Generally speaking, all Real Techniques brushes are really soft, they don't shed at all, they're not smelly or anything and they kept their shape after I washed them with warm water and Marseille soap like I do for all my brushes. All brushes are made of Tacklon and are cruelty-free, which is great.The color of the handle indicates the use of the brush: eye brushes are purple, yellow ones are for face and pink ones are 'finishing' brushes. The whole name of the brush is written on the handle, so it's really helpful for beginners.I also like that all brushes have a flat end to their handles so they can stand on it.
I must say the Stippling brush is the one I was the most excited about getting because I had a feeling it would perform well for foundation application.I decided to put it on a hard test and try it with Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation. This one has the (quite deserved) reputation to be hard to apply, particularly if you don't have the right technique and obviously the right tools. Following the advice I had gotten at the Illamasqua counter, I used a very small amount of product and applied in very soft light strokes with the stippling brush. It worked like a dream, I was really impressed - and if this brush can apply this foundation perfectly, it will work with everything else.
This one costs £8.99/ USD 9.99, which is great value for money and definitely cheaper than a lot of equivalents on the market.
GREAT DUPE FOR MACS 187 &SO MUCH CHEAPER,DOESN'T SHED OR LEAK DYE &MAKES BLENDING SO EASY(: FANTASTIC!
Since these brushes first came out, i have been trying to get a hold of them. Everytime i ran into Ulta thy were completly sold out!. But finally i was able to get them, and am so glad i did. This brush has worked flawlessly with cream and powder foundations for me.The price is completly reasonably, really quite a good deal for an excellant brush. I am so happy with the results this brush has given me. If your looking for some new brushes, defiently go look at Real Techniques!!
I'm loving this brush! I used with cream and liquid foundation, blush, and bronzer. I was gonna also get the powder and blush brush but I think I'm just gonna get another backup one of this same brush. I'm surprised it's only $9.99 at Ulta.
I'm going to break this down into three parts: Brush construction, bristles and application.
The brush itself is solid. I love the fact that most of the brush is the ferrule. It feels light in my hand which makes it easy to move around and the size of the handle is certainly big enough. I find it cute that it stands on it's own. It's not a requirement for me but it's certainly nice that she had the consumer in mind rather than the makeup artist.
The bristles are a soft synthetic known as taklon. The shape is flat and dense and the shortness of the bristles makes it great for really buffing in product. It's not a typical stippling brush and is more along the lines of the MAC 130, but as I've not tried the MAC 130, I can't actually make the comparison.
This is great for liquids, creams and powers. I have used this for foundation, powder and blush and it performs beautifully with all mediums. I also love this for highlighters to prevent from applying too much product. Yet another winner from Real Techniques!
It took me forever to find this brush because it was sold out both in store and on the Ulta website, so when I finally got my hands on it I was very excited! I didn't expect to love this brush as much as I do, but I have been very pleasantly surprised. I use this to apply liquid foundations, and this brush makes it so easy to blend! I hardly have to put any effort into applying and blending liquid foundations using this brush, and it's a lot easier to clean than more densely packed brushes. I have used this with Maybelline SuperStay, Rimmel Clean Finish, Maybelline FitMe, Neutrogena Healthy Skin, and Almay Nearly Naked Makeup, and this brush worked phenomenally well with all of them. I find that it works better with the more liquid-y ones (Maybelline FitMe and Neutrogena Healthy Skin), but I've not had major problems using this brush at all. It applies my foundation lightly with no streaks, and I rarely need to go back with another brush to blend. I also use this to blend my concealer into my foundation, and it works really well for that as well. This brush was also really inexpensive, and for those who live near Ulta, it should be easily accessible. I will definitely be purchasing one or two more of this brush and more from the Real Techniques line because this one is so so good. The bristles are very, very soft and just stiff enough to blend product without being too stiff. The handle is nice as well: I like the weight of the brush, and I appreciate the thicker bottom, so I can stand this brush up on its own instead of sticking it in my overflowing brush holders! I have noticed though that the ferrule gets scratched and dented fairly easily, but I'm not one to be overly concerned about that as long as the brush itself works well and isn't falling apart. I also like the colored ferrules!
I LOVE this brush.. I got it for only $5 with my coupon and it's awesome for foundation application! I'm about to go buy another one..
The white bristles are longer and so i feel like it gently spreads the foundation better... totally buying again!
For the price it's a fantastic brush, plus it's vegan. This beats my MAC 187 short handle brush and that nasty coastal scent brush hands down. I've used it with liquid foundation and it applies really well. It's almost as good as the Sigma flat top kabuki brush. The bristles are good quality, but the Sigma one is more dense, that is the only difference and the only area of my face that I could tell a difference between the two brushes is my nose. The rest of my face looked the same (to be fair my nose is my problem area with redness). With the RT brush I had to stipple not swipe on my nose to get the same effect as the Sigma.
The RT brush is better priced, $9.99 vs $16, and I didn't pay full price since Ulta has buy 1 get 50% off (Sale ends May 8, 2011) and I used the Ulta $3.50 coupon. Before taxes that comes out to be $6.49. For a better deal combine this with another $9.99 brush and use the $3.50 coupon; that knocks it down to $5.74 each before taxes.
I have to admit, this brush has been getting more use then my MAC 188. The bristles are firm and not scratchy. It blends very smoothly, almost making my foundation disappear into my skin. I love the pink and black handle, and it feels solid.
Still loving this brush and its holding up well with daily use.
This is a great brush. I got this so I could try out the "stippling" effect with my foundation. I apply dots of foundation on my face (forehead, cheeks, nose, chin) and then just dab it with the stippling brush until it's blended. It gives a great airbrushed effect, and it doesn't look streaky like you can get if you use a regular foundation brush or a sponge.
I like this brush, I think the pink aluminum ferrule is sleek-looking, I love that it's synthetic hair. The bristles are the duo-fiber look. It can stand up by itself too, since the bottom of the handle is flat, which is neat.