Synthetic ?

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I've been away from this forum for a few years until recently and I've noticed that synthetic brushes have become very popular.

Is this because advances have been made in their performance ? Or is it a case of preferring not to use badger and boar ?

I'm intrigued.
 
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I've been away from this forum for a few years, until recently, and I've noticed that synthetic brushes have become very popular.

Is this because advances have been made in their performance ? Or is it a case of preferring not to use badger and boar ?

I'm intrigued.
Multiple factors lead to synthetics popularity.

Koreans really upped their game in manufacturing synthetic fibres for makeup and painting, and that trickled down to shaving (a very small niche market). Synthetic brushes require no skill, maintenance, effort, which was a blessing to morning shavers rushing to work. They are an affordable way to satisfy ones oniomania dopamine cravings.
 
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All I have is 4 synths. And I could easily manage with 2. I got my first one after reading on here how the current crop are supposed to be light years ahead of older ones.

Each to his own and all that, but I genuinely don’t know what a £250 silvertip badger brush does that a £20 synthetic one doesn’t. What is this magical face feel they offer, as to me the synths I have feel lovely and soft?
 
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I swap around between a variety of good badger brushes a few modern synths, and enjoy them all. The synths do feel a bit different to the badgers, with the latter having a wider spread of characteristics (which is, I suppose, why some say natural fibtres have more "soul") and requiring a bit more care to get good results. Either type would do for me.
 
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I used to swear by synths, but I've found over time (or maybe as I get older) that my face doesn't seem to get on with them (irritation/zit breakouts). Maybe I should try a latest generation synth for a while?
 
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