I like this set but I don't love it like I do the Core Collection and the thing is, unfortunately I can't really put my finger on why I'm just kinda meh about this set. Perhaps it doesn't have enough of what I consider to be travel essentials for ME now that I've had a chance to try this out. I love the domed e/s brush for blending but not for application, I like the face brush but I don't particularly like the foundation brush (which I use to get a more precise powder application on certain areas of my face), I prefer the one in the core collection. I think I'm going to get Ecotools next. They seem to have more of what I'm looking for. Let's just say I'm glad got this set on sale :-)
This is a great set for travels or to use at home, it's comes in a black fabric case with some extra storage for other brushes. I bought this because I really wanted the multi-task brush and I love it, this one is great for powder blushes. The foundation brush from this set can be used to apply foundation but I prefer to use it for concealer. The eyeshadow brush is nice and fluffy and transfers colors easily. This set started my RT addiction and I can really recommend it. I own and used these three brushes for months now and even after washing (with a gentle baby shampoo) these have not shed a single hair!!
I love all of the Real Techniques Brushes and mostly I just love Pixiwoo!!! I own so many: Travel Essentials Set (this set), Core Set (gold/orange handles), Powder Brush, and the Kabuki Brush. This set is very useful I use the multi-task brush every day for my blush, but have also used this brush for bronzer and bronzer in the past. It really does multi-task. The dome shadow brush (or whatever brush comes in this set) blends out under eye concealer like a dream, and conceals blemishes completely. It also can be used for eyeshadow too, but I would choose one or the other for this brush (eyeshadow or concealer), so you don't get eyeshadow all over your face. I rarely ever use the foundation brush though, don't get me wrong it's really good, but I prefer using the buffing brush, my Sigma F80, or my F84 to apply my foundation. The price is exceptional for these brushes. They're really easy to clean. The only down side is I don't like their design: the large handle makes it hard to store because it takes up so much space, and I don't know anyone who will store them standing up.
OMG how I love these brushes! I use some dawn dishwashing liquid, rinse and add some CurlySexyHair conditioner...rinse again and dry on a towel. They come out like brand new :-)
Absolutely love this! So easy to use, so easy to wash and keep clean! Love the brush bag that the sets come in, so versatile! Cannot fault these brushes at all. Lovely brushes, easy to use, easy to clean and so affordable, My holy grail!!
Love the multi task brush, so soft for face power and contour. Eyeshadow brush is great too for apply eyeshadow. Haven't tried the foundation brush yet. It gets a 4 because you can't buy these brushes separately. They are really of great quality.
LOVE LOVE LOVE. affordable, amazing quality, and beautiful packaging. This is not a product that you sit and think about buying, you go out and buy it. Ive used sooo many high end brushes and was never as happy as i am with real teachniques. Theyre super soft and so fluffy, cant live without them. My skin is always so flawless thanks for the brushes !:)
These brushes are sooo soft and fluffy! I've also really noticed a difference when using the buffing brush to apply foundation! It applies so much smoother and blends amazingly!
The Panoramic case makes it easy to store all my eye brushes and it is excellent for hanging my brushes upside down to dry after I've deep-cleaned them.
As the name implies, the Multi Task Brush will work for a variety of jobs- dusting finishing or setting powder all over, bronzing the perimeter of the face- but I use this for applying and blending blush. It is slightly pinched at the ferrule making it more of an oval shape instead of completely round, which helps it to fit the contours of your face better. The bristles are also slightly cut at a taper so you can put product on the very end of the brush and the shorter bristles will blend it for you.
Leesha (AKA xSparkage) calls the MAC 227 brush the 'Magic Brush' because when you use it to put a highlight color on your brow bone, it will simultaneously blend down any crease color that may have gotten too high for your liking. It just easily and quickly fixes any problems you had with your makeup application. The Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush is very close in size and shape to the 227, does the same magical things as the 227 (maybe does them a bit better), but is infinitely softer, easier to clean, and is less expensive. Now THAT's magical!
I do not use flat foundation brushes so I gave the Essential Foundation Brush to my friend.
All Real Techniques brushes are very easy to clean and dry quickly. None of the Real Techniques brushes I have have ever shed on me, nor are any of them stained from continued use of colored products.
I have 3 downsides to Real Techniques brushes:
1) If you use alcohol or an alcohol-based cleaner to spot-clean clean your synthetic brushes, be sure to keep it away from the rubbery/soft coating on the black handle- it will melt the coating off. It doesn't ruin the brush, but you will be left with a black, shiny plastic handle with sharpish edges (this happened to my Expert Face Brush).
2) The aluminum ferrule will dent relatively easily compared to steel ferrules of other brushes. Do NOT knock the brush on the side of your sink to shake the excess water out after you've washed any of your Real Techniques brushes- it will dent the crap out of it. Don't ask me how I know. ~sigh~
3). The brushes that come in sets are NOT also sold separately. So for example if you want the Domed Shadow Brush, you have to buy the Travel Essentials Set to get it. This is the only reason the set gets 4 lippies instead of 5.
Overall Real Techniques brushes are high quality, ultra-soft brushes at a great price point. I would recommend them to anyone.
This brush set is great for the basics. It comes with a foundation brush, small domed brush and a multi-use brush, all housed in a case.
They all have metallic handles in gorgeous colours with rubberized ends so that they can stand upright on their own. The bristles are all made out of Taklon (synthetic) which makes them perfect for multi-use as they can be used for liquid/cream and powder.
The Essential Foundation Brush is really small IMO and I think it would take too long personally to apply foundation with. I would use this for applying concealer and liquid/cream contour products to chisel out the face. The quality of this brush is good as the bristles are very soft and it blends well.
The Domed Shadow Brush I used to apply my concealer under my eyes and while it added extra coverage as opposed to applying with my hands, it was very scratchy which was disappointing. It felt uncomfortable to use so I think I will have to use this just for spot concealing and applying eye shadows. I used this to apply a wash on the lid and also blend a matte shadow into the crease and it did a good job at both.
The Multi-Task Brush surprised me as I thought it wasn't going to be as small as it is but I guess that's why it would be good at applying blush, bronzer and powder. I use this for applying powder all over my face to set my foundation and it works well because it doesn't apply too much product which helps with preventing the 'too matte' look. It is extremely soft too! I already use a small stippling brush to apply blush but I think this brush is a great size for that. This would have to be my favourite brush from the set.
Overall, I think this is great as a multi use brush set for someone needing the basics. The case it comes in is nothing special but it has a nifty feature of storing the brushes upright so they're displayed nicely and can close to protect your brushes while traveling. For the price they are great quality and will purchase more from the line in the future. Highly recommend!