although this is a combination of squirrel and goat hair, i do not feel the squirrel in it. I have several squirrel hair brushes and I know how soft it can be. I still gave this a 5 star because it gets the job done, FAST! I do not use this to apply the contour, on applying i use a Chikuhodo Z-3, yes that small flat top can lay down the formula like its nobody's business. THEN i use this fan brush to blend. I just do up and down motion twice and my contour is placed and looks so blended. Now I realized that make up brushes are to be used no matter what the price, if you want it and can afford it, buy it! BUT make sure to use it. I thought at first I just wasted money because I expect it to be soft but I know now that brushes must have some grip to do its function. This comes in with a slip, not sure if its leather but it feels like its not but i don't mind i can easily find other ways to protect my brush. Besides this brush is not as delicate at the kazan brushes so less stress for me in taking care of it. this brush although it fan shaped, it is not super dense like the hourglass fan brush. This way it is easier to blend and clean too!