In this post I'm going to talk about my Real Techniques brushes by Samantha Chapman from Pixiwoos. I've been using them since quite a while and am really happy with them.
When I was in the States last year I went to Ulta and got three sets: the Travel Essentials, Core Collection and Starter Kit which are all $18 each. It is a real bargain if you ask me. The quality of these brushes are amazing. I liked them so much that I decided to also get the stippling brush and blush brush.
Here is my Real Techniques family. The only two brushes that are missing on this photo are my kabuki brush and the detailer brush from the core collection. I've color coordinated the brushes in this picture. This is not how the sets look like. More on that later on.
|From left to right: Pixel-point Eyeliner, Accent Brush, Brow Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush, Base Shadow Brush and the Domed Shadow Brush (Travel Essential).|
The Starter Set contains 5 brushes. The sixth brush in this picture is a Travel Essential Brush. When I took the pictures of the brushes I organized them by color and not the sets.
- Pixel Point Eyeliner: I use this for pin point concealing. It is perfect to conceal little imperfections.
- Accent Brush: This brush I use for highlighting the inner corners of the eyes. It's also a great smudge brush.
- Brow Brush: I use this for lining my eyes as well as for my brows. You can create a cat eye in an instant.
- Deluxe Crease Brush: This is my under eye concealer brush. It gives you a flawless finish without being to harsh on the eye area.
- Base Shadow Brush: This is the only brush from this set that I use the way it is indicated.
- Panoramic Brush Case/Stand (not included in the picture).
The domed eyeshadow brush is not part of this kit, but from the Travel Essentials. I also use this for concealing my under eye area.
The beauty of all these brushes is that despite their name, they can be used for so many different things. You are absolutely not limited to use them for what they were named for. The Pixiwoo sisters use them in many different ways.
|Left to right: Buffing Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Essential Foundation Brush (comes with Travel Essentials) and the Contour Brush.|
The Core Collection contains:
- Buffing Brush: I use this to apply my liquid foundation.
- Pointed Foundation Brush: I sometimes use this for applying concealer under the eyes.
- Contour Brush: Also great for applying blush on the apples of the cheeks.
- Detailer Brush (not included in the picture).
- Panoramic Crush Case which can also be used as a stand.
The foundation brush which comes with the Travel Essentials I use for applying cream and liquid highlighter on my cheekbones.
|From left to right: Multi-task Brush, Blush Brush and Stippling Brush.|
Here are my pink brushes (they are not a set):
- Multi-task Brush: This I use for powdering my face. I use this brush every day. This is part of the Travel Essentials.
- Blush Brush: It is my current favorite blush brush. It gives a real nice natural finish. It is so fluffy! A real pleasure to put on the powder blush. This can be only bought separately.
- Stippling Brush: Whenever I use a very pigmented cream blush, I grab this one. This can only be bought separately as well.
This little baby was a present from Real Techniques. The contour brush from the Core Essentials set had lost a lot of bristles and when I send them a picture, they send me a new one plus a gift for my inconvenience. That is what I call amazing service!
A quick round up from my side:
- They are super soft, synthetic taklon bristles. Correction, they are the softest brushes that I have in my collection.
- They are 100% cruelty-free.
- The design is really appealing to the eyes and they are easy to keep apart because of the different colors of the handles.
- They have been washed several times and always look like new after they've dried again.
- The only little downside is that the names of the brushes wears off after a couple of uses, but that doesn't affect the brush quality at all. Even the numbers on the MAC make up brushes, which are three times more expensive, also wear off. So that is not really a big thing.
The panoramic brush case the sets come with are a great plus as well. However, I don't use them because I carry my brushes in a different make up bag.
My favorites are the buffing brush, the blush brush, the deluxe crease brush, pixel-point eyeliner and the contour brush. I use these brushes on an everyday base and will continue to do so. I saw on their website that there are some new brushes available! Can't wait to try them out as well.
As far as I know you can find Real Techniques only in shops in the UK(Boots) and USA (Ulta). For those of you who live outside these countries there are some great online shops that sell Real Techniques as well.
Here are some links for more info on Sam's Real Techniques Brushes and online shops:
- http://www.love-makeup.co.uk/real-techniques-m-64.html (I've ordered mine from this website)
With these brushes you are getting great value for your money. I totally recommend them.
Do any of you own some of these brushes?