I must say, this is the softest brush I've ever felt, and though I don't own a very expensive brush, I do go touching them a lot in department stores, so for blush brushes, this one definitely way way softer than the M.A.C. though I don't know the number corresponding blush brush, but I do go touching them a lot and it just never felt SOO great that I had to get one. The blush brush that I almost got if the price wasn't so high is the Shu Uemura blush brush (I go touch this one a lot) but this Japonesque blush brush is so much softer than even the Shu. I haven't washed it yet, but I played with it a lot yesterday and today, and no hair came off, picked up color fine, but the application of it is little different, because my current blush brush, Mystic Blusher (got from a profession salon supply store) is fluffy, while this brush is flat. I am still getting used to the long handle, since the Mystic one is very short, but it is not brothering me, the part that is is putting the brush back into storage after use. But definitely definitely go buy this brush if you can find a good deal, from touch its nicer than Shu, MAC, Bobby Brown, Sephora and so on. I won't common on usage since I don't own the expensive ones, but this brush wins in softness and smoothness big time. Note though, compare to the only named brand brush I have, the Shu Uemura retratable face brush (pony hair), the Japonesque bristles doesn't seem to do as well on picking up my blush (shu uemura) on the tip of the bristle, but if you use the side of the brush, it works beautifully, versus the round Shu is akward side ways.