I can handle the shedding (it's not that much, and I'm a big eye shadow swirler), but the metal part fell out of the wood handle after just a few weeks. I guess it was glued in poorly. I used a (Birchbox-endorsed!) brush guard to help it keep its shape, but sliding that on after every use didn't help it stay together. I was disappointed, so I've just made a purchase of a Sephora brush that has it's own case/protector and doesn't seem like it's falling apart anytime soon.