When I started with my small make up collection, I used to only have my EcoTools make up brushes and they were pretty good brushes to start out make up with. To date, I still have some of my EcoTools brushes and still use most of them. Other make up brush set that I started out with is the Coastal Scents 15-pc (I believe). The set has a red handle and a black ferrule and same thing, I still use most of them to date. Now that I have been trying out more expensive (but not overly) brushes like Sigma and Mirabella, I could not seem to pass on and start using the Real Techniques line.
Real Techniques started in 2011 by the two of my most favourite make up artists and youtube guru Sam and Nic. Now, Real Techniques brushes lead the market in the UK and are the fastest growing in the States, and I think even in Canada! You can read their story here.
I just love how these brushes are everywhere as you can get them at your local drug store, Walmart or Target. The quality is amazing and the price point is so affordable. The individual brushes range from $6.00 to $10.00 and the sets range from $10.00 to $30.00 depending on where you purchase them from.
I got the three sets namely:
Love using this brush to blend out my foundation. I would alternate this and my Sigma F80. This blends my foundation smoothly and seamlessly.
This, I don’t use to contour but blend out my contour and it works perfect for that. I also use this to set my under eyes after brightening.
POINTED FOUNDATION BRUSH
I use this brush not for foundation but to clean out the edges of my eye make up. When I want to have a clean line around my eyes and I don’t use tape, this is my go to brush to apply concealer for a sharper finish.
Mainly use this for my inner corners or my cupid’s bow to highlight.
DUO FIBER FACE BRUSH
I use this to set my foundation or blend out my blush.
DUO FIBER CONTOUR BRUSH
I use this to blend out my contour and bronze my face lightly when I feel like I need a little bit of colour back to my face.
DUO FIBER EYE BRUSH
Mainly use this to blend my crease colour for a more seamless look.
DUO FIBER COLLECTION
DELUXE CREASE BRUSH – not only do I use this to blend my crease colour, I also use this to blend my concealer when I am spot concealing.
BASE SHADOW BRUSH – this works well as a blending brush, maybe even a dupe for Sigma E25. Been using this to blend out my transition colour and it works perfect!
ACCENT BRUSH – another inner tear duct and cupid’s bow highlight brush for me
FINE LINER BRUSH – I find that this brush is still thick even if the name says it’s “fine” and I cannot use it to actually line my eyes. What I use this for is to wing my eyeliner when I want to have a bolder or a cat eye look. This is only for my outer wing since I have a hooded eye and I cannot use this when I am going for a thin and precise eye line.
BROW BRUSH – this works perfectly to blend my brow pencil and I also use this to press eye shadow on my lower lash line.
Now this is life changing! I love how this blends my foundation and it cuts my blending time in half! Cannot recommend this sponge enough and for only $6.00, it is totally worth your money!
A closer look at the brushes:
I really enjoy using these brushes on a daily basis and will definitely buy back ups / doubles of some that I really enjoy. The packaging is pretty straight forward where they put the brushes in a clear sturdy plastic display box and the brushes itself has a panoramic type of brush case that doubles as a stand, at least for the sets. Most brushes, especially the big ones stand on its own so they really look pretty lined up and upright. Like I said, I love how these are so accessible as I can get them at my local drug store, Walmart or Target versus buying online and having to wait for days or even weeks. You can also watch both Sam and Nic bring these brushes to action on their youtube tutorials. Highly recommend these brushes and will grab a few more sets for Christmas present and stocking stuffers.
What are your favourite make up brushes? Have you tried Real Techniques yet? Share me your thoughts, would love to hear!