Z Series Z-2 Highlight$78
About Chikuhodo Z Series Z-2 Highlight Brush
From a subtle, lit-from-within glow to a bold metallic highlight, the Z Series Z-2 Highlight Brush from Chikuhodo does it all. Super-soft gray squirrel bristles glide over the skin without scratching or kicking up dry, flaky patches. The tapered tip lets you highlight even detailed areas like the browbone and bridge of the nose.
Why It’s Special
- Hand-bundled bristles form a tapered shape that’s perfect for highlighting the high points of the face
- 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
Glide the bristles over the high points of the face where light naturally hits, like the tops of the cheekbones, browbone, and tip of the nose. Use more pressure for larger areas and less pressure for detail work.
- Hair type: gray squirrel
- Size: 37 mm (bristle length) x 25 mm (bristle width) x 150 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.
Blue squirrel hair, aluminum ferrule, hard maple wood handle.
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ReviewsYanan Z. Jun 21, 2015
the best item in all Z for me
if you ask me which is the amazing one in Z. I would definitely say Z2. This is the best brush that I've never enjoyed in other brands. z4 is a bit useless to me honestly. If I was able to try everything before order. I would get Z2 and Z8. Z2 is not only a cheek highlight but also for eyes and nose. Anyway it is really a brush for highlighter. A z2 plus Z8, works better than using z4. Picture is z4,z2&838 found this helpful.A C. Dec 19, 2017
super soft and dense enough
I bought this after falling in love with the Z4 and Z8.
Bought this pointy-er one to apply highlighting powder under the eye and its perfect.
Photos attached from left to right is the Z2, Z8, Z4, Suqqu cheek brush and Suqqu powder brush.
I find the bristles on these Chikuhodo softer and more dense and much would recommend this above the Suqqu, esp given Suqqu's price (all the writing has worn off also).22 found this helpful.Danielle M. Dec 13, 2014
Love it for contouring
This is my favorite brush to use with Kevyn Aucoin's Sculpting Powder. It is a candle shaped brush that tapers to a point. I like to run the point across the powder lightly then sweep under my cheekbone. The brush will do the blending for you perfectly. Depending on the pressure you apply you can control how precise or broad each stroke of color you apply. I like to contour my jawline and down my neck and this brush gets the job done effortlessly. It can be used for highlighting as well.18 found this helpful.leziel c. Nov 11, 2014
this brush is absolutely amazing. it is so luxurious and soft and applies a gentle wash of color to the face. its wonderful. i don't regret paying the hefty price tag for it and i use it every day. i have washed it a few times and it has not shed a hair or lost any of its soft feel. it did have that dead, wet animal smell when wet but it lost the smell after the second washing. the only reason i can't give it 5 full stars is because i don't care for the handle. i feel like for the price i pay it should be a little heavier and more substantial weight. of course that is a minor thing. the handle is so light weight almost feels hallow. i own several of the hakuhodo kokutan series brushes and i like the weight of the wooden handle and solid build. this brush scares me that i might dent it if i mistakenly bump it into something. now as much as i feel its important to take care of my make up items that are pricey i also feel that when i pay a certain price it should withstand the test of use and time. at any rate i would buy this brush over and over again because it performs so beautifully and feels amazing on the skin. the shape is perfect for highlighting.18 found this helpful.Soksann K. May 04, 2015
Curiosity Kills the Cat
The other day I got my takumi highlight brush in and was in love already but out of curiosity I ordered this one to. I love highlight and contour brushes. I do not regret buying it because I use this brushes over and over again. Chikuhodo has out done themselves on these highlighter brushes. Softer than the takumi but both are good. It applies just a good amount of every powder. Buy either one you will love it.13 found this helpful.Melissa R. Dec 07, 2014
Yes it is expensive.
It's truly the best brand of make up brush there is. It's for powder products only. The hairs help with picking up product, depositing and blending. It gives the effortless look of beautiful placed makeup or in other words a flawless face. Love it. Im greatful for Beautylish for bringing them to the U.S. 💖6 found this helpful.Vivian L. Feb 05, 2019
If I can only own 1 brush from Z-series, this is it!
L to R: Suqqu Face, Suqqu Cheek, Chikuhodo Z2, Suqqu M, Chikuhodo Z10
The Chikuhodo Z-series FACE brush is a great option for anyone who wants to step in to the fude world! All the Z-series face brushes are dense squirrel brushes, just different in size and shape. I recommend buying 1 from the Z-series in the brush shape you'll use the most as it is quite pricey.
I prefer small and versatile brushes with round ferrule, and the Z2 works best for me! I use it to highlight, contour, apply blush, and powder. This brush is soft enough to buff, even with the pointed tips, and I had no trouble using it in tapping, sweeping and rolling motion.
With a brush guard the shape will go back to the original pointed shape, but I just prefer the post-wash shape (please refer to picture) more as it is not as dense and is easier to buff. Also, I have washed this brush many times and it still looks good and works well! This is the first and only brush I own from the Z-series, and I feel like this is all I need!5 found this helpful.Jia D. Feb 26, 2015
Ultimate powder brush
Incredible powder collection and depositing machine. Does really transform all my powders. Worth every penny.
I find that the shape is very versatile for any kind of powder application, be it highlight, finishing or blush. Product does not transfer when switching between say blush and finishing powder. I do use it all over my face, but am considering getting a larger cheek or face brush for finishing powder as the tapered point does mean it takes a while to work mineral foundation all over.5 found this helpful.