Fude Matsuri + Hakuhodo Brush Haul

Chapter One

Some time in 2013, I was busy researching online for Japanese makeup brushes when I bumped into an article entitled “With Life on Paper – Kumano Fude Festival” written by Paul Walsh for GetHiroshima.com. I was amazed to have read that a small town located 20 kilometres east of Hiroshima had a brush festival. Every year since then, I would plan to visit; but it never pushes through. Over the years, I have managed to collect information about the festival – how to get there and what to expect.

I was so ready to be there.

In early April of this year ,while randomly checking out flights, Cebu Pacific Air had an amazing flight deal that I could not resist. I decided to go for it.

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By the end of August, I started my plans for my trip to Japan. Fude Matsuri falls on Autumn Equinox which plays between the 22nd and the 23rd of September.

Around September 4th, My plans were suddenly put on hold because Typhoon Jebi passed through Japan and caused wide-spread damage. Typhoon Jebi was a very strong typhoon, a Category 5 Hurricane on the SSHWS.

This typhoon flooded my port of entry, Kansai Airport. The winds were so strong that it blew a fuel tanker into the rail and road bridge, the sole link, that connects the artificial island airport to mainland Osaka. Destroying a 100 meter slab of roadway and moving the rail tracks 50 cm inward. This made Kansai airport inaccessible.

For three weeks, all flights to Osaka were cancelled. I had two options:

  1. Move my Fude Matsuri plans to 2019.
  2. Reroute my flight to Tokyo or Nagoya.

I was ready to reroute my flight and I had already plotted my train journey to the festival from both cities. Fortunately, three days before my scheduled flight, Kansai International Airport announced that they would resume airport operations and that the railway system would be up and running by then.

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On September 21, 2018 at 2:55 PM, my Cebu Pacific Air Flight 5J 828 left on time from Manila bound for Osaka.

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It was quite a journey to get to the festival.

After having spent the whole day of September 22nd sight-seeing in Kyoto, I took a nearly 3 hour bullet train ride from Osaka to Hiroshima. For travellers out there, do take note that you cannot ride the bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima on your JR Pass. You have to take the local rapid train service from Kyoto to Shin-Osaka. You are able to take ANY of the bullet trains from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima Station.

The following day was Fude Matsuri.

From my hostel, I walked to Hiroshima Station and took a 30 minute train ride to Yano Station on the Kure Line bound for Hiro.

Once I got to Yano station, I had a few problems locating the Yano Ekimae bus stop because my goggle maps was f-ing up. The data from my pocket wifi was not at it’s best given my current location.

After walking a few meters and asking a Japanese man, he pointed me to the bus stop. It was right at the foot of the stairs of Yano Station. *laughs*

The bus stop had a small electronic billboard. It shows you what bus stops there, what time they are expected to arrive and depart… all written in Japanese (Kanji+Hiragana+Katana).

I have had 10 years of Chinese classes during grade school and high school and I am very good at the game “spot the difference”, so comparing the characters on my phone to the ones stated on the schedules was a challenge I did not back down from.

Once I had an idea on which bus to take, to be sure, I asked the Japanese girl in front of me if this was the bus stop for Fude Matsuri. Lucky for me, she spoke English and told me that I was at the right place. Her name was Del and she was also bound for the festival. Del was kind enough to share with me some information about the festival. She had a map at hand and she showed me the places of interest around the Brush Museum and the festival proper.

A bus was arriving at the station and I noticed that the signboard showed the English translation of the bus route. I asked Del, if I could just follow her until we got to the festivities and she had no problem with that at all. Everybody hopped unto the bus and off we went.

The bus brought us to Kumano-eigyosho station. From there, we rode a free shuttle service to Fudenosato Kobo, the brush museum. This was where my Fude Matsuri adventure began.

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Fudenosato Kobo is a facility that was built by the town of Kumano in 1994 and the Fudenosato Promotion Foundation runs it. According to the flyer, “The museum engages in investigative research on the history of Japanese brush-making and the collation of such materials, as well as introducing the culture intertwined with brushes against the background of Japan’s biggest collection of brushes, in both qualitative and quantitative terms.”

I have learned that Fude making in Kumano began during the late Edo period (late 1800’s) when farmers began to create brushes during the winter season to supplement their farming income. Over the years – centuries even, the town became well-known for their brushes. In 1975, The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry designated the Kumano Fude as a traditional craft product.

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I spent a little over an hour in the museum, wandering around, taking everything in. The permanent gallery is located at the basement, right after you come down from the stairs. There are 5 galleries around it where exhibitions are held. There is a “house” of brush masters where you can learn how to create your own calligraphy brush (For 3000 Yen) or observe the masters at work. There is a tea house, Shoseian, that offers tea ceremonies and classes and an area where painting classes are also held. I like the “hands on” part of the museum. Interaction is always the key.

The museum houses all of the brushes made in Kumano; may it be for calligraphy, crafts, makeup, painting, dyeing, etc. They also have brushes and paintings from masters of old on display at various galleries. I spent a good amount of time by the makeup brushes, mesmerised by their beauty.

I bought some brushes at the Kumanofude Select Shop Main Store. As stated in my video, it was located on the first floor – to the right of the entrance door.

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There were many brushes available to purchase here. I had to stop myself from buying a lot because I had yet to visit the stalls at Fude Matsuri. I felt that I would have more choices there and as Del told me earlier, many brush companies offer their brushes at a discounted rate, between 30-50 percent.

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I left the museum at around noon. Thankfully, it was also a cloudy day because I could only imagine how hot it would be if the sun was out. I walked through a small paved country road lined with houses, flora, fauna and grave yards.

I first heard the music. Then I saw lots of people in a clearing at the bottom of the hill. As I got closer, the music got louder and the aroma of food got to me. It was time for lunch. The home-made ramen that I had was so good and I will not forget that delicious fresh strawberry shake ever! I enjoyed my lunch over the pleasant live music that was played, while sharing a table with local Japanese teenage girls. I observed everyone around me. If you want to see videos, go to the highlight bar on my instagram page (here) and click on Fude Matsuri.

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As you saw in my video, I was welcomed by big brushes hanging from the torii of Sakakiyama Shrine. According to the Japan Times article “Sweeping Beauties of Kumano’s Brush Area” written by Steve  John Powell and Angeles Marine Cabello, “The heart of the festival is the 10th-century Sakakiyama Shrine. Like many old shrines, it lies at the top of a steep hill. It’s 99 steps to the top, up a path known as Brush Avenue, which is festooned with 10,000 brushes — some pencil-thin, others as big as brooms — hanging down around head-height.”

Anybody can touch and feel these hanging brushes.

There were tons of activities around Sakakiyama Shrine (see the 4:38 minute mark on my video). At around 2 pm (the 16 minute mark on my video), the highlight of the festival started. I found a spot by the rope railings and enjoyed the demonstration of a calligraphy master writing poetry on a tarpaulin using a very big fude. He dipped the fude on a wooden bucket filled with ink. This wooden bucket is held by a man who followed the calligraphy master as he wrote on the tarpaulin. There was also another man who held another wooden bucket, I noticed that this was where the calligraphy master would “unload” the extra ink dripping from his fude before he starts writing again.

There was also a flute master who timed his music to the brush strokes made by sensei. It was quite dramatic actually.

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Once the performance was through, the staff waited for the ink to dry before the tarpaulin was hanged for every one to see.

This happens every year. New calligraphy master, new poetry.

Burp!

While waiting in between performances, I’ve managed to find a seat by the shade and had a most delicious snack. It was a pancake of fish design with red bean paste inside. I was debating whether I would have the skewered octopus tentacles or candied apples after. I decided to have some shaved ice with cherry syrup instead.

The next performance was by students from the local school; that would be the 17:07 mark on my video. I was excited for their Taiko drum performance. I’ve never seen one before, so this was a treat for me.

The brushes I bought at the festival were not a lot. The primary reason I was there was not to go shopping, but to experience the festival. To immerse myself in the fude culture and to enjoy being “there”.

Frankly, buying brushes in a brush festival can make your brain go haywire. *laughs* I wasn’t expecting to see a lot of beautiful brushes  + I was not expecting to see so many brush companies in Kumano. It’s a good thing I already had an idea of the brushes that I needed. If not, I would buy anything on a whim! *laughs* I did manage to buy a few brushes on a whim.

