I don’t really get into brushes and tools that often, even though the Hubs says I should, so when I received this Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Brush Set from Influenster I knew this would be a great time to talk about some brushes. I do want to mention that in the blog post I’m post pictures of the brushes and telling you my thoughts on the brushes. However, on the YouTube video I’m actually doing a get ready with me using the brushes. If you want to see that check out the video below and if not just keep scrolling!
About Real Techniques
Before we jump into talking about what the Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Brush Set let’s talk about Real Techniques itself. Real Techniques was started in 2011 by sisters Sam and Nic, the duo behind the YouTube channel Pixiwoo. After their YouTube channel started to make a stride the sisters decided to launch a brush collection to help others out there have good quality tools at affordable prices to help master the techniques that they teach on their channel. The line initially started with a face set and an eye set and then branched out to individual brushes, beauty sponges, different sets, and even different lines like the PowderBleu collection.
About the Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Brush Set
The Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Brush Set includes four newly designed brushes and a beauty sponge. You can purchase this brush set at Ulta for $19.99. The four brushes consist of the Blush Brush, the Setting Brush, the Expert Face Brush, and the Deluxe Crease Brush. The newly designed aspect includes a new numbering system for the brushes, new handles for the brushes (I actually get more into this in the above video), and new bristles although I’m not sure if the new design for the brushes is just different packing technique (i.e. more dense/less denseness) of if it’s new brush material but I’m leaning towards new packing technique. Let’s learn more about these brushes shall we?
Expert Face Brush
The Expert Face Brush is now the RT 200 Expert Face Brush and is designed to apply liquid and / or cream face products to the skin with a buffing technique. The bristles for the Expert Face Brush are firmer and I actually really liked this version of the Expert Face Brush compared to the previous version. In the video above, I used the newer Expert Face Brush on one side of my face and started using the previous version on the other half but I quickly switched back to the newer version because I found that the older version was actually eating foundation instead of applying it, and yes it was a new older version in that it hadn’t been used before if that makes sense. Whatever redesign they did with the bristles of the Expert Face Brush, I’m in love with it!
Deluxe Crease Brush
The Deluxe Crease Brush is now the RT 300 Deluxe Crease Brush and is designed to blend eye shadows into the crease. The Deluxe Crease Brush has short, desnse bristles with a flat top and is kind of bulky for my crease area. I tried to use this brush in multiple ways in the video and in all honesty the only thing I really liked it for was applying a base color all over the eye area. This may because I have hooded eyes or it may be because I have a smaller eye area but I really didn’t like this for my crease area. Two things with this brush, I feel like they made it a bit thicker than the Deluxe Crease Brush normally is but I may be mistaken but either way I wish that they had included a smaller or more tapered brush in this kit.
The Blush Brush is now the RT 400 Blush Brush and is designed to apply blush to the face in a more natural look. The Blush Brush has tapered, fluffy bristles and initially (and in the video) I felt that I would like this more for dusting powder over the face. HOWEVER, in the video I used it for applying color back to the cheeks with bronzer and blush and after wearing it for the rest of the day I’m in LOVE with how this brush applies bronzer. Life changing I’m telling you!
The Setting Brush is now the RT 402 Setting Brush and is designed to applying highlighter or setting powder more precisely. The bristles on the Setting Brush are soft and fluffy and in all honesty I use to use this brush for EVERYTHING. I have so many of the older version of the Setting Brush that it seriously isn’t even funny. I have one for highlighter, one for precise contour, one for setting the under eye, etc. etc. and I mention all of that in the video. Again though, after wearing the look after filming I decided that I’m not as in love with this Setting Brush as I am the previous versions of the brush. Whatever they did in the resign for this brush was not for the better. Don’t get me wrong, the brush isn’t HORRIBLE, it’s just not as good as it use to be…
Overall, I’m a huge fan of Real Techniques and have been for years now. I highly recommend picking up Real Techniques brushes when you have the chance, especially if you find them somewhere like TJ Maxx! I also highly recommend picking up this brush set if you see it at Ulta, or anywhere else that Real Techniques is sold, as you can’t go wrong with this brush set. While not all of the redesigns made the brushes better than what they were firstly that is just my opinion and secondly these brushes are still pretty damn good for the money!
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