When I filmed my teen makeup starter kit I was overwhelmed by the requests for a budget brush video. I have a large brush collection but the majority are Sigma and Sedona Lace which aren’t necessarily the cheapest when you consider shipping if you’re outside the US plus a lot of you were looking for something you could just go out and buy, after all if you’re under 18 you may not have the means to shop online. I bought the Real Techniques Starter Kit (all eye brushes) when it first launched two years ago but despite rave reviews was never tempted by the face brushes until MakeupSavvy posted a link to a discount Amazon seller. I decided to ‘complete’ my set with a view to testing them out for a video and having had them for more than a month now I think I’m just about ready..
First of all, the handles – they’re aluminum so lightweight and considerably shorter than your average brushes which makes them just as great for travel as for day to day use. They’re also colour coded depending on what they’re designed to be used for, purple for eyes, orange for face and (I’m guessing) pink for cheeks? Anyone know pink? Another bonus if you’re looking at this brand for your first brush kit but don’t think that means you can’t use a face brush for your eyes.. rules are made to be broken, right? Each brush also has a name printed on it suggesting how it should be used ie: detailer brush which I like.
I’ve never found a brush I love applying my foundation with, I usually use my hands so I can feel where the product needs blending and I prefer the finish but I love the blogger-hyped buffing brush for my finishing powder. The contour is amazing for blush and the pointed foundation brush is my go to for blending my concealer. What I love most about the RT brushes is their unique shape, so many companies just make their own version of the cookie cutter brush set but these are so different and that’s probably why I find myself reaching for them over my others. The stand outs from the eye brushes for me have to be the shading (I think I bought this separately now I come to think of it), the base shadow and the accent, I think I could survive with these three brushes alone for my eyes and given the volume I have to choose from that’s pretty tall talk. All in all this is a very impressive range and you get the feeling that Sam Chapman really did have a hand in it rather than just lending her name.
Although you can’t get quite the awesome deal from the Amazon seller I bought my Core Collection from as you could when Fee posted about it a discount is a discount and you can get the Eye kit for £16.43 here and the Face kit for £17.23 here both with free delivery. I now have my eye on the blush brush too having heard nothing but awesome things and if any of you have any other fab recommendations from the range leave me a comment.. my Sigma brushes are slowly making their way into my surplus brush holder..