I'm a complete novice with a safety razor and a brush-and-bowl lather, so this was my first brush. I wanted synthetic for personal reasons, and didn't want to invest a lot until I'd developed some preferences. For the price, this brush is an incredible value, obviously. It holds water and warmth very well, and also cleans up and dries quickly, so it's incredibly practical. It builds up an incredible lather very quickly and loads up really well. As for feel, the bristles are firm, and lengthy, so I find it a bit awkward to really scrub my face with it -- I can do it, but I'm not sure it's the best experience. That's probably the only downside for me. It turned out to be the perfect brush to get me started, and for the price I don't mind upgrading and keeping this around as a backup or for travel.