I purchased three Crown makeup brushes from Hautelook (also check out my Crown travel brush review here) some months back and have been using them consistently enough to do a proper review. The three I purchased are the C433 (pro blending fluffy brush), C404 (small duo face brush), and the C405 (contour blush brush). Now lets get down to the good, the bad, and the ugly.
C433 Pro Blending Fluffy brush-In short, I HATE it. It is supposed to be similar to the MAC 217 which is my go to blending and crease brush. It has the same shape and the white goat hair. That is where the similarities end. It is the scratchiest brush I have ever used! I have tried conditioning it several times to no avail. And then it has the nerve to shed. NOT GOOD! I would not recommend this brush. I will be sticking to my MAC 217 thankyouverymuch!
C405 Contour Blush brush-This one is nice though it does have its ugly side. It has white goat hair and is used for contouring and blush application and similar to the MAC 168 (which I don't own). It is soft and not at all scratchy like the C433. It applies color beautifully. But...it sheds. I can say that it is shedding much less than it did in the beginning. I would say purchase this brush but you have been forewarned.
C404 Small Duo Face brush-I LOVE this brush! It is similar to the MAC 188 (which I don't own) and is a duo fiber brush. It can be used for liquid foundation, cream blush, and powder blush. I use it for my highly pigmented blushes (ahem NARS) as it does not pick up too much color. I have nothing negative to say about this brush. It is soft and does not shed. I would HIGHLY recommend this brush!
Crown brushes can be purchased from their website http://www.crownbrush.com/ . I do not believe I paid more than $15 in total for the three brushes, but then again, it was purchased from Hautelook. Have you tried any Crown brushes? If so, what are your thoughts?