This is my inaugural post! I am currently on a quest for the prefect makeup brushes. I am now using Royal Brushes(http://www.royalbrush.com/). I purchased these about 3 weeks ago from their site. I got the 15 piece essential brush set and ordered the foundation brush and the crease brush a la carte. The set included a powder brush, blush brush, fan brush, eyeshadow brushes, eyeliner brushes, lip brush, eyebrow brushes, lash brush, and eyebrow brush/comb combo. It was a steal for the set at $39.95 plus shipping. The set includes brushes made of goat hair, sable hair, and synthetic fibers. Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the brushes. With that being said, I find the face brushes leave a lot to be desired. I have had numerous bristles shed each use and even during washing. I am hoping that this will subside as I am getting tired of picking goat hairs off of my face in the mornings! The eyeshadow brushes are excellent, no complaints, no shedding.
I also have acquired the Sonia Kashuk synthetic flat blusher brush available at Target for $14.99. I must say, this brush is a dream! I use it for my liquid mineral foundation. It blends my foundation to a flawless, airbrushed like finish. I am so in love with this brush. It can also be used for cream blushes and foundations and I've even used it for powder blushes.
I am determined not to purchase any MAC brushes unless I find them at a CCO (separate post about CCO to come). While I am very aware they are some of the best brushes around, I also feel you can get the same quality for a lot less.