I've been looking for a blush brush for a while, I previously had been using a random squirrel hair brush that came in a set that I bought when I first started getting into makeup or the MAC 109 which I felt deposited colour to heavily. Many brushes seemed inviting, the MAC 116, the 129, this Nars one and the infamous Suqqu blush brush. The Suqqu brush is just priced way too ridiculously for me to even think about it. The Nars Yachiyo (£37.50) brush had always intrigued me and the style of this brush has been commended by numerous makeup artists; Rae Morris brought out a whole host of brushes in a similar style so it seemed like a pretty good bet.
The brush itself, apart from being incredibly soft has a tapered tip enabling you to contour and highlight if you so wish, the wide base and the fact it's not so dense helps blush application. It is made out of goat hair and spun with black wisteria, my advice wash it before you first start using it and it shouldn't shed - mine hasn't as yet! My sister in law, who's a makeup artist was telling me how important it is to build colour & blend between building and told me that brands like Nars and Inglot aren't buildable. At first I didn't really understand but now I agree - since Nars' colours are so pigmented sometimes it can be difficult to achieve a sheer application, this particularly applies to blush - Desire, Exhibit A, Taj Mahal are only a few of the blushes that could make you look clown like if not careful. Sometimes, it annoys me that I always have to pay attention to how much colour I place on my brush. This is where the Yachiyo's forte lies - I find you can definitely be more liberal (still be careful with Exhibit A!) and build up colour to your taste. The brush feels amazing on your skin and I'm not worried about looking clownish anymore! The brush at £37.50 is expensive, and I did need to bite my lip whilst buying it but I'm coming to realise that now that I have most of the basics in makeup my intention is to spend on items that are outstanding, it's an investment but worth it. You could try ASOS as a lot of the time they have codes for money off. I've learned that with any product, highly pigmented or not one needs the correct tools and Francois (yes, we're on a first name basis considering my cosmetic addiction!) has made a brush that goes hand in hand with his top of the line blushers, powders and bronzers.
2 sweeps of Taj Mahal on the brush, blended out on the skin, it's seemless.
Truly an item that does the work for you!