Cheap Thrills, Makeup Fun - April 15th, 2012
I LOVE affordable, yet good quality makeup brushes. Using makeup brushes literally changed the way I did my makeup, and started my addiction to makeup years ago. I’ve worn makeup since I was around 13 years old or so. My mom didn’t see any harm in letting me experiment with makeup and in those early years it was basically playing dress-up. I didn’t start wearing makeup DAILY until high school, and then I went through a makeup drought in college – I preferred to spend my “makeup time” getting some extra sleep! The key thing I remember from this time though, is that I could never get my makeup to look how I wanted – I was using the little foam applicators that came with eyeshadow and the crappy little brushes that came with blush, etc.
Then, in my 20′s, I discovered MAKEUP BRUSHES. At first, I could only afford one or two. I think my first real brush was a crease brush. I couldn’t BELIEVE how much easier it was to do my eyeshadow and have it look really GOOD. That crease brush was the gateway drug to a makeup brush addiction. Lucky for me, it’s easier than ever to find AFFORDABLE good makeup brushes!
Real Techniques, a line of makeup brushes designed with pro makeup artist Samantha Chapman, is the newest company to come to my attention. The brushes are hand-cut, made from synthetic Taklon fibers, and are color-coded for ease of use. I’ve tried three brushes so far: the Expert Face Brush, the Setting Brush, and the Fine Liner Brush.
I have to admit, I had to consult the website to really get a good idea what the Expert Face Brush was used for. The website says it’s for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation. This is definitely a brush created with a specific technique in mind! I’ve tried using a kabuki brush to apply liquid foundation, since I’ve had that technique demonstrated on me before by a makeup artist. I liked the results, but I find it wasted a lot of product and took a lot of work to make it look right. The shorter, denser bristles on this brush gets the job done PERFECTLY. It also works nicely with pressed powder and loose mineral foundation. If you already use a regular foundation brush, you might not need it. But if you want the soft finish look that comes from using a fluffier brush, try it!
The Setting Brush is also great. The website says it’s used for a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter. I particularly like it for brushing mattifying powder around the creases of my nose. If you’re not a brush junkie like me, you might not *need* this brush if you already have a fluffier powder brush, but I really like being able to target smaller areas for powder and highlighting.
The Fine Liner Brush is definitely a must have. I like the brush thickness, and the length of the bristles. It’s easy to use and deposits just the right amount of product. It’s a great brush!
Real Techniques also offers some nice-looking brush sets that are an excellent value. The Core Collection contains four brushes mostly for the face, and the Starter Set contains essential brushes for eye makeup.
The brushes are an excellent value – $10 or less for individual brushes, and the sets are $18 and include a brush case.
I’m lucky, the brushes are carried locally at the Fred Meyer store near my house. You can also find them at Ulta locations, as well as online. Overall, I think Real Techniques are an excellent bang for your buck! Two thumbs up!