Real Techniques Brushes – Review
I became a fan of the Pixiwoo sisters about two years ago. I started watching their makeup tutorials and they always managed to somehow wow me with their techniques. When I found out Samantha Chapman partnered with Eco Tools to create a makeup brush line of her own, I knew I had to try them out.
I currently own six of the Real Technique Brushes, these include: Powder Brush, Expect Face Brush, Stippling Brush, Kabuki Brush, Setting Brush and the Shading Brush. Today, I will be reviewing these for you.
As you can tell by the above picture the brushes have different handle colors. Each of these colors represent what the brush is mainly used for. The orange handle represents face brushes, pink represents setting brushes and purple represents eye brushes. What makes these brushes more versatile than other brushes is the fact that these are made from taklon bristles. Taklon bristles can be used with powders, creams or liquids without damaging the brush itself. When I washed the brushes for the first time I didn’t experience any shedding or bleeding from any of the brushes.
Powder Brush: Description says, “Evenly apply powders and mineral foundations for smooth, high-definition results.” I would have to agree with the statement. This brush does an amazing job at applying powders evenly. I usually tend to use this brush with my M.A.C Studio Fix Powder plus Foundation and don’t seem to ever have trouble with application. It is very soft and fluffy. The only problem I would have with this brush is that is is a bit big. It compares in size to M.A.C’s 134 Brush. When I ordered the brush it came in it’s plastic packaging that held the brush together, once out of the packaging it was able to expand to it’s size. It’s a little big but it does the job.
Expect Face Brush: Description says, “Ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation.” This brush reminds me of the flat top kabuki’s that Sigma Beauty is known for. The brush itself is very densely packed it just doesn’t have that flat top shape. When it comes to applying liquid foundation I prefer this. The slight angular shape of this brush is magic. It’s a good size made to apply foundation without making it a chore and gives that airbrush finish that flap top kabukis give but this one can get in between your nose, which is huge plus! The problem with flat top kabukis is that they can’t reach where this one can. Because the hair are so dense, cleaning this can be a chore, just like any other tightly packed brush. Tip: Spray a bit of M.A.C Fix+ (or any like liquids) for a smoother application.
Stippling Brush: Description says, “This dual-fiber brush is the trade secret for creating airbrushed, high-definition results with all types of makeup.” The description says it all. This is my favorite Real Techniques brush. I am a huge fan of M.A.C’s 130 brush and 187 brush, this brush happens to be in between those two. It is not as small and densely packed as the 130 but it’s not as big sparse as the 187. If the 130 and 187 had a baby, the Real Techniques Stippling Brush would be it, hands down. It gives great coverage and it very soft.
I did have a huge bump on the road with this brush though. I did makeup in the morning and decided to deep clean the brush. I had only deep cleaned this brush four times prior, I spot clean after every use. As soon as I started to cleanse with baby shampoo the hairs fell out, not just a few but the whole head. I heard from a fellow makeup artist that this happened to her with the same brush twice! I was so disappointed when I heard this because I love this brush. I went ahead and emailed Real Techniques about what happened with this brush and they sent me a replacement. If this happens to this brush in the near future I will have to think about replacing it because I am not trying to replace this brush every three months.
Kabuki Brush: Description says, “Use the 2-in-1 kabuki closed for powder, then unfold to sweep on color for high-definition results.” I really wouldn’t call this brush a kabuki because it is not as dense as I would like it to be. It is however really soft and applies powders very well. I love the fact that it can be opened and used to apply powders that way. My favorite thing about this brush is it’s drying time. Because it can be split in half and be laid flat to dry, the drying time is cut in half from other kabuki brushes.
Setting Brush: Description says, “The key to completing any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter.” I tend to use this brush to highlight. I use it with M.A.C’s Extra Dimension Skinfinish’s. It doesn’t grab too much product and gives the right amount of color. To highlight I usually flip between this brush and M.A.C’s 188. It works fine for setting powder I just prefer Sonia Kashuk’s Eyeshadow Brush.
Shading Brush: Description says, “From subtle to dramatic, this brush is ideal for creating flawless high-definition results.” This is my least favorite from the brushes I own. It’s a good brush I just don’t reach for it very often. I usually use it for concealer because does blend concealer very well, but I prefer to use Sedona Lace’s Synthetic Blender EB 13 for the under eye area.
Overall: I really like these brushes. They all feel very soft and do what they are made to do. They are very inexpensive and do better work than some highter end brushes I have purchased.
You can sometimes find Real Technique Brushes at Ulta/Ulta.com for buy 1 get 1 half off.