I do not often wear eye shadow, partly because I am no good at applying it. I bought this brush on a whim, and I am so glad I did! The shape of the bristles makes it easy to apply shadow in the all the right places and none of the wrong places. I haven't had any problems with bristles coming loose, sticking out at odd angles, or clumping. It applies the shadow completely and evenly, and I haven't had any cross-contamination from using different colors.