I can't comment on the white handle because they made a mistake and sent me a black one. I'm not to upset by this because my main goal was to have a second one in a different color as I already own a red one.
My uncle talked me into ordering one of these after a discussion of fine badger brushes. He had heard that these brushes break in over a long time and rival super soft expensive brushes. I thought he was nuts, but at about $10 I didn't have anything to lose.
I'm very glad I took that first step. Omega really makes their brushes well. (Yes it might stink for a while but this quickly improves. If the smell really bothers you just wash it with some shampoo.) I soak my brush in hot tap water wile I shower. This changes the very stiff scratchy hair into stiff hairs with very soft tips. The more you use it the more the tips split becoming softer and softer.
Unlike a badger brush this doesn't feel like a wet mop, these brushes have some backbone. If you want to scrub hard you can. I have some stiff neck hair that lays very flat. With this brush I can really lift them up. Yet painting on cream I can barely feel the brush tips. Also this brush is huge, it will load a lot of soap nicely.
I now own at least four other Omega boar brushes of different styles, they really make a good brush at an unbelievable price. My only complaint is I wish they would offer their boar brushes with a nicer handle. It's like putting discount used tires on a high end sports car. The plastic handle is huge, ugly and feels cheap but is very comfortable so I won't complain to much.