Product Type: Real Techniques makeup
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Super starter set!
Real Techniques Starter Brush Set
Member Name: jimmychoogirl
Real Techniques Starter Brush Set
Advantages: Great value for money, soft bristles, easy to use, multi purpose
Disadvantages: Eyeliner brush
==~~Price and Availability~~==
These brushes are more commonly available in Boots stores, particularly the larger ones as I have found that the smaller ones don't stock these brush or they have just one or two different brushes available. They are also available on the Boots online store, along with the Real Techniques website where they cover the full line. I have also seen a few sets of these in eBay at a marginally cheaper price.
This set costs £24.95 for 5 brushes, which I think is a very good price. Especially so when considering that these brushes are used by professional make up artists and are therefore of professional quality and some other branded brushes can cost this much per brush!
As previously stated there are five brushes in this set. Them being; pixel-point eyeliner brush, accent brush, brow brush, deluxe crease brush and the base shadow brush. They are all synthetic brushes which means you can use both powder based and cream based products with them. I really like the fact that they are a metallic purple colour as it makes them stand out and is different to the usual brush, I also like the fact they are extremely lightweight.
===The Deluxe crease brush===
This brush is the one that I perhaps use most out othe whole set, it is the largest brush in a domed like shape where the bristles are very tightly compacted. Although this is describe as the 'crease brush' I actually found it difficult to use in the crease of my eye and I think this due to the fact that the brush is slightly too big and therefore it creates a false crease line. However, due to its soft bristles and large size I do find that I can b,end out eyeshadow I have previously applied with this brush to create a much softer look
I really like this brush for applying concealer; due to its larger size it can blend in make up such as concealer under the eyes far better than it can actually apply an eyeshadow. I really like the fact that even when applying cream based products with this brush, such as that if a concealer there are very few brush strokes left, creating a flawless look. I also like the fact that the brush really blends the make up in and find that I use much less make up when using a brush than when using my hands as it seems to go much further when using a brush. I have never had any problems with any of the bristles falling out of is brush, which is another bonus. Although it is designed for use with both powder and cream products I do find that this particular brush works much better with that if cream based as I find that it doesn't transfer powder products quite as well.
===The Accent Brush===
This is the smallest brush in collection and is a fairly flat headed, yet rounded at the edge. It is very similar in shape to the MAC 239 brush, but on a much smaller scale. This is perhaps my favourite brush in the collection due to the fact it is very much a multi purpose brush and I have therefore found it the most versatile. Unlike the deluxe crease brush, I personally find this brush to work much better with power based products and when doing so I find that the brush is able to pick up just enough product, so that it doesn't overload which would end up in fallout.
Due to its smaller size its great for applying makeup underneath the eye, or in the inner corner which often larger sizes brushes can not. I find that the small size gives a really crisp, smooth line of eyeshadow and as previously stated there is almost no fallout when using this brush. I do however find that sometimes find that due to the fact the brush handle is very thin and small it can sometimes not sit quite right in the hand and can be a little difficult to get a grip on it that is comfortable to hold, nonetheless it still remains one of my favourite brushes - which also doubles up as a great lip brush!
===The Base Shadow Brush===
This is another brushing that I use on a daily basis, it is slightly smaller than the deluxe crease brush and is a slightly less rounded shape. I find the bristles on this brush to be especially soft and are in a tapered shape. This brush worked great for applying both cream and powder based products and find tha alike the accent brush it picks up just the right amount of product to ensure that there is very little or no fallout. This brush creates very soft eyeshadow looks, which almost makes the brush great for blending out previously applie eyeshadow and I find much of the properties of this brush very similar to that of the MAC 217.
Alike the deluxe crease brush this brush also works very well with cream based or liquid based products, in particular that of concealer. It again creates a very flawless finish with minimal brush strokes and again find that I only need a light coverage of the product to achieve a flawless finish when using this brush. I also find that when using a concealer to cover blemishes with this brush it again creates a flawless finish and works to hide the blemish, whereas some brushes I have used in the past just tend to push the concealer around.
===The Brow Brush===
This brush as suggested by the name is used for the brows, despite this like many of the brushes in the set I have found it is again a multi purpose brush. This is an angled brush, where again the bristles are tightly compacted, however are quite wide set which means that it is very hard to apply gel eyeliner with this brush, like you can with some other angled brushes. The bristles are slightly firmer on this brush, which actually works in the favour of this brush as it makes it much easier to sculpt browse and give them a natural finish.
I really like the size of this brush and find it sits very comfortably in my hand; making it very easy to use. I find that unlike some angled brushes I have used in the past I am still able to create a natural looking brow with this brush, which I think is due to the fact that although the bristles are firmer they are still soft so they do not create them harsh, drawn on strokes. However, I do find that sometimes this brush does not transfer the shadow quite as well as some of the other brushes and find that I do have to work it into the brush a little more than what I have to do with the other brushes.
===The Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush===
This is by far my least favourite brush in the set and is the one that I get the least use out of it. I think this is due to the fact that it is described as an 'eyeliner' brush, yet I find it almost impossible to apply eyeliner with which is due to both the size of the brush handle and the shape of the bristles. Similar to the accent brush, the handle on this brush is again very small and skinny which again is hard to get a grip on due to is sitting uncomfortably; this makes it very difficult to apply something as precise as gel / liquid eyeliner. I also find that there are 'too many' bristles, in that it is is far too large to apply eyeliner, therefore creating a thick, uneven line of eyeliner. The bristles also seem to be a little too soft to apply eyeliner, meaning that as soon as you try to apply eyeliner they tend to splay out.
Although, unfortunately, I am disappointed in this brush I have found that it can be used to apply eyeshadow to the underneath of the eye or to the inner corner, though does not do this anywhere near as efficiently as the accent brush. Due to the fact that finding a use for this brush is very hard, I do tend to end up avoiding this brush, which is a shame as I do love all the other brushes in this set.
I have washed all these brushes numerous times now and find that they come up as food as new each time. The bristles have all remained in their original shape and are still just as soft as when they were new. They are extremely easy to clean due to them being synthetic which means the make up products do not tend to cling to bristles as much. I do find that the name of the brushes (the name if the brush is written down the side of the brush) does tend to rub off and although it is not that big a deal, I would prefer it if it didn't rub off.
The brushes also come with a case/stand to keep them in, I'm not really a fan of this as the quality is not all that great and it is fairly cheap looking, however it does keep them in place and makes them easier to carry round due to the fact they each have their own 'space' to place them in. I also find that it is a little flimsy and although it does double up as a stand I do find that it can sometimes collapse or is very easily knocked over. Nonetheless, it is very slim and therefore fits very easily into my bag and keeps all the brushes together.
Overall this set is not without its weak points, them being the pixel point eyeliner brush and the stand, though I feel the quality of the other products far out way these and are of much more superior quality. I would recommend this setter for both professionals and starters as I personally feel it is fairly affordable for most people and the set is definitely worth the price - I would even pay more for this set I love it so much! Most of the brushes in this set have fast become my everyday brushes and when doing makeup on others using the brushes (I am currently in training to be a make up artist) I always get comments on how soft they are and how nice their makeup looks when using them.
After having great experiences with both this set of Real Techniques brushes and my Stippling brush I definitely intend on buying more from this range and therefore, despite the fact one brush was a little disappointing, award this set 5 stars!
***this review was written on my tablet and has not yet been processed so very sorry for any odd word replacements of funny spellings/ sentence but as soon as I get home I will process it properly!!***
Summary: Super starter set!