New Favorite Loose Powders (KICKS, Lily Lolo, Rouge Bunny Rouge)

Despite having dry/dehydrated skin - I love powder. Nothing feels more satisfying than dusting your face with a fluffy brush. I love glossy skin and precise powdering is excellent way to emphasis or control shine, finish, creasing and so on. I especially love loose powders as the amounts are easy to control, the powder feels lighter and airier than with pressed powders. I’ve found some new favorites on the market: Luxury, more affordable and eco beauty option! Enjoy!

Powders gifted for consideration, thoughts are honest and my own!

Favorite Loose Powders: KICKS, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Lily Lolo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Brushes (top to bottom): Chikuhodo MK-2, rephr powder 06 (gifted), Chikuhodo Noel powder brush (limited edition from couple years ago)

Favorite Loose Powders: KICKS, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Lily Lolo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

KICKS Hyaluronic Acid All-Over Loose Powder Translucent

This translucent powder has quite visibly a white hue or a cast, I’d say it’s not completely translucent when patted or pressed on the skin with a sponge. More like “no color” powder. For my skin tone this works well under the eyes as it brightens while keeping the finish matte. As I said, I don’t like shimmer/sheen under my eyes as it emphasises any hollows, eye bags or darkness. Although the finish is matte I don’t feel this powder makes my under eye area look dry or crusty, perhaps thanks to the added hyaluronic acid.

If you’re more into buffing or just gently sweeping under the eye area I think you’ll be fine with this product, but there are a couple of shade options for this powder. If you have an oily T-zone or your makeup starts to break during the day, I think this is a good powder when pressed or buffed into the skin. If you’re high maintenance you can then pick a finishing powder for additional glow.

9g for €17.9, made in Italy. Available at Kicks (FI) (*affiliate link).

Favorite Loose Powders: KICKS, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Lily Lolo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE Skin-Perfecting Loose Powder Glorious Daylight

Recently, one of my favorite brands Rouge Bunny Rouge released a new powder: Skin-Perfecting Loose Powder in 081 Glorious Daylight. RBR’s Diaphanous powder has a cult following and was one of my first reviews on the blog. I went through my Diaphanous powder, so I don’t have it here to compare, but I used it both as a smoothing setting powder for under eye area as well as dusting all over the face.

Glorious Daylight is also translucent (although the in the pot I see a light beige hue), but more luminous than Diaphanous. It has a soft-focus effect on the skin, also perfect for under eye area as well as dusting all over the face to set foundation. According to the website Glorious Daylight uses “light-reflective spherical powders”, which do brighten the skin without adding any opaque finish or pigment. There is a very subtle fragrance that reminds me of cookies.

€40 for 7g, made in Italy. Available at Rouge Bunny Rouge website

Lily Lolo Finishing Powder Translucent Silk

I searched an eco beauty alternative for Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (my shade has been Diffused Light) and here it is - except translucent. If Hourglass powder is a bit buttery in texture, Lily Lolo is silkier. It’s designed to minimize imperfections and set your makeup with extra staying power. While Hourglass mostly added a subtle glow or “ambient light” to the skin, I feel like Lily Lolo does prolong the wear of my makeup while having a similar effect on the skin - without the pigment.

For my pale skin this Translucent shade is a great match for dusting the powder all over the face, but I wouldn’t buff or set my under eye area with this powder. When I swatch Translucent Silk on my hand it does have a visible sheen, which I don’t want to bring attention to my eye bags/darkness. as I don’t like to bring attention to my bags/darkness. If your skin tone is more medium to deep I’d be gentle in the application as the sheen may be more visible.

Also available in matte and tinted (beige) version. €20.9 for 4.5g, made in the UK. Available at eleven (FI) and House of Organic (FI)

Favorite Loose Powders: KICKS, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Lily Lolo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Favorite Loose Powders: KICKS, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Lily Lolo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Swatches

If you look carefully, you’ll notice that KICKS is the most matte while Lily Lolo has a pearlescent sheen. Rouge Bunny Rouge looks like it has a hint of light beige with a natural finish, but I haven’t noticed much pigment on my skin. I think all skin tones will enjoy this powder.

