The brushes arrived lovingly packed and the first thing I noticed was that they washed well and I did not experience the "black dye effect". They washed cleaned the first time! After they dried, I experimented with the set:
Large Face Brush- Extremely soft and not scratchy
Blush Brush/Small face brush- Very soft and not scratchy
The Contour Brush looks like goat hair, but it is soft! It did not smell like some goat hair brushes do after they are washed. Is this one synthetic too? I do not know, it could be just good quality hair or R&L's "techno-magic". Either way, I do not think you will be disappointed.
All of the eye brushes blended beautifully. They pick up the powder the same way a natural hair brush does and deposits it easily.
My clients are predominately mature women and men and I try to find and purchase makeup brushes that will not tug the skin over the eyes or on the face. These are so soft they will give your client a spa and makeup service all in one!