This has been my go-to home brush for a very long time. It's lasting me a very long time with careful washing. The bristles are natural hairs (at least the version I got....which must be at least 5 years old!) and pick up powders really well. After all these years, there's only a little, occasional shedding (hey, this things is getting old!).
The handle (though plastic) has good weight, and is very nicely shaped (easy to hold and maneuver). And best of all - it's super affordable (wait for a Target beauty coupon!).
I love the designer collaborations...I think I've gotten a piece of every collection (except for the Missoni one) since Paul & Joe...or Luella...whichever was first. And I still wear the white leather jacket from the Paul & Joe Collection.
The clothing line styles are always on-point. Merona, Mossimo, Xhileration. I mix Target pieces with high-end accessories, and it looks awesome! No one can tell if I'm wearing D&G, some new fangled designer from Barney's or Target - until I tell them :)
TIP: if you shop online, go through ebates. Or - buy a discounted giftcard (~5% off)
Missha is not kidding when they say it's perfect cover. It's medium to full coverage, and stays on my oily face, almost all day (I set with powder). Shade 27 is about an NC25-30. The 31 is closer to NC40. 23 is about NC20.
The new packaging has the pump top at the end of the tube, but I found that if I cut the tube after the pump stops dispensing, there's about another week's worth of product still in the tube.
Wonderful for super chapped hands. The forumla gets absorbed into the skin thoroughly and does not leave my hands greasy or sticky. The scent is of strong classic powder-room....so beware. Though they have a lot of other scents. Might be a bit pricey...it's a definite splurge.
I like that CVS is convenient, but their prices are consistently more expensive than Target or Ulta, or the supermarket. They have good promotions, and generous points /bucks programs, but that really forces you to play the sale, coupon, and loyalty points games. Too much effort for me. I'll just go to Target where I can get reasonable prices without having to chase down coupons and sales.
EMS is similar to REI, but MUCH MUCH smaller, and less 'hard-core' outdoorsy than REI. If you're looking for more technical and specialize equipment/gear...go to REI. I feel that EMS, because of its smaller store footprints, just carry less specialized gear.
EMS however, does have good sales on their proprietary branded items...which are of decent quality. In many university locations, you also get a 15% discount with a student ID. Just ask.
Over all, EMS has good product, service, and prices....but if you're use to REI, you'll be dissappointed.