Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Brush Collection - Eyes Starter Set

Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Brush Collection - Eyes Starter Set
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130 reviews

81% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

My actual rating is 3.5, but I am bumping it up to four because these brushes are incredibly affordable for a set of five and they are also cruelty free. Here are my thoughts on the individual brushes:

-Deluxe Crease Brush: this one is round and domed and not nearly as long as a lot of crease/blending brushes that you see on the market. It is soft yet also dense, so it is effective at blending out shadow. Since I have hooded eyes I can't really apply and blend the crease color with this one, but if I use a different brush to put it on and then blend with this one it works nicely. 4/5

-Base Shadow Brush: I don't love this one for dry shadows, but it is nice with creams or with wet shadows. The pointed, tapered end lets you get all the way into the inner corner of the eye effectively. Because it is relatively flat, it is good for patting on wet or cream shades, but I find that it doesn't really hold onto dry powders very well (possibly due to the softness of the bristles.) 3.5/5

-Accent Brush: This is by far the best brush in the kit, and honestly I'd pay $17 for it by itself. It is small and precise, and it is great for shadow on the lower lash line. I also like to use this one to pat dry powder shadow on top of pencil liner to set or emphasize it. 5/5

-Fine Liner Brush: I find it to be too thick and chunky to be "fine." It works well enough to line the eyes, but it isn't nearly as precise as I would want it to be. The bristles are in a more cylindrical formation and not tapered/pointed on the ends like most liner brushes are. For me, it really does not work well with cream or gel liners, but for some reason I do like it with shadow that has been dampened for use as a liner. 3/5

-Brow Brush: again, too thick. The other brushes in this kit are so thoughtfully designed, as are RT brushes in general, but this one just stumps me because it is so gigantic. It is impossible to get any kind of hair-like strokes out of it because it is so thick. Unless you want gigantc eyebrows, this one is probably not going to be your go-to.

-the case: I think I threw this away years ago. It is neat in concept, but I found it to be really impractical for me.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Recently repurchased this as my old set has seen better days, I love real techniques they are affordable and imo good quality, not loving the white case this updated kit comes with but that's not as issue as I don't use the stand/case anyway

on 2/3/2017 11:36:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Fine

Eyes: Grey

i am generally satisfied with my purchase of these brushes, but they are not exactly what i was expecting.

the brow brush is nice. very big, so it makes product application pretty quick! but i prefer a more tapered brow tail. i didn't realize how big the brow brush would be as i ordered these online. i would not purchase a brow brush like this individually if given the opportunity, it's far too large for my liking. but if you have a much larger space to fill with product, you'll probably love this brush. it is well-made, just not my personal favorite.

the liner brush is very stiff and seems to be a good size, however i prefer a smaller, more angled brush to apply eyeliner. sometimes i use this brush to line my lips precisely with a lipstick before filling everything in. but for my eyes, i don't get much use out of it.

the small smudge brush doesn't really excite me either to be honest. it's incredibly small and so stiff as to be uncomfortable...the only purpose i can see this brush serving is to do some very targeted brow or liner cleanup. but for smudging, it hurts to use! i don't like it to smudge my eye makeup.

i also consider the large eyeshadow brush to be bit of a waste of money. i don't know how you could possibly pack color on with it, the bristles are so long and flexible. i prefer to use mine to further diffuse the edges of eyeshadows as it's large and soft and i like a very diffused application of color on my crease. if you're looking for a budget eyeshadow brush, i like the large one from wet n wild. the bristles are a bit shorter and denser so you can really pick up color and put it where you want it to be.

the blending brush is the only one i'm really happy to have purchased. it's quite soft, and i appreciate the stiffness of it (it's not so soft that it has no power to move your colors around, but it's also not so stiff that it's painful to use). this is a really nice brush that i feel like can be adapted to many users' makeup application styles.

the problem with this set is that it doesn't allow for a lot of precision for the most part, but it does feature a variety of brushes that you can pretty easily figure out how to work into your routine. what i've discovered with this kit is that even though you can definitely find a use for each and every brush, you really just have to ask yourself - do i NEED a new brush to be able to achieve that? to be honest, i wish i hadn't spent the money on this set as even though the blending brush is nice, all the other brushes just take up space in my collection. i can find uses for them, but i could do all the things before with my old brushes that i'm able to do now with these. i don't need a dedicated inner corner highlight brush, and i didn't need another lip brush, especially one that can't fill in my entire lip.

real techniques makes some dope brushes, but i'd say you can skip this set, especially if you already have a few eye brushes of your own.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Just wanted a good basic set because I'm not an eye makeup person but this turned out to be incredibly horrible. The bristles are tough and pokey in my eyes. The brow brush is way too bushy to apply brow gel well and the eye liner brush is really laughable for a fine line. Overall quite disappointed with the experience. And man! They're expensive in Singapore.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Other, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

It's an okay starter set

on 8/23/2016 8:04:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I bought this little set at Kohl's and have utilized them all for different purposes. I find them a great deal for the price. I do not find them scratchy either. I suppose that is a relative thing. They really are decent and well made brushes.

