I can't remember the last time I shelled out hard earned cash for decent brushes. Normally, I'd buy the cheaper option and replace it a few times per year rather than fork out extra dollars for a 'quality' brush.
This time, I did a bit of research and asked some questions from my regular supplier and decided to invest some money into a set of Davinci maestro brushes. At $20+ per brush, I was certainly expecting the quality to be leaps and bounds ahead of the cheap nasty stuff I normally get. I even invested in some brush soap which is a product I've never used before in order to increase the life of my newly acquired brushes.
I wasn't even sure I wanted to post a review on these but the more I used them it gave me more insight into the quality of the brush (at least my batch) and I had to share. I purchased 3 brushes in the following sizes - 1, 0 and a 000.
Overall it hasn't been a positive experience. Within the first week of using the size 1 brush, the bristles were already beginning to split despite religiously using the brush soap after each painting session. Maybe I just got the bad batch perhaps? I was willing to let that one go. However much to my disappointment last night whilst using the size 000, I noticed the same thing happening. A rogue bristle was sticking out at an odd angle.
So the general rant of this post and recommendation is to stay away from Davinci brushes.