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Before leaving the festivities, as I said on the video (see the 5:22 mark), people believe in the ritual burning of old brushes. Let me clarify what I said in the video. What I meant to say was, I couldn’t bear to burn makeup brushes. I either pass them down or use them in a different way. But people in Kumano believe that, burning old brushes is a way of thanking them. For the sake of experience, I did burn some old brushes. There is a staff member of the festival who will offer you some brushes to burn. On his table, there are a number of brushes of various sizes and shape. I think this was collected from various fude masters, gentlefolk or maybe from various companies who needed to send their brushes to heaven.

I am so glad to have made this journey. This was a great introduction. I’m sure when I return, I wouldn’t be like a kid inside a candy store.

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Chapter Two

Here’s one funny story. Jennylyn Mercado was a guest at MARS a few years back. We’re always friendly towards each other. Saying our “hi’s”, “hello’s” and “how are yous”, after which I give her space.  I was observing her from a far, checking out her makeup stuff from across the room when she suddenly whipped out vermillion coloured brushes. I dunno if my gasp was audible, but I did a bee line to her desk and ransacked her makeup kit and pulled out her brushes. Of course I asked permission! *laughs* That was my first time to hold Hakuhodo brushes.

I have been very intrigued by the Hakuhodo brand for quite some time. I would frequently visit their website time and again just to “check” them out. There was one time, I was in Los Angeles and I wanted to visit the main showroom in Torrance, but it was just so far from Downtown L.A. It’s not exactly easy to commute in America. I wanted to visit their flagship store in Kyoto too, but I ran out of time sight-seeing while I was there.

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In search of Hakuhodo| This morning, I made my way back to Kumano. Buti nalang, magaling ako sa game na “Spot The Difference”; because I had to compare the Japanese Script on google maps to that on the karatula on the local bus. | It was a bit nerve wracking at first kasi, mahirap nang ma wala. | 45 minutes later, dumating ako sa Jonohori. I thought I was lost at first, but after seeing the manhole with brush designs, I knew I was on the right path. | With Tororo on my back, google maps on my hand, my legs brought me through provincial back roads lined with traditional houses, rice paddies filled with rice stalks (heavy with grain) and random blooming cosmos until I arrived at the head office and main showroom of Hakuhodo. | Shopping lang ako nang very light ha.

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On my final morning in Hiroshima, I found myself at Yano Station waiting for the bus that would take me to the Hakuhodo head office. I am thankful that I was able to take the local bus two days prior during Fude Matsuri. I was now confident enough to go down one bus stop and walk through the Japanese country side. Check out my Hakuhodo highlight on my instagram page (here).

45 minutes later, I found myself at the Kumanohagiwara Bus stop. With the help of goggle maps, I walked for 20 minutes +- to the Hakuhodo head office. It was around 1.1 kilometres.

Walking up the road, the only sign I saw that made me realize that I had found Hakuhodo was when I saw the brand’s logo on the building. As I walked up the stairs to the main entrance, there was beautiful pocket garden to my left. It was illuminated beautifully by the sun. It had a small “house” with a small pond. I found that quite surprising because the building looked so unremarkable. I found out a little while later that that small “house” was the office of the President. Who, by the way, works every day and individually checks brushes to maintain the Hakuhodo quality.

The head office and showroom is on the second floor of the building, across the President’s office. As soon as you opened the door, everybody would greet you. I have emailed the head office months in advance asking them if I could visit and do some shopping. I was welcomed.

Marie, a cute Japanese lady assisted me while I was going around the showroom. She was very surprised to have found out the I was Filipino. I was even more surprised to have found out that she studied in Las Salle a while back for six months. What a small world!

Marie and I discussed about the brushes in the showroom. They had entry-level brushes, professional brushes, traditional brushes and their flagship brush range. I was very interested in purchasing brushes from the flagship brush range, the S100 Vermillion Brush Range.

