I went to ULTA today for two purposes:
1. To find a nice travel kabuki that was soft - I've been doing my face makeup in the parking garage of my office before starting my day. I find myself less stressed once I'm actually at my work location (those of you in the DC Metro area will understand) and don't sweat it off trying to rush around the house before I leave. I have destroyed the soft mini kabuki I was using (it was a freebie after all) and the one that I've replaced it with is scratchy and far from soft.
2. To use up my rewards points - For those of you that are members of the ULTA points reward system that rewards you with money off your purchase (not the x-times annual gift voucher program), the points expire tomorrow. June 30th any of the points you have accumulated will disappear and ULTA is good with pretending the points don't expire since there is no mention of this June 30th date anywhere on the ULTA website.
Anyway, my search was noble and indeed would prove difficult.
I walked around the store petting each travel kabuki I could find. It was imperative the kabuki have a protective outer cover since it was going to spend the majority of the time in my hand bag. I tried expensive brands, cheap brands, semi-cheap brands. The softest one I could find was the Japonesque Travel Kabuki but it is $30. However...
In UTLA's regular line (not even the professional line), I found the softest most cost effective travel kabuki!
$18 still isn't pocket change, but my store honored the 50% off ULTA line sale (website does not) so I only paid $9 (or $0 if you prefer since I had $9 worth of rewards points)
ULTA's site, you'll see the packaging is flawed. Mine doesn't stay closed so I'm going to try exchanging it for another one. But this is by far the least expensive and softest kabuki at ULTA (even more so than the Too Faced retractable one). I'd recommend giving it a shot if you're looking for a decent one. Though, definitely test the packaging before bringing it home.