I bought this brush to apply Guerlain Meteorites because the ELF powder brush I had fell apart after two months (for whatever reason, the brush portion would not stay glued to the handle). I debated about getting this at all because I had a feeling it wouldn't be all that great but since Ulta was having a buy one-get one half off sale, I decided to take a chance.
I have Chapman's stippling brush (which I love but don't use nearly enough out of sheer laziness) and a few of her other brushes so I had a good idea of what to expect quality wise. I think Chapman's brushes are well made. The bristles aren't scratchy, they don't lose their shape or start shedding after washing and the handles are very, very sturdy. This brush, however, is a bit of a letdown. Like other reviewers have said, it is small. I don't have oddly mannish, meaty hands but this brush makes me feel like I do. Every time I use it, I end up dropping it because it's a bit difficult to get a grasp on because of the size. I also have some difficulty picking up product with this. When I swirl it in my powder container, it takes quite a bit of effort to pick up a decent amount. I don't know if this is because the brush is slanted but it takes a few tries to get the amount of product you want. It applies powder pretty evenly and I haven't had much trouble with coverage but it takes a while to get it all evened out. This could be my terrible application technique but I've never encountered this problem with other brushes - even the cheapo ones.
Overall, this brush is well made (the bristles are at least) but it's far too small and kind of a pain to use. The rest of the Chapman brushes I have work well and I would recommend those for anyone who is on a budget but doesn't want a completely crap brush but I wouldn't recommend Chapman's kabuki. If you really, really need a kabuki brush, I suggest saving up your pennies and splurging on one from by Hakuhodo or Nars.
I am surprised by some negative reviews about this brush because it is actually one of my favorites from the Real Techniques collection. It is so cute and small and is absolutely perfect for travel and to take with me to school during the day. I keep my travel size brushes in a clean zip-lock bag and use them on the go without creating mess.
Ok, so this is not a true kabuki brush since the hair is very soft and too flexible. So if you got it for the sake of using it with your foundations, this tool will not work. I use it merely for my powders since it is very soft and fluffy and does not apply too much product. I also open it up flat and use it with my Hourglass Ambient powder and it's PERFECT. I know that the Hourglass have their own brush for their ambient powders, but this one is so cheap and gets the job done with ease.
A great blush for many different uses. I use this for my powder.This applies this evenly. I love this line of brushes and am collecting them all.
First of all like all the other brushes but this one is total crap. Please advertise brushes properly. I actually felt the packaging and advertising of this is very misleading and unfair to me as a consumer. Had this been the first brush I bought from this brand, I would NOT have bought anything else. In fact it's left a bad taste in my mouth so am saving towards some suqqu brushes thanks to the lovely Eldridge who I am secretly in love with alongside goss! Goss is also developing brushes! Hope my man makes it :)))
I bought this with only real good reviews had been posted.I am happy to report that this is the only disappointing brush from the line.I don't find that this brush does anything well.When applying powder I find that even when using my HG powder it made my face look horrible and patchy.I find dividing the brush an using it for contouring doesn't work either because it opening on the widest side.Give them credit it is soft but not functional This brush is a FAIL!
I love the kits and the expert face brush
Very, very disappointed. I definitely should have read the reviews first!
Super, super tiny little thing. It's okay for all over bronzer or powder, but I prefer something bigger and a bit denser. While the opening thing is a novelty, it doesn't do much at all. I never find myself using it opened up, because blush and bronzer/contouring needs a bit more control than what this brush offers, and if I want to apply powder, I'd use it closed.
Soft bristles and a handle that feels very good in the hand, though. But unfortunately still not worth it! I'd say to go pick up an ELF Kabuki brush over this. That one is cheaper, bigger, denser, and just as soft.
I've purchased the majority of the Real techniques brush line and been very pleased. Until I got the Kabuki Brush.
My first thought when I opened the package was...Where's the rest of it??? It is TINY!! It'd make a great travel brush but for a full size kabuki look elsewhere!! I wouldn't mind so much if the description of this brush let the buyer know it isn't full size.
The idea and design of this brush is unique and clever. I love that it opens out into a wider length and is kept closed with a hidden magnet.
Whilst this is a workable brush I'd suggest those looking for a good size kabuki brush wait until the Daddy of this Baby is brought to life!
I wouldn't buy this particular brush again although I still admit it'll be a nice addin for my travel kit.
I really love this brush, it is the perfect size for travel and it amazingly soft for a drugstore brand.
One thing though, I would have wanted to have it in a pouch, as I often bring it with me for touch ups. Also, I don't really find any use out of it when I unfold it. It makes it more difficult to apply my powder or brush so I find that feature unnecessary. But all in all a great brush to have.
I wanted to use this for mineral makeup and I was very disappointed. The bristles -- although soft --are too flimsy for buffing on powder. They splat out almost flat when placed against my face, even without hard touch. Now I don't know what to use this for. *sigh*
This brush is amazing!
Its so soft and is really dense. Great for patting in powder and then buffing into the face.
It also can be folded out and used to put bronzer down your cheek.
Just a really great brush!!! Also is great on a night out because it can be used to touch up with various products and becuase of its small size it fits in any little bag.
LOVE IT and really cheap to compared to mac etc