I have to tell you these are the best brushes I have ever used. I have to wash my brushes constantly because of being a make up artist. You can not use dirty brushes on clients. One thing is the ease of application and how much they improve my work. The quality is superb. The washing frequently is not a problem. They retain there shape and softness. I have used my set for 10 years now. I don't even need a new set but I will be buying these outstanding brushes again!