A few years ago, I remember finding it quite hard to find a decent set of make up brushes. The ones I would come across in the shops near me where all so expensive! However in addition to this, the quality was not good at all and the brushes always came with a cheap looking fake leather brush holder that smelt bad! I was always so disappointed.
As my YouTube obsession grew last year, I heard so much about The Real Techniques brushes by Sam and Nic Champman (aka Pixiwoo) that I just had to give them a go, and I’ glad I did! You should also check out their YouTube channel if you haven’t already – they’re fantastic.
Below, are the brushes I have from Real Techniques:
Packaging: All the brushes are quite lightweight and comfortable to hold. The bottom of the brushes have a matte, rubber part that tapers out slightly for the larger brushes, which allows you to keep your brushes standing upright if need be. The centre of the brushes are smooth and sleek, and also contain the name of the brush itself. Lastly, the bristles – super soft to the touch and feel lovely on the face.
There are other brushes out there that do have prettier packaging, however these will definitely cost a lot more. Personally, I quite like these for my everyday brushes – they’re practical, easy and comfortable to use and hard-wearing.
Good Stuff: They’re made with taklon bristles (a non-animal fiber) which makes them easy to clean and care for. Also, more importantly, these brushes are 100% cruelty free! What’s not to love about that 🙂
Below are the larger brushes:
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- Blush Brush: This is quite large for a blush brush which I love! The bristles are super soft and the slight point at the top makes it easy to apply blush as well as contouring.
- Buffing Brush: My favourite for liquid foundation application. This blends in foundation effortlessly and creates an even and seamless look.
- Expert Face Brush: This has shorter bristles that are more densely packed than the buffing brush, however is another good one for foundation.
- Contour Brush: I love this one – it’s the perfect size for contouring the cheek bones and jaw line with bronzer. It’s slightly tapered and not to thick which makes application easy.
These are the smaller ones:
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- Setting Brush: One of my favourites! My go-to brush for setting my under-eye with powder once I’ve applied my concealer. It fits the under-eye area perfectly and is super soft which is great for this delicate area.
- Pointed Foundation Brush: I don’t use this one often – don’t really have the patience to apply my foundation with these types of brushes. I much prefer buffing, and also, tend to find this one a bit too small for the face. However, it’s a very good brush so if you’re a patient one and like this type of foundation application, it’s worth giving it a go.
- Detailer Brush: This little brush is a great one for getting the smaller details done. I like using it for spot concealer, brightening the inner eye and even for dark lipstick application.
Cost: These brushes are one of the most reasonably priced brushes out there. Keeping in mind their good quality, they are actually a great deal. I got these from Amazon Uk, however so many other websites sell these. To give you an idea, the Blush brush, Setting brush and Expert Face brush all ranged between €7 – €12 each. I got the remainder (Detailer, Foundation, Buffing & Contour brushes) in a set that cost around €27.
Verdict: These brushes are highly recommended. They’re comfortable to use, easy to clean and dry relatively fast and are long lasting if cared for properly. They’re also very reasonably priced and cruelty free. Definitely worth a try!