High end brushes

Roy

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I use a Simpson Grosvenor bristle and badger brush which cost £20 and gives a wonderful face lather.
I see they do one for £245 and wonder if such an expensive brush really was worth it. Some high end brushes are probably expensive due to an exotic handle, but where cost is more simply because of the hair, is it worth considering them?
 
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I have only ever tried 2 badger brushes. One was £2.80 from eBay and surprisingly good considering, and the other is a £42 Maseto in Silvertip.

The Maseto is softer. Less scratchy. And much fatter, at 30mm. It wouldn't do anything the cheap one doesn't do!

Would I pay an extra £200 for a Simpson?
Maybe. If I had quite a bit to waste on a seriously luxury purchase. But it wouldn't do anything my Maseto didn't. Not a thing.
 
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In terms of quality, performance and price I don’t think you can go wrong with a Simpson Colonel X2L with a best badger knot. One of the best values on the market and substantially cheaper than £245. I have better things to do with my hard earned money than spend it on a brush at that price.
 
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In terms of quality, performance and price I don’t think you can go wrong with a Simpson Colonel X2L with a best badger knot. One of the best values on the market and substantially cheaper than £245. I have better things to do with my hard earned money than spend it on a brush at that price.
Totally agree!! That one is a Simpson brush that I have looked at and is on my wishlist.
 
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Haha, I guess you need a response from someone who's got one.

I would bet anyone who actually found the money to buy one and went ahead with the purchase would be extremely happy with it.
 
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I have a Simpsons manchurian chubby 2 in sapphire it was over £300 though and yes it's a very luxurious experience, the hairs are very densely packed and I absolutely love it but it's a bit of a soap monster ! I can't really compare it to some of the other less expensive but we'll rated badgers because I haven't tried any, the only other brush I own is my wolf whiskers black wolf synthetic but I will say that I did have the SV 2.0 I think that's a manchurian and it was an excellent brush at a lot less money the only reason I sold it was I really didn't need both but they are certainly worth a look at and get very good reviews
 
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From memory there was a thread a few months back called something like ‘Perceived value of high end brushes’ which was an interesting read.

I am guessing the same applies to brushes as to the current topic about whether expensive razors are ‘worth it’, ie they are nice if you have the money but you can get similarly satisfying results with far cheaper ones
 

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I am somewhat ignorant towards brushes and don't quite understand the advantage of expensive offerings. My synthetic does a great job of applying lather to my face and job done.

But I do admire the workmanship and looks of a top flight brush and to this extent do understand their appeal. The same as I can appreciate a quality razor.
 
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