Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hakuhodo Concealer Brushes G538 G542

Hakuhodo G series includes some of my favorite makeup tools, including these two concealer brushes- the long and narrow G538 and the the plump G542. Both brushes are made of synthetic fibers, a black wood handle (like most G series brushes) and a black metal ferrule that stands out among the silvery ones of the series.

G538 is very narrow and applies your concealer with precision to small areas, nooks and crannies. The hair is very flexible and allow you to maneuver and manipulate the brush as needed. You can use the very narrow side or the tip of the brush for minute and accurate details. G538 feels denser than other small flat concealer brushes and holds quite a bit of product, while maintaining its softness and characteristic pliability.

G542 is the closest brush I could find to Le Metier de Beaute's concealer brush, which is among the stars of my collection. Hakuhodo G542 is of similar dimensions, proportions and amazing hair quality. It's a little less thick than the LMdB  and has a narrower edge. While I prefer the more luxurious touch of my Le Metier de Beaute brush under my eyes, the Hakuhodo is a great backup tool for it (not to mention much better priced).

Bottom Line: go get the.

Hakuhodo Concealer Brushes G538  ($11) and  G542 ($18) are available from They ship worldwide.


  1. thanks so much for the comparison of the G542 to the LMdB concealer brush! i was undecided between those two brushes and your review came in the very right time! i think i'll go with the LMdB to try :)

  2. Hi Gaia,

    I know this post a few years old but I was wondering if you could answer a question on this for me. Is g538 intended for creamy concealers? I tried it with Laura Mercier secret camouflage and I had very hard time picking up the product on the brush and at the end almost nothing was deposited on the skin. Am I doing it wrong or the brush is not designed for this?

    Thanks for all the great content on this blog. It's been very helpful!

    1. Laura Mercier Secret Camo is one of those concealers that are more putty-like and benefit from the heat of your fingers. I know, germs and cooties, but it works so much better. This brush can blend it once on face, but it's still not ideal for this particular texture.

    2. Thank you, Gaia! Appreciate your insight.


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