i'm an actual makeup artist.. have used incredibly expensive brushes and they were great. But on a whim I picked these babies up (simply because they were so pretty!!) and let me tell ya... these are NOT just pretty brushes.. they are actually some of THE BEST makeup brushes I've ever used. In fact I packed up all my other expensive brushes.. AND bought another set of these exact brushes.. and they are all I use! Am in love!