I was recently asked for a recommendation of a "really good" synthetic Kabuki brush. It was an easy choice. I've had this Alison Raffaele Kabuki Powder Brush for about six years-- not sure if just before or soon after I started this blog. It looks almost new not for lack of use-- it truly is amazingly durable (in comparison, my Makeup For Ever Kabuki that's much newer looks beaten up, despite equal and just treatment).
I use this Alison Raffaele Kabuki Powder Brush with any face powders and when playing with mineral foundations. It's too firmly packed for bronzers, in my opinion, but then again I prefer to apply the latter with a fan brush. Alison Raffael's Kabuki is wonderfully soft and probably the best Talkon brush I've come across. The handle is the perfect length for a good grip, the head is nicely shaped, and have I mentioned yet how soft it is?
Obviously, this is a cruelty-free brush. It's very well-made and looks as beautiful as the way it performs. It's interesting to note that the price, $50, hasn't changed in years. It probably felt much steeper back then.
Bottom Line: a great one.
Alison Raffaele Kabuki Powder Brush ($50) is available from dermstore.com, beauty.com and alisonraffaele.com.