I bought mine in 2009 and it's still going strong. I've used it every day for seven years and only the labels have worn off and it's a tad bit more flared out at the bristles than when first bought.
I will say yes, it shed like 5-7 hairs at first but it stopped after a year. Nothing too ridiculous and only slightly annoying.This is when I was just into makeup and was heavy handed and washed with dishsoap and handsoap like hardly ever. Gross- I know! But I only used this to set foundation /apply the mineralize powders from Mac, I was not even tapping into this brushes potential for five years. While at Mac one day I saw this artist using it for foundation applications and creams and was amazed. Using this as a stippling/buffing brush for studio fix, nars sheer glow, guerlain lingerie de peau, estee lauder double wear is AMAZING.
But you have to delevop the proper techniques if you dot the foundation on the face first and then try and swipe or stipple or buff it...it will leave it streaky but if you first stipple the brush into foundation and start stippling into the center and then blending in soft small circles it gives a natural airbrush finish.You can't try and use this like a buffing brush it's a different technique trust me.
I use this to first apply foundation -then I stipple my mineralize powder in medium with the same brush to set the foundations and or concealers and once I completely finish the makeup I use this to buff out any harsh lines and fix+ it. To me this is a must have for this reason I would of look like such an idiot if I didn't have this brush when I first started makeup. This makes any lines or harshness go away and leave natural blending just beautiful airbrush like finish. I love using this for everything I recommend this as one of the first high end brushes to buy you can use it for the whole face- in fact I only owned two brushes from there and in total for like four years when I was starting out. Now that I am a freelance makeup artist, I truly appreciate and believe this is one of the best brushes ever. I use this everyday personally and otherwise seriously. Now- since my clientele is picking up I am going to buy another set of 188 and 187 just for clients.
Can be used for foundation,powder, blushes especially cream blushes, bronzer, blending and using on models face, arms,legs, back and shoulders and my favorite chest especially those who have breakouts there with Mac face and body foundation because sponges waste product and too time consuming on sets.
Doesn't waste product I use this over a beauty blender.
Cleans easily mine never stained on the white bristles it always washes out.
Airbrush finish and good for no makeup looks
Embrassing to pick bristle hairs of clients ( which is why I am scared of buying and using the new ones on them ) and annoying when
I was in a rush and using it. ( it stopped after a year)