I use this more than any other eye brush I own (even the one I stole from my sister).
I am newbie, but I was not afraid to put this right at the edge of my eyelid. The bristles are not prickly. It blends gel eyeliner just as well as kohl. I use this to apply shadow over my eyelid and blend into the crease, and I finally see how to get that perfect blended smoky look. Fingers just don't do this.
The handle is easy to use.
I have had some moments where a bristle may cling tight to an eyelash, but its not a big deal and it could just be my mishandling.