26/08/2013

Brush Up | Eyes

Hi guys! Today I have another Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman brush review! This time it's on the Starter Set. The starter set is comprised of five eye brushes, so let's get into the review!


I purchased this set mainly because my brush collection was severely lacking in pretty much all departments. The Starter Set holds the majority of the eye brushes that Real Techniques offers so I thought I would grab it! The handles are a light aluminium with a rubberized bottom. They are purple which goes along with all of the eye brushes in the range. Their names are clearly printed on the sides, however my Brow brush's label is rubbing off, and has been since I first got them. It's a defect I'm able to overlook and it hasn't happened with any of my other brushes!


The brushes included in this set are the deluxe crease brush, base shadow brush, accent brush, pixel point eyeliner brush and the brow brush. All Real Techniques brushes use synthetic taklon bristles which are uber soft and are able to be used with cream, liquid and powder products.


Base shadow brush, deluxe crease brush

First up is the base shadow brush. This is quite a long, thin brush that comes to a slight taper. It is also slightly fluffy at the end but is overall quite dense and stiff. I find this a really great all in one brush and one that I use quite often for a no-fuss eyeshadow look. It is dense enough to apply either powder or cream shadows all over the lid, the thin, tapered point provides great precision for the crease or outer corner and the slight fluffiness blends out shadow well.

The deluxe crease brush is almost like a mini Buffing brush with a domed top. It is circular in shape and is quite densely packed with bristles. In terms of eyeshadow, I only find this functional for blending out shadow as opposed to applying it. It feathers out the edges of eyeshadow really well but if used too vigorously it can blend the shadow away. On a day to day basis, I love using this for blending in concealer which is also what the Pixiwoo sisters frequently use it for. It blends and applies both cream and liquidy concealers really well.


Brow brush, Accent brush, Pixel point eyeliner brush

The brow brush is an angled brush which I primarily use for applying brow powder. You could also use it to line the lashline with eyeshadow. However, this brush is quite big and thick compared to typical angled eye brushes. I initially thought it would be too thick for applying brow powder however it is actually very effective especially when I'm in a rush in the morning as the size fills in the brows really quickly. It doesn't mimic the natural, thin shape of the brow hairs but it shades them quite well.

The Accent brush is a tiny and very thin brush which I find is great for highlighting the inner corner or smudging shadow on the lashlines. I don't have much to say about this one, other than it does the job really well! You could also use this guy for spot concealing.

The Pixel point eyeliner brush is probably my least favourite of the set. To me, it is not "pixel point" at all, and it fact is quite thick and almost pokey around the eyes. It's designed to apply gel liner, or shadow but I find it would be much too thick to apply liner effectively and precisely. I barely reach for it and I could only imagine it being good for a very thick line of eyeliner.



The eye brushes from Real Techniques definitely don't get as much praise as their face brushes, however I feel that the quality is just as good but some of these brushes just aren't shaped very well. The Brow brush and the pixel point eyeliner brush could be thinner and the deluxe crease brush is a bit too dense to blend eyeshadow expertly. Many of these are still incorporated into my daily routine and I thoroughly enjoy them.

What are your thoughts on the Real Techniques eye brushes?

10 comments:

  1. I actually really enjoy these brushes, but I agree they aren't shaped very well. I find that they are a little too oversized for my asian eyes as well, ha!

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    1. Yes! I have small eyes too, so these aren't that great in the precision area.

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  2. Love these brushes! Have you got the expert face brush? I have been using it non-stop since i got it!

    Love your blog!

    Morgan xx

    www.basic-s.blogspot.com.au


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    1. I haven't got that one (only the buffing and stippling brush for the face) but it's definitely on my wishlist!

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  3. I really enjoyed reading this review because I haven't heard much about these and have been considering purchasing them. I love the face brushes but it's disappointing to hear that some of the shapes just aren't all that effective.
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    1. I'm glad that this was helpful for you! Yes, I definitely don't feel that these perform as well as they could or as well as other brushes on the market.

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  4. This kit looks so nice! :) I definitely want to try out more RT brushes.

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    1. You should! They actually have such an amazing range that I want to get more of too!

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  5. I have to have this set, it looks so good

    purple--flamingo.blogspot.com

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    1. It is pretty nice, and cheap too!

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