Friday, July 18, 2014

Real Techniques Mini Haul

Hello, everyone!

I just wanted to share with you a mini haul of a few make-up brushes I purchased recently. I did want to feature them in two batches since one arrived before the other two, but since they are from the same brand, I figured I would group them together. This will also serve as my first impressions post since I've never owned a Real Techniques brush before.

Real Techniques Powder Brush

A friend of mine from uni (who has already graduated :c) was kind enough to buy this for my friends and I when she went to the US. This was the first brush I got and funnily enough, I bought this before my Nars Translucent Powder. It was through searching for reviews on this brush that I was swayed into purchasing more from Real Techniques, especially after reading comparisons with Sigma brushes, which was my original option.

As this was the first brush I received, I was very excited to feel it (as people always comment on how soft the bristles are) and see what all the fuss is about, and needless to say, I was very impressed. I thought I would have to put up with the scratchy feeling I get from most brushes but with this, I guess not! It is also very fluffy and dense, and after my first wash (I like to pre-wash my new brushes prior to use) it did not bleed or shed at all! The shape of the handle makes for a very good grip as well. 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
I was initially inclined to purchase the Sigma F80 but I've read that the people who have owned that brush switched over to the Expert Face Brush. Since it was much cheaper but still of high quality, I figured it would be a better deal. I ordered this with the shading brush from Sumwear Co (thank you again!)

The bristles were much shorter than I expected (then again, I was looking at close up pictures) and this gives it more stiffness and control. The brush in itself is very dense, and makes applying foundation so much easier. This has given me a much better look at what the coverage of my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation is actually like. Also the finish it gives is much more natural than when I use my fingers. 

Real Techniques Eye Shading Brush
I was choosing between this and the MAC 239 which is perfect for my eye shape however, I wasn't too inclined to spend so much on an eye brush just yet. Also, I wanted to practice first before buying any expensive make-up brushes. I'm not a make-up artist, after all, so I don't really need professional brushes.

This is my only eyeshadow brush at the moment (aside from the dual ended brush that came with my Naked 2 Palette) and it is tiny! Perhaps it's because I'm used to the size of the powder brush, but until now I can't get over how small it is. It's a bit fluffier than I expected, making it useful for blending aside from application. It picks up a good amount of pigment (much more than my Etude House brush from years ago!) and is easy to use. Recommended for beginners at eye makeup.

All in all, I am very pleased with the quality of these brushes so far. I can't wait to add them to my daily routine, and I'll let you all know how they perform in the long run soon.

What about you guys? Have you tried Real Techniques? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Omgomg you mentioned me huhuhu

    <3 Halmeoni

    1. Haha, of course! Thank you again for getting my powder brush! <3

  2. I haven't tried these brushes but really want to! Thinking of picking up one of their starting packs soon :) x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    1. Thinking of getting one of the starter packs as well! If ever you want to get a single brush though, I'd recommend the Expert Face Brush! :)