NARS Yachiyo vs Japonesque Bamboo/Goat Kabuki brush

This review is long over due and I apologise but here it is ,the comparison review between the NARS Yachiyo brush and its dupe from Japonesque, the bamboo/goat kabuki brush. Here’s my original review on the NARS Yachiyo brush if you’re interested: CLICK HERE!

Both brushes look the same for the most part except that the NARS brush is all black and the Japonesque one is white. I should warn you that because of the white hairs, the Japonesque brush stains really easily. It also smells really bad the first few times you wash it which I haven’t found to be the case with the NARS brush.

Both brushes have a similar design and have thin, wrapped handles except that the NARS brush is wrapped in black wisteria and the Japonesque brush is wrapped in bamboo. The brushes both seem very similar in weight but the NARS brush feels slightly sturdier and has a bit more weight to it. The length of the hairs and the size of the brush heads are very alike but the hairs in the NARS brush are alot softer than those of the Japonesque brush and you can tell that hairs in the NARS brush are of a higher quality.

Despite how similar these brushes look, they perform quite differently and I think the difference is enough that I would definitely not consider the Japonesque brush to be a dupe for the NARS one. I tried to capture the differences in application but it was a bit hard. Hopefully the following picture still gives you an idea of how they both perform.

From Bug’s Beauty Blog

I had to apply the blush heavier than I usually would but hopefully you can tell that the swatch made by the Japonesque brush is more diffuse and patchier than the NARS brush. After comparing both brushes, I think the reason for this difference in application is down to how much hair each brush has. You can see in the next picture that the NARS brush has a lot more hair in it by how much thicker the area is where the hair is wrapped.

Because the NARS brush is more dense than the Japonesqe brush, it doesn’t splay as much when you apply pressure to it. This means that you can get a much more controlled application of blush with the NARS brush which makes it perfect for pigmented blush application. The NARS brush also doesn’t eat up product the way the Japonesque brush does and it picks up product in a much more even way.

The Japonesque brush is ok for blushes that aren’t so pigmented but to be honest I just don’t like using it for blush. I tried using the Japonesque brush when I first got it but I pretty much stopped after the first week or so because it’s the kind of brush I have to try and find a use for rather than one that works so well in a certain way that I can’t live without it. If I had to recommend a use for it I would say that the Japonesque brush is more suited to application of setting powder or a light sweeping of bronzer.

Usually I would be all for trying a cheaper version of a brush before deciding whether to splurge on the pricier version but in this case, if you’re trying to decide between the both, I would honestly just recommend saving up for the NARS. I know the NARS brush is quite expensive compared to the Japonesque one but if you’re anything like me you’ll definitely get your money’s worth because it’s definitely a far superior brush than the Japonesque one and you won’t regret purchasing it.

Categories: brushes, Japonesque, NARS


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11 Comments on “NARS Yachiyo vs Japonesque Bamboo/Goat Kabuki brush”

  1. February 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM #

    I would have liked to read a similar review before. I've bought the Japonesque brush months ago and it's so scratchy! I think I'll buy the Nars Yachiyo.

  2. February 3, 2011 at 3:10 PM #

    Anonymous: I bought the Japonesque thinking it would be just as good as the NARS but I was totally disappointed as you may be able to tell. You're right, it isn't very soft and I'm just not impressed with it at all! Maybe I would feel differently if I hadn't already bought and fallen in love with the NARS brush but I think it's just not a great brush regardless. I hope you end up loving the NARS one as much as I do if you decide to buy it. It's honestly the only blush brush I use now and I have plenty of blush brushes!Let me know how you go because I'd love to know 🙂

  3. July 1, 2011 at 6:44 PM #

    i bought the nars yachiyo brush , but i've found it works just like my sigma tapered highlighter f35, im thinking about returning my yachiyo, I didn't like the handle of the brush I think the brush doesnt deserve to pay $50 when you can get the same results with a brush like the sigma for $16. 😦

  4. July 6, 2011 at 5:36 AM #

    Winningdoll: that sucks 😦 I think the handle is something you definitely have to get used to. I haven't been able to find a brush in my collection that works as well with pigmented blushes but if you have something that does the job better that's cheaper than stick with that. You can tell I obviosuly love mine and I ended up buying another one but if it doesn't work for you then you should return it. 🙂

  5. July 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM #

    Thanks for your review 🙂

  6. November 8, 2012 at 4:59 AM #

    Maybe I should have gotten the japanesque because the Nars I got today in the mail is criked!

    • November 9, 2012 at 1:18 AM #

      That sucks! You should be able to get a new one sent to you I hope. I have two NARS yachiyo’s and they’ve both held up really well Maybe yours was faulty?

  7. November 8, 2012 at 5:02 AM #

    Talking about the smelling after washing: the most smelly brush I know is the Armani designer brush. After washing it smells like a wet dog or cat or something. (hope very much it IS synthetic in that case)

    • November 9, 2012 at 1:16 AM #

      Oh that’s no good! I’ve been deciding whether to try some of the Armani brushes but maybe I’ll skip because I can’t stand smelly brushes!

  8. Annie
    August 26, 2013 at 6:29 AM #

    thank you for the comparison.

    • October 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM #

      Thanks Annie 🙂

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