The Stippling & The Traveler: Real Techniques Brushes
How could I ever miss the Real Techniques brushes when I am such a huge fan of Pixiwoo? Disclosure, I always prefered natural hair brushes for powdered products. However, I also have cream products and synthetic brushes are best for that. For this post, I will focus on the first few brushes I got from their collection – the stippling brush (sold individually) and the travel essentials set.
The travel set consists of:
- essential foundation brush: Build flawless custom coverage with liquid foundation or concealer
- domed shadow brush: tapered design smoothly shades and defines eyes
- multi-task brush: for effortless application of powder, blush, and bronzer
- panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand
The essential foundation brush reminds me of a smaller version of No7 foundation brush. I like to use this brush to apply highlighter and also to blend out cream blushes. It’s also good to apply concealers under the eyes but the domed shadow brush is better for that. I picked up this trick from watching Pixiwoo’s video tutorials. Now, this brush is dedicated for one purpose, blending out undereye concealers! I’m sure it works great for applying eyeshadows too – personal preference!
The multi-task brush, as described, is good for blushes, bronzers, powders and for me, finishing touches to my foundation to blend it out even further. I know. *anal*. The multi-task brush is pinched, (see photo below) and I also like to use this to apply darker cream blush at the hollow of my cheeks. It blends out the blush in a beautiful gradient and I don’t have to worry about ruining the brush if I washed it too frequently. Synthetic brushes are good like that. However, if you prefer really soft hairs to caress your face, then, this might not be it. It would be unfair for me to compare this to, say, my super soft Lunasol cheek brush. For a synthetic brush, it is really quite soft.
Now, for my favourite brush of the lot. The free-standing stippling brush. It is smaller than a MAC187, bigger than MAC188. For me, this is the perfect size. It is soft enough that it doesn’t scratch, but firm enough that foundation gets buffed in evenly, without streaks. I have been using this every single day and it is super easy to clean too. This brush is not too dense and it dries relatively quick. I also like that foundations don’t get stuck to the bristles, making it hard to clean, one of my pet peeves.
You will also notice the brushes are bright and colourful, with a purpose too. Orange handles are to apply base, purple for eyes and the hot pink are for finishing touches. The name of the brush is also engraved on the handle. The black you see at the end of the handles are made of rubber. This is also probably because you can stand the brushes on your table. The rubber ‘sole’ will help with the grip, for sure.
I quite like the idea of this innovative brush case and stand, as you saw in the pictures above – case closed, case opened, case as stand, but I would have prefered it to have more slots. The rubber slots snugly fit the brushes that come with the set so it would be a little difficult to slot in other brushes. There are only 2 additional slots and they fit bigger brushes quite well. However, when you close the brush case with the extra brushes inside, the brushes fight with each other for room. The brisles end up being squished, and I don’t really like that. So, I prefer to use my own brush holders / rolls. I am not too fussed with the case, but I find it would be better utilized if they designed it with other brushes in mind.
Some say that with the right brushes, you don’t really need any real techniques for a flawless application. I don’t absolutely agree with that, but I suppose these Real Techniques brushes do make things easier. I am very happy with the stippling brush and also the domed shadow brush, and I got all these and quite a few more at the price of one Suqqu cheek brush. In Malaysia, these brushes are available at Shins. The stippling brush is priced at RM78, and the travel essentials set is RM135. If you are purchasing just one or two brushes, get it from the store at Shins. However, if you plan a big purchase, I’d propose getting it online because it would be cheaper even with shipping priced in. You can have a look at Love Makeup, which is where I bought the rest of my Real Techniques brushes. I highly recommend the stippling brush, if you haven’t got one already.
Have you tried any of the Real Techniques brushes yet?