Friday, June 21, 2013

More Real Techniques!


I placed an order on iHerb for these brushes during their 20% off Real Techniques sale a few weeks back but cancelled it because I don't need them. But what do you know, when a friend says she needs a new foundation brush because the Essential Foundation Brush from the Travel Essentials set just isn't cutting it anymore, it's just the push I needed to place an order, and throw in the remaining Real Techniques brushes that I've wanted for almost a year now. I already own the Core Collection, Blush brush and Stippling brush and use them every single time I put any slap on. Every time, without fail. Because I love them so much, I decided to try a few more and ordered the Travel Essentials set and the Expert Face brush. The Limited Edition Duo-Fiber Collection set is also available but I've heard mixed reviews about that so I gave it a miss.



Again, it was these persuasive posts (here and here) on Lena's blog that had me wanting the brushes and true to her word, they are so good! I find the Buffing brush to be great but it's a bit difficult to work around the nose and chin and the Expert Face brush fills that void nicely- smaller, shorter bristles and because it's cinched it feels denser. I was a little confused about the difference between the Stippling, Buffing and Expert Face brushes but in this video Sam demonstrates how to use the three brushes touted for foundation application.


clockwise from top left: Multi-Task brush, Multi-Task and RT Blush brush, Multi-Task and Ecotools blush brush, Multi-Task and Mineral Powder brush

The Travel Essentials set was a worthwhile purchase because I wanted a new blush brush- the Ecotools blush brush is good and serves me well but the tapered cut of mine is imperfect and the brush is a fraction too large. The Multi-Task brush is a happy medium- it's not as big as the Ecotools blush brush, not as long as the Real Techniques blush brush and not as small as the Ecotools Mineral Powder brush from the 5-Piece Bamboo Brush Set. It's a nice density- not so much that it picks up too much product but not sparse at all. It applies blush perfectly- I think I've got a dedicated blush brush here.
Although many people don't use the Essential Foundation brush and the Domed Shadow brush that come in the Travel Essentials, I would, which validates my purchase just that little bit more. I apply face masks with a brush and the Pointed Foundation Brush (from the Core Collection) that I've been using is a little ratty so the Essential Foundation brush, which is larger, is a nice change. I have a few go-to eye brushes but nothing for packing colour on so I'll try the Domed Shadow brush for that purpose and see how it fares. I think it's a bit too fluffy but I'll make it work- I'm not very ambitious with eyeshadow and often just sweep one colour on.

I've bought all but one of my Real Techniques from iHerb and if another 20% sale rolls around I may find myself picking up the Starter Set and Kabuki brush just for the sake of it. For first-timers, using the code OVO135 gets you $5 off orders under $40 and $10 off orders over $40. Real Techniques brushes are simply the best affordable brushes out there- they wash easily, they don't shed, the synthetic fibers don't drink up product or break off like natural hairs and the fact that the creator uses them in all of her videos helps people at home to learn the technique of using them. 

10 comments:

  1. Woo gotta love Real Techniques! I really want to get my hands on the stippling brush.

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    1. The Stippling brush is great for foundation, blush, bronzer and cream highlighter- I use it with the Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow and it works it in seamlessly. So worth it. :)

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  2. I too am planning to get more from them the quality of their brushes are really just great and so soft. I'm keen on getting the blush brush and powder brush!

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    1. The Blush brush is nice but not my favourite. I had a look at the Powder brush once when it was placed out as a sample/tester and it's SOOO soft. I have the Ecotools Domed Bronzer brush and RT Blush brush which I use for powder though, so I don't need it. Real Techniques are so good! Where do you get yours? I didn't know you could get them in Singapore!

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  3. Great review - these are the brushes I've got next on my shopping list! I have the deluxe crease brush from the starter set which I believe is pretty similar to the domed shadow brush. If it doesn't work too well with eyeshadow, maybe try it with concealer? That's what I use mine for and it works really well!

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    1. Haha I wouldn't call it a review... These are so good. I think I may prefer the Expert Face brush to the Buffing brush! Sacrilege! There are two from the Starter Set which are similar I think- do you only own the one brush? I passed on the Starter Set because not many people talk about it as much as the face brushes- I've tried it with eyeshadow and it's okay but I'll definitely give it a go with concealer. :)

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  4. oooh, I really wanted to try real techniques brushes soon ^_~

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    1. You should! They're not expensive and amazing quality!

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  5. I remember when Real Techniques first launched, I was so confused about the difference between the stippling and buffing brush. So naturally I just got both :p I'm giving a pass to the new set as well - been hearing mostly "meh" reviews and some that are somewhat positive, but none that are super super glowing. I really love Real Techniques overall though - now all they need to do is put out an angled blush brush and a better eye brush set and I'll be set ;)

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    1. You must have been following Pixiwoo for ages then! Wow. And the Starter Set doesn't seem to be as popular as the others- I hope they bring out new ones!

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