I first fell in love with Real Techniques (which is a makeup brush range by Samantha Chapman from Pixiwoo if you don't already know) when I bought the stippling brush and thought it was the best thing I'd ever used to apply my liquid foundation and cream blushers with and the review for that is here if you're interested- amazing-real-techniques. However, being the fickle beauty obsessed person that I am I couldn't just be content using my stippling brush to apply foundation as a few weeks later the blogasphere exploded with hype over the buffing brush from the Real Techniques core collection. But even though I desperately wanted the buffing brush as soon as I read the reviews, I thought I'd hold out for the similar expert face brush to be released so I didn't have to pay for the three extra brushes in the core collection that I didn't really want, so finally after a lot of waiting I can now review that for you...I'll start with the basics which are that this brush retails for around the £10 mark which is pretty reasonable, but the downside is it's not in shops like Boots yet and only available on a select few websites meaning you'll have to pay postage. I got mine for £9.99 on love makeup, but it's also on Amazon for slightly more. The back of the packaging describes what it is and what it claims to do...
I always appreciate the sleek boxed outer packaging these brushes come in, but I must say I'd probably prefer a classier and possibly plain black brush design similar to Mac or Stigma brushes, rather than the coloured aluminium design they've gone for. Saying that, I do quite like that the brushes can stand up and also have a large sturdy but light handles for you to grip. The quality of both the bristles and casing is also of a very high standard considering Real Techniques is a drugstore brand.
Now onto the actual important matters like does this brush actually do what it promises and beat the stippling brush...I've got to admit the first few times I used this brush with my various liquid foundations I was a little disappointed as it seemed to create a lower coverage and a less air brushed finish than my stippling brush. However, I now know that's because I was trying to use it as if it was the buffing brush in big circular buffing motions, but in fact they are totally different brushes very different in shape and created for different purposes (The buffing brush was in fact created for the application of mineral and powder foundations, not liquid!) Once I realised this I tried using it more like you would a regular foundation brush, by dipping it into product on my hand and applying it with small paint brush style strokes blending as I went and now I absolutely love it!
Using it this way made foundation application so quick and easy and left my face looking more flawless and airbrushed in no time. It also made my current choice of foundation, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, give a much greater level of coverage than usual whilst still creating a natural and dewy finish. Also, even though you don't use buffing motions with this brush, the dense and broad brush head seems to really get the foundation to sink into my skin instead of just leaving the product sitting on top, which the stippling brush had a tendency of doing.
So yes this has replaced my beloved stippling brush in my foundation routine at the moment (although I do still love and recommend the good old stipple) and in my opinion it's another resounding triumph from the lovely Samantha Chapman! Has it completely got rid of my need to try the buffing brush? hmm I'd be lying if I said I still didn't want to see what all the fuss was about, but now I'm so happy with this one I'm pretty sure I don't actually need it!
Have you tried this brush yet? Or are you a fan of other Real Techniques brushes?
I've had a pretty long and boring time today as I was just at work from 9-5.30 so now I'm just chilling out with the Olympics and some Christian Grey...pretty sure I'm starting to get a bit obsessed with those books now hahaa
I hope you're all having much more exciting evenings!