I have been using the Princeton synthetic squirrel brushes for over 2 years now and they are my favorite brushes! I started with the round brushes, but have a couple of others. I do believe that they recently changed the appearance of the brushes; I miss the brown wooden brushes like the ones I have. If you take good care of these brushes, they will last for a long time. In the time that I've had them, they still look as good as the day I purchased them. I've been using them for watercolor and they hold water incredibly well for a synthetic brush. My favorite!