This is one of the most splurge-worthy brushes I own.   It’s MAC’s #182 buffer brush (also called a “kabuki” brush).  At $47, it’s a splurge, but it is SO worth it.  It’s natural fibers provide the perfect dusting surface to apply mineral powders flawlessly.  EVERY ONE (as in 100%) of the clients I use this brush on, have commented on what a soft, luxurious brush this is.  With LOTS of hairs, and a huge fluffability factor, this brush ensures a sublime coverage.  This one needs to be on your Santa List 🙂

This Julie Hewett Los Angeles “cheekie brush” is my newest love.  It’s still in my own personal makeup drawer. . . it hasn’t made it to my kit yet.  I’m not ready to let it go, so that means I’ll be purchasing another one soon (at $28, I find it quite reasonable for its specialized nature). Because I personally test each product I write about, that’s how I gauge my standard for bloggage: do I want to move it over to my kit?  If I can’t quite part with it, that’s a sure sign I’ve got a winner.  So, I don’t part with it. . . I go and purchase another one to use with my clients.  
The pictures above are right on with regard to size.  The cheekie brush has a small, densely-packed head of hairs.  The fibers are not bend-y like the MAC buffer.   The cheekie is meant to apply cream blushes which is one of my current faves.  I like to use this brush to collect cream blush, then dot it on the apples of my cheeks.  I use it with any of my NARS Multiples and my MAC Blushcremes.  
If you are looking to seriously up-the-amp on your makeup applications, these two brushes would make a spectacular addition to your tool arsenal.  

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