A collection of Nic’s favorite brushes. Complete any look with this limited edition set, featuring 3 exclusive brushes specially designed to create the perfect finish.
Includes all the brushes needed to create a complete look:
- duo-fiber face brush: for lightweight application + blending of face powder or pigments
- cheek brush (set exclusive): evenly applies makeup across cheekbone for a more dramatic finish
- angled shadow brush (set exclusive): perfectly cut for layering eye shadow in the crease
- base shadow brush: applies a smooth, flawless foundation of color
- eyeliner brush (set exclusive): firm, angled head for optimal control along lash line
Limited quantity – while supplies last
Nono, not to worry, I shall not start with silly “gift guides” à la Youtube!
BUT: This Set set in particular just would be a perfect present for any girlfriend, mother, daughter, niece, if she just enjoys make up a tiny bit!
I have been using this brush set for a while now and it has been on my list to review ever since then minus one day. Yep, I had an opinion on it in an instant, basically. Which could be good or not so good now, eh? 😉
In short and gift-guide-friendly: Short review of each brush, what’s it intended for and how I use it. Since all the brushes come with synthetic fibre bristles they work brilliantly with cream and liquid products as well.
duo-fibre face brush
This brush is just about the softest thing – apart from kitty bellehs – that has ever touched my face. You can use this one for just about any face product, due to its duo-fibres the finish will be extremely soft and diffused. So not the best choice if you wanted a very precise contour. Powder or bronzer or even Highlighter – the brush isn’t too large since its got a rounded cut – apply nicely, the finish never cakey or too much.
- flat, loosely tied, round cut
- suitable for any face powder product
- used for: face powder
I am sure you all know and love the Expert Face Brush by realTechniques (Review)? Well, then you can easily imagine the cut of this brush: Basically identical, the Cheek Brush being more bushy and equipped with longer bristles, which makes it softer. This brush is very soft indeed and gives a wonderful airbrushed finish – I especially love it for matte blushes!
- flat, very firmly tied, round cut
- suitable for blush, contouring
- used for: (cream)powder
angled shadow brush
Admittedly, I didn’t really know what to do with an angled brush like that at first – it became a nice “extra” that I like to use in the crease or even to blend out the edge of the crease with a blending tone. This shape is perfect for that purpose. I also like to use it to blend out cream eyeshadows like Color Tattoos. It’s no must-have by any means but a great “extra”.
- flat, medium firmly tied, angle cut
- suitable for any blending (crease)
- used for: blending of (cream)eyeshadow in the crease/browbone
base shadow brush
I am pretty sure this one will get mixed responses as well – it is quite soft, with a long, dome shaped cut. Surely no “pack-on-the-colour” brush, like you would want for matte or difficult eyeshadows. However, for quick washes of colour, when you you want to use just one eyeshadow it’s pretty neat, giving a nice soft finish as you can blend with it as well tilting it.
- flat, loosely tied, round cut
- suitable for: application and blending (eyeshadow & concealer)
- used for: applying & blending of heavily pigmented eyeshadows, undereye concealer
This brush is super fine, even the handle is super light weight. The tip is slanted, it could be thinner though, in comparison the Wing Liner brush by Zoeva is quite a lot slimmer. It works well with gel eyeliner since the bristles are rather short and easily controlled. I really love it as an eyebrow brush though, it applies powder very precisely but diffused.
- flat, firmly tied, angle cut
- suitable for: eyeliner and eyebrow products
- used for: gel eyeliner
Something I really love about realTechniques’ brushes is that the handles are one solid piece, the ferrule is the handle so to speak. A great advantage when cleaning as well since there’s little risk any water could dissolve the glue.
Sadly the brush names rub off rather easily when you use them frequently – you would know what brush you’re using obviously, just a minor aesthetical issue to me.
- 5 brushes: 3 eye brushes, 2 face brushes
- 3 brushes set exclusive
- Synthetic bristles
- limited, ~30£
- available at eg amazon, Boots
Both face brushes are magnificent and my set highlights. After that I surprisingly like the base shadow brush most, just because it’s such a feathery light application and blending brush I didn’t own yet.
How do you like the set? Do you have any realTechniques products, f.e. like the sponge? Which brush are you missing in the line?