It’s Monday again! I’m buzzing (after 3 cups of coffee this morning). Not a good thing 😛
Anyhow! ! You must have heard of Samantha Chapman (1 half of pixiwoo sisters from YouTube) !? and her great range of Real Techniques makeup brushes. There are some really good brushes in the collection 🙂 I hope to do another mini review on some of the other RT brushes I have tried and tested! I love my RT brushes 🙂
What are we talking about today?
Real Techniques Duo fibre brush set!
This set of duo fibre brushes is a limited edition where the box set will only be sold for a year worldwide until around mid 2014. (Not sure the definition of this! I’m guessing they won’t disappear off the surface of the earth all at once!). Just read Reallyree’s blog post, NOW I understand this Limited Edition business! Real Techniques is relaunching the duo fibre brush set this year but now, all brush handles are black instead!
Right, I acquired my set in June last year… tried saving some pennies and ordered my set from the US where they were selling this set for much lower prices. It’s mind boggling as Sam is from the UK, I was assuming since they are produced here so prices should be lower here. Anyhow, even with import tax, these brushes worked out to be cheaper than buying them in the UK. I would recommend you look out for discounts in Boots (occasion 3 for 2 offer) and Superdrug might also have buy one get one half price offers. lookfantastic has occasional online offers. If you are in the US, try iHerb.com (this is where i ordered mine) and your local Ulta stores.
This set contains 1 face brush, 1 contour and 1 eye brush. This set does not come with a brush stand/travelling case like other RT brush sets.
The brushes are made with 100% cruelty free, synthetic Taklon bristles. Taklon brushes are soft, great quality and budget friendly.
Like all other RT brushes can be made standing up on their own, so you don’t have to lay them down when you switch between brushes during makeup application. Very thoughtful!
All RT brushes are colour coordinated, orange for face brushes, pink for perfect finish, purple for eye brush etc. This duo fibre set is white handles with black trims, the name/function of the brush is printed on (with the same colouring system). These brushes are light to hold and the feel of balance is good. I enjoy using these (well 2 out of 3 brushes)!
Eye blending brush – this is the smallest brush in the set. Designed to blend your eyeshadows or apply a light wash of colour should you use it for shadow application. To be very honest, I haven’t used this brush for anything… Not that I haven’t tried but the bristle on this brush is rather stiff and pokey! Any suggestion for such a scratchy brush? (0 out of 5)
The contour brush – this is a mini version of the face brush. It feels soft but with a certain springy-ness on the skin. First time I’ve used it I knew I would love it. This contour brush is not shaped like your normal angled contour brush but it works just as well. Since the white filaments are so fine and sparse, it makes it easier to build up the colour while it is perfect for contouring the sides of the nose bridge for a soft contouring effect. I do use this under my cheek bones, while it gives you a lot of control over the area (brush is on the smaller side compare to normal contouring brushes). (3.5 out of 5)
Face brush – This is not like a normal duo fibre brushes with a flat top (i.e. MAC 139, Sigma F35)
It is shaped like the big sister of the contour brush. I love using this face brush to apply blusher, especially the ones that *requires* a light hand, that’s majority of the Illamasqua blushers! (Love ’em but boy are they pigmented?!) This brush picks up a small amount of the product at a time, so you can build up the colour as you wish. The duo fibre blends the blusher perfectly and it’s easy to achieve seamless application. Who wants a harsh blusher line anyway!?
The springiness test!
Here’s the upside down springiness test! Well at least you can tell which is the softest 1 out of the 3 🙂 I’ve read Rae Morris’s book and she has a chapter on this very topic. Golden rule is not to buy any brush that loses its brush shape when stood upside down.
– Washes extremely well
– No loose bristle at all, even after twice weekly washes for almost 10 months
– Totally cruelty free
– Synthetic and great quality
– (for me. ..) I can only use 2 out of 3 brushes within the set
Price: £20.99 (special edition with black handles). For the US, this set retails for around $20.
Availability: Boots and also available on Realtechniques online (for the original white handles set; new black handles version will be available from mid June 2014)
Over Summary: 3.5 out of 5, would have been a high 4 if not for the eye brush.
Cool! That wraps it up nicely for the post 🙂
So, are you a fan of Real Techniques brushes? Which one do you like most? Mines the expect face brush and the face brush from this set 🙂 ♡