Makie Series MK-12 Cheek$50
About Chikuhodo Makie Series MK-12 Cheek Brush
Upgrade your travel brushes with the exquisite MK-12 Cheek Brush from Chikuhodo. Part of the hand-painted Makie Series, this retractable brush features a blend of gray squirrel and horse bristles for a cashmere-soft feel on the skin.
Why It’s Special
- Retractable design lets you cap the brush without damaging the bristles for easy storage when traveling
- The handle features a makie design that’s painted by hand using traditional lacquerware techniques
- Handmade by legendary Chikuhodo craftspeople in Kumano, Japan
How to Use
Place the cap on the bottom of the brush, pushing up to reveal the bristles.
- Hair type: gray squirrel and horse
- Size: 30 mm (bristle length) x 130 mm (total length when opened) x 72 mm (total length when closed)
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ReviewsMaggie K. Feb 02, 2016
Adorable & super functional for travel
I love Chikuhodo brushes & use various Z series brushes every day that I put on makeup. The quality, softness, and performance are amazing in general with Chikuhodo brushes. But - I don't love to travel with them because I try to take really good care of them & hate when they get squished or misshapen in luggage (even the chikuhodo travel brush case doesn't always stop that).
Because of how protective I am of my brushes, I almost never pack any of the good ones for travel, certainly not more than one if I do (might pack something small like a Z2). Then that leads to the issues of "do I pack my brushes and risk them getting misshapen in luggage or do I bring brushes I don't really like as much..." So I love the idea of these Makie travel brushes!
I used this brush today to do my powder (Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder) and my blush (By Terry Densiliss Platonic Blonde), and it applied both powders beautifully - blended well and didn't pick up too much product on the brush. It isn't quite as soft as my Z series brushes, but it is still quite soft and gentle on the skin, and it didn't disturb my skin or the concealer under my powder at all with any roughness.
By the way - this little brush is teeny tiny! When it's closed in its case, its about the size of a lipstick tube. Which is amazing for travel & it's adorable, but just an FYI. Once the brush is fully extended for use it doesn't feel too small / dinky for usage. A smaller-end-of-the-spectrum powder brush sure, but still fully capable of powdering a whole face with beautiful results, if desired.
I love this brush. Small enough to throw in your purse & take up no more room than a lipstick and perfect for frequent flyers who like to keep their brushes safe / pack light. Plus the floral design is gorgeous! I will probably have to get more than one of these...23 found this helpful.Karoline K. Mar 15, 2018
Stunning to look at, but...
I gave this brush four out of five stars because I'm a little bit disapointed! I wish someone would have pointed out how dense and directional this brush is, before I bought it.
This brush is super soft and not scratchy at all on the skin, but because the brush head is relativley small, I thoght the brush would have a bit more give to it. And that it would spread out more to cover a little bit bigger surface area on the skin. The actual shape of the brush head covers a small surface area, so to get the other bristles to blend, you need to push down more than what I like with these bristles.
I alredy own the CHIKUHODO Z-2 and Z-4 brush, so my expectations was set on a floppier brush. To better explain ny likings, the Sonia G Face Two brush performs exactly the way I had hoped this brush would do.
Another small complaint is the weight of the brush. I wish it would have been a little bit more weighty, and sturdy feeling.
Over all, this is a good brush, but maybe not for the price. And you would have to like very dense, directional placements of product. It's beautyful to look at, and it will stay in my collection.
The brushes for size comparisons is 109, Sonia G Face Twoand Wayne Goss 13.13 found this helpful.MA Z. Mar 20, 2016
Beautiful, good quality, but not worth the money
I will admit this was an impulse purchase, I hit the paypal payment button too quickly but thought to myself - whatever. The brush is small (like the size of a lipstick). I am used to using good quality brushes from Wayne Goss or Hakuhodo etc, so the quality of this brush is quite good but obviously not as good (given the price and size etc).
