As you can probably see from the above photo, I really like the Real Techniques make-up brushes. They're not too expensive and last really well, they don't shed and keep their original shape after washing. From left to right, theres the Real Techniques contour brush, a Superdrug double-ended slanted and shadow brush, the RT expert face brush, the RT blush brush, i on Beauty powder brush, the MAC 217 eyeshadow brush, the RT buffing brush and an unbranded flat concealer brush.
First up, the Real Techniques expert face brush. This sat, lonely and unloved, in my make-up bag for a good few months until I found a way to make it work for me. I'd seen people raving about using it for foundation, but it seemed a bit too dense to work with my favourite liquid foundations. Then I used it to blend out a cream contour and it worked like a dream. Unlike liquid products, when used with creams it doesn't absorb all the product, just blends and buffs it out beautifully leaving no harsh lines. I usually pair it with Illamasqua's Hollow cream pigment, or a cream highlighter depending on what I'm using that day.
The i on Beauty powder brush is a fairly recent addition to my collection, and I will freely admit that I bought it for the sole reason that it would go with all my other RT brushes. It's a great brush, it picks up the perfect amount of powder every time and distributes it evenly, and it doesn't collect product in the bristles. Perfect. And it was a steal at £4.99 from TK Maxx. I can't find this specific brush online though.
The Real Techniques buffing brush comes as part of the Core Collection, and again, this was raved about as an amazing tool to apply foundation. I like it with thinner liquid foundations, but for me, using it with anything thicker is a no-go. It works amazingly well with my favourite L'Oreal True Match foundation though, leaving no streaks, just a beautiful, even finish. I wouldn't buy the Core Collection just for this brush, but the contour brush makes it a definite worthwhile buy.
The Real Techniques blush brush is without a doubt one of my ultimate favourites. It's so ridiculously soft, the tapered shape means it picks up the perfect amount of powder and it applies really well, the shape means that even if the blush is heavily pigmented, you won't end up looking like a clown. It doesn't work well at all with cream blushes, but that's where the stippling brush from the range excels. I haven't included it as I've been wearing powder blushes recently but for cream products, it's amazing.
I think that the Real Techniques contour brush is my most used brush out of all of them, but I only use it for blending out concealer as it fits into all the nooks around my nose and eyes and blends it out really well. Mine is quite old now, and it's starting to stay stained when I wash it so it might be time to invest in a new one. I haven't ever used this for contouring, but I imagine it would work pretty well given that that's what it is intended to be used for and the size and shape means it should help create some killer cheekbones. I use a cream contour product though, so I'm not sure it'd be that good for that. Feel free to correct me!
I've had my MAC 217 for about 2 years now, it's the only brush I use for blending eyeshadow, nothing else compares to the finish this gives. It's not cheap, and I know there are a lot of dupes floating around, but for me I'd rather just stick to the original as it just works much better than any other blending brushes I've tried.
This Superdrug double-ended brush is so useful, I use the slanted side to fill in my brows with shadow and to line my eyes with shadow if I want a softer look than black liner, and the other side is great for blending out the shadow liner to smoke it up. I can't find this on the website either, but something similar should be pretty easy to find.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful, let me know your favourite brushes and if you have any recommendations!