Real techniques brush set

Finding the best Real techniques brush set and real techniques brush set price can be hard if you’re unaware of what features to look for especially that there are so many of them to find around. For this reason, we’ve put up a guide highlighting the top real techniques set in the category.

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Real techniques brush set

Up until a month ago, I would have fully said that I was a MAC and Sigma girl when it came to makeup brushes. I used the Sigma F80 for my foundation, the MAC 224 for concealer, the MAC 109 for contouring, MAC 187 for blush, MAC 188 for highlight and the MAC 150 brush for powder which I’ve had for four years and it’s still going strong!  That was until I went a bit crazy at the Real Techniques stall at IMATs about a month ago now. I treated myself to all three kits that are available, plus I picked up the Stippling Brush from lovemakeup. Currently my Real Techniques collection stands at the Stippling Brush, the Core Collection, the Starter Set and the Travel Essentials Set and although I may own all three sets there are just six that I reach for on a daily basis..

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The Contour Brush from the Core Collection, does exactly what it says on the tin. Although I find it a little too thin for contouring everyday, it’s great if you have a little more time to do some blending. I’ve actually found this to work really well with my Bare Minerals Well Rested to set my concealer. Now where do I even start with this next brush? The Buffing Brush from the Core Collection set is my favourite out of the bunch! I use this to buff in my foundation of choice every morning and it is seriously amaze; it blends it all in so quickly and feels so soft on the skin – it’s worth getting the Core Collection just for this. The Multi-Task Brush from the Travel Essentials Set, is the brush I use to apply my blusher every morning, although it’s also great for bronzer and powder too. Another brush that is good for foundation, but it takes a little more work is the Stippling Brush which is sold individually. This was the first brush that I got from Real Techniques and swore it was the only one for me when it came to foundation, that was until I used the Buffing Brush! I now use this brush for cream blush and it works a treat. I don’t wear eyeshadow everyday, but when I do the Base Shadow Brush, which is from the Starter Kit Set packs on colour and has very pliable bristles to blend the outer edges. Another brush from the Starter Set which is marketed as suitable for eyeshadow is the Deluxe Crease Brush, but I find works best for blending in my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.

Most importantly all the Real Techniques brushes are made out of Taklon bristles which are synthetic, so the brushes are 100% cruelty-free. They wash well, and I find they dry much quicker than my MAC or Sigma brushes (the F80 takes years to dry out!). Although I did have some problems with shedding with the first Stippling Brush I brought, I got in touch with lovemakeup which is where I got it from and they sent me out a replacement and I have never had problems with shedding from any of the brushes since. I think I must have got a dud one. The only other problem I have with the Real Techniques line is that I wish they were all sold separately. At the moment some are sold on their own and others in sets, and out of the three sets that I have there are only one or two brushes from each that I actually use.

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If you were to buy all three sets and the stippling brush together, it would take you back about £75, but do I think it’s worth that? Definitely, yes! Like I said these are brushes that I reach for everyday, the only brush that I reach for a lot that isn’t Real Techniques is the MAC 109 for the odd bit of contouring here and there. The Real Techniques range is now available from Boots, aside from the Travel Essentials Set which can be purchased at lovemakeup.

I will admit that my final reason for loving this brush (and all Real Techniques applicators, for that matter) is a bit shallow, but this is Allure, and I can be honest with you here, right? I love the look of these brushes on my vanity. They are modern and metallic yet don’t look cheap or gaudy whatsoever. Plus, this particular brush stands up on its own, adding a utilitarian element that makes storage a breeze — perfect for a somewhat messy millennial (ahem) who wants a pretty beauty setup with the least amount of effort. The best part? It’s under 10 bucks, so it fits just about any budget.

How to Choose Quality Makeup Brushes

It's not just the quality of your makeup you have to worry about -- if you want to look your best, you also need a good brush!

It’s not just the quality of your makeup you have to worry about — if you want to look your best, you also need a good brush!MONICA RODRIGUEZ/LIFESIZE/GETTY IMAGES

Are you a cosmetics aficionado? Do you know the difference between liquid foundations and pressed powder? Do you know how to make your eyes pop? If you own the perfect shade of lipstick and blush for every dress in your closet — well, you probably know your makeup. According to the Global Cosmetics Industry Magazine, cosmetics generate approximately $230 billion in global sales every year, so it’s clear that women buy makeup even in tough economic times. And why shouldn’t they? Makeup helps boost ladies’ confidence, highlights natural features such as eye color and cheekbones, and can enhance a mood with a simple sweep of a sexy lip color.

