Omggg a must buy. I have brushes of all price ranges, high, mid, low, natural fude and synthetic. I love most of them but real techniques is the brand I generally recommend to everyone.
They are of amazing durability, I can be absolutely unforgiving when cleaning any brush from RT and they withstand anything, even if I do break them (which I haven't yet) I can just very easily replace them as they are amazingly cheap. The shapes that Sam and Nic tailor are phenomenal and I actually prefer a lot of brush styles over more expensive brands like Zoeva or Sigma, it really does feel as though genuine thought and care was put by actual makeup artists when creating these brushes.
A lot of the shapes were very innovative at the time, and they've proven to be cult classics for how long they've stood the test of time. This brush is certainly one example. This was a unique shape at it's release (2012) and and still loved by many today.
I adore it. This is definitely my most used brush in my unhealthily extensive brush collection. But not for the reasons you think. I mainly use this for concealer as I don't use foundation much. This sheers it out beautifully, I do a mixture of gently buffing it into my skin in circular motions barely touching my skin and lightly tapping it in after targeting my under eye and cheek area. I was looking for a dupe to this brush as there might be something better, like a Japanese fude alternative but this does such a phenomenal job, it's synthetic too so it deals with liquids better.
The uses don't stop there, I can use this for a sheer application of cream/liquid blush (liquid better), and it does that amazingly, using a similar technique to applying foundation/concealer but more patting it into the skin. Actually come to think of it you can really use this for any cream/liquid, contour it would do great job, bronzer maybe, the uses for this is limitless.
Oh yeah, it can also be used for setting and powder. I actually don't use this much for those, I use natural hair alternatives but don't get me wrong it's still awesome for that. The size is sooo genius and I freaking wish there were more dupes of this from other brands (fude alternatives!). The size fits perfectly on the under eyes, eyelids and under the nose.
I will say that the design looks kinda tacky and outdated, even the remodel with the gold handle it feels kid-makeup-ish and I would instantly repurchase it if they released like a sleek black high-end looking handle. The construction is superb though, very sturdy and washes beautifully, literally like 3 hairs shedded in the year (with many many washes) that I've had. the rubber end is very smart and while it can be propped up its own it doesn't do a great job at it, any slight touch will knock it over but a very minor issue. Nothing has chipped off and both the bristle and handle are very high quality.
The bristles are very plush and soft and aren't scratchy at all, brushes from Zoeva absolutely disappointed me because a lot of those with like 5 times the price were scratchy to my skin. People lectured me that it was because I was using it too hard but come on, I tried my hardest to abuse my face with RT and fude brushes and no method scratched my skin.
I very very rarely use this phrase, but really this is a must. The price is an absolute steal.
If you do no-makeup makeup (me!) you need this brush even more because it's sheering power for anything is phenomenal.
If you like using creams but especially liquids this is a must.
If you need to target small areas this a must.
I can't repeat this enough: too many uses!!! The perfect travel brush as this checks too many boxes.
This is probably my favourite brush in my entire collection, I even bought two which was a better purchase decision than most of the many I've made during my makeup journey.