Favorite Loose Powders: KICKS, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Lily Lolo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Final Thoughts

Honestly, I like all of these powders.. If I had to choose one, I’d go with Rouge Bunny Rouge as it works best as all-around powder for both setting and finishing. If you prefer more mattifying finish - go with Kicks. If you want more glow and just a finishing powder, you’ll enjoy Lily Lolo.

What’s your favorite Loose Powder?

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Review - Japanese Makeup Brushes

Years ago, I think Sonia G’s blog, Brush Temple and forum was my first introduction to Japanese makeup brushes. I was so happy when she first announced her brush line and my ecstatic grew when she launched the new Pro Series with Beautylish. Today I have the pleasure to show you the Pro Eye set, I hope you enjoy!

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

About Sonia G Pro Eye Set

In my opinion, the regular/fundamental line was created certain products in mind, creating more unique brushes with shapes that haven’t been released before (or as often). The Pro series were designed to be “workhorses” for makeup artist and brush aficionados in mind. The handles are lighter, slimmer, quite similar to traditional art paint brushes. The shapes are more familiar to existing brush series, but finessed to perfection. Each brush is hand-crafted in Kumano, Japan. The Pro Eye Set retails for $150 (€~133.3) exclusively on Beautylish and you get free shipping to Finland.

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using the Sonia G Pro Eye Set

I think this set was created just for me… thanks Sonia! Haha, no, but the shapes and sizes are pure perfection for my hooded eyes. Nothing feels awkward or clumsy to use. I haven’t used these brushes for the face or sculpting eye brows, I think I have better brushes for precise powdering, highlighter etc. Personally I’d use any of these brushes (even dyed ones) for picking up and applying cream products.

The quality of the Pro Eye set is excellent, I expected nothing less from Sonia and Kumano crafted brushes. The saikoho hair is very high quality and if you haven’t used Japanese brushes before you will instantly notice how silky soft these brushes are. I have washed the brushes set several times and none of them have lost their shape, shedded or otherwise loosened up. Naturally, each brush will get a bit fluffier after the initial wash, for more info on how to wash your brushes check out this post.

With the fundamental brush set I had a slight problem with the ferule size, especially with Builder One as the ferule always poked the eyeshadow I was trying to pick up. These minimal, black ferules of Pro series are both beautiful and use friendly. Handles of the Pro Eye set are lighter and easy to use, perfect for professionals or other “heavy users”. The handle shape makes me feel nostalgic and think about watercoloring, but I do still like the more elegant, large handles of the first release..

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Builder Pro Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Builder Pro

This flat brush is slightly tapered from the sides, making it precise and easy to control for packing on color. I like to use this mainly for patting color on the mobile lid, building some intensity to the outer ‘V’ or adding highlight to inner corners. You can use the tip even for smudging or softening the lower lash line, it’s that precise. Builder Pro is dyed saikoho goat hair, making it very soft and less “floppy” than squirrel counterparts.

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Blender Pro Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Blender Pro

Blender pro is dyed saikoho goat hair. This brush is the largest and bendiest of the set, but still packed densely. I think the round ferule and only slight tapering makes this fluffy a good blending brush for larger areas and a diffused look. I usually don’t apply color with this brush, except base color which is easy to do with just two swipes. Crease pro is better size for my crease, so this brush might be the one I use the least. It’s still very nice, denser version of Hakuhodo BJ142 but less fluffy than the Tom Ford 13 for example. I think this is the maximum fluffing of Blender Pro as I’ve washed the brush several times.

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Crease Pro Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Crease Pro

This brush has an excellent tapered tip which gives control for blending. It’s less fluffy and more firmly packed than than Hakuhodo BJ142, Tom Ford 13 or Kumanofude Select Shop SS4-1, making Crease Pro universally a very good blending brush. You can apply color, blend, work on the crease or do transitioning with no problem. I like how there’s strength in the tip, making it efficient worker when blending hard-to-apply colors like dark purples and blacks. For larger lid space or very diffused placement I’d reach for the other brushes, but Crease Pro has become unreplaceable for me. Crease Pro is saikoho goat hair.

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Worker Pro Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Worker Pro

This brush is notably much slimmer and less fluffy than the popular Hakuhodo J5523 (aka softer “dupe” for MAC 217), more like a hybrid with a classic flat squirrel brush and the Hakuhodo. Worker Pro is very soft and has nice tapering on the sides, which makes it excellent for both patting on color and blending. I thought the Hakuhodo J5523 would be irreplaceable, but Worker Pro sits better with my hooded lids for placing and blending transitional color to the crease. Perfect for both cream and powder products. Worker Pro is saikoho goat hair.

