I could go on for days about how much I LOVE these brushes. Everyone always said brushes matter and I never truly believed them. However, after trying elf brushes and then deciding to upgrade to these slightly more expensive (yet still affordable) brushes, I saw a huge difference! These are soooo soft, a lot softer than elf brushes. The elf ones tend to be more prickly in my opinion. These brushes blend so beautifully. They make applying makeup so easy! I was nervous about purchasing them at first, because I was going to just go big and buy the $30 brushes and be done with it. However, I decided I'd stick with this affordable set and try it out. Glad I did, because I saved so much money and was not disappointed. Don't waste your money on an expensive brush set, just buy these! The fan brush in this set is for highlighting! I learned this from a makeup artist in one of her beauty tutorials! Do not make the mistake of using a brush other than the fan brush for highlighting! I used to and it always came out too bold and looked misplaced. The fan applies it so it looks light and perfect!