I've been planning to add more Kokutan brushes to my little collection for quite a while, and last month's IMATS show was the perfect opportunity to do it. Hakuhodo Kokutan Blush Brush S (model no. H2282) has a narrow elongated head that blends blue squirrel hair with synthetic fibers, to achieve the ultimate softness. Like my other Hakuhodo Kokutan face brush, it feels heavenly on my skin, making applying blush an extra nice experience. Kokutan brushes are wonderfully luxurious, from the elegant ebony handles to the silky touch. And they perform beautifully.
I use this small(ish) Hakuhodo Kokutan with most blushes. I even tested it with a crazy intense color such as Chanel Rouge, and it worked (the key is being careful when collecting the products). It's also wonderful with mellow blushes that you want to gradually build up; the brush's softness allows you to work on it without stressing out the skin (especially important if you're sensitive and your cheeks turn red when you apply makeup, then lose that redness only to reveal that you applied less blush than is good for you).
The closest blush brush in my collection to the Hakuhodo Kokutan Blush Brush S is the RMK Cheek brush. It's similar in softness and width, but the Hakuhodo is slightly longer and has less bounce. They are mostly interchangeable, but the Kokutan is slightly more gentle.
Bottom Line: highly recommended.
Hakuhodo Kokutan Blush Brush S ($77) is available from hakuhodousa.com. They offer worldwide shipping.