Holy crap, I'm impressed. Not by the price, not by the cheapy plastic handle, but by the results: I have used this with only 2 foundations so far: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder (this is the lighter coverage of her foundations), and MUFE Ultra HD, and yes, yes yes yes YES this gives a great result. Yes, ma'am, it sure does, I am not lying.
So I prepped my skin as I normally do with a great moisturizer for my skin type, then Porefessional for my nose and inner cheek area, then Becca Backlight primer, then a spray of NYX prep, letting each layer set for a minute or 3 (I am getting old, so I need all this). However, I have to say, I have not been following a good skincare regimen lately, which means I have not exfoliated in about 3-4 weeks, and I also have some blemishes around my chin and lower jaw area, so I had both well-primed and crappy skin to test the application.
My skin looked, as most YT "gurus" would say with that uniquely affected tone, a'Fffff--L--AWless. So lovely, like I had nary a problem with my skin to speak of. Now, these are all products I have used many times before, and yes, I'm relatively happy with the usual results from them, as in sometimes I'm not at all impressed with them, and sometimes they hit the mark beautifully, BUT NOT BEFORE TO THIS DEGREE HAS EVERYTHING COME TOGETHER WITH SUCH MELDING, SEAMLESS BEAUTY.
The foundation just, for lack of a better term, flowed over my skin. I do not shave (microblade) my face, so I do have peach fuzz, and this was not exacerbated by the foundation. You know how you first apply foundation, and it's nice and all, perhaps a little texturey, and then it settles down after a half hour to an hour and then it looks great? After using this brush to apply, I didn't have to wait for that, it looked great right then and there.
I swear this brush makes a super difference. Yes it does. I can't speak for any of the other Artis brushes (I ordered #4 oval for concealer and #1 liner, according to Tati's experience, but I haven't received them yet so cannot speak on them), but I am floored by this brush. It's been just 3 applications, but I am so far extremely impressed. After application, I gently scrub the brush off on a terry cloth, and this seems to keep it clean for the next usage, but soon I'm going to get that foamy cleaner to do it right - so I have no words on how it really cleans up. But so far, no shedding. And it is truly insanely soft.
And that application! Oh mama...