Anecdote. My blush just wasn't looking as good as I had dreamed. I experimented with different textures, hand application, and blamed the lot upon the product itself. In fact, it wasn't too frustrating to me; as a cheek obsessive, a new blush a month wasn't too taxing. Nevertheless, an epiphany of the sorts made me realize that my makeup brush stocks were lacking, and, thus, my blush-applying brush wasn't serving me well.
I did the research, looked up the range to my Real Techniques love affair, browsed the budget options, and decided on the choice recommended by my makeup artist idol--Queen Lisa Eldridge. The decision? The MAC 129 Brush. A tapered, oval shaped set of bristles, perfectly designed for popping on any cheeky color, fitting right onto the cheeks.
The natural brush hairs (although against my ego) cling to powder or cream perfectly to deliver the ideal amount of pigment. The rounded tip also means that, depending on your face composition, anywhere from quick blob to a sudden stroke will complete your cheek aesthetic.
Blusher aside, I've incorporated the brush into the rest of my application, as well. It's not too big, yet not too minuscule size means it blends and applies contour in a breeze (and I'm saying it's dreamy with the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder) and it's also great for applying powder just where you want it. For small-faced gals, you may like it for applying bronzer, as well, but I prefer more of a fluffy action in that situation.
So, it's fair to say that my blusher brush void has been sizably filled. Except, now I don't have any excuse to buy more cheeky products....