The Shu Uemura Natural Brush 8HR comes from the "where has it been all my life?" department. It's that good. I have a thing for makeup brushes in unusual shapes, so that's why I originally picked it up, but ever since it joined my collection I've been reaching for it to perform a myriad of tasks in and around the crease.
The Shu Uemura Natural Brush 8HR is made of sable and designated for powder eye shadow. I've mentioned before that I love slanted eye brushes, and in this Shu we get a curved round slant that has more movement. The bristles are significantly longer than in crease and contouring brushes and not as densely packed, yet the brush picks quite a bit of product and distributes it perfectly. The brush is very soft, very precise and when in a hurry one can also use it for blending and diffusing. I use it in the socket (especially if I'm going for a very defined crease)and to blend the darkest colors together on the lid and near the lash line.
Bottom Line: It's that good.
Shu Uemura Natural Brush 8HR ($63) is available online from shuuemura-usa.com. Outside of North America people can still go to the Shu Uemura counters and check it out in person.
All photos are mine.