Z Series Z-10 Eye Shadow$36
About Chikuhodo Z Series Z-10 Eye Shadow Brush
Master smoky liner, cut crease, and other detailed eye shadow techniques with the Z-10 Eye Shadow Brush from Chikuhodo. This fine-tipped pencil brush applies pigment exactly where you want it without tugging or scratching the delicate skin around the eye.
Why It’s Special
- Designed with a precise, pencil-shaped tip that fits into the crease of all eye shapes
- Gray squirrel hair slips over delicate skin with a featherlight feel—ideal for even the most sensitive complexions
- Individual bristles are left uncut and bundled by hand for supreme softness
- Handmade by legendary Chikuhodo craftspeople in Kumano, Japan
How to Use
Tap the tip of the brush into eye shadow. Glide along the lashline for a smoky liner look, carve out the crease or hollow of the eye for definition, or apply a highlighter shade in the inner corner.
- Hair type: blue squirrel
- Size: 13-16 mm (bristle length) x 7 mm (bristle width) x 125 mm (total length)
“The Z series is the most luxurious we have, and made from the softest hair, which won’t irritate even really sensitive skin.” See the lookbook for the Z Series here.
Makeup brushes are a big, but essential, investment for any kit. If you’re thinking about adding Chikuhodo to your collection, we’re here to help guide you as you shop! Compare the options, right here.
These meticulously handcrafted tools are delicate, so go easy. Follow these guidelines to make them last. Learn more.
Materials used: gray squirrel hair, aluminum ferrule, hard maple wood handle.
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ReviewsJacqueline H. Feb 03, 2015
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! The Best Pencil Brush in the Land...The Chikuhodo Z 10
Most pencil brushes tug and pull on the delicate skin under the eye. Why? Because for the most part, most brushes of this shape and nature come from blunt-cut (or lower-cut) bristle. The point will be flatter and the bristle is much more coarse; thereby creating a prickly sensation on the skin.
There are several types of squirrel bristle, blue, gray, canadian, kazakhstan, brown (kazan), tree, pine, etc. This particular brush is made with gray squirrel which provides soft, natural washes of color. If you have very sensitive skin, brushes made from gray, Canadian, and Kazakhstan squirrel bristle are ideal; super super soft(just an unsolicited piece of advice.) :)
The Z 10 does everything: Load the very tip of the brush for precise lining, use it to make a precise and super fine cut line, diffuse eyeliner, to define and deepen your hollow, to create a halo effect on the lower lash line.... etc. etc. This is the only pencil brush you will ever need, and if cared for properly, it will last you many years. This brush is a bargain considering all the things it does.... it makes MAC's 219 brush look like a Crayola Paint By Numbers brush.
Japanese brushes are usually labeled as 'luxury' brushes; however, in addition to having the 'luxe' factor, these are high caliber performance precision brushes; they get the job done quickly, and in a most efficient manner. Once you dip your toes in the waters of Chikuhodo, there's no going back. These brushes are crafted by Master Brush Makers that have worked over 200+ years to perfect the fude, and if I could chain myself to Yutaro Takemori I would. Chikuhodo equals perfection; it's just that simple.79 found this helpful.K W. Mar 21, 2015
Like a feather 4 the eyes!
I've decided 2 compare this brush w/the Goss 20 (4get MAC & NARS b/c they're no where near the same league! ) The Goss 20 def uses it's pointed end 2 do the work & it keeps the smoky look much more precise; however, the downside (esp 4 sensitive eyes) is that it can be somewhat scratchy & in order 2 use it--I MUST use very light pressure. As 4 the Chikuhodo Z-10--it is the softest most amazing brush ever for the eyes--whether u use it 4 the crease or the lash lines. It literally glides like a feather back & forth over the eye skin. Not a bit of scratchiness here & blends like a dream! The only thing that may be a downside 4 some (depends on how smoky u like ur eyes) is that it doesn't stay as close to the lash line when smoking it out (like the Goss will)--it smokes it down a bit further. However, I've come up w/a solution that I'm happy w/so I can still use my beloved Z-10 & make it a little more precise: I FIRST take a brush such as the Chikuhodo GSN-11 (or Chikuhodo PS-6 for a finer liner) 2 apply my eye shadow as liner AND THEN grab this Z-10 to smoke it out & finish off the deal! I'm a perfectionist & sometimes I throw in an extra brush in the mix if that's what it takes 2 get my look exactly what I want it 2 be! :)58 found this helpful.Danielle M. Aug 18, 2014
This brush is like a magic wand!
I absolutely adore this brush and I have a back-up as well. Take your darkest, most pigmented color and pack it on the tip of this brush- then prepare yourself for the magic. In one sweep it will precisely line your eye and blend to absolute perfection and you are done. Oh and it works your outer- v like nobody's business. You want a perfect cut crease? Well this is your baby. Enough said. Go on. Just do it. You know you want it and you deserve it. You will not regret it. You will only regret not getting it sooner.30 found this helpful.Myra K. Jul 02, 2014
Amazing. Best eye brush I own.
