there is always discussion about which products are best to splurge on and which you can get away with paying half the price and heading to the pharmacy. the essence of beauty brushes, available at cvs pharmacies, are super soft and lend themselves to a very even application. the short and fat kabuki brush is great for applying pressed bronzer. i also love the deluxe duo set, which has three two-sided brushes: concealer/foundation, blush and angled blush, and eyeshadow and angled eyeshadow. these brushes are no different from my expensive brushes and are much better than using the cheap applicators that come with some products.