Hakuhodo 210 brush is one of the most important and most beloved makeup tools in my collection. Originally labeled as a blush brush, the 210 has a smallish (about .6 of an inch wide) round and dense goat hair head that's also as soft and gentle as they come. The shape and density make Hakuhodo 210 suitable for both powder and cream products, not to mention some serious multitasking.
Let's see: the 210 can contour, apply blush (powder and cream), buff foundation and handle highlighters in every formula (excellent with the liquid Rouge Bunny Rouge one). The finish I get from this Hakuhodo brush is nothing short of flawless. Between performance and the way it feels on skin, you can understand my opening statement.
I've heard the Hakuhodo 210 has been compared to MAC 109. I don't own the latter, so I can't add much. I did check the 109 at the counter and it didn't seem as soft. I probably should have brought my Hakuhodo for a side by side comparison, but I'm not a MAC customer so I didn't feel like the SAs would look too kindly on that. One issue with the 210 that I hear is similar to the MAC brush is shedding. Not a lot and not very often, but after the initial washing the brush left two hairs in a pan of blush. It also lost one hair in a following foundation application and will occasionally lose one or two others. Not a big deal considering the amount of use it gets, but I mention this as it's my only Hakuhodo brush to ever shed.
Bottom Line: get a backup (or two).
Hakuhodo 210 Blush Brush ($26) is available from hakuhodousa.com (the 200 series).