If you ask what my favourite synthetic fiber brushes are, I will immediately say, “Real Techniques!”. The brush line is the brainchild of two very popular YouTube gurus, the Pixiwoo Sisters, and they don’t really need any introduction. I got my first Real Techniques brushes back in 2012 and have added quite a few to my collection over the last couple of years.
The Blush Brush is definitely the biggest blush brush I own and I love it to bits. The head may be ridiculously large but it applies blush so beautifully. I’ve had it for 2 years and it has held up very well. I normally use it for powder blushers but I’ve seen lots of people use it with bronzers too. I have even used it with liquid foundation and it worked quite nicely but I still prefer it as a blush brush.
The Expert Face Brush is a relatively recent purchase. This is now the only brush I use with liquid foundation and I like it so much that I purchased a backup. Almost every brush I’ve tried tend to leave my foundation a tad bit streaky or cakey but this brush must have magic fibers in it because it blends out all my liquid / cream foundations so well. The head is narrower than the Buffing Face Brush and the fibers are packed more densely, which seem to work better when spreading liquid foundations.
The Buffing Brush used to be my go-to foundation brush until I discovered the Expert Face Brush. I find that it doesn’t apply gel-type foundations as well because it tends to leave a slightly patchier application. I’m now using it as a liquid / cream blush brush and it blends them out very well. The head is a bit more splayed out but the gentle dome shaped top makes it a good “buffer”. I got this in the 4-piece Core Collection set and it is the only brush I kept.
The Powder Brush is absolutely ginormous! I use this with pressed powder and just need to gently pat the product on and it sets everything without disturbing the foundation. The bristles are so soft, it’s like dabbing a baby bunny’s butt on my face. It works well with loose powder too but I do have other natural hair brushes that I prefer with loose products. For days when I’m not arsed to apply foundation, I’ll use this brush to swirl pressed powder all over to provide some light coverage.
The Deluxe Crease Brush is technically not a face brush but I’ve been using it with concealers for the undereye area and it blends everything out quite seamlessly. I’ve used this with cream eyeshadow and it applies a wash of colour over eyelids very nicely too. It can also function as an eye blending brush. The domed head is quite densely packed, so it’s another one of those brushes that performs well for blending out smaller areas on the face. This brush came in the Starter Set.
Almost all the Real Techniques brushes are multi-purpose and I have used them interchangeably with many different products but each of them are now performing a specific task. The bristles are very soft and comfortable, you won’t experience any pain when using them. Applying makeup should be an enjoyable experience so I will avoid pokey, scratchy brushes as much as possible.
I purchased most of my Real Techniques brushes from iherb.com and they are relatively affordable because the shipping cost on iherb is very reasonable. Individual brushes range from US$8 to US$10 each and a brush set is around US$18. You can also find Real Techniques locally at selected Shins stores.
Have you tried any Real Techniques brush and what is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.