In short, the brush is beautiful... but just not really worth the money. I travel a lot so can see myself using this often. But otherwise it's really an unnecessary purchase and I have other subsitutes that are just as good.
If you like pretty things and would pay for good craftmanship of a pretty brush, go ahead... but if you want functionality more than anything - this brush is not really for you.
I am not returning it and I quite like it, but on second thought I probably shouldn't have bought it.12 found this helpful.Mila N. Feb 08, 2016
The brush is beautiful and very compact. However, I wish it was a little heavier or feel like there's more substance. I'm not sure that it's just the way it's made but it's very light and doesn't feel very sturdy. I always think that it's going to disconnect. Otherwise, The brush is soft and blends blush like a dream. The detail work on the brush is beautiful. I hope they make a noncompact set that has the same artwork.9 found this helpful.Brittany S. Sep 14, 2016
Though she be but little, she is fierce!
If there's one thing my family is passionate about, it's traveling. And since we're traveling with a toddler these days, packing light is essential to a stress free and successful trip. For me, that means streamlining my makeup game and bringing tools that are practical while still saving space. So when I went looking for a smaller sized blush brush for traveling, this Chikuhodo retractable blush brush was the obvious answer.
The Chikuhodo Makie Series MK-12 Cheek brush is the ULTIMATE brush for traveling light. It's about the size of a lipstick while retracted, and opens up to an exceptional brush. The bristles are incredibly soft and the perfect density/stiffness for delivering just the right amount of blush. I do have to give a few extra swirls to diffuse the blush to my liking, but that has more to do with my personal preferences then the brush's performance. The only aspect that I didn't love was that, when open, the brush can sometimes feel not completely secure in the case. Not a deal-breaker by any means, but noticeable.
If you are looking for a quality brush to travel with or to keep in your purse for those touch-up moments, this is the brush you need. The size of a lipstick with the functionality of a full-sized brush, what more could you ask for?!6 found this helpful.Patricia N. Mar 21, 2016
I bought this brush thinking that it was strictly going in the "collection" and not being truly useful. Remember, this is blue squirrel and a laquered finish on the tube. I looked at this and thought, no, I would use this in a small clutch or in a small makeup bag. It *would have" been nice to have a small velveteen pouch to put this in, just to protect it in case anyone does use it outside of their vanity area. Another thing I wish the designer had figured out is put a smidge more room in the bottom, and a notch where the dial goes to hold the brush closed with a bit more level of security. Chikuhodo would have to drill it out before application of flowers, etc. Those are my only 2 observations, mere suggestions for change. This brush is a little work of art, from the squirrel brush which gave a goodly amount of powder on my cheek, ahhh so soft! The flowers do look as if they'd rub off if you left it in a bag, so please get or make yourself a little velveteen bag for this, if you DO plan on using it "out and about". For me, this is an affordable little treasure! So sweet! Arigato Gozaimasu Beautylish and Chikuhodo!5 found this helpful.ZIHE L. Nov 16, 2016
If you do not travel a lot, this is not necessary.
I got this brush to keep in my everyday makeup bag that i carry with me to work and uni. Because of the hair type this brush is not comparable with my other blue squirrel brushes at home, however it is not scratchy by any means and it is of amazing quality. I use it to apply powder foundation throughout the day on my tzone, it is very dense so the coverage is more than other blue squirrel haired brushes, in other ways, if you are super heavy handed it can look caky. Remember that you only need a tiny tiny bit of powder! This brush takes longer to dry completely because of how it is made. Overall I do not think this is a must if you are not traveling regularly or you are super afraid of damaging your other brushes.3 found this helpful.Zhichun L. Jun 15, 2016
How could you go wrong with CHIKUHODO?`
I got this as birthday gift for my bestie. Of course it looks amazing and of course she loves it. She even opened the brush, tried on my hand and let me feel the "breeze on your cheek. It is beautiful and functional (travel friendly) and the same time.2 found this helpful.