Have had this brush for a little bit and it is the most amazing pencil brush ever! Soft, doesn't hurt your eyes and is great for detail work. Can blend while drawing a soft line at the same time. No harsh lines or pokey bristles. The Z-10 is excellent and worth the money! So happy. I use it mainly for lower lash line and inner highlight work. Don't use it with cream or liquid products as it is gray squirrel hair, only with powder! Enjoy!21 found this helpful.Sun L. Nov 05, 2014
Been lusting for this brush from afar... and I finally bit the bullet!
I have an "obsession" with brushes that can quickly and easily smudge or "smoke out" a liner, that do the job quickly, are soft (no tugging or pulling, please), and make my eye makeup look great! Not asking for too much, right? A quick look at my eye makeup brushes will tell you that I favor blending/crease/smudge brushes. I really wanted a good pencil brush because the one true pencil brush that I do have (an old Sephora #29), I found to be quite scratchy, which made me reluctant to use it. I was lucky enough to be able to try out the Wayne Goss #20 and the Chikuhodo Z-10 in person, and while the Wayne Goss was more "pointy" and perhaps more precise, I chose the Chikuhodo because I thought it was softer and there was less tugging. I am so glad that I did because this brush is just a joy to use! When I first brought this brush home, I performed a little test where I lined each eye with a pencil (Avon's On-Point eyeliner) and then smudged out one eye with my Sephora #29 and the other eye with the Chikuhodo Z-10. I could barely tolerate the scratchy pokiness of the Sephora brush, but the Chikuhodo blended out the eyeliner in a much more even and diffuse way that there was really no comparison to the Sephora brush, and the Z-10 was so soft on my eye! I don't really do cut creases, but I can certainly see how this brush would be wonderful for cut creases because of its length and precision. You will not regret buying this brush.12 found this helpful.Annette M. Oct 21, 2015
Amongst my best brushes I own
I love brushes and have no problem spending a lot of money on great brushes and I own a lot of very high end brushes. I did not have high expectations for this Chikuhodo brush but was curious about some of the brushes in the Z series (which are nice brushes). I include this brush amongst my favorite Suqqu brushes. This brush is a gem for lower eyelid application and blending with ZERO irritation and PERFECT blending. A MUST HAVE THAT I WILL NEVER GO WITHOUT!!!8 found this helpful.Diary L. Aug 19, 2014
Since I got some brush like this. I want more soft and gentle one.
Since I got some brush like this. I want more soft and gentle one. So I was taking advised (thank you M*** K) about This brush.
It is truly useful brushes and I love it. This brush doesn't poke my sensitive skin and go on softly.
This is truly lovely products I don't have eyeshadow techniques and usually I hate fall of shadow thing, But with this brush playing eyeshadows is fun :)6 found this helpful.Carina L. Dec 15, 2015
Speechless!! Great Multi-tasker!
I was on the hunt for a precision brush and I wanted to buy a good brand. I spotted this and while it is not as small for precise placement, its pretty close. In fact to me its like a multi-tasking brush. Its wonderfully soft and I love using it on crease detail, but it also great for packing on shadow on the lid, as well as precise placement on lower lash line. And wonderful for blending. It makes my eyeshadows easy to work with using such an excellent brush. Its kind of replaced 2 of my brushes due to its versatility. I am no saving up to invest in more from Chikuhodo!!!4 found this helpful.AZ L. Nov 11, 2019
The be-all-end-all of pencil brushes!
This isn’t even a brush I thought I needed, but when I saw it I was intrigued. I have several pencil brushes I rely on, but they all accomplish the same task so I wasn’t too picky. For what I need, I use a hakuhodo g5526, though I found this brush too large sometimes, so for finer detail I’d use a Mac 219 or the kat von d shade light brush. The g5526 is soft and felt nice, but just didn’t give me the desired result and that’s probably my fault for ordering a brush that large. The mac and kat von d brushes got the job done, but always left my eye irritated because they were quite scratchy. Enter this gem - I’m able to run it across my bottom lash line and it leaves a heck of a payoff of color. But the best part is discovering other uses for this beauty, I’m now using this brush in ways I didn’t think possible: anything from laying color on the lid, to detailed crease work, to defining the outer v. If I had to pick one brush to take on a deserted island, it would be the chikuhodo z-10 as it will do anything you can think of for your eye makeup. Did I mention how soft it is? No more tears when this runs across your lower lash line, it feels as if you’re applying with butter. I will absolutely order another because of the endless possibilities and how often I will use it. Pics show the comparison between the three aforementioned brushes and the chikuhodo. If you’re on the fence, buy it and you will not regret your purchase.3 found this helpful.