Yeah so this is supposed to be a shading brush, right? I don't use it like that. Instead I use it to blend out concealer. It's a dream for that. It's small enough to fit right up under my lash line and into that wonderful "bag" area where it's the darkest.
I'd recommend this whether or not you're going to use it for shading. You'll find a way to use this.
When I first saw this brush I was skeptical because I thought it looked ridiculously teeny. But once I started using it HOLY COW it is absolutely perfect. This is super soft - like all the brushes from the Real Techniques line - so it's very kind to the delicate skin in the eye area. It is actually a fantastic size for working a dark color into the outer corner and crease, or for highlighting the brow bone and inner corner, or for applying a bit of highlight to the center of the lid to finish off a look. It's so versatile! Definitely great for smaller eyes but just a wonderful brush in general. It also washes extremely well with no shedding whatsoever, again like all the RT brushes, and keeps its shape like a champ and all for a whopping price of $6 (or less if you catch one of their many sales). This may actually be the first brush in my collection that I buy multiples of.
I was so surprised by the performance of this brush. Its very soft, ideal for blending especially on the lower lash line. I can do all my eye makeup especially smokey eye with just this brush. I got 2 more so i don't have to wash it every day, love this brush.
This is perfect for basic shadow application. The size is great for getting product just on the lid or just in the crease or just wherever you want it. Its dense enough to pack on the color, but is fluffier than a lot of basic shadow brushes so it can also blend the shadow you put down without having to grab a separate blending brush- just wipe it off on a tissue or towel and blend away!
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 2 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~
Overall Real Techniques brushes are high quality, ultra-soft brushes at a great price point. I would recommend them to anyone.
The perfect small blending/crease brush. If you have small eyes, get this! It's only $6 at Ulta which is great for the quality. It's super soft too as are all Real Techniques brushes. Blends beautifully. It's also a great shading brush too though. It is slightly pinched so it is not all around round. It's mildly flat. The brush (the actual taklon synthetic hair part) is about a centimeter squared. I clean with a moisturizing body wash, so it doesn't dry out. Shampoos with a lot of sulfates will make the brush lose its softness. The brush is lightweight and cute. It's about 14 cm long overall. For travel, it's a versatile brush.
This is a great brush. The craftmanship is top notch and the bristles are baby soft. It is a small brush and it is good at precise shadow application needs. However, not the best at packing on pigment. I like using this particular brush when I want to blend in a lighter inner corner lid color on top of an existing darker lid shade to make a gradient color effect.
Am kind of disappointed with this brush. I was expecting a lot because of all the glowing reviews, but it doesn't hold a candle to my Mac 217 brush. I don't do fancy things with my eye. The fanciest thing I do is a shadow on lid, one on crease, a little highlight in the inner corners. With my Mac 217, I am able to pick up a lot of pigment from a cheap eyeshadow like Maybelline and use it as an adequate crease color. With this brush, it was almost impossible. The only reason I bought this brush was because I wanted a variety of brushes so that I don't have to clean my Mac 217 every day. Overall, it is an all right brush if you just want to cover the lid for a basic day look (with just a matte or slight shimmer brown eyeshadow) or simple blending, but for more complex looks, it's not a one brush that does all like my Mac 217 is. It just is too dense and small for my taste.
EDIT: Stick with Ecotools shading brush. Way better, greener, and more economical.
Great brush. First I went into a Mac store to ask for a shading brush and after showing me some they didn't have it i stock, so opted for the Real Tecniques shading brush. The bristles are soft but firm enough to apply the colour to your lid, easy application and the brush looks good, also great for blending.
All the Real Techniques brushes are amazing, but to begin, this shading brush is brilliant!
1. Soft (delicate on skin)
3. Good size/easy to hold
4. Cheap basic brush
5. Easy to use for blending/shading
6. Spreads eyeshadow evenly (precise)
7. Hold perfect amount of eyeshadow (no need to swipe in the makeup 10 times or dab on a tissue before using)
My favorite eyeshadow brush of the moment. So soft and packs on the right amount of shadow and pigment. Does not shed at all. Definitely a must have. Great price too.