The Takumi Series T-8 is a pencil brush with bristles made from the exquisitely soft hair of the Saikoho goat
Dip pointed end of brush into black eyeshadow and apply close to lash line in small strokes starting from inner corner. Blend over lash line to completely blend shadow and create a smokey eye.
Materials used: Saikoho goat hair, aluminum ferrule, hard maple wood handle.
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In looking at pics of the T-8, the bristles(brush head) appeared to have an amazing point so I was expecting it 2 b a great LLL (lower lash line) brush. However when I received it, altho it had the precise point, in using it-I found that it flared out & didn't stay true to its form when using it on the LLL. So AT FIRST I was greatly disappointed. But then, I later went back 2 play with it some more bc I knew it was made of goat hair so I tried using it in different ways. I found that it worked great for placing precise shadow in the crease. I also used it to dab concealer over spots & other small flaws & it worked perfectly for that. It also worked great for inner corner highlight & also the inner 1/3 of the eyelid as well. I even used it 2 apply a MAC paint pot & then blended it out beautifully at the crease. So all in all, I'm now glad I did purchase this brush bc its definitely a little jewel that can be used in many different ways! Back to the LLL tho, if ur wanting a brush for that, I would recommend either the Goss20 or Z-10 bc they hold their shape better 4 smoking out the lash lines. Pic comparison: Z-10, T-8, Goss20, & MAC 219
I love the Chikuhodo Z-10 brush for its pointed tip and softness. Only downfall is that it cannot be used with cream products and I am careful using it to deposit eye shadow over eyeliner with too much pressure. This brush, the Chikuhodo T-8 is a great tool to have if you want to protect your Z-10's delicate hair. It also maintains it's shape a little better at the tip because of the high quality goat (Saikoho) hair. I use this brush for inner corner highlight, followed by gently blending the middle third with the outer 1/3 under the eye...something I don't do as much with the Z-10 because of it's fluffiness. The T-8 is very unique and directional! Oh, and it is as equally soft as gray squirrel hair--I was both surprised and impressed when I first tried it. Give it a go! You won't be disappointed in this amazing brush. It's beautiful in overall design, functional, and retains it's hair shape. Very pleased.
From left to right... Tom Ford 14, chikuhodo T8, Mac 219 and Wayne Goss 20. This picture is just for size comparison ONLY! My absolute favorite pencil brush. Does an amazing job on blending eyeshadow bottom lash line. It's super soft doesn't irritate the eye at all.
I love this brush! When you think of professional makeup, you may think you need at least a dozen brushes to create makeup looks that you desire, but this brush and the others in this mini collection by Takumi is all you need for a beautiful face makeup. When you use this brush, you will feel like it is a caress on your eyelids, I think this is the best way to describe these brushes. I am going to buy the entire collection, can't wait! I am totally amazed by such softness, now I can tell the difference and you will to, once you move away from middle class brushes and try the creme de la creme brush by the best Japanese artisans. Having said that, my next goal is to get close to the Hakuhodo brushes, which are also excellent.
This brush is pretty large tapered pencil brush. It does lack the firmness most pencil brushes have but that's why it's the perfect brush for cut crease looks! !!! I have hooded eyes and need a firmer brush to apply a darker line of color above my natural crease line. ...this brush is firm enough to apply yet since it's not too firm it softly diffuses the new crease I created. This brush would also be good for applying a touch of dark shadow to the outer corners of the eyes (or a light shadow to the inner corners ). You can even use it to diffuse the lower lash line. I knew I would like this brush but I'm just amazed at how well it "cuts my crease".
This brush is very soft and does not irritate my eyes, in particular on the lower lash line. It is pointy so I use it to smoke shadows in the lash lines and I also use it to deposit colour under my lower lash line. It keeps it shape (I am using brush guards) although it is very soft. It is quite dense but it is airy and kind of fluffy at the same tile, which could seem contradictory but it is the best way I can describe. Therefore it can apply precisely dark eye shadow for example but it will blend it beautifully and quite precisely. It is one of the few brushes I can use along the lower lash line without making my eyes cry.
This is such a great brush. It gives me the control I need for my shadow contour or crease. Definitely recommend!
Really just a great workhorse pencil brush. The hairs are kind of long and have a good amount of movement. It has held its shape impeccably since I got it. The tip is incredibly precise and pointy, and I can't feel individual brush hairs. Softness is what you'd expect with saikoho. Does its job of blending powders at the lash line and smudging out pencil liners valiantly. Also really good for precisely applying dark colors in the crease and outer corner and highlighters in the inner corner. I try to use this with a light hand to not splay the tip too much. I like this so much more than most of my other synthetic pencil/smudge brushes, though those have their place.
I've only been using this little treasure for a few days but I really like it. Very soft and I don't have to worry about using to blend my liner on upper and LLL. I only wish there was a equivalent to the MAC 217 in the Takumi series and I would be buying that for sure.
Soft enough to blend color around the immediate eye are, perfect size for bolder looks, precise enough for precision color placement. I really like and recommend this brush.