Most people say these brushes are soft but my foundation brush and domed shadow brush from this kit have super scratchy sharp bits that prick my skin. There must be an inconsistency with quality with this brand. It feels so horrible and makes my eyes and cheeks red. There are NO returns for cosmetics and tools in my country so I had to simply throw them out.
My multi task brush is super soft, so no issues there. However, the handle is VERY heavy and chunky compared to her other large brushes, it doesn't balance well in the hands and is a chore to use. It doesn't fit well in any of my brush cases. It doesn't spread powder as evenly as the Powder or Blush brush, which I prefer. If I had to pick one do-it-all powder/blush/bronze for travel I'd take the Blush Brush and leave the larger Powder Brush at home.
Pretty annoyed for paying all that money to get just one usable brush though. Retail is around US$45 US here :(
- blends product well
- convenient brush holder
- no shedding
- not sold individually
COMMENTS: Great quality brushes, very affordable. I love the brush holder it comes with, as well. Below are my uses for each brush:
Essential foundation brush - foundation/concealer placement, liquid contour/highlight placement
Multitask brush - powder, blush, bronzing
Domed shadow brush - brow bone, contour nose, crease work
Nothing special here.
I found this set at Winners for $16.99 Canadian and pocked it up since I heard so much hype about these brushes.
First let's start off with the multitask brush. It's recommended to be used with powder, but I find that this brush makes my powder goes on unevenly and creates a cakey look. The bristles are also too dense and stiff to pick up powder well. Instead of using this for powder, I use it to buff in my foundation. It makes the job very quick and easy since it is a relatively large brush. I get an airbrushed finish that's very even and natural. It's a little difficult to get into small parts of the face, but I use a different brush for that.
Next is the foundation brush. It really is a basic foundatiom brush, nothing special. It doesn't make my foundation streaky but it doesn't give as mice as a finish as any of my other brushes. Since it's flat, I use it to pack on powder underneath my eyes to set my concealor and keep my eyeliner from transferring.
Last is the domed shadow brush. This is probably my least favourite brush in this set. I use it with powder shadows. For laying down colour, this brush sheers it out and isn't precise enough to keep the shadow from exceeding my lid space. For putting in the crease colour, I find it lays down unevenly. For blending, it leave smy eyeshadow blotchy.
In terms of design, I think the handles as too blotchy and the choice of bristles could have been better. The bristles take forever to dry and soap doesn't rinse out cleanly.
I definately wouldn't recommend this set.
I really bought this for the domed shadow brush as I heard its a great concealer brush and that it is. The Ecotools Airbrush concealer brush, while also a good brush, has nothing on this. It blends concealer seamlessly and buying this whole set is worth it for this brush alone.
However the other two brushes are also excellent. The multitask brush is the perfect powder brush. I have the Real Techniques Powder brush which is incredibly soft and fluffy but its too big to get powder around my face evenly. The Multitask brush is fluffy enough to distribute powder, small enough to get powder where it needs to go.
The foundation brush was the one I though would end up in the bottom of my makeup drawer never to be seen again because I prefer the Expert Face Brush, but I found that this brush is perfect for cream or liquid highlighter. I got the idea from a Lisa Elridge video on how to highlight; she uses a similar style of brush in her technique. I use it to apply my NARS Multiple in Copacabana to the tops of my cheeks, above each brow and on the bridge of my nose. It gives a much more subtle, blended highlight than I get if I apply with my fingers.
Wow. Such soft brushes, I love them. This kit was about $20 Canadian at Walmart . Totally worth it . They are amazing !!
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!!