Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Collection

I am a bit of a brush fiend – I love how you can create different looks and shapes with certain brushes, and my favourite is when I find brushes I adore which don’t cost the earth. The Duo-Fiber Collection from Real Techniques is a limited edition trio of brushes which fall into that category.

Inside the box is a Face brush, Contour brush and Eye brush with a sleek black and white handle, and black and white duo-fiber, handcut taklon bristles. It’s the first duo-fiber collection from the range, but I hope this sparks off a whole new line for Real Techniques as I love them.
The ferrule on each of the brushes is really long which means you get a lightweight application so can really build the product up in layers. The brushes are perfect for creams, liquids and powders so are really versatile. The name of the brush is on the handle, and follows the Real Techniques colour coding system – orange for the face, pink for finishing and purple for the eyes – the other ranges of brushes have the colour system as the colours of the brush handles making them super-easy for beginners to pick up and get to grips with without too much fuss, plus Sam’s online tutorials are on hand for the best way to use the brushes with some ideas for looks, so they really are perfect for newbies as well as dab hands.

The Face and Contour brushes are fairly flat – I like that in a brush – for my contour I normally squish down my normal powder brush to make it thinner… no more squishing! The Contour brush is absolutely gorgeous. I love it so much that I am definitely going to buy another so I can have one in my kit as well as my personal make up bag. It’s the perfect size to nip in under the cheekbone and it deposits colour in a nice, even way. It’s small enough that the thinner side can be used on the sides of the nose, and the fatter side can be used on the temples if you wanted to take your contour one step further. So much love for this brush!
The Face brush is a little more flippity-floppity than I personally like for my own face – I like a nice dense, short haired brush as I like to pack my powder on, but for my kit – perfect. It picks up a small amount of powder to give a light sweep over the face. The fatter side can be used to pat colour on too, but as the bristles are long, as is the ferrule, it’s a bit too much of a light application for me personally. If you like to powder just for a bit of insurance rather than a necessity (i.e. not a powder-ho like me!) then this brush will suit you fine.

The Eye brush is rounded, the same width all the way round. The length of the bristles plus the fluffiness means eyeshadow goes on really nice and gently – I’ve found I can take my colour right into the crease with this and it gives a nice soft edge to the shadow. You could also use it for gentle blending or for adding soft colour or highlights, even highlight to the cheekbone.
What amazes me most about this brush set is that it’s only £23.99 – that’s £8 per brush which is good going for brushes of such high standard – they launch in the UK in Boots on 20th May are limited edition, so grab them while you can!

Real Techniques Blush Brush

Whenever people ask me for a recommendation of where to get affordable yet effective make up brushes, one of the brands I always point them to is Real Techniques. The brand has been around for a while, but if you don’t know about them – you should! Makeup artist Samantha Chapman, one half of YouTube sensation Pixiwoo, is the brains behind the brushes. It’s nice knowing that someone who actually knows what they want a make up brush to do has made the final decisions – and also the comfort that Sam wouldn’t put her name to something she didn’t truly believe in.

I have a few of the Real Techniques brushes now, the most recent addition being the Blush Brush.

The bristles are synthetic and super-soft. They’ve been cut by hand into a dome-like shape which is great at getting in under the cheekbone if you wanted to use it for contouring and equally as good on the apple of the cheek. I find that the softness and taperedness of the brush means that the product deposits itself gently and evenly which leaves a perfect finish. I tend to use it for blush, although it can also be used for bronzer, contour or for powder – it seems to pick up all kind of powders really well.

I love the overall design too – I mean, a pink handle – what’s not to love!? They wash well, don’t seem to shed at all, and are such good value for money (this one is only £9.99 from HQ Hair). If you want to build up a brush range, I’d highly recommend the Real Techniques brushes. I’m yet to try any of the eye range, but all the face brushes, I’ve loved.