I have been needing some eye brushes for quite some time now, but as a professional procrastinator, I never actually found myself buying these for whatever reason. Mostly because eye brushes are exceptionally small and expensive per piece. So when I found out about the Real Techniques Starter Set brushes, I was in absolute awe.
The Real Techniques Starter Kit is officially described as:
Eye definition goes high definition with our revised starter set.
- Base shadow brush: applies a smooth, flawless foundation of color.
- Deluxe crease brush: soft, oversized design for effortless contouring.
- Accent brush: for precision detailing, highlighting and smudging.
- Fine liner brush: for precision application of liquid of cream eyeliner.
- Brow brush: distinctive shape easily defines eyebrows.
The brushes are pretty much set in that order, from left to right, except for the first two, which are switched.
One thing I can say for sure about the Real Technique brushes is they are well presented for their price. Before Real Techniques came along, the only
good drugstore/affordable brushes were Eco-tools, and though they were quite pretty with their bamboo handles and all, the packaging simply wasn’t (at least for my own personal taste). Real Techniques on the other hand, has some booty-kicking packaging!! I personally find their cases/stands, in which the brushes come in, surprisingly luxurious.
The first brush I ever purchased from RT was the Expert Face Brush, for stippling foundation, and it was absolutely amazing. It left my face absolutely flawless and blended my foundation quite effortlessly. And so I expected this same type of treatment from these brushes.
Let’s break it down, shall we?
The Base Shadow Brush is great for it’s intended purpose, which is for applying a base color all over the lid. Pretty “Base”-ic 😉
The Deluxe Crease Brush is real big, fluffy and soft, though I wish it were as good on my small eyes. This brush sadly covers pretty much my whole eyelid rather than just the crease. It’s a great blending brush but sadly simply does not fulfill its purpose for me. EcoTool’s smudge brush is much better for the crease for small eyes, though it’s a tad too small.
The Accent Brush is great for small places, like the inner corners of the eyes and the upper sides of the nose, where concealing or highlighting may be needed/wanted -though a pointed concealer brush would do just as well. This is more of an “accessory” brush.
The Fine Liner Brush, I’ll be totally honest, I don’t even know what I’d use with or how. I have another just like it, which I rarely use, though according the other brush’s packaging, it is a smudge brush, vs. this which is a liner brush. Though this brush is very small, I don’t find it tapered enough to line my small eyes, nor shaped “correctly” in a helpful manner to shape my liner. Though the next one is! (You might want to use ELF’s liner brush for that 🙂 )
The Brow Brush I find perfect for tight lining, and, well, any type of lining. I’m sure it’d do quite well on eyebrows, though mine are thick enough to leave alone!! 🙂 I find it very useful to apply liquid and cream eyeliner on my top lids, as well as wet shadow to line my upper lids. This, along with the “Base Shadow” brush are my absolute favorites.
Overall the brushes are just as good in quality as the expert face brush, though they don’t stand on their own as easily, and the print on the brushes is harder to see, even when compared to the expert face brush.
The stand I don’t find particularly useful, at all. It’s great to travel with, but I wouldn’t use it to stand my brushes as it doesn’t, well, stand. The idea of it is, it’s supposed to bend in half and be used as a stand. The problem with that is, it doesn’t stay that way. It simply falls flat after literally 0.5 seconds.
Generally, this set is very well constructed and designed. It comes at a great price, though there are a few of these brushes which just wouldn’t go well for specific types of eyes (such as small, etc). If you have average sized eyes (“almond eyes”) (which you likely do), it’s great for all around, different types of eye looks, but for those with eyes smaller than average, you might have to switch out some of these brushes instead. Whether that’s worth it or not, you’d have to be the judge of that!!
Have you tried out any Real Techniques Brush sets? Let me know!!