Review: Real Techniques Sam's Picks Collection18:29
Feelunique had a discount on this brush set from Real Techniques and because you never have enough brushes, I decided to buy it. Let's just say, I expected a lot more, because of how popular those brushes seem to be among others.
The set of brushes comes in a plastic box. Each brush has its own place in the foam that's in the bottom of the box. The set includes 6 brushes: multi-task brush, buffing brush, essential crease brush, setting brush, pointed foundation brush and fine liner brush.
I got it for 27.29€ on Feelunique (it was on sale, otherwise it costs 38.99€).
The handles are plastic, different colors and the hair is synthetic.
I guess this is one of those brushes that can be used for a lot of things. For powder, blush or bronzer. It's not as big as their blush brush, which means it can really be used for everything. It's soft, but I expected it to be super soft. I find that it's also pretty dense, which means a high coverage application.
This brush is supposed to be used to buff in the foundation. I guess you can also use it for any cream products. I have tried to use it with my foundations. That being said, I've tried it with more liquid, with more heavier foundations, to see if there's a difference. I find the hair to be too rough. It's pretty dense. My problem with this one, beside not being soft enough, is that whenever I apply foundation with it, it leaves strokes all over my face. It just doesn't seem to blend the foundation in the skin. It looks like it's just dragging the foundation all over the skin. This is probably my least favorite brush from this set.
I actually have a fake, inspired by Real Techniques or what ever brush from Ebay, which is a lot softer than this original one. Go figure.
Pointed foundation brush
I might be subjective with this one, because I really hate those flat foundation brushes. I see no use with them, except when using it for Halloween makeup?! Let's just say I don't like them. This one is very small for foundation brush. I would dare to say it's better to be used for concealer. The pointed cut is great for reaching smaller corners of the face. Again, very dense and not really soft brush. I like to apply concealer with it, but then I use my fingers to blend it in.
I wanted this set mostly because of this brush. It's one of those brushes that can be used for a lot of products. I find it to be great for setting under the eye area or around the nose. I also love to use it as a highlighter brush, although it might be a bit too dense for this. It could even be used as a contour brush, if you want a really small and harsh line. Maybe even to blend eye shadow. The hair is pretty soft and I like the shape in which it's cut. It makes it really easy to blend products, while your applying them with this brush.
Essential crease brush
On the packaging it says, that this one is set exclusive. It's a very small brush, that is meant to be used in the crease of the eye. The hair is pretty soft and fluffy. If you use it in the crease, you can create a pretty intense crease, because of how small it is. In comparison to Zoeva petite crease brush, this one is a lot smaller, which means harsher line. I also love to use it around the lower lash line. It's just small enough to fit in there.
Fine liner brush
My opinion with liner brushes is always the same - they are too thick, which means you can not get extremely thin liner. The hair is of course a bit thicker and harsher. I find that less of it would be better. Maybe even a bit shorter, for a really good precision. Don't get me wrong, you can still get a pretty thin line, but I just like to have even thinner line. I can always make it thicker, but I can't make it thinner if the brush is not thin enough.
I guess those brushes dissapointed me. Before I only had their blush brush and am still head over heels with this one. I expected all the brushes to be as soft as the blush brush, but they were far from it. I really like setting brush and essential crease brush. Multi-task brush is also good, but nothing spectacular. As for all the others, I probably wouldn't purchase them ever again, because I wouldn't miss them.
I'm thinking of investing in some sets from Eco Tools, which have not let me down. I would love to get my hands on some of the Zoeva brushes, but I can not seem to bring myself to pay for their postage costs. If you recommend any sets or brushes that are really soft, let me know in the comments below.