Materials used: Saikoho goat hair, aluminum ferrule, hard maple wood handle.
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The Takumi Series T-7 is a medium eye shadow brush, great for blending
Dip into pressed eye shadow and sweep gently over lid. To blend crease, angle the tip towards crease line and sweep inwards.
First let me say, I LOVE this brush! It's rapidly become a new fav in my arsenal of eye brushes! If u like the Goss 06 or MAC 217, the T-7 brush is similar but a much better version of both! The T-7's firmness, density & slightly shorter bristles (less flared) cause it to apply makeup with greater precision & control! It's made from the amazingly soft Saikoho goat hair (2nd only to Saibikoho goat) & feels just as soft & lovely as it's blue squirrel Goss 06 counterpart! Being goat, it can be used for both powder & creams. But what truly sets it apart from all others is that it ALONE can easily give a FULL-shadow application! It's slightly shorter bristles, density, & firmness make packing shadow on the lid a breeze, & for these same reasons-- it's also perfect for precise crease application while blending it all --from lid to brow! This is the kind of brush that will make EVERYBODY happy--whether u have tons of brushes & just want a new fav or if you prefer only ONE brush that can do it all--this one can & will! It also makes the perfect travel brush since it's a 'one & done' type of brush & also due to its short but beautifully perfect handle! See pic for comparison: MAC 217, T-7 (middle) & Goss 06. I would highly recommend this brush to everyone!!
From left to right..... Takumi T7, Wayne Goss 06, Mac 217 and Hakuhodo J5523. Size comparison ONLY! You can literally do your whole eye look with this brush. It's flat enough to lay down eyeshadow, it's thick enough to blend eyeshadow I hope I make sense. It's a perfect size brush. I love this brush. Might have to pick up a few more.
Up until now, I've been using the Mac 217, Sonia Kashuk blending brush (black version from a few years ago), and Sedona Lace EB09 for crease application and blending and the T-7 has completely changed my blending and eyeshadow application. It's super soft and is dense and small enough to blend precisely for my small eyes. This brush is truly amazing and I highly recommend it.
To compare, I also ordered the Wayne Goss 06 brush, which is definitely softer, however I feel that it is not dense enough and too soft to apply and blend as nicely as the T-7. Quality-wise, the T-7 is also better as there were no stray hairs when I took it out of the package like the WG 06.
As KW mentioned, this brush's shape does remind me of the Goss 06. In a way, it's sort of like, if the Goss 06 and the Chikuhodo GSN 9 had a baby, it'd be the Takumi T 7. The T 7 has more bristle density than the Goss (a *little* less 'blending brush-like'), and it's the teensiest bit more resistant/ firm than the GSN 9 (and it's head is also slightly larger) -- but still just as super soft as either of those brushes. It's great for placing color in or just above the crease (and in a pinch, you can blend those colors out with this brush, as well). I also like to use it for outer corner work (adding definition, or cat-eyeing my shadow). And it's also great for applying color on the lid. If you have the GSN 9 or the Goss 06 and just wish that either of those brushes were the littlest bit firmer and more resistant, then this is the brush you need. I'm really glad I picked it up, it's filling a little annoying void in my collection that's been bugging me for a while :)
This is a little ferrari for a brush.. super soft and unless you try it, you will not know what you have been missing all these years when applying makeup. It is a great brush for use with both powder and creamy products, but I use it so far mostly with powder products. I love most everything about it and will come back to buy the rest of the collection..
As someone who loves putting on eyeshadow in the morning, this brush is the perfect enabler. It forces you to use the lightest touch possible, thus making your product last longer and making it so easy to blend your shadows in flawlessly. The softness and precision of this brush make it perfect for a quick all-over look, but it can also be use to accentuate your crease. I would encourage everyone and anyone that's thinking about buying this specific brush to throw away all your mac brushes. MAC brushes shed more than my parents dog. I have owned this brush for more than a month and it has been through 3+ washes and I don't think it has lost any of its luster, softness, or precision.
This brush was a bit disappointing. I was hoping it would be as nice as the Z series or my Goss brushes but it fell short. It's still a beautiful soft and effective brush but if you've been spoiled with some more luxurious brushes you'll probably be a bit bummed out by the softness and feel of the brush.
These brushes are miraculous. I'm done with cheap brushes. I had never heard of this brand until seeing it on Beautylish. They pick up the pigment, they are so soft. What amazing construction. I will be saving up to buy more.
I recently purchased this brush along with a few Chikuhodo Z series brushes and several Wayne Goss brrushes, and this is my absolute favorite. Best brush I have ever used! It is incredibly soft, it picks up pigment effortlessly, and the color payoff is exactly as you intend it to be- from soft and light to pigment packed, and it picks up/deposits evenly. I love it so much, I am buying the other brushes in tge Takumi series!
I'm not going to ramble on about this, just read K.W.s review. But I will say It is a fantastic brush, a lot smaller in length than I'm used to but as I'm getting older my eyesight ain't what it used to be and I actually find having my hand placed nearer my eye makes it much easier to apply and blend with much more precision. As I am able to get nearer the mirror I can see better. I'm going to order some more of these short handle brushes and as always the quality of chikuhodo is brilliant.