MAKE UP FOR EVER has a very nice range of professional brushes, and I have several in my stash that I really love. I have had the 5N Eyeshadow Brush for quite some time, but only recently started to use it on a regular basis. Truth be told, I'm not sure why I waited so long to put this brush into regular rotation- it really is extraordinary.
The nylon brushes from the N Line are "firmer, for precise application. They are perfectly adapted to the new generation of creamy and liquid make-up, and are becoming increasingly popular with professional make-up artists. Used with powder shadows, they pick up smaller quantities of the product, producing extremely subtle effects. They are instantly recognizable, with their metallic gray lacquered wooden handle, top-of-the-range nickel-plated brass collar and two-tone brown and cream bristles."
While I can certainly see the benefit to using this brush for all of these varied purposes, and with varied formulas, I limit the scope of use considerably. I have discovered that this brush is extraordinarily effective with the application of cream shadows. I principally use the 5N to apply MUFE Aqua Creams and MAC Paint Pots, but have on occasion used it to apply under eye concealer (which it does quite well). The soft but firm bristles pick up the right amount of pigment every time, and the flat and widened head allows one to apply the product to a large enough surface area that application can be done quickly and efficiently. This is particularly important for products with a fast dry down time- like the MUFE Aqua Creams. Because the bristles are nylon, and the brush is small enough- I can wash it frequently knowing that it will take no time to dry.
Overall assessment: I love this brush- it has quickly become my go-to brush for applying cream eye shadows. I simply wouldn't want to be without this brush- it is just so good at what it does!
$23.00 at Sephora