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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Brushes for newbies.

I’m a relative newbie when it comes to all things beauty and makeup related. I still struggle applying eye shadow, and I don’t even attempt eyeliner, (even though I’ve watched enough tutorials, so I should probably be able to).

However, there’s one thing I think I have gotten down, and that’s the brushes I need to use to apply my base.

L-R: Real Techniques Powder Brush, Setting Brush, Stippling Brush, Expert Face Brush.

At the moment I use all Real Techniques brushes (which you can get here and here), and I have to say, they make my whole life a lot easier.

First I apply liquid foundation, and after using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to do so, I’ll never use my fingers again!  It makes the process so much quicker, and with the slightly domed shape of the brush, it works well to get into all the creases that you need to.  My second choice for foundation is the Stippling Brush, which is a more flat brush, it’s not quite as efficient as the Expert Face Brush, but it still does the job fairly well.  I’ve tried using these brushes with BB and CC creams too, and I don’t think they work as well applying these products.

Then I get my trusty  Setting Brush, to blend concealer, and to apply setting powder on those important areas, like under the eyes and on the nose. 

And last but not least, I apply my setting powder, or any other powder products with (surprise, surprise) my Powder Brush.

(Excuse the slightly dirty brushes, I had just washed them... Clearly didn't do a very good job!)

I love these brushes because, not only are they easy to use (and there’s tutorials online by the creators Pixiwoo), they also clean really well, and so last a long time. I’m lazy when it comes to cleaning my brushes, so when I do, they need a really good, harsh clean, and they come up perfectly!

At first they seem pretty expensive – the cheapest brush available to purchase in Australia is $12.99 – but in my opinion, they’re worth the investment.  I’ve had mine for more than six months and they’re still looking beautiful.

The only downside, is the fact that I now feel the need to build my collection, and buy brushes for all different purposes… (I have a core collection and a blush brush from here in the mail as we speak!)

Have you tried Real Techniques? What do you think? Are there any other brushes/brands of brushes I should be adding to my collection?

Beth. x


  1. I've seen sooo many good reviews on real techniques brushes, I definitely need to get some in my life!

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  2. I am so glad that I bought my expert face brush when I did! Everyday that I use it I say how good it is haha!
    I can't believe that I used to use my hands or a sponge to apply foundation! :/ It would have looked so shocking and it was so difficult.
    Hopefully your brushes arrive soon!! :) xx

  3. I'm addicted to brushes too, of all kinds, I think that make up wouldn't be the same without them :)
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  4. love the Real Techniques brushes, they are really good for starters :) I've read and heard a lot about the Zoeva brushes so I'd say invest in them for a brush collection, that's my aim anyway :) haha or Mac brushes too, they are on the dearer side but they are really good quality and will last long :) <3

    1. I've heard so much about the Zoeva ones! Especially the rose gold ones! That'll be my next brush purchase I think. :)

  5. I'm exactly the same when it comes to eyeliner, I cant apply it to save my life! I'm glad I brought Real Techniques brushes because they're just so good. But I also feel like I'll end up buying every brush available

    1. It's highly likely! I've got more than my fair share of the collection!

  6. Real techniques brushes are my favourites :) They're such good quality and affordable compared to MAC, Sigma etc. :) I can definitely recommend trying Zoeva brushes too, especially the ones for the eyes!
    Ana xo

    1. Thanks! Zoeva ones are definitely on my list! :)

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  9. I really like Real Techniques brushes, they're so soft and they have brilliant handles.

  10. I love Real Techniques Brushes, especially the stippling & powder ones!

    Fab post!

    Kelly x

  11. I recently bought and reviewed a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, and was considering expanding my collection so thanks for this post! :)