I can't say I'm very loyal to any brand of makeup brushes. I pick the ones that feel nicely balanced in my hand and seem to be the right size for the job. Recently I needed something very specific- a narrow brush to apply dark eye shadow right on the lash line and do a little smudging, both on the upper lashes and the bottom ones. I looked at several options, and selected NARS No. 15 Smudge Brush.
It delivers perfectly. While I rarely do a real smoky eye, I use (very) dark eye shadows on the lid and blend them into my eye liner. I also like applying just a hint of color right into the lower lashes without getting a bovine or a basset hound effect. The NARS smudge brush does the trick very efficiently. It picks just the right amount of eye shadow and places it where it belongs. How did I live without it for so long?
Bonus photo of Buffy, just because she's so pretty:
NARS No. 15 smudge brush ($25.50) is available from Sephora online and in store, nars.com and beauty.com.
All photos are mine. As is the cat.