This is my e.l.f. blending eye brush, that I love! The bristles are actually very soft and it doesn't shed much after the first use. I've had this brush for probably a year now and it does a great job. It smooths out harsh lines and defines my eyes. I love it and if this brush ever decides to break, I will definitely buy a new one because they are only a dollar! How could you beat that?! I don't know why someone would buy an expensive brush when this one works great!