Saturday, 28 July 2012

The Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Hey Girls!

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!
Love Meg
x

15 comments:

  1. This sounds really good! Ive been wanting to try the buffing brush too but I dont really wear mineral foundation - im much more a BB cream kind of girl :) Im still very much in love with the stippling brush but ill keep my eyes peeled for this one - it sounds really good

    Ive only read the first book of shades of grey - would you recommend the others? Ive heard mixed reviews and i dont want to read on and ruin it!! :) xx

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  2. Yes it is really good, but I also agree that I still love my stippling brush! and I would totally recommend the others as I think you get much more depth to the story line and lots of answers :) hope you enjoy them! xxx

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  3. Great review lovely! I've been interested in trying this but I have the buffing brush and didn't think I needed both! I would highly recommend the buffing brush though.. I'm sure you'd get your use out of it haha :) xxx.

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    1. thanks sweetie! yeah I'm not sure you need both either but I bet I end up buying the buffing anyway hahaa xxx

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  4. Totally in love with the Real Techniques brushes *need to buy more*! Great review for this one xo

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    1. Yes me too! and thank you xxx

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  5. I've got the buffing brush and I'd have to say - buy it! I now use all the brushes that come in the collection too (although I'd first thought they'd get passed on to my sister), they're all great brushes. I've tried so many foundation brushes and the buffing brush is without doubt my favourite. Plus I wear healthy mix at least once a week and it works great with it :) x

    josieowen.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you love your core collection, I do think I'll end up getting it at some point as I can't resist bloggers hype! xxx

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  6. I have recently purchased the "Core Collection" and I must admit the "Buffing Brush" and "Contour Brush" are amazing!! - The two other brushes can be used with concealer, just to get some use out of them ! <3

    thejewelbeauty

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    1. ooo your making me just want to go and buy it! probably will soon...but this is good in the meantime :) xxx

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  7. Really want to try this but I just don't need it aha!

    thebeautymist.blogspot.com

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  8. Great review! Cant wait to try it for myself! :)

    gigglesandmakeup.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. This is the only RT brush i own and i adore it!! might have to treat myself to a few more :) great review x

    http://fashion--mad.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. Meg, I really like your post about Real Techniques Expert Face Brush I tried all of these brushes and this one is my favourite.

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  11. 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 ... expertfacebrush.blogspot.de

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