I actually ended up returning this. I was so excited to get it home and try it. I was going out of town that weekend for a wedding and this was the only foundation brush I brought with me. That was a mistake on my part. This brush smelled awful! I figured it was just the "new brush smell" so I washed it and let it dry. Still smelled bad. I washed it again. Still smelled. You get the idea. I washed it 3 or 4 times and it reeked! My boyfriend said it smelled like acetone. I couldn't even use it because even after I'd apply foundation, I could still smell the toxic smell on my face. Plus, after washing it, the dye bled a lot and the brush shed like crazy. I decided for the price, this was not the performance I wanted from a brush. I've purchased other brushes from the Sephora collection that I love and have had for years. This one sadly did not fit the bill. It's very possible I got a defective one, but I ended up buying the Sonia Kashuk stippling brush while out of town and not near a Sephora. I have had no complaints with that one, so back to the store this went. I will say that despite the smell and other issues, this did apply foundation beautifully. The fibers are soft so not scratchy or pokey when stippling foundation and the brush did give good "bounce back" when used in the stippling motion.