I don't use a lot of makeup brushes (that's what my fingers are for) but I obviously use them sometimes. I haven't attempted to apply any loose or compact powders with my fingers (wouldn't that look lovely?) and thanks to MAKE UP FOR EVER I don't have to. I was able to try brush 124 out of their Artisan Collection and it's made me realize the difference a well made brush can make. Is it too early to add the rest of this brush set to my Christmas list?