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Pencil Pro Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Pencil Pro

This brush is unique and stunning. To this day I’ve loved Koyudo’s C011 pencil brush as it’s a bit larger and less tapered than the natural hair Tom Ford 14. Sonia G’s Pencil Pro has a very tapered tip but the round ferule is larger, making the brush a bit fatter, domed, denser and easier for firm control and blending. For inner corner highlight I still like the Koyudo C011, but for lower lash line, smudging pencils or detail work in the outer ‘V’ - the Pencil Pro is a must-have. Made of saikoho goat hair.

Overall Thoughts

If you love eyeshadow and don’t already own a sufficient amount of quality brushes, I do recommend this set despite the high price tag. Hakuhodo does make less expensive eyeshadow brushes that work similarly, but for me the Pro Eye were excellent investment as they became some of my most reached for brushes immediately. They’re so good quality, I think using soft saikoho hair also rises the price tag. If you’re a beginner I’d pick up some other brush brand first. For makeup enthusiasts or people with very sensitive skin who can save up some $ and want to invest in a good set then Pro Eye is the way to go. Have you tried Sonia G or other Japanese brushes?

Read more: How to REALLY Take Care of Makeup Brushes

Best Concealer Brushes For Every Need (Japanese Fude)

I've shared with you my acne journey, Accutane and acne scars in the past, but now to my favorite topic: brushes! These are the fude or brushes I use for concealing the under eyes, discoloration, spots and blemishes. Since my acne cleared up I haven’t purchased many new concealer brushes, but I still reach one or two every single day. You might think concealer brushes aren’t as exciting and sexy as bigger fluffs, but they are multi-purpose workhorse brushes and something everyone should have in their makeup kit. This post is most likely going to be a long one, so sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Choosing The Right concealer brush

Concealers come in many forms and textures: creams, liquids, waxes. Choosing a brush depends on which type of concealer works best for your skin, concern and technique, it might take a trial and error to find the perfect product and the perfect tool. Some of the brushes I introduce in this post are designated concealer brushes (コンシーラー if you search Japanese sites), but basically any small brush resilient to cream/liquid textures can work for you. This means repurposing lip and eyeliner brushes, but also small cream eyeshadow brushes will do the trick! Maybe you already own something that’s too stiff for blending the eyeshadow, but could be used for cream concealer or corrector. I follow these guidelines:

  • Eyeliner and lip brushes for pinpoint concealing blemishes, scars, pimples

  • Paddle brushes for correctors, creams and liquids under the eyes

  • Oval and stippling brushes for blending around blemishes or covering redness

Personally I don’t use much goat hair for my concealers as I like more firmness and control from kolinsky or synthetic hair, they also absorb less product. Never use delicate hairs such as squirrel for cream/liquid concealers as they might damage the brush. All brush hairs below are kolinsky or weasel unless otherwise stated.

Fine and small concealer brushes

Kyureido Fine Kalla eyeliner

I love this eyeliner brush, to read more about the Fine Kalla series click this post. This liner brush is very precise, but not quite as tiny as Hakuhodo B007. Kyureido has firmness and control for pinpoint concealing, and it picks up the perfect amount of product in my opinion. Since the brush hairs are semi-long, you shouldn’t add too much pressure.

Hakuhodo B007

For the tiniest pinpoint concealing work (such as sunspots, scars). The brush is very tapered; there are only few of longer hairs, so you can have the precision and add only the smallest amount of product. If you wish to blend or perhaps conceal a larger area, I’d go for Kyureido. Same if you want the brush to double as a liner brush, I prefer Kyureido as it can hold more product and cover a larger area.

Hakuhodo S148

One of my newest brushes and pure perfection in craftsmanship. It’s similar to Chikuhodo GSN-11, but has a bit longer hairs and less density, also feels much softer than Chiku. Perfect for applying and blending concealer on blemishes, carving out eyebrows or perhaps fading some discoloration around the nose. I have a sentimental attachment to this brush, but I love its performance as well.

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Brush I got as a GWP or a gift when I visited Kumano. It’s very close to Chikuhodo’s Limited Edition Noel Lumiere 2015 concealer/eyeliner brush, maybe a tiny bit more tapered. I’d keep an eye on Koyudo if they come out with something like this in their permanent collection.

