Brushes are one of my greatest vices. I don’t know if I will ever have enough. I’m doing a pretty great job of finding out.
Look-I know brushes are pricey. And I know it’s a tough pill to swallow when you calculate how much a nice set will cost. Yet, brushes are one of the beauty accessories that will transform the way the rest of your makeup looks. You will enjoy using the makeup you already own so much more with wonderful brushes.
So I’m going to tell you about a line that is ridiculously affordable and happens to make some of my all-time favorite, go-to brushes. It almost gives me a high when a cheap product performs like a pro. You’re going to love these brushes and still have plenty of rent money leftover.
Enter Real Techniques. The line is the brainchild of YouTube beauty gurus and makeup artists from across the pond, Pixiwoo-Samantha and Nic Chapman. The brushes are all synthetic, cruelty-free, hand cut, and when it comes to brush prices, cheap.
Nearly every brush in the line is great but these are the ones you must have. Most are face brushes, which is where Real Techniques truly excels.
1. Blush Brush
If you’ve lusted after the NARS Yachiyo brush, but can’t get your hands on one, try this. I bet you forget about the $55 NARS brush. This is the best blush brush I’ve used, on myself and clients. The graduated cut of the bristles makes for a soft, diffused, never-streaky blush application.
2. Stippling Brush
For applying liquid or cream foundation with a natural finish, this is the stuff. It stipples and buffs beautifully.
3. Expert Face Brush
Here’s another amazing alternative to a higher priced brush. This performs just as well as the Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56 brush. It works great for liquid or cream foundation but my favorite way to use it is to tap on and blend out cream bronzers and contouring creams.
4. Setting Brush
If you want your powder highlighter to look perf, this brush is the ideal size. It’s slightly fanned-out shape dusts highlighter on cheekbones and the bridge of the nose with precision and prettiness.
5. Shading Brush
You need several eye brushes, but if you want to start with one, this is a super versatile multi-tasker to add to your arsenal. It expertly applies powder shadow to the lid, crease and even blends out liner and cream shadow effortlessly.
6. Core Collection
This set contains several stand-out brushes. The Contour brush is ideal for applying bronzer to contour under the cheekbones and performs just like the Sephora Pro Contour Brush #74 brush. The Buffing brush will be much loved by powder foundation fans but since it’s synthetic, it could be used to buff in liquids or creams as well.
Shop Real Techniques brushes here.