Let me just say, I love this brush. It buffs in foundation really well. I have used it with creams and liquid and leaves a great soft finish, I have cleaned it several times and haven't experienced any shedding, so it's a great brush, but what makes this brush a bad purchase is the retractable tin thing that it comes housed in. OMG cleaning this means water will touch the tin, which in my case has caused rusting!!! RUSTING! can you believe it? I keep my tools very sanitary, clean them all the time and it isn't enough. I dont understand. Although, I have read reviews and only one other person has mentioned this so maybe it's the one I got. either way I don't like it at all, I wish they would make this with a wooden handle. Also when trying to retract the brush down some bristles will bend and then when you close the cap they are bent until you wash it the next time. It's just a bit of a fussy brush for me. But I do love the actual brush itself!