Real Techniques Brush Guide
I am a huge fan of the Real Techniques brushes and a friend of mine recently asked if I could send her some pictures and names including some recommendations and I thought I can put a bit more effort into this and make a blog post out of it (I had planned on it anyway).
The first brushes I got where the so called “core collection”. I am not the biggest fan of sets, as there is usually always at least one item you do not like/want at all but as the brushes from the sets are not available separately I did not have any other chance.
The core collection:
The core collection consists of four brushes:
A little “detailer brush”, which is basically a concealer brush. I just started using it recently even though I already have this set since 3/4 of a year. It is the first concealer brush I have ever been using so I cannot say too much about it, except that I like it so far. But I cannot compare it to anything else.
The next brush is the “contour brush”, which I am obviously also using (did not know it was dirty so I forgot to wash it for the pictures). I like it for both contouring but also for applying highlighter (which I guess is also contouring in a way). The brush is rather small but perfect for me, as I have such a slim face.
The 3rd brush is a “pointed foundation brush”, which is a brush I have never used up to this point (and I am not intending to). I would feel like I am actually putting paint on my face – a thought I do not really like at all.
Last but not least we have my favorite brush in the set, the “buffing brush”. It can ideally be used for applying powder and mineral foundation – however I prefer to use it for mineral blush as I have so many of them and before I started using this brush I often had problems with them. The buffing brush allows you to really work blush into your skin, especially when you wear liquid foundation/tinted moisturizer underneath.
Additionally you can buy several brushes separately, though those are not available in a set on the other hand. I knew right away that I wanted to have the “blush brush” and the “powder brush” as well, as those are two kind of brushes I use ever day. Interesting thing about the brushes that do NOT come in a set: the end is designed in such a way that they can easily stand on their own. This is however not the case with the brushes from the set (not that it is a deal breaker, just thought you would like to know).
I really like the blush brush – it is not too big and not too small and works very well with almost every blush (except mineral blushes – but I got other brushes for that). The powder brush however is a small disappointment. It seems to suck up a lot of product and on the other hand does not seem to give it off again. Nothing beats my MAC 182 Kabuki brush here.
Recently I now added two more brushes to my collection: the “expert face brush” and the “stippling brush”. I had heard good things about both of them and wanted to give them a try.
The stippling brush is not quite what I expected and I cannot say that I am too impressed. Apparently it works well with all kinds of make up but I think the top of the brush (the white hair) is just too loose and I cannot properly work with it.
The expert face brush however is my absolute favorite and I will purchase at least one more, if not even two, of those brushes. I have never been a friend of applying foundation with a brush as the warmth of my fingers just gave me more control. This brush however changed everything and I actually enjoy working with it. Definitely a keeper!
The brushes are not available in Denmark or Germany in regular stores but only online. Shipping with amazon is no problem at all and the price is still reasonable considering the quality you get. Depending on where you live try to compare the prices on the UK version and the German version of amazon, but make sure to go through all the steps so that you can see the final price in the end including shipping and VAT. If you are interested in those brushes you should definitely give them a try.