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
The Real Techniques kabuki brush is probably the most original/gimmicky brush in Samantha Chapman's brush collection: it's an angled kabuki brush that unfolds to become a flat, wide fan-type brush. I find most of the Real Techniques brushes to be very thoughtfully designed; this one is a little funky, has a few flaws, and it's not my absolute favorite, but it's still useful.
Basically, it's two brushes in one, with different features:
-Soft, tapered Taklon fibers.
-Brush handle is about an inch tall and a little less than an inch wide when in kabuki-mode.
-About that handle... it's got a matte finish, but the finish itself is not good quality. My brand-new kabuki had what looked like white glue or some kind of residue on the edges and around the hinge. Come to find out, that's the matte finish coming off. Underneath is plain, shiny black plastic. It did not take long for the matte finish to get beat up even more, just from hanging out in my makeup bag. So it does not look great at this point, and I've only had it for a couple of weeks.
-The handle is split into two halves, connected by a hinge and held closed magnetically. Once it's open, it's easy to hold it flat, and it stays flat pretty well, but I think it's safer for the life of the brush to keep it closed for storage.
-I wasn't a huge fan of the plastic packaging. There's a lot of plastic for a little bitty brush.
-This is the first Real Techniques brush I've had that has given me "fiber trouble." There are one or two hairs that kind of stick up taller than the rest. And, because I unfold and fold the brush, a few hairs sometimes get caught in the hinge. Provoking. It hasn't shed yet, but those tall hairs worry me.
AS A KABUKI:
As a kabuki, it's a nice size and shape. I have a small face and I like to feel in control of my brushes. This isn't a baby buki, per se, but it's one of the smaller kabukis I own. The tall side is 1 and 1/2" tall and tapers down to an inch. It's about an inch and a half in diameter. It's nicely dense and not too floppy.
I really like that it's angled. I've never had an angled kabuki before, and they're really comfortable in my hand as I apply powder to my face.
I was worried that the fact that it splits would really affect the performance of the brush in kabuki mode... but it really doesn't. If you look at the brush from the top, you can't even tell that it's not a normal kabuki brush.
AS A LARGE, FLAT, FAN-TYPE BRUSH:
I don't even know what to call it. I've never seen a brush quite like it. It's about an inch thick and two and a half inches from end to end. The ends are 1" tall and the middle is 1 and 1/2" tall, so it's got a soft arc. Basically, it's a rainbow shaped brush that's a little thicker in the middle than the ends.
It was apparently designed for color/contour. I do not like this for contour. It doesn't really fit in the hollows of my cheeks. I don't really particularly want to have contour color that goes an inch deep under my cheekbone and two and a half inches into my cheek! So it's big for that.
It's a bit better at applying blush, but it won't fit into most blush pans, so I have tap it on the blush pan first and THEN unfold the kabuki. It will apply it in a stripey-looking shape, of course, and it's not particularly great at blending, so it's more for defined blush looks or very subtle blush colors.
I do like it for dense application of highlighter across the top of my cheekbone.
I also like this shape for a softer application of powder. When I don't feel like buffing powder in with the kabuki, I can sweep it on when it's in "large-wide-fan-type" mode and it will give lighter powder coverage.
All in all, I really appreciate the value and the shape of the angled kabuki. Even if this is not the greatest for color products, I still like that I can control the finish of my powder products by using it as a dense kabuki or as a very wide powder brush. It's not my favorite of Sam's brushes, but it's not the worst choice you can make.