fu-paLMB. I don’t know which ones do these correspond to. I don’t use them very often since I prefer my fingers with foundation and I am too lazy to wash foundation brush all the time lol, does that make sense?

    • Lily

      Ah yes sometimes I use my hands to apply foundation too. It’s easier to wash my hands compared to washing a brush. Hahaha!