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Around the Hakuhodo show room. | The brush heads seen here are made from goat hair. They are sorted, shaped and secured by hand. Parang yung ginagawa nung Master Brush Maker sa aking Fude Matsuri na entry. | The trademark of Hakuhodo is their Vermilion colored handles. Medyo pricey, kaya when buying brushes, it pays to make smart decisions. Buy only as needed. | Some of the brushes seen here are made with different natural hair bristles; Goat, Badger, Cat, Sable and Squirrel. Kaya, always take care of your brushes people. | The workshop is also found here, unfortunately bawal pumasok doon kasi, you know, trade secrets. And I was told that the president of the company works there. Everyday. I caught a glimpse of the space as I exited the building. Kinilabutan ako. | Hakuhodo creates approximately 500,000 brushes a month. Hindi lang pang makeup. Pang calligraphy, painting, lacquering, etc. Basta brush. They also create brushes for many big named international makeup brands. Who they are, I wouldn’t know. | I have been meaning to update my brushes in a really long time and I’m glad to have finally done it.

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We also discussed the varieties of natural hairs used in their brushes. We also discussed the specific hairs that were used on the brushes that I chose to purchase. It was a very interesting interaction. Illuminating and educating.

I was very specific about the brushes I purchased in Hakuhodo. Since it was my first time to use their products, I only choose the very basic brushes that I needed. Two traditional brushes, two blush brushes and four eye shadow brushes. I cannot wait to use them and see how they perform. Then, if I am satisfied, I would add more to my collection.

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I spent a good 45 minutes at the Hakuhodo head office. I could have spent all day there but alas I cannot. With my Hakuhodo paper bag in hand, I thanked everybody at the head office, most especially Marie for taking care of me.

I then re-traced my steps to the bus stop. Took the 45 minute bus ride back to the train station. Took a 30 minute train ride to Hiroshima, just in time to catch by 3 pm bullet train to Osaka.

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Through all of my readings and research, I found out that the hair is sourced from all over the world. China, North America and Russia. Fude companies in Kumano may use Red Squirrel, Blue Squirrel, Grey Squirrel, Kolinsky, Sable, Badger, Weasel, Tamage, Goat, Horse, or synthetic hair on their brushes. The sorting, mixing, and forming of the hair on the brush is done in Kumano. All by hand. The handles are made in other prefectures in Japan. Assembling the brush is also done by hand.

If you are reading this, I hope you would come to appreciate your brushes. It is a must that you take care of your brushes. A lot of human effort is used in creating a makeup brush.

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Here are the links to the different brush companies mention in this post:

Fudenosato Kobo, click here.

Kumanofude Select Shop, click here.

Koyudo, click here.

Mizuho, click here.

Bunkoudou, click here.

Miyao, click here.

Hakuhodo, click here.

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Fude Matsuri

Kumano, Aki, Hiroshima Japan

Hiroshima is located 325 Kilometres from Osaka. Prior to flying into Osaka, I purchased a JR West Pass. This entitled me to ride on the JR West Rail system for 5 days. The JR West Pass allows me unlimited travel from Kansai Airport to Osaka, To Kyoto, To Nara, and Hiroshima. For more information about the JR West Pass, click here.

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Let me say that the products I am using has worked for me and it might not necessarily work for you. Always be discerning when purchasing cosmetics or skin care products. Always read the label and the literature! Always do a patch test before you purchase a product for the first time to see that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients listed.

This video is not sponsored. The products that are shown here are the products that I always use, love and live by.

This video was shot using the front camera of my Iphone 7.

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Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers


Eyelash curlers are your friends. These Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers are your best friends. Not only does it “open” your eyes, it makes you “see” things more clearly.

One time, I was working on a male model who had lashes that were growing downward. I had a feeling, he couldn’t see clearly so I asked him if it was okay for me to curl his lashes. A debate actually ensued because he thought it would be a complete blow to his masculinity. I told him, “I am not questioning your masculinity, I am doing my best to make sure that you’ll see the runway.” After a bit of hesitation he said “Yes”.

After I curled his lashes he said, “Oh I can see.”

My point exactly. There is more to eyelash curling than just aesthetics.

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Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers

These are the only two eyelash curlers I own. One full-sized curler and one mini. They come in a box with a replacement silicone pad inside.

