I am not too difficult to please when it comes to makeup brushes. When I’m having a conversation with a brush, I just ask her for three little things:
1. Be soft
2. Don’t loose any hair on my face
3. Be reasonably priced.
When I started this blog a year ago I just had a couple of random brushes (including an overpriced MAC brush that I hated with all my heart but refused to throw away because it cost me 40 bucks…). But then I purchased the e.l.f. studio brushes kit and was so happy with it that for the following year, while I was discovering countless brands and products, I did not lust over any other brush.
That was until I saw the Real Techniques Kits. I resisted buying them for a while, as I felt that I didn’t “need” any more brushes. But really, what is “needing” nowadays? I don’t “need” makeup but I have a whole blog dedicated to it… So I gave in and purchased the Real Techniques Eye Starter Set on eBay.
Not many online retailers ship these brushes to Canada, and the ones that do, have outlandish shipping fees. I ended up buying the kit on eBay for a total of 33.24$ (other retailers that are shipping to Canada such as this one would have cost me 52.02$) And I would like to add that it is quite infuriating how much more expensive they are for us in Canada when in the US you can get them at Ulta for 17.99$…
Anyways! These brushes were created by Samantha Chapman, a professional makeup artist who is best known for creating a wildly successful Youtube channel named Pixiwoo with her sister Nicola Chapman. You will often see the sisters using the Real Techniques brushes on their makeup tutorials and that’s how I was introduced to the kit.
When I first looked at the brushes, I was surprised by what they were meant to do. The crease brush seemed to be huge, the base shadow brush too small. And then watching the Pixiwoo tutorials, I noticed that the Chapman sisters rarely used these two brushes for their intended purposes. They used both brushes for concealing either under eyes or small pinpoint concealing on different spots so I purchased them with this intent. I was looking for a good concealer brush so I decided to go for this kit and try it out.
When I received this kit my impressions were confirmed. The crease brush is h.u.g.e. The base shadow brush is much smaller than other brushes I have used for this purpose. The other brushes all seemed ok.
These brushes are extremely soft and look beautiful. The design is different from what we usually see and the extended aluminum handles look and feel nice. I started using both the Base and Crease Brushes for concealing and both do a great job at it. The Accent Brush is perfect for defining the outer V of the lid and, since I do not use gel eyeliner, I used the Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush to highlight my inner tearduct area as well as my brow bone. I also do not really do my brows (that’s a story for another day…) so I haven’t really touched the Brow Brush yet.
Lately I have tried using the Base Shadow and Deluxe Crease Brush for what they’re meant to do and I kinda liked them. I really like the Base Shadow Brush for placing and blending shimmery and soft silky eyeshadows, a little less for matte powdery shadows. I like the Deluxe Crease Brush for the application of a transition color on my upper crease and to blend the crease colors together. It still is way to big to subtly apply any dark color to the crease…that’s for sure.
I overall really like these brushes and am planning on getting the face kit, those brushes look absolutely fabulous as well.
See here a tutorial by Samantha where she uses most of the brushes