overall rating: 6/10
the biggest pro for this brush is that it's real cheap, i got this for $1.25 or $1.50 or something like that a few months ago when the dollarama at metrowtown had a whole bunch elf face brushes (i think they still have the bronzer brushes) and the eyeshadow brush. i kicked myself for not getting the eyeshadow brush after i heard that they were actually pretty decent. this one however, while being big and fluffy and so far i haven't had problems with shedding but is too hard and scratchy. because the bristles are tough they pick up stuff alright but it doesn't spread it as well. the reviews on mua says it starts shedding after you wash it a few times but i think if you're careful and just use water/cleanser on the end of the bristles and not at the roots where the glue is, it should hold together for a while.
a close up shot of the bristles. they're rough but this is still probably the best face brush you can get for around $1, i guess its not bad to try out, especially if you're getting started with face makeup, but you'll probably end up buying another brush anyways so i'd say its better to skip it and get a brush from ecotools or the e.l.f. studio line. it'd be more environmentally and economically efficient.