1. Especially I like the larger Shadow brush for laying down base shadow all over. I use this daily.

2. The larger Crease brush I use to blend out eyeshadow above the crease and sometimes as a buffing brush for my concealer.

3. The Liner brush I use when I don't necessarily need a fine line for my lid or under eye.

4. The Accent brush is great for getting in small places like the inside corners of the eyes and at times on the lid.

5. The angled brush is useful for making finer lines and I also use it for my brows when my other angled brow brush is drying.

I would say I would recommend these for those who are starting a brush collection or for those on a budget. They have been very durable. I have not had any shedding from them yet and I have had my set for over three years. I use at least one of them daily.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Grey

I got these for my bday & I'm loving them!! I've been on a RT brush kick--I have 6 RT face brushes (blush/powder/folding bronzer/folding kabuki/2 stipple brushes), now these & I find them to be high quality & I love the stand they come with, that was a nice bonus. The eyeliner brush is really gr8, I used that today w MAC Dipdown Fluidline gel liner & it turned out perf! It's very similar to the MAC pointy eyeliner brush I got w the MAC Dipdown holidays 2015 set. I'm slowly collecting some better brushes (not necessarily $$$ but just good quality DS brushes eg RT, ELF studio black handle brushes, the new wnw vegan brushes I own others a couple HE & the rest are Coastal Scents or ELF white handle, Sonia Kashuk a couple Eco tools I've kind of got a menagerie of low end brushes from various DS exploits). The slant brush is perf for brows, the other brushes are excellent too I don't know the technical names for them lol. Brushes aren't my area of expertise! But to my untrained self these are excellent I'm no beginner but these are useful no matter where u r in ur MU knowledge. Practice makes perfect!! :-)

on 2/9/2016 7:15:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This is a mixed bunch, ranging from "I love it" to "meh" to just "nah".

First of all, the eyeliner brush I haven't used much, simply because I haven't had a gel liner to apply with it. I have my doubts though about how it'll perform, as it feels strangely soft and has long bristles. I'm used to applying gel/cream eyeliner with short and dense brushes. I've found a different use for this though, which is to apply castor oil to my upper lash line/directly onto my lashes at night.

The brow brush is alright. It's thicker than any other brow brush I own, which makes for quicker applying. I find that its denseness helps in taming your brows a bit, at least when using it with Anastasia's dip brow pomade. When I have the opportunity to take my time with my makeup I go for a thinner brush, to get a little bit more control over the shape of my brows, but this works for everyday use.

The accent brush is just perfect for the small details. I most often use it to add a highlighting shadow to the inner corner of my eyes. Since it's so tiny you get the shadow exactly where you want it right away. That means I can practically just dot it on, and then go over with a blending brush to blend it out a little bit.

The base shadow brush would be the "meh" part of the collection, at least for its intended purpose. There's nothing monumentally wrong with it, I just find that I have better (and coincidentally also cheaper) ones. I think the bristles are a little too long. The softness of the brush is lovely, but combined with the length of the bristles I find it hard to really "pack on" the eyeshadow. I much prefer a denser eyeshadow brush. Especially since I think those result in less fallout. When playing around with it though, I've found that I like to blend my crease with it, so it definitely comes in handy for that.

The one brush I can't get along with is the crease brush. It's just way, way too big. This one is dense for sure, but it's also just so ridiculously big. I may not have the most eyelid to work with, but I don't know how big eyes/how much eyelid space you would need to have for this to be an accurate size. If I use this brush I won't be adding a crease shadow, but rather a shadow over the crease, up towards the brow bone and half way down to the lash line. You lose all precision and mess up the work you've done so far. Works well as a concealer brush, though. I use it under my eyes (which I've actually seen the pixiewoo girls to as well).

So, why the 4? Reading what I've said so far makes me feel like I've not raved about this collection nearly enough to warrant a 4/5 rating. Here's why: this is a brush set that in theory includes everything you need for your eyes, and every brush is of great quality. I'm pretty damn thorough with cleaning my brushes, and after months of use I still haven't seen them shed a single bristle. So even if all of them didn't work wonderfully for me, this is a solid purchase to me. And you can find new ways to use most of them, if you don't stare yourself blind on the way they're "supposed" to be used - I know I did initially.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I've had this brush set for a couple of months now, and I'm really liking the quality. I have to admit I only use 3 out of 5 - the deluxe crease brush, the base shadow brush and the accent brush. The two others - the fine liner brush and the brow brush - I see pretty much no point in, as they feel too stiff/ for their original purpose. But hey that's just my experience.

I don't use the panoramic case in ways that it is recommended, I just keep the brushes there when I dont use them. Still it is quite handy for when traveling, so thumbs up right there!

Overall pros:
- applies smoothly
- blends really well
- no shedding or breaking
- easy to clean, dries quickly without drying out the hairs
- pretty design
- OK for beginners

Overall cons:
- the fine liner bristles are not dense enough
- a single brush cannot be purchased alone

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I only use two out of three brushes, since the eyeliner brush is WAY too thick and chunky and the eyebrow brush as well. One of the other brushes has been loosing bristles. Not worth the money.

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