Can't wait to try
Just bought this today! I purchased these because I have the stippling brush from this brand and loved it and I was looking for a cruelty free replacement set for my old Quo shadow brushes. I'm still trying to figure out what I like using each brush for an might have to purchase a few more. I however threw out the case as it's to big and space consuming. Just doesn't seem practice for my vanity. These brushes are super cute though. Can't wait to give them a shot.
great quality, soft, washes easily! my favorite brushes! it includes: brow brush, crease brush, base shadow brush, accent brush, pixel point eyeliner brush. got mine from Wal-Mart in Canada. for the price the quality and quantity, so worth $18 Canadian dollars
Great set, great value!
The stars of this set are the Panoramic Brush Case, the Deluxe Crease Brush, and the Base Shadow Brush.
The Panoramic case makes it easy to store all my eye brushes and it is excellent for hanging my brushes upside down to dry after I've deep-cleaned them.
Though the Deluxe Crease Brush is sold in this eye kit, Sam (the woman behind Real Techniques) often uses this to blend concealer under her eyes and around her nose in her videos. I completely understand why- the size is perfect for those tight contours on the face, and the shape of the brush perfectly blends the product into the skin, whether you're using your foundation (liquid or powder) as concealer or an actual concealer. Again, its super soft so it won't irritate sensitive skin like Rosacea or acne/blemishes.
The Base Shadow Brush is the best crease brush I've ever used! Its somewhat pinched at the ferrule making it flatter instead of round, and the bristles are cut to a pointed at the end. With this design you can pick up product with just the tip of the brush and place it in the socket/crease of your eye. As you rock the brush back and forth, the longer bristles place the color as the shorter bristles blend the color out. Because the brush is pretty fluffly, you can also use it to put a light wash of color all over the lid. As with all the Real Techniques brushes, the synthetic bristles are unbelievably soft on that delicate eye skin.
The detailer brush is the perfect size to highlight the tear duct or blend out eye liner. The angled brush is good for placing powder in the eye brows or for lining with gels/creams and eye shadows. I would have kept the detailer and angle brush if I didn't already have the Revlon Double-Ended Smokey Eye Brush, which is basically those two Real Techniques brushes stuck together, so I gave those to my friend.
I prefer smaller, bent eye liner brushes so I gave the eye liner brush in this kit to my friend as well.
All Real Techniques brushes are very easy to clean and dry quickly. None of the Real Techniques brushes I have have ever shed on me, nor are any of them stained from continued use of colored products.
I have 3 downsides to Real Techniques brushes:
1) If you use alcohol or an alcohol-based cleaner to spot-clean clean your synthetic brushes, be sure to keep it away from the rubbery/soft coating on the black handle- it will melt the coating off. It doesn't ruin the brush, but you will be left with a black, shiny plastic handle with harsh edges (this happened to my Expert Face Brush).
2) The aluminum ferrule will dent relatively easily compared to steel ferrules of other brushes. Do NOT knock the brush on the side of your sink to shake the excess water out after you've washed any of your Real Techniques brushes- it will dent the crap out of it. Don't ask me how I know. ~sigh~
3). The brushes that come in sets are NOT also sold separately. So for example if you want the Deluxe Crease Brush, you have to buy the Starter Set to get it. This is the only reason the set gets 4 stars instead of 5.
Overall Real Techniques brushes are high quality, ultra-soft brushes at a great price point. They make up the majority of my makeup brush collection and I would recommend them to anyone.
Nice but not every brush is what I need
I bought this range mainly for the deluxe crease brush. There is a similar one in the bobby brown range. It's wildly expensive out here and I did a bit of research and found that Real techniques has a similar one in its kit. It's a great brush. It mimics the finger tips so great for applying loose powder over eye primer or blending highlighters but I wish it was sold separately. The other brushes are nice but as they are synthetic they do not hold powder product as well as MAC or smashbox brushes. The eyeliner brush is hard to work with but good for special effects make up or even facepainting. However the whole kit is still cheaper than the bobbi Brown brush I was after. So I am happy !
Great quality, Great Price
So I love this set because of the soft, synthetic, brushes. Obviously they are great, or I wouldn't rate them so high. The downfall is not all the brushes are for all eye types. Some are just too big to be used for what they are named/purposed for. They are very versatile though, & can be used for multiple products both liquid & powder, on different parts of the face. For example, the deluxe crease brush can be used for concealing the under eye, and the base shadow brush is more for buffing & blending, also the pixel point eyeliner brush is way to big, it could be used for lining lips or applying lip products. Overall they are worth the price, even so much that I would pay twice as much for the set.
ONLY ONE TRUE EYEBRUSH, OTHERS TOO LARGE, GREAT QUALITY, SOFT, EASY TO WASH, VERY LARGE BRUSHES.
I think we are all familiar with the Pixiwoo sisters by now. As someone who has watched their videos for year, I was super excited when Sam was going to come out with her brush line. After watching her in action with the eye starter set, I went to pick it up at Ulta; however, I soon discovered that these brush heads are HUGE! The base shadow brush is only good for applying cream bases and maybe blending out the crease. The deluxe brush is HUGE! Like, wayyyy to big for anyone's eye. I only use it for concealer under the eyes now. The small detailer brush can be used anywhere on the eye- no complaints here. But they pixel perfect liner brush....is this a joke. Nooooobody can use that as an eyeliner, again, it's HUGE! The angled brush is quite thick as well, so don't expect any perfect brow line or even to use it as a eyeliner (that's out of the question.) All in all, three out of the five brushes are actually usable, not all for the eyes, which is why I purchased the kit, but for $17 it's not a bad kit to just play around with. Great quality, soft bristles, good weight to them, and they're super easy to clean and fast drying. These are the only brushes that I've ever been disappointed with from Sam's collection. Xx
These brushes are incredible quality for such a great price. They are basically a steal! I plan on doubling up, and then purchasing a set or two for my kit, once I start school. Definitely a great buy.
I can never have enough synthetic eye brushes so I grabbed this set from Bartell's at $8~ Woot. The case is kinda silly but the brushes are very nice. Nicely made; I love how long the ferrule is. The only brush I haven't totally figured out yet is the accent brush. I could use it for an inner crease highlight brush or maybe a small concealer brush, but I just haven't yet. Otherwise, the other brushes are definite essentials. The "eyeliner" is far too thick for my liner preference so I use it for undereye shadow. The others I use just like their names suggest! Fantastic set.
ELF brushes be gone!
I've been eager to try these brushes for a long time. They're amazing quality for a rather cheap price. I use the dome shadow brush for concealer; it buffs in it in beautifully. The base shadow brush is really fluffy, so it's great for sweeping an all over color or blending. The accent brush is so tiny, but effective for smudging and inner corner work. I love the angled brush for brows, it's also thick enough to apply a cut crease. Some people like rather small brushes for brows, but I have to fill so much of mine in that it's perfect. The liner brush is the only one I have issues with. It's rather thick to use for gel liner, and the feral it's wider/thicker that the bristles itself. It comes in contact with the eye before the actual brush does. It's still useful for the under eye. This is a great set for under $20.
Would have given 5 stars if it weren't for the liner and brow brushes.
I bought this set solely for the Deluxe Crease Brush and little detailer brush. The Deluxe Crease Brush is the BEST brush I've used to apply my under eye concealer. I could do without the liner and brow brushes. The liner brush is not thin enough to create a precise or sharp line and the brow brush is just too thick for me. I've used it to apply a light wash of a lighter brow powder when I'm done filling in my brows but aside from that, I've yet to find a use for this brush. Overall...I'd purchase this set again because the other three brushes are outstanding.