Real techniques are one of my favorite brands of makeup brushes. They are effective, affordable and cruelty-free. What’s not to love?
Samantha Chapman and Nicola Chapman Haste are the British sisters behind the successful Pixiwoo YouTube channel and they also develop brushes for Real Techniques.
If you’ve ever had a chance to try their brushes, you know that despite the reasonable prices we are looking at quality products. The bristles are made of synthetic Taklon and are hand cut, soft and densely packed. This means that they help to blend and diffuse makeup perfectly.
As always, each brush has been given a name to guide you as to its purpose but these are just an indication. You can, of course, use them for whatever you want as they are versatile. The particular set I’m talking about today is the Everyday Essentials that contains four brushes and a makeup sponge. I think it’s the perfect set if you want to try out the brand or if – like me – you want to renew your kit.
I’m going to give you a quick rundown of each tool and what I like to use them for.
- Blush brush RT 400: it’s great for powder and bronzer (I find it a bit too big for blush application).
- Expert face brush RT 200: it’s one of the original brushes they created and one their best. It’s great for buffing in liquid or cream foundation.
- Setting brush RT 402: the small head is especially great to strategically apply powder (and avoid a dull, cakey complexion). It’s also perfect for applying highlighter and contour.
- Deluxe crease brush RT 300: I find the round head is particularly suited for concealer application. You can also use it to blend the top edge of your crease if you want to diffuse the eyeshadow you’re using (however, for a more precise blend, you’ll need a tapered brush).
- Miracle complexion sponge: it’s designed to blend base makeup (foundation, concealer, contour, blush). To be honest, I haven’t tried it in a long time and my first attempts – years ago – didn’t leave me a great impression. I think I was comparing it to the beauty blender which, in my memories, was more supple. Seeing as everyone seems to rave about this sponge, I believe I need to test it again (though it’s going to be a bit difficult at the moment since I don’t own any liquid foundation!).
Real Techniques brushes offer the best value for money in my opinion. The Everyday essentials set retails for 19,99$ on Iherb (what a bargain!).