After lusting, dreaming and thinking about owning Real Techniques brushes, I finally do and they are well worth all the hype.
My Real Techniques collection isn't big but I think the brushes I own which are the Expert Face Brush, the Core Collection which consists of 4 brushes (review up next week) and the Blush Brush (review soon) are the basics any girl needs, especially if you're just starting out with make up.
Today a review on the Real Techniques expert face brush which I'm not sure how I lived without and why you need it in your collection.
Ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation:
look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and
self-standing for easy storage
extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use
The expert face brush was the brush I was most excited to try. From what I read on beauty blogs, it would help me achieve a flawless foundation finish and work with liquid or cream products.
Prior to using this brush, my foundation sometimes looked streaky and not blended out properly, I never really got that smooth flawless face I longed for. I wanted to look like Amrezy and instead looked like I did my make up while driving to work. Not a good look.
I do own a beauty blender and adore it but my skin has it's bad days and on that days, even the beauty blender couldn't help me out.
First impressions, look wise it's gorgeous... Instagram worthy of a ton of likes, or at least a 100 ;)
BUT not as big as I imagined. Seemed a bit too small for my round face but that didn't become an issue once I started using it.
The package it came in was high quality, and the brush itself was exceptional, soft to the touch.
So, how do I use it? Well, I've tried it with the two foundations I've been rotating, MAC Prolongwear foundation, a creamy liquid foundation and the other, MAC Studio Sculpt foundation which is a gel foundation.
I use the expert face brush to dot my foundation on my face and then in circular motions, I buff it into my skin. The rounded, slightly tapered edge makes it easy to buff and blend out any streaks.
The brush is soft but still firm and therefore it doesn't waste any product but applies everything smoothly. It helps me get my coverage just right and perfectly even. I also love that if I feel I'm having a bad skin day and need more high coverage, I have that option to buff more foundation.
I have noticed that the brush does soak up quite a bit foundation though which means you should wash it regularly. At least after every 2nd use.
I have washed mine a few times already (I use baby shampoo, gentle and effective) and I haven't had any shedding. It doesn't shed during use either.
Worth it? A big YES!
Get your hands on the expert face brush and thank me later for your flawless face girl! ;)
If you're new to make up or like me, needed some good quality make up brushes, do check out the Real Techniques range. Even the most expensive foundation isn't worth anything if you don't have the right tools.
Which is the reason I decided to start fresh with my brush collection... I'm throwing out all my crap brushes I've collected over the years (cheap brush sets, I'm looking at you!) and only using and keeping a smaller collection of the right ones. And so far I'm doing pretty well with my Real Techniques collection. Spending on good quality brushes that are going to last you a while are really an investment if you're into make up. The RT brushes are really not expensive and are pretty damn amazing!
I picked up my Real Techniques brushes at Foschini in Canal Walk, Cape Town.