BE must have changed brushes at some point, because mine are really good quality. I don't use BE anymore because of the bisthmus in it--I'm allergic. (my eyes itch and swell shut) I have some mineral makeup by Lauren Hutton right now, and it came with a brush. The brush doesn't shed, but the quality isn't as good.
The people at the BE boutique recommended shampoo for brush cleaner. I get spray bottles for $1 at Target. I used one for a shampoo/water solution for brush cleaner. It's easy to clean my brushes, and I stand them up to dry overnight in my toothbrush rack.
I use brushes for eye shadows and eye liner. You can wet the brush and rub it in the eye shadow pan for a nice line.
I will never go back to liquid foundation. I love the feel of powders because you don't feel like you're wearing anything yet you cover uneven skintones. Some days I only need a little swipe of powder, and others I need more, and I can apply as littler or as much as I need.
If loving me is wrong, you don't want to be right.
Don't touch the hair!