I love these brushes! I don't agree with some reviewers that this set has a bunch of great "dupes" tho. Just the opposite, in fact! I really don't want you guys to think you're getting a bunch of dupes if you buy these, because they truly are different than other brushes. I feel that what makes this set so great is exactly that-- they are unique and not duplicates (dupes) of anything! I own several MAC, Sigma, and Real Techniques brushes mainly. I own Sephora & Urban Decay brushes as well. (I also have many DS brushes, like Ecotools, e.l.f., Essence of Beauty, Revlon, etc). So, I have many other high end and low end brushes as a basis for comparison.
The contour brush is nothing like the MAC 109. I don't want people that don't know much about MAC brushes to be confused. It's not similar in application, blending style, shape, density, size, or texture. If you google it and look at pics of both, you'll see they're completely different. Also, the MAC 109 is natural hair, and these brushes are all synthetic fibres. Natural hair brushes apply product completely differently than synthetic hair. For one thing, natural hair tends to pick up much more product than synthetic hair, so synthetic is much better for highly pigmented blushes, such as NARS, or even Wet n Wild. This brush works fine for less pigmented blushes too tho. And cruelty free brushes are always a plus!
The buffing brush is also quite different than the Sigma F80 (which i also love) that it's been compared to alot. It's not nearly as dense, it's slightly softer as well. It will give u a similar finish I suppose, but a more sheer finish, and it also takes less product than with the F80, which soaks up alot more. The buffing brush gives you a phenomenal finish with liquid foundation, and it dries MUCH faster than the Sigma F80, which takes over a day to fully dry after deep cleansing it. I've seen several You Tube videos with people using the buffing brush for powder foundations, LM mineral powder and Bare Minerals, in particular, & it gave a fantastic finish.
These brushes are good for so many different purposes. For example, many reviewers have complained that the "foundation" brush that comes with this set is too small, but these brushes are so multi-purpose--if it doesn't work for foundation, use it for concealer, or a wash of cream or powder e/s all over the lid. There is a bigger foundation brush that comes with the Travel Set tho, if u like paddle style foundation brushes, & a larger angled one sold individually.You will be able to find numerous functions for each of them. I loved realtechniques.com for watching Sam (the creator of the line) demonstrate each of the brushes, and seeing the many different purposes of them. The detailer brush is also great for several things: lips, eyes, spot concealing, etc. I actually have all 3 RT brush sets, and several of their individual brushes, and they are all quite unique and unlike any other brushes I own. I love that Sam didn't try to copy off other brands, but actually designed brushes that are each unique in their own rite, including her eye brushes which I also adore.
I actually love my Real Techniques brushes as much as I love my MAC brushes. Are they as good as MAC brushes? That's like comparing apples and oranges to me, as my MAC brushes are just so utterly different. I do love both *equally* tho, as I said, and these don't shed like my MAC's. I also just got their 3 new brushes: the expert face brush (my new fav foundation brush), fine liner brush (Sam listened to the consumers about her other liner brush being too big, and designed a much smaller one), and setting brush (HG for highlighter!!), and those are fantastic too honestly.
I think it's really awesome that Sam didn't opt for designing a higher end brush line, or even a more expensive drug store line, which imo she easily could have, given her expertise and that she's highly respected in the industry. She made brushes that were easily affordable and accessible to everyone, online, or @ Ulta, Weis and Harris Teeter grocery stores, and Fred Meyer (according to the RT website). I feel that these brushes are great for beginners, or experienced makeup lovers and makeup artists. I am an aspiring makeup artist, and I find these phenomenal. If you are looking for inexpensive, but quality brushes, you can't do better than RT imho. Haha can u tell I'm excited about these brushes? LOL.
If you go to RealTechniques.com, they'll ship to anywhere in the U.S. with free shipping on $50 orders. Or you can order from iherb.com with free shipping on $20 orders, or ulta.com, who also offers free shipping on $25 orders. All the new brushes were sold out on the Ulta website the last time I tried to order from them, so I ended up ordering from iherb.com. I do have a coupon code that iherb.com gave me to share with others and it gives you $5 off your first order if you're a new customer: T I J 9 8 7. Just enter this code @ the checkout to save the $5. Iherb.com does take a bit longer than ulta.com tho, but nothing outrageous or anything, mine took about a week, and Ulta only took a few days.
I almost forgot to mention the case, which I love! Some people have said they don't like it, but u know what it's fantastic for? To dry your brushes upside down! You're always supposed to dry your makeup brushes upside down so that no water drips down into the ferrule, which over time will destroy the glue. But it's hard to stand ur brushes upside down w/out damaging them. You can easily stick your brushes in this stand upside down to dry them. Ok, I didn't intend on writing a book, I'm sorry this is so long. I just get really excited sometimes when I love a product! I'm sure u will love these brushes too :)
I love this set! The contour brush is really similar to the MAC 109 but much softer, can also be used for foundation and it gives a beautiful finish. The buffing brush is an amazing dense brush great for buffing (kinda given) and it's a really good dupe for the sigma F 80! The pointed foundation brush is good for concealer or if you only like to apply foundation to specific areas! the little detailer brush is really good for spot concealing and lipstick! Overall this set has a ton of amazing dupes and is really, really worth the money!
