The Wayne Goss limited edition holiday brush definitely fills a void in the original Goss collection, which is admittedly on the small side. Its large size makes it far more suitable for applying finishing powder than the much smaller #2. Unlike the brushes in the original collection, it's made of goat hair instead of squirrel, and although it's very, very soft, it's not quite as soft as the #2. However, I suspect, but cannot prove, that the #2 is a goat/squirrel blend. Bear with me as I explain: I picked up the Hakuhodo G5521BkSL highlighting brush, because my #2 tends to be used in more deeply pigmented powders (blush, contour powder). I needed something similar to use exclusively in lighter colors for highlighting, so I'm not over washing my very expensive brushes. The Haku G5521BkSL is a goat/squirrel blend, and it's identical to the Wayne Goss #2 brush. I absolutely cannot tell the difference in the way these brushes perform and feel. This makes sense given the cost of 100% squirrel brushes. The holiday brush is 100% goat. I'm of two minds about this. To make a brush this size out of squirrel hair or a blend might make it more expensive than most people are willing to pay. Just look at some of the large squirrel hair powder brushes on the Hakuhodo website! However, crazy person that I am, I would have paid the extra money for a goat/squirrel blend. Don't get me wrong, the brush is still very, very soft. It feels divine, and won't mar your foundation in the process of setting it. My four lippie rating is purely because I wanted this brush to be even more luxurious than it already is. I'm not sorry I bought it, and I'd happily purchase it again, were it not limited edition. That's another reason for the 4 lippie rating; it's kind of silly to create something based on customer demand, and then make it limited edition. Still, this is a very nice brush for the price, and it rounds out my collection nicely. I stand by my feeling that the Goss collection is a great gateway drug to Japanese brushes. At this point though, I think I have enough Goss brushes. Unless he can do something interesting that isn't dupable from Hakuhodo, I'll *probably* pass. This isn't Pokemon.