Whether you like to buy drugstore cosmetics or spend your dollars at higher-end makeup counters, the products you buy won’t help your skin glow if you don’t have quality makeup brushes. The right brushes bring your cosmetics palette to life, and they can mean the difference between a flawless face and a clowny mess.1:43 / 1:43

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So, how can you tell if you’re buying a winning makeup brush? There’s one simple test to find a durable and high-quality brush: Rub it against your skin. The bristles should feel soft, not rough or scratchy. To test the strength of the bristles, run the brush against your hand to see if any fibers fall out. If they do, don’t buy it. If the bristles stay intact and feel soft, it’s a keeper.

Finding great makeup tools goes beyond testing for bristle strength, however. Let’s take a look at how to recognize a quality brush that can tackle your makeup case.

Recognizing a Quality Makeup Brush

You can own the most expensive makeup on the market, but if you don’t use a quality brush, the difference will show all over your face. A good makeup brush consists of densely packed bristles, a solid handle made from wood or plastic and a shape that applies and blends makeup smoothly and evenly. It should transfer makeup effectively, meaning the brush shouldn’t lose a lot of the makeup in transit to your skin. Sturdy brushes will allow you to work cosmetic magic for years to come.

While it’s tempting to buy a professional set of 32 makeup brushes, hold off! The unspoken rule when building your collection is to purchase brushes a la carte. As you perfect your makeup application routine, you’ll quickly figure out which brushes you need daily and which specialty brushes might also be added to your kit. If you travel a lot or like to reapply makeup during the day, think about keeping an additional set of basic brushes with you as well. Makeup artists recommend seven standard brushes to help bring your face to life. These include:

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  • liquid foundation brush
  • powder brush
  • blush brush
  • concealer brush
  • eye shadow applicator
  • eyeliner brush
  • lip brush

The price for makeup brushes is generally based on their size and the material the bristles are made from. They can range anywhere from $8 for a small eye shadow blender to $60 for a large foundation applicator. Prices can be even higher for brush bristles made from delicate animal fur such as squirrel or sable. They can cost as much as $150 — for one brush!KEEP IT CLEAN

Makeup brushes are sensitive items. Oil from your face combined with makeup residue will hinder brush performance over time, not to mention harbor bacteria. Wash your brushes with a mild cleanser (such as baby shampoo) to keep them clean and oil-free.

Synthetic vs. Natural Makeup Brushes

Goat hair makes surprisingly good makeup brush bristles.

Goat hair makes surprisingly good makeup brush bristles.DIGITAL ZOO/DIGITAL VISION/GETTY IMAGES

Makeup brushes come in endless shapes and sizes. The major difference with brushes for cosmetics is the bristles, the part of the brush that transfers the makeup from the palette and applies it to your face. Choosing which kind of brush is right for your skin is often a matter of trial and error. Some brushes may be too rough when applying makeup, and some may not stand up well to frequent use. If you’re an animal lover, you should also pay close attention to what materials the bristles are made from.

Natural brushes, whose bristles are made with various hairs from animals, are more expensive than synthetic brushes. Natural bristles tend to hold color pigments better than synthetic offerings and create a softer, more natural look on your skin. If you’re an adamant animal rights supporter, however, you’ll want to find out if the brushes were made humanely before buying. Natural makeup brushes include bristles made from the fur of various animals, including squirrels, goats, badgers, horses, minks or sable, and the condition the animals are kept in is often less than ideal.

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Synthetic bristles are man-made and are usually either nylon or polyester filaments. They can be created to increase their color-carrying ability by blending fibers. Often, synthetic filaments are dyed and baked to make them softer and more absorbent and are less prone to damage from makeup and solvents. They’re easier to keep clean than natural hair brushes because the filaments don’t trap or absorb pigments, and they’re better suited for layering powders or concealers since they hold up more solidly to makeup. Also, synthetic-fiber brushes are a great fit for people with allergies to animal fur.

Just remember that regardless of your budget or the kind of makeup you use regularly, finding the perfect brush is a matter of personal preference. Yes, chances are that a brush that costs $50 will work much better than a cheap, bargain-bin buy, but, like makeup itself, what works for you is all a matter of personal preference. If you find a quality brush that makes you look your best, buy it and don’t look back, and as long as you take care of it, it should serve you for years to come.

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