wow. I was able to face lather for the first time today. I've gotten better over time at bowl lathering, but the whole face lathering thing was just not happening. I was toying with improving my soap lathering skills (woeful at best before this morning's revelation) and saw some good lather coming together so I decided to give the ol' face lather a shot. Cleared the brush to get an honest start, loaded and swirled, then wonder of wonders the single best batch of lather I have ever made. nice and wet, slick, all the things you want a lather to be. I may be a convert.
Shave quality has been improving daily, btw. I guess it's due to the fact my face can finally handle daily shaves and I can practice more frequently. Woo!