Chikuhodo Noel Lumiere 2015 (LE)

Tapered brush made of kolinsky, has nice firmness and control for both sharp wing eyeliner as well as applying cream concealer on spots or blemishes. The point is rounded, which makes it unique in my book (just like the Unknown one). I think it’s a shame this particular brush was a limited edition. I prefer it over the Beautylish Sakura brush.

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Sakura eyeliner (LE)

This brush is an odd one: it’s not long enough to be a good lip brush, a bit too floppy for applying eyeliner. If you do pinpoint concealing, let’s say with Haku or Kyureido, you might use this for blending the edges. I must say I haven’t given this brush much love.

Hakuhodo eyeliner B005

This Haku brush is labelled as an eyeliner brush. Its hairs are very short, dense, and has sort of oval shape on the sides. Perfection for gel eyeliner, but if you’re in a pinch this would work for concealing small areas or carving out eyebrows. For concealing alone I do prefer Hakuhodo S148 or Chikuhodo GSN-11.

Chikuhodo GSN-11

This is one of my oldest brushes and has held up very well. I’ve used it for eyeliner, concealer and smudging eyeshadow near the lower lash line. The hair density is light, length excellent for precision and control, but the feel isn’t as stiff as with Hakuhodo B005. Hakuhodo B005 is sharper, which makes it better for eyeliner, GSN-11 gives softer edges.

Hakuhodo J214R (goat and synthetic)

This mini duo-fibre stippling brush picks up cream products very nicely and works well for blending. For example, if you conceal under eye darkness but also suffer some minor redness underneath, you can take the conceal further by stippling with J214R. Most of us have discoloration around the nose and J214R fits nicely in nooks and crannies for buffing and blending product. The feel is not overly dense but very soft. With a stippling brush I like to go over the covered areas with a finger or a sponge to make sure there is no brush marks. I don’t use this brush for cream eyeshadow as I want the edges to be more blurred and there are better options.

Koyudo Purin (synthetic)

When checking the brushes for this post, I sadly didn’t see the Purin line on Koyudo’s website, so this brush may be discontinued. The Purin (sounds like ‘pudding’ in Japanese) concealer brush is one of my favorites as it has a nice rounded paddle shape and similar stippling qualities (a mix of longer and shorter hairs) as the Hakuhodo J214R. The body of the brush is somewhat dense, but the very tip is soft and bendy, making it easy for tapping and blending product, such as under eye concealer. One of my favorites.

Hakuhodo G538 (synthetic)

Synthetic version of one of my all-time favorite brushes. The difference with G538 and G537 is how the hais splay: with synthetic hairs the shape is very straight and sword-like. Good for dabbing on product, easy to clean, not much bad to say about this brush, but I do prefer my kolinsky G537.

Hakuhodo G537

This brush is a pure gem to me, I reach it almost daily for concealing my under eye area. It covers a nice amount of surface, picks up a good amount of product and has a great control. The brush has a good bend to it, which makes it feel firm yet soft on the skin. It’s a multi-purpose brush for concealing and I love it to bits.

Koyudo BP036

On the Koyudo website images this brush looks very tapered and ‘sharp’, but it does splay after washing. I think this brush is too large for pinpoint concealing, but good blending any edges after you’ve applied concealer with a smaller brush. Or, if you need to conceal larger areas or blemishes, perhaps do very detailed work around the nose; this is your brush. I’ve used it a ton when I still suffered from acne.

Koyudo C006P (below)

I use this brush similarly to Hakuhodo G538, Hakuhodo 537 or Koyudo Purin, but C006P is much denser than any of these. The hair length is similar to Purin, but C006P is much wider, like an oversized eyeliner brush. It’s a powerful tool when you really need to pack on a lot of product and enjoy firmness and control. Could also be used as an eyeshadow brush for packing on color on the lid. I’ve used Koyudo C006P also a ton, but nowadays prefer softer, more bendy brushes for under eye work.

Best Concealer Brushes | Japanese Brushes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Best Concealer Brushes | Japanese Brushes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

And here they are, my concealer workhorses and small treasures! I think most of them are excellent, just for different usages. If you have any questions about any specific brush, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading! x