That's more or less where I'm at too. I didn't actually get good at lathering until I moved to face lathering. You can feel as you work the water in how slick you're getting it.I was a dedicated bowl latherer but now I feel that face lathering gives me the opportunity to feel the lather better when it is ready to start the shave. With bowl lathering I always tend to use more water and destroy the lather.
+1A little experiment I put myself through. 3 months using a bowl to create lather and 3 months face lathering (no bowl). I used a variety of soaps and creams. Well I thought I had solved shaving. I thought the bowl would be a waste of time.
I realised at least 1 in 3 shaves when face lathering, was with a mediocre lather. Now this isn't a bad lather, definitely usuable. However when using a bowl it is always perfect, one has more control using a bowl to create lather IMO.
Silly experiment in some ways but thought I would share