What I mean by a nice replacement is, rather than trying to get into those small contoured areas of your face with your finger when trying to apply foundation or concealer, this brush, which is shaped like your finger, does just that. It is not a tool used to apply foundation over the complete area of your face, but those hard to get at areas. The brush is very soft, and doesn't shed. The retractable tube is easy to use, and I like it because it keeps your brush clean of dust or allergens. Hang on the green pouch it comes with for travel. It will protect the tube from scratches. I want to stress, as well, it is eco friendly. No cruelty to animals to make the brush, and the entire tube is made of recycled materials. I am very pleased with all the Ecotools. Earth friendly!!