This brush has indeed a great shape for contouring and it works well, but I needed some time to get used to it. Once you know how to use the brush, the short handle feels really nice. However, the reason why I gave it three stars is that it is not as soft as I expected, and secondly because I find it overpriced. It is made of Sokoho hair, whereas the same brush of the previous generation of Rae Morris brushes was made of grey squirrel hair, which is 2 steps softer ( grey squirrel softness > saikoho goat softness > sokoho goat softness). This is the reason why I find it overpriced. I do understand the Japanese craftsmanship, and I greatly appreciate it, and the works efficiently indeed, but since the hairs are not as soft, not as high quality as before, I would have wanted the price tag to drop. Had it been a grey squirrel (therefore very very soft) I would have given it 5 stars.