When it comes to the french, well they know their beauty and they know it well. This brush was bought many years ago and it has still withstood the test of time or shall I say, countless makeup applications! the bristles are soft and can be easily cleaned with Smashbox brush cleanser or a bit of baby shampoo. Whats amazing is the fact that I once thought of buying a cheaper brush but was sorely dissapointed as this is the best that money can buy! The brush head is still intact after many years and if by chance, there is a problem, the happy salesladies at the plush Guerlain counters will definately send it back to their head office or even replace the brush! Enough said!