The blush side is the sikiest smoothest brush I own and being natural hair it cleans easily and doesn't go all greasy after a while (Everyday Minerals do this). When I use it feels as light as air across my cheeks and I also notice my more tricky patchy blushes appear even and airbrushed.The small flathead brush I like too. I use it to sweep on poweder highlighters. Being flat and firm it is also great for those mineral highlighters that always look better buffed and blended in small circular motions to get that glow.
I have used mine for 6 months now with no problems. The paint number hasn't faded off (like MAC) the paint on the handle hasn't cracked (like Bobbi Brown), the paint hasn't chipped and the brush has held its shape with no hair fallout.
This is really pricey in Canada ($70 plus 13% tax in Ontario), so I might never even have considered it except I had gift certificates and Optimum credits at Shoppers Drug Mart, to which Stila has recently been introduced. And I'm really glad I got it, because it is absolutely divine in quality.
The brush head is flat, so I've had to re-learn how to apply blush - instead of swirling, I'm sweeping color onto my cheeks. It picks up the right amount of product every time, from my heavily pigmented Nars blushes to my softer NYC mosaic blushes, and it is so, so soft that it feels like I'm dusting a feather over my face. The other side is a small flat top brush that is so good for both concealer and full-out foundation application. It's very similar to the smallest sized duo fiber brush MAC offers; firm and dense yet soft and silky. When I apply my liquid foundation with is, my makeup application takes a little bit longer, but the end result is totally worth it. Airbrushed and velvety and perfect.
I'm envious of the girls who picked this up at Sephora for around $10 when the line got dropped, but if a brush could truly be worth $70, this is it. continued >>
This brush is apparently identical to the Crown Brush M11 from the mineral line, which is cheaper by order of magnitude. No, I don't own it - yet.
This is a great brush. Extremely soft and picks up powder very well. I paid only $10 for this at Sephora, because they were getting rid of it. It has many uses.
One of my HG of brushes! I love this brush more than my Nars Yachiyo 27! It remains sooo soft after each wash and I just love the feel of it against my cheeks. I use the main brush side as a highlighting and contouring brush and I use the buffering side to blend everything together. Some people use this as a blusher which is fine as well because when I go travelling I would pack this brush and leave my blusher at home ... The only down side is the price @ $115 AUD, but then again you do get such much different uses for it so its worth the high price!
I'm a makeup brush snob. There is no substitute when it comes to the quality of Stila brushes. This was my very first Stila brush from over 5 years ago and it has never shed a bristle and is still going strong. This brush will redefine how you apply your blush. You will learn to sweep your color to your cheeks. You will find that you prefer softer, finely milled blushes (The hard packed stuff won't work with this brush) Finally, you will find that applying good blush with the right tool can be a lux experience. I use the other end to apply highlighter to cheeks bones and blending eyeshadow. I fear this and the #8 are being discontinued but I hope i'll never need to buy another! EcoTools Bamboo brushes are the only brushes I've found that are a close less expensive alternative.
This is one glorious blush brush, topped only by NARS' "Yachiyo"! The ideal marriage, however, is really to have this Stila #24, the NARS Yachiyo, & MAC's #165 Contouring brush: when you have these 3, you really don't need [note the verb here: NEED, lol...) anything else for blush, powder, & even liquid foundation for that matter (unless you're not into Less Is More & therefore you'd also like to add in Mac's smaller skunkster, the 188; & an excellent Kabuki. To be sure, Mac 188 IS extremely handy when dusting on a strong yet beautiful blush that only needs the tiniest treatment or you'll end up in Clown Town: e.g., blushes like Mac's "Love Thing" & Nar's "Mounia" -- however, the same's handled equally well by Yachiyo, ergo....)// Ah, but back to Stila's superb #24!!! Points of note about this perfect brush: like the other 2 in this Menage, Stila 24 is literally this-side-of-Heaven in softness -- something that simply cannot be duped unless  the Dupe-r is also using super-fine black goat hair: & if you've noticed, that's something most brush-makers just won't invest in. Those who do are those who are certain they'll make back their investment & THEN some: thus normally they do so by (A) creating nothing less than the very finest of brushes, & then (B) charging accordingly for them. Next:  the Dupe-r is not creating a TRUE "dupe" unless s/he is also creating an identical brush in ALL ways. Hence truly duping Stila 24 means excelling in countless, countless ways, including such things as: Creating a shed-free brush head so well made that its contours never separate, much less lose shape, after endless washings; -- Using only the finest in all components, right down to ferrules & glues that never loosen a whit after even MORE washings; -- & Etc., etc., etc., ad infinitum.  LAST: You can SAVE MORE than 50% OFF STILA 24'S REGULAR RETAIL PRICE & STILL OWN a flawless, Real-Thing, Stila #24!! (I.e.: no need for buying Less-Than-The-Very-Best ANYway!) And how is this possible? Simple: just go to 1 of the many Ebay Sellers who have impeccable Feedback & lots of it. That's how I got my Stila 24, & in absolutely fault-free, immaculate condition, for only $12.00 !! And it's still available for anyone & everyone else in this very same manner: right now. continued >>
I haven't used this myself, but wanted to let you know it looks exactly the same to the Crown Brush M11 to me, at the fraction of the price... http://www.crownbrush.co.uk/mineral1.html
One of my all-time favorite brushes EVER! Most definitely worth the high price tag! Very versatile and absolutely fantastic for contouring/highlighting as seen in the stila contouring how-to video! Snag yourself one if you are going to splurge on a good quality brush because this one will not fail you! :]
This is the perfect face brush. I use the big fluffy end for blush (the perfect size for sweeping over Stila blush pans) and the flat end for applying liquid and cream foundations with a buffing action. So much better than the flat synthetic 'paintbrush' style foundation brushes which always left my foundation streaky! The only downside to this brush is that being double ended I find it tricky to store; I can't stand it up in my brush pot, or tuck it into the brush pockets in my m/u bag for travel.