gentle clensers w/ water actually changed teh consistency of teh taklon bristles. I had great results spot cleaning w/ 70% alcohol. I usually avoid it w/ ALL my brushes but it actually worked better w/ these sturdy taklons....Which I find practical for travelling. Other cleansers, even soap free ones, leave a residu that works w/ natural brushes and synthetics but not these taklon bristles. Also water softens these taklon bristles for some reason and thet become less separated and loose their silkiness. I had great results w/ alchol. Jusyt do not use 99% alcohol b/c it apparently evaporates before it actually has time to kill bacteria. 70% rubbing alcohol is fine. I use it on my retractable one and have no issues. I love teh fact that I do not need to dip the retractable in water. Water can rust the ferrule and loosen teh glue so it can become to high maintenance and a burden in teh long run for cleaning a travel brush!!
No, not at all. The No2's head is much larger and floppier, making it suitable for light veil of loose powder as well as powder foundation. The retractable is very compact, I actually prefer the retractable b/c I bought it for foundation and cream products...the no 2 was useless for me for liquid foundation but excellent for powder and finishing touches on teh foundation, to smooth the edges. I actually preferred buffing w/ the retractable, it is like a small kabuki, denser and much much smaller and the no 2 is more like a fan brush, big head, very loose, fan like compared to the retractable, and softer and fan like. But of course the No 2 is more luxurious and more impressive and also multiuse. The retractable is good if you really need it for your purse. You can open the retractable mid-way and it actually serves as a concealer and highlighter. I highly recommend for touch ups, foundation, conealer and even powder in the T-zone, simply perfection for your purse, and summer travellings.
I'm hoping it does- I am going to buy it and find out!