I keep buying this brush!
I love it! This brush can be used for so many different applications! I love it to apply my B.B. cream. Something about the shape and softness of the bristles gives me a perfect finish every time. I makes applying foundations a breeze around the eye and nose area. I have also been using this brush to apply my contour colors and creme blushes. It feels very natural in my hands and I love how it spreads my products evenly. You can't beat the price (approx. $8.00) and this brush has lasted through a year of 3-day a week washings.
Real Techniques brushes are very hyped up makeup brushes because Sam from pixiwoo is the creator of these. They're very affordable (from six dollars to eighteen dollars for sets) and can be purchased from Ulta and I believe Amazon as well. I went to Ulta (forty minutes away) yesterday and purchased two brushes: face expert (orange) and setting (pink). The Expert Face brush is for blending cream and liquid foundation. The Setting brush is good for applying powder or highlight on certain areas of the face. I've been using Expert Face for tinted moisturizer all over and Setting to apply powder underneath the eyes where I like to set concealer. I'm completely used to applying my tinted moisturizer with my fingers. I've used brushes before and I didn't like the way they left streaks all over my face so I just felt like brushes were useless. I also wasn't keen on the idea of washing the brushes after every use (because built up liquid product is not pretty, obviously). But I'm a fan of the pixiwoo sisters (more Nic than Sam, heh) so I wanted to support. I always see these brushes being used and I wanted to try the new ones out. Plus, I already own the purple handle eyeshadow brush and I love it, so why not get more? Ulta also had a BOGO50% sale. I just wanted to see if a Face Expert brush really made any difference. Does it make a difference appearance wise? I'm not very sure. It is fun to use. Just swirling it around on my face is fun. It's so soft so it's nice. It does leave streaks so I have to use my fingers in the end to wipe those marks away. It has made a difference in a different department: feel. When I apply theBalm BalmShelter TM on my face with my fingers, it does feel a little TM-heavy. It's nothing major, but it's there. When I use the Face Expert brush, I can hardly feel the TM on my face at all. This brush does shed a little bit. As I was doing my makeup, I noticed I had brush hairs on my face at least three times. Since the hairs were fairly easy to remove, I did not rage at all (lol), but it's not something I'd like to keep doing every time I do my makeup. Overall, I like the brush. I will continue using it for my face makeup.
Perfect brush for blending foundation
Love love love. When I first got it I wasn't sure if I liked it but then after a few days I got the hang of it and learned how to use it for a flawless, well-blended finish. I use a combination of buffing, stippling, and swirling techniques to blend my foundation. It fits perfectly under the eye so I can blend undereye concealer with this brush as well. Quite a multitasker brush. I just can't say it enough - I love this brush. I want to keep buying it forever. It's an essential for makeup.
Not for me at all.
I have heard nearly every person rave about this particular brush. I tried it myself and I had a whole different experience with it. I admit, I loved it at first. However, after a month, it started shedding. I take care of my brushes and I am careful not to over wash them but that was not enough. My brush literally fell apart in clumps. At one point every single hair fell out in one giant clump. I was upset of course because I had not seen a bad review. I had also bought the powder brush and the bristles look like they are poking out from where all of the other bristles are originally placed. I know this means the hairs are about to fall out because that is what happened to my first Expert Face brush. I barely use the powder brush so I do find it odd it started shedding so quick. Fast forward a few months or so, I decided to try the Expert Face brush again thinking I had gotten a defective one. I thought wrong. Not even a few uses and the bristles are starting to poke up again like the powder brush. I do not wear makeup every day so I know I am not using this brush too much. I wash my face brushes once a week and sometimes every other week if I do not use them. The powder brush is another story. I barely use it. Once or twice a month I will use it for blush. It is strange that the bristles are still poking up because of this reason. I am not aggressive when washing my brushes and I use a gentle baby shampoo. I use the baby shampoo on my Sephora Professional brushes and I do not see any shedding nor any bristles poking up. I personally do not see the hype with these brushes. The bristles feel cheap and the handles feel cheap. My skin cannot tolerate these brushes as it feels like I'm being pricked. My skin is sensitive to most. synthetic bristles and while the bristles feel horrible due to my skin being so sensitive, the bristles still didn't feel soft even before when my skin wasn't as sensitive. I find this brush also tends to make my foundation sit weird on my skin no matter what I use. Before when I said I loved this, I was using this to sort of "stipple" the foundation on my skin. Buffing with this brush is a pain. It is streaky and seems to take away some of my foundation no matter how gentle I am. I noticed when using this brush that it soaks up a good amount of product as well. The only reason I am giving this a single star is because of the price. In short: Pros: Affordable Easy to find Cons: Shedding Harsh on my skin Feels very cheap Soaks up a lot of product Does not help with blending
I like it. Very much.
I had only ever seen these esteemed Real Techniques brushes in YouTube videos and dreams. I yearned for the day I would b privileged enough to rub its lovely bristles all over my face. Many a days journey was the only Ulta near me, and I could not partake in the mystique and splendor of what could only be a Real Techniques brush. Until recently. Theatrics aside, I do quite like this brush. When the Ulta, previously plagued with "Coming Soon!" signs billowing ominously in the breeze, finally opened near me, I was ecstatic as 1. it's Ulta and 2. I can buy inexpensive brushes somewhere other than Target. I mean, who wouldn't be? So I picked up a few of these famed bad boys. The bristles are soft and I haven't seen it shed once. The handle is comfortable and durable. I like to use this brush following using the Real Techniques stippling brush to smooth and blend out the surfaces on my face that are need more precision, like the sides of my nose, under my eyes, and on the chin. It's best for cream and liquid consistency foundations, although I can see it as a similar second step for powders as well. And don't even get me started on the price. I would accept this brush as decent for $20, even up to probably $25-27, but it's actual price is somewhere around $9 depending on where you purchase it from. It's as if little angels went around to all the lands and put permanent sale prices on brushes made of ivory and pure chinchilla hair; it's absolutely fantastic. This is an all around great brush, and at an even better price. I thoroughly enjoy it.
Let's be real though.
So this brush is talked about a lot. I do own this brush and the only reason I haven't given it away is bc I do use it as back up when I just need to get out the door quick and don't feel like dirtying my nicer brushes. I feel like it soaks up too much product and I can tell when I wash it. I accidentally hit the sink with it one time while I finished washing it and it got a dent. it hasn't shed yet but there is this hair that pokes out and I'm scared if I pull it out it'll fall apart lol. I also dislike that it's so bulky.
This is a very nice brush in my opinion, and especially for around only 8 dollars! I have tried the Urban Decay optical blurring brush (I believe it was around $25) Lancome brushes (various brushes, some were great and some not so much for the hefty price) and this one does just as good of a job with my foundation! Highly recommended!
This brush is amazing for a drugstore product! At first I used it for my foundation but then I found that I like it better for blending out cream contour! No matter what you use it for, I don't think this brush will let you down!
SHHHHHH! DON'T TELL MY MAN I'VE GOT THEM ALL
It's true, I have at least one of each ~ they're that good. Cruelty-free. High quality. @. Try out the Expert Face Brush for foundation, contouring, blush, highlighter, primer-- Well, you get the picture. Try them and you'll see what I mean!
I loved these brushes at first but then all the bristles fell out all over my face! Especially the stippling brush! It was awful. The prices are cheap though just wish they didn't shed