Replacement Silicone Pads
Replacement Silicone Pads

Here’s some piece of advice: Do not throw the box your eyelash curlers came in after purchasing them. The extra pad comes in a small plastic bag. What you’ll do is, you’d staple this plastic bag unto the box of the eyelash curler. You will store this box in a safe place inside your vanity cabinet or drawer. In doing so, you will not loose an essential element of your eyelash curler that you paid for.  Once the current silicone pad on your eyelash curler has lived out it’s cycle, you can quickly replace it with the extra piece that you stapled on the box upon initial purchase.

I never use eyelash curlers, but based on a discussion I had with a few friends. The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is the best. It’s in the design. I asked a few friends of mine to curl one of their lashes with the ones from Shu Uemura, and the other lash with another popular brand. We have come to the conclusion that unlike the popular brand, you only need to exert a minimum amount of pressure on Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler to get a curl.

The shape of the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is rounder than that of the popular brand. The metal band sits perfectly on your eyeballs. The popular brand has a more oval shape; a fraction flatter. According to my other friend who tried it, it’s more comfortable for her to use the popular brand because her eyeballs don’t protrude as much; her only complaint was it took her a while longer to achieve the curl that she wanted.

The silicone pads of the eyelash curlers from Shu Uemura are different. After checking their website, I have read that their silicone pads have been upgraded. It now has a “mushroom” shape that helps in creating the right curl for you lashes.

The silicone pads of the eyelash curlers from Shu Uemura are different. After checking their website, I have read that their silicone pads have been upgraded. It now has a “mushroom” shape that helps in creating the right curl for you lashes. This also creates a more stable “hold” on to the metal base of the eyelash curler. I have also noticed that the silicone pad is slightly longer (by a micrometer, using the term loosely here) ) than that of the other popular brand. Rest assured you get your entire lash on your lash line curled in one go, unless you have big eyes.

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I use the full-sized eyelash curler all the time. The mini eyelash curlers come in handy when the full-sized eyelash curler can’t curl those stubborn lashes at the outer corners of the eyes. I use this to curl those oddly angled lashes that the full-sized curler miss out on. I also use this to curl lashes on eyes that are smaller than usual. I curl one portion of the lash line after the other. It does curl effectively.

Unfortunately the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers Mini are now discontinued. There is a New Generation Eyelash S Curler out that I have not tried. Click here to know more about it.

The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler have been at the top of the eyelash curler leader board leader board since it’s launch in 1991. Though there are many cheaper eyelash curlers in the market, you will feel the difference after you’ve switched to Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. It’s all in the details.

Do be careful when you are curling your lashes. Get as close to the base of your lashes as possible. Make sure to have a steady hand in applying various degrees of pressure. Apply slow and steady pressure multiple number of times along your lashes as you move outward and upward. Avoid curling your lashes by exerting a huge amount of pressure in one go, this might dislodge your lashes from its roots.

For very stubborn lashes, you can heat the metal band by passing a blow dryer over it or my rubbing the metal band a number of times. Always be careful when heating the metal band to avoid burning the eyelids.

Never re-curl your lashes after putting on mascara. Most of the time, when you do this, your lashes will stick to the metal band of the eyelash curler. This can lead to problems such as clumping and breakage. Find a mascara that will hold the curl made by the eyelash curler.

Finally, always clean your eyelash curler after every use.

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I bought my full-sized Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler in Duty Free Philippines years ago for $21.They currently retail for php 1400. You can get the eyelash curlers at Shu Uemura botiques in SM North EDSA,  Shangri-La Plaza, SM Makati, Rustan’s Makati, Powerplant Mall and in Alabang Town Center.

The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Mini was a gift.

 

 

 

 

 

Parian Spirit

Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner

The other brush cleaner I use is Parian Spirit.

I use this when I do not have time to give my brushes a thorough cleaning in between jobs. This brush cleaner effectively removes the heaviest of cream and powdered products from the bristles; even eyeliner residue and lipstick stains. It leaves a fresh lemon-y scent that is often mistaken to be perfume by anyone who is in the room when I start cleaning my brushes. Its main active ingredient is citrus.

Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner is a quick drying and non-toxic brush cleaner that effectively disinfect brushes with out ruining them. My brushes always look shiny and feels very soft after every cleaning.  I was worried that this might be toxic, but it is certified environmentally safe. As a precaution, clean your brushes by maintaining a safe distance between you and the product. When you want to submerge your brushes entirely, use a glass receptacle when decanting the liquid.  Try not to let the liquid  touch your hands because it leaves a white residue. It can be drying; be kind to your cuticles.

Parian Spirit 2oz spray
The 2oz Spray Bottle from Parian Spirit

Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner come in a small spray bottles as well.  Try to avoid inhaling  the droplets when using this, even if it is made from food grade solvents (as stated on their webpage www.parianspirit.com) , it is still a cleaner at the end of the day. It pays to be cautious always.

Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner has many other uses. I use this to remove makeup stains in my makeup kit caused by spillage. I use this to spot clean lipstick stains on my shirts as well.

I also use this to clean the front laces of my expensive wigs. I lay the lace in between some tissue before spraying it. I then use a soft bristle toothbrush to aid in removing any remnants of latex, wax  and adhesives.

I also use this when I want to reuse some false eyelashes. I lay them on some tissue paper and spritz some Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner on it. This breaks down mascara (even waterproof) on lashes and the glue that has remained on the band. Once cleaned, I spray it with some alcohol to remove any oil and then I gently blot it with the tissue. It’s good as new.

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I have the 16 oz Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner and the 2 oz Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner. What I do is that I decant the liquid into the 2oz spray bottle that I bring with me all the time. This lightens my load and saves me space on my makeup kit. Prior to purchasing the 2 oz Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner, I have tried decanting the liquid into a small Muji spray bottle. After a few days, the spray stopped working. I think the plastic material that is used to make Muji spray bottles are not compatible to be used with the solvent of Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner.

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I  purchase this in a hair and makeup supply store called Suesh (pronounced as Sue-shh). To check for their product listing of Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner , click here. They do deliver as well, do visit their website at www.suesh.com for more details.

The Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner 2oz retails for Php 380.

The Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner 80z retails for Php 670.

The Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner 16 oz retails for Php 1200.

Click here for the listing of other international suppliers for Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner.

 

VMV Hypoallergenics Instant, No Rinse Hypoallergenic Brush Cleaner

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I have two bursh cleaners in my kit and one of them is VMV Hypoallergenics Instant, No Rinse Hypoallergenic Brush Cleaner.

This is best to use on brushes owned by  people who are highly allergic to certain scents and chemicals that are present in some brush cleaners.

Being a gentle cleanser, I usually double cleanse brushes that I used for colored powders and creams (foundations + lipsticks). It takes a while for VMV’s brush cleaner to breakdown certain ingredients of the makeup used. I have noticed that this works best on brushes that I use for powdered products.

This brush cleaner is alcohol based. I spray the bristles with enough product to dampen them. Then, I swirl the bristles on a piece of of tissue paper to remove the  the makeup. After cleaning, if I am at home, I air dry them on my drying rack. When I’m working, I place the brushes on a table with the bristles laying at the edge of it.

Once dried, my brushes feel soft and looks shiny.

Aside from cleaning brushes, I use this to disinfect makeup products that I use. I spritz a light mist on eye shadows, on eyelash curlers, on tweezers, on scissors, on compact powders, or on lipstick bullets. I spritz this brush cleaner on eye pencils and lip pencils before I sharpen them and after I use them.

I use this to sanitize my brush belt and my makeup kit as well. You store your tools and products in these particular sites, so frequent cleaning and sanitizing in the norm. Remember that you are working with an array of people all the time. It’s important to keep these two clean and bacteria free always. Let me tell you, people will notice if you keep your tools keep and tidy; it can affect your reputation.

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VMV Hypoallergenics Instant, No Rinse Hypoallergenic Brush Cleaner has Gylceryl Laurate which is known for its antibacterial properties and Camellia Sinensis Extract (Green Tea Extract) for its antiviral properties. This product was made keeping in mind that your skin needs to be protected as well.

Panthenol is what makes the brushes soft and shiny.

This 250 ml spray bottle retails for Php 900 ($18).

This is available to purchase at all VMV boutiques. Do take note this runs out of stock quite fast.

This is also available online through www.vmvhypoallergenics.ph (Philippine market). For the rest of the world you can purchase through www.vmvhypoallergenics.com.