I can’t imagine there is a make-up lover alive who doesn’t love Real Technique Brushes, as not only are they amazingly designed and very affordable, they’re also innovative and attractive too, making them pretty much perfect. The old style brushes are slowly being phased out to make way for the new designs, which I really think work so well for the brushes – there’s a more sophisticated feel, with brushed chrome effect, extra-long ferrules with coordinating handles; they’re modern and attractive whilst still holding on to the colourful fun that we associated with RT brushes.
Before taking a closer look at some of the redesigned brushes, I just want to give a quick mention to the set of 4 Miracle Sponges which are really good value at £18, since they’re £6 individually, so buying them in bulk this way technically gives you a free sponge ans you’re only paying for three. Also, if you’re a Miracle Sponge fan, they’ve just launched a trio of new shades in the Sugar Crush range – think pretty pinks and berry tones. Find the whole Miracle Sponge collection here – link.
Kicking-off with a couple of award winners, the above brushes are available in sets, or as individuals, and the top one is the beautifully fluffy Powder Brush, whilst the bottom one is the iconic Expert Face Brush, the latter of which I think introduced a lot of people to the idea of trying brushes that moved away from the traditional flat-headed foundation brush and instead try brushes that helped to buff and blend. As you can see, the new design doesn’t move away completely from the old look, but it is just a little more elegant and muted. Find both the brushes here – link – for £9.99 and £9, respectively.
The Enhanced Eye Set is where I think the new design really shines, as the elegance of the new colours really come into play. The set is also a fantastic kit, containing some eye application superstars: you get Medium Shadow Brush (I love this for applying/blending cream shadows), Essential Crease Brush, Shading Brush, Fine Liner Brush, Lash Separator and a handy little brush cup for storing the brushes. I really like the new style brush cups as I find them a lot handier than the old style ones, which I fear were more style than substance (although often very pretty!) – find the set here – link – for £19.99.
Finally, the Sculpting Set, which contains a Sculpting Brush, a Fan Brush and a Setting Brush, as well as brush cup. The Sculpting Brush is amazing for applying cream products, and I find it especially good for working cream blushers into the skin for a really natural finish. I love the Fan Brush for applying powder highlighter and leaving the finish looking seamless. My favourite of the trio is the Setting Brush, which I actually use to gently blend out concealer, as it’s just the right size and density to buff the concealer without removing it, so it’s great for under the eyes and any patches that have been concealed. The new style set doesn’t appear to be available yet, but the old one is still around and it’s £19.99 here – link.