Carlyn wrote:Hi Arch, how've you been. I remember how selective you are when choosing your brushes. Did you ever get any of these NARS brushes? I haven't bought any brushes in a while except for some surprisingly good Chinese ones. So many brushes with the same look and shapes. I'm waiting for something new and innovative enough to blow my mind and get me lusting over brushes again.
NARS brushes had a reputation for not so nice quality, but when I saw they being offered for 40% off, I decided to take a chance getting them on Ebay. You may have noticed that my selectivity is proportional to a brush's price tag, which is a large part of why I decided to get the #2 and #5 brushes. I'm a fan of the aesthetics in general, so it was an easy sell from the start — the blunt ends on all-black handles remind me of Surratt, in that sense — but I was genuinely impressed by the quality of the hair, especially on the smaller tapered cheek brush. Still surprising to me that goat-hair brushes the size and shape of the #2 are still so rare to find in a permanent line, with the Hakuhodo S/B103 (Wayne Goss 00) being the only one that comes to mind.
I understand China is a source for a lot of the raw materials (e.g., handles, ferrules and hair) for Japanese fude, but glad to see that domestic manufacturers can hold their own when it comes to hand-made brushes considering they are generally more affordable. Would love to know which brushes made it into your collection. I was personally so hyped when Qin posted this
photo of rabbit hair earlier this year, my mind immediately imagined all the different brush shapes we'd finally get with bristles I've only ever seen used in LSY's 9 series. So I was that much more bummed to find out that their latest release of salt and pepper brushes
didn't include this hair type. Maybe one day...