Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Real Techniques!


So the other day, I found myself in possession of the Real Techniques Stippling and Blush Brushes and thought I'd post about them because I personally had a lot to think about before buying the two. I bought the Blush brush from Priceline when it was on sale, and it's usually $22, and I bought the Stippling brush from iHerb and it cost me $10 with $6 flat rate shipping. It sucks that Priceline charge more than double the US prices, but there's not much you can do about it without resorting to ordering online.

I find the Blush brush to be less dense than I'm used to, but very soft and good for pigmented cheek products because it doesn't pick up a lot of product. It doesn't work well for baked blushes like the Bourjois round pots because those aren't very pigmented because they have a tendency to seal off, so you need to take a cotton bud to the surface to scratch the top layer off. That's where the Stippling brush comes in. The Stippling brush is good for so many things. I like using it for thicker, creamier foundations like Skin79 BB Cream, as well as cream blush and powder blush. The bristles are shorter and more stiff, so I really like it for the Bourjois blushes and the Australis Creme Colour for Cheeks and Lips, which I find is a little tough to blend. Both the brushes have a handle-base that stands up on its own, which some like, some don't. I like the handle, because when you've got half a dozen products scattered over the dresser, it's nice to be able to put a brush down standing up so it takes up less room and the brush hairs don't touch the tabletop.  But it can get a bit cramped if your cup holder/brush holder isn't very big. Like always, pros and cons.



Real Techniques are generally the best affordable brushes on the market. They're made of synthetic taklon bristles so they're cruelty free and don't drink up the product, and the coloured aluminium handles make the brushes so easily identifiable and iconic. They don't shed and wash really well. I'm pretty happy with my little collection. The only major thing I'm missing is the Starter Set of eye brushes, but I don't mind because I don't do eye makeup often and I just bought some Sigma eye brushes so I'm pretty set for now. 

I know when I was getting my brush collection together I was tossing up between these two because I heard so many great things about both of them and only wanted to get one. I didn't think I'd end up with both of them, but that's just how things go. I personally prefer the Stippling brush because it can do more, but it's also pretty important to have a fluffy blush brush in your collection, and my favourite brushes for that purpose are the Ecotools Mineral Powder brush from the Bamboo 5 Piece Brush Set, or the Ecotools Blush Brush. I am glad I have the Real Techniques Blush brush for more pigmented blushes, but I could probably do without it because I don't own as many pigmented blushes that need it. But if you do own some very pigmented blushes, you might like the Blush brush. The Stippling brush is great multi-tasking brush and I think everybody could do with a duo-fibre stippling brush in their collection.

So whether you get one, or the other, or both, I don't think you'll look back after you've tried Real Techniques brushes. I definitely haven't. :)

9 comments:

  1. I have heard so much about Real techniques brushes but never really try it out. I prefer something similar to sigma's f80, any recommends on which RT brushes I should get? Thanks~ ^_~

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    1. I really like the Buffing Brush for foundation! It's sold in the Core Collection. :)

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  2. Wow really georgeus and cute brushes! The price is good!

    xoxo

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  3. I've seen people use the RT blush brush for powder :)
    RT is awesome! Love the pink handles.

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    1. I've seen that too! I prefer the Ecotools Bronzer Brush for powder though. It's a monster of a brush. :)

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  4. They are such beautiful brushes, Real Techniques have a high quality range! I was contemplating over getting the stippling brush and I might look into it a bit more though :) The blush brush looks so fluffy and soft! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I highly rate both of them- I used the blush brush with BYS Coral today! :)

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  5. I want the starter set as well! It will complete my RT collection :p I understand what you mean that the blush brush probably isn't a 100% necessity if you were really happy with the Ecotools blush brush, but at least it works well for really pigmented brushes. I also just love how soft it feels on the skin :)

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    1. I'm not sure how often I'll use the brushes from the Starter Set though. The Ecotools blush brush can be a bit too dense for some blushes, so I do appreciate the RT blush brush in those situations. :) And it is sooo soft! :)

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