Real Techniques Makeup Brushes

There are so many makeup gurus on YouTube, but sisters Samantha and Nicola Chapman of Pixiwoo are some of my favorites.  These sisters are professional makeup artists and their makeup application is always so perfect, clean, and gorgeous.  So when Samantha announced she was collaborating with a company to develop her own makeup brushes, I was so excited to try them out.  I’ve only been using the brushes for 4 days, but I absolutely love them because they’re:

  1. INCREDIBLY soft;
  2. A little smaller and allow you to be very precise with your makeup application; and
  3. Affordable

You can purchase these Real Techniques brushes at Ulta.

The Core Collection ($15.99) are your base brushes for foundation, concealer, contour, and highlight.

The set comes with:

  • Contour Brush:  Great for bronzer
  • Pointed Foundation Brush:  Smaller than your average foundation brush and allows you to get into every crease.
  • Detailer Brush:  Tiny brush to conceal those pesky pimples or use as a lip brush.
  • Buffing Brush:  I love using this for my mineral blush because it’s small and allows me to apply the blush exactly where I want it.  I hate using a big fluffy blush brush!  Also, it’s soooo much softer than the MAC 116 or 168.
  • Case

Easy grip handles and very lightweight.

The Starter Set ($15.99) is a basic kit for the eyes.  The brush set also comes with a case that stands up, but I’m not a fan.  Although it’s a good concept, it’s not practical.  The bungee strap is so tight, you have to really pull the brushes out.

This set comes with:

  • Deluxe Crease Brush:  This brush has dual purposes for me.  It’s a great crease brush because it’s not so flimsy like the MAC 224 and 217.  Again, it’s the precise application that I love.  Also, the soft bristles are perfect to buff on concealer under the eyes, which is a very delicate area.  The bristles of the MAC 224 were too rough.
  • Base Shadow Brush:  Not as stiff as a MAC 239, but still applies a smooth layer of eyeshadow.
  • Accent Brush:  A small brush to apply color on your lower lash line and to blend.
  • Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush:  Too thick for eyeliner, but can be used as another detail brush.
  • Brow Brush:  Typical brow brush
  • Case

Lastly, this is the Stippling Brush ($9.99)—my favorite!!

The dual-fiber brush is soooo soft and buffs on my liquid foundation wonderfully.  It really gives you a flawless, airbrush application.

All of the brushes have a flat base so they can stand on their own. =)

Overall, I can’t get over how soft these brushes are!  I never realized how rough my MAC face brushes were until I tried these.  Although they might not be high-end makeup brushes, I’d reach for them any day.

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