I just received my brush set a couple of days ago. The 136 is INCREDIBLY soft. I could pet it all day. The 282 is soft and firm. The rose gold is so beautiful and classy. I wish more brushes featured this color. The shagreen is meh. I'm afraid it will get dingy and that moisture will eventually make it separate from the brush. The brush case is flimsy as all get out. I was quite surprised when I picked it up. Seems like something you would pick up on eBay from Hong Kong. If this set hadn't been so fairly priced I would have been mad.
*Sorry about the lighting. It's winter and always difficult to find a good time when I can take pics.
Yesterday I went to the CCO and lo and behold I found a 136 (and a 189). Since I really only wanted to try the 136 from Making Pretty I picked it up for $44. Super duper soft and I could pet it all day. I decided to compare the 136 from both collections and now I'm troubled. The Making Pretty brush is noticeably more dense than the older CCO version. It's also wider. The ferrule of the MP brush is not as wide as the CCO version. The MP was made in China; the CCO was made in France. The handle on the CCO version is almost 2" longer. For this type of brush I'm not sure which would be better. I've never had a flattened powder brush like the 136 so I'm not sure which features make it work the best. Any hints from those familiar with this brush?
I'm too busy to take lots of comparison photos so hopefully it's noticeable here. When you view them from the side you can see a big difference in density: