Return of the Simpsons Two-Band Supers
Out of the box the tips feel almost prickly to the touch. However after the first two uses, the tips have softened up beautifully and are very gentle on the skin. They are also very durable and do not seem to be prone to becoming frayed or barbed at the tips like some of the more delicate badger hairs often do. The extreme density of the knot combined with the thicker gauge of this hair allows the brush to hold a good amount of water without losing its shape. The brush also has a great flow through making it easy to apply the lather to the face where you need it and not pull the lather back in to the core of the brush, especially in the Tulip and Persian Jar models.
The only negative to these new brushes that I have found is that the lofts are cut more bulb shape than I prefer. I find that the more fan shape lofts tend to lather better and provide a better support for the inner core of the knot to hold water and keep the lather properly hydrated. With these brushes however, the bulb shape does not necessarily hurt their performance, however I think that with the right shaping they could benefit greatly.
At this point there is no way to know whether or not these special super graded brushes will be offered on a regular basis or not. Simpsons has certainly acknowledged the demand for brushes of this type and has even labeled them as “two band” on the packaging. I am very grateful to Lee and Vulfix for the effort put forth to produce these brushes as the results have definitely proven to be a success. If these become regular production brushes, I definitely look forward to adding more sizes to my collection in the future.