Brush It Off

Yo,

I was a bit sad to write this post and was kind of avoiding it which is why there has been a bit of radio silence from me since my last video. But also because I don’t like to just post for the sake of it. I prefer to actually have something to say rather than just tell you what nail polish I wore last week but have no real opinion on it.
Something I do have an opinion on, as you all know, are Real Techniques Brushes. Love ’em, can’t get enough of ’em, spend all my money on ’em. So I was a little disappointed (read; devo’d) when I bought one that didn’t really float my boat. SHOCK HORROR, I know and what makes it worse is that everyone else seems to love it.

Real Techniques brushes are the lovechild of Sam Chapman, a make up artist who also has a YouTube channel, Pixiwoo (no, I don’t get what the name means either) with her sister, Nic who is also a make up artist. I watch Pixiwoo quite a lot because they do brilliant tutorials and also reviews and stuff and that’s how I found out about Sam’s brush line.
Anyway, I have a load of them which I can’t be bothered to list now but I mention in my video Things I Like 1. I have always used the Buffing Brush for foundation, which comes as part of the Core Collection and Sam’s Picks sets. It’s light and fluffy, blends product REALLY well and is easy to use. But then I got greedy. I saw that Sam and Nic and a lot of other people also used the Expert Face Brush to do their foundation so I thought, “it must have something the buffing brush doesn’t… I MUST OWN IT!”
I have used it about four or five times now but TBH I didn’t like it from the off and I’ll try my best to explain why. The bristles are shorter and more packed together than the Buffing Brush so they don’t spread out on your face as much, they’re much stiffer. So it feels like you’re putting the product on with one stroke and when you go back in to blend your just scraping most of it off. As I said, I used it a few times to give it the benefit of the doubt but I felt like I incurred the same problem each time. This meant I was using more product than usual to get the right amount of coverage and my make up looked really cakey and not blended and I was really unhappy with my face! I even looked up the specific tutorial for using the Expert Face Brush on the Real Techniques website and it looked great when Sam used it and she wasn’t doing anything different to me but somehow it just doesn’t work for me. Maybe the people that like it don’t need as much coverage as I do, I dunno. I really wanted to love it but I just can’t get on board with it and all the problems I had with it were highlighted even more when I then went back to my trusty old Buffing Brush and it provided the great blending and coverage I’d become used to. Interestingly the Expert face Brush doesn’t feature in the Sam’s Picks set but the Buffing brush does… well well well. Take from that what you will.

There you have it, I am SORRY Sam Chapman and Real Techniques fans across the globe but you know, you can’t win ’em all. Hail to the Buffing Brush.

Ps: All my RT brushes were purchased online at Boots in the UK but they are also available at Superdrug and other online shops. The links in the post are from the Real Techniques website which is an American site so pricing is in dollas’.

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6 thoughts on “Brush It Off

  1. Thanks for such an honest review! It’s great to get real opinions rather than just ‘ahh ALL the brushes are fab’ you’ve probably saved me some money there. Thanks! x

  2. I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I picked up the expert face brush specifically for foundation, but I really didn’t like the finish it gave and I always had to go over it with my beauty blender. I thought the kind of foundation I was using was the problem, or that maybe I just wasn’t using it correctly, but I’m glad that doesn’t seem to be the case. I don’t have many RT brushes, just that one and the powder brush, and I absolutely love the powder one. I definitely want to try the buffing brush now because that one seems to be the winner in the bunch. Thanks so much for the review! Also, what other RT brushes do you suggest?

    • Yay we’re not alone! My faves are the Blush brush and Buffing brush (obv), I use the Blush brush as a powder brush and it works great. Also a fan of the stippling brush for cream blusher or for using cream bronzer all over my face when I have a tan and my foundation is too light. The fine liner brush is also great. I’m thinking I may try and use my Expert face brush to contour with cream bronzer as it quite a good shape for the hollows of the cheek. I normally use the Contour brush which is also really good but more fluffy so might be better for highlighting with powder/shadows…

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