First of all: it has 4 brushes: a concealer brush, a foundation brush, a contour brush and a buffing brush. All with a metallic handle, and made of sintetic bristles. Now, the concealer one is too small, I guess if you have really small blemishes, It would be better for lip liner use. The foundation brush isnt that bad, its just too small, that I actually use it for concealing. The contour brush is the perfect size for under the cheekbone -space. Its been working great! I can make my own cheekbones, or at least the ilusion of them, but the buffing brush is a complete wonder! The same foundation Ive been using for the past year, looks completely different after I apply it with this Buffing brush. Makes it look great and worked into the skin, with a satin finish Im not able to get with the Mac 190. I would definitely buy this again, just for the buffing brush, perhaps I wont have to because they just launched a similar brush sold separately.
Pretty much bought for the Buffing Brush alone but they're a great set of quality, professional face brushes for a great price. The little case/stand it also comes with is a very nice touch.
I use the Buffing Brush with liquid foundation and it gives me a flawless, streak free finish. The contour brush I use for (obviously) contouring my cheek bones, and the definer brush for concealing blemishes.
I have yet to find a use for the pointed foundation brush as it seems far too small to do a full face with compared to other flat foundation brushes I have used, so for this reason I'm giving this collection an overall rating of 4.
I really like the brushes. and the quality is good.
Who would of thought that brushes i got for only 15 dollars would be so amazing. I seriously have started to use only this set. I love how soft they are and how great they move product around. When i bought the set I really didn't think i was going to like or use the detail brush but surprisingly it comes in handy. I use it to clean up my eyeliner to for small spot concealing. The buffing brush is great, i wish it was sold separately so i could buy more. It is so versatile really a must have brush, the small tapered one is also nice, i use it for highlight or blush, sometimes contouring. The only brush that doesn't get much use it the foundation brush, too small but it nice for under eye concealing.
I really do love this brush set!
I am a total makeup newbie with basically no brushes and I find this set to be full of high quality brushes that I use on a regular basis.
1. The Pointed Foundation Brush - I use this brush to apply concealer around my nose, under my eyes, on my chin, basically just to spread it out rather than to blend.
2. The Buffing Brush - I then take this brush and use it to buff and blend the concealer in, it works amazingly and gives a flawless finish. I also use this brush to apply my translucent powder (pressed) and buff that into my skin. It also works great to buff in too heavy blush or bronzer :)
3. The Contour Brush - I don't contour, but I really love using this brush with a touch of cream highlighter down my cheekbones and to apply and blend cream blush. It is the perfect size for a smaller face!
4. The Concealer/Detail Brush - I don't actually use this for concealer as I try to avoid placing concealer on any blemishes as to not clog them, but it makes a fantastic lip brush with brighter or darker colours :)
I love this set and I need to make a trip back down to the States to try a few more of their brushes!
I absolutely LOVE this brushes! Not only are they super affordable compared to MAC brushes, they apply makeup flawlessly. The buffing brush is by far my most used brush. It applies foundation so smoothly and makes my skin look flawless. The contour blush is works great for blush or contouring. All the brushes are so soft and I have yet to experience any shedding with them. I would definitely recommend that you have these in your makeup stash.
Considering I spent more on one brush from Urban Decay (which I am not keen on) this set is an absolute steal.
Primarily, I wanted a buffing brush as I was recommended at MAC for my face and body foundation. After some experimentation, I have found the buffing brush simply amazing for applying loose powder. I tap it on, then buff into the skin for a flawless look.
The foundation brush I use to apply concealer under my eyes, and it has a lovely soft feel and the angle tip is much better than the one I already have. I confess, I have never really applied my foundation with a brush as I tend to use liquid ones which streak.
The concealer brush is nice. I don't use it a lot, mainly under my eyes to clean up any eyeliner that I feel the foundation brush is too big for.
The contour brush is great. I use it for contouring and blusher, it is a great size as it is not too big. I have a heavy hand with both blush and bronzer so this is good! I do like to apply with this brush, then blend it out with a larger kabuki brush or my Stila all-over blend brush, which while smaller, has a looser texture to it.
I would buy this again and would recommend. The brushes are lovely and soft, but dense, they pick up and distribute colour excellently and £21.99 for four brushes and a carrying case? You really can't go wrong!
I'm very pleased with this set. I use the foundation brush to pack on eye shadow on the lid, and on it's side and point to create a blurred contour crease. My favorite though is the contour brush. I have a small round head with non-existant cheekbones, and the small size and tapered shape allows me to use blush as dark (I'm NW 20 with dark brown hair) as Nars Sin without looking like a clown.