I would advise against the brushes if you have never tried them. I performed a stretcher that used the bruses for a run of 500 shows a few years back, and those bruses were MURDER on my assistant's neck. They literally hurt when she performed it. So much so, we had to radically change the costuming to cover her neck all the way to the chin to prevent bleeding from excessive performances.
Unless they make these from a much softer material these days, I would suggest keeping the material. If I had to do it over again, i would have replaced all the brush material with spandex.
Just my opionion,