Boost your look with effortlessly enhanced eyes. Eye definition goes high-definition with this essential set:
Includes 5 full-size brushes + case:
-Base shadow brush: applies a smooth, flawless foundation of color
-Deluxe crease brush: soft, oversized design for effortless contouring
-Accent brush: designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting, and smudging
-Pixel-point eyeliner brush: tapered cut is ideal for dense or fine eyeliner application
-Brow brush: distinctive shape easily defines eyebrows
-Panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand
-Look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
-Ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
-Extended aluminum handles are light and easy to use
Real Techniques was created by makeup artist and YouTuber Sam Chapman. This review is for the Starter Set, which includes five eye brushes: a base shadow brush, a crease brush, an accent brush, an eyeliner brush, and a brow brush.
You can also read the review for the Real Techniques Core Collection here.
These brushes come in a plush brush case with a chord handle. You can keep the case closed via a Velcro tab or keep it open and stood-up via the same Velcro tab. Inside the case, the brushes are held in place by elastic bands.
This is a dynamic, light-weight case that you can clean off easily with a damp washcloth. My only small criticism is I wish the case closed completely to keep the brushes completely clean and protected.
The deluxe crease brush is a fairly large, dense, domed brush. It’s about 1 cm in diameter. While the brush is high-quality, I find it’s too large for my crease area. Unless I want to apply a color close to my skin tone into the crease, I don’t use this brush to put down color because of the large size. I also use this brush without any shadow on it to buff out the crease area after I’ve applied color there with a smaller brush. Of course, you could also use this brush to apply highlighter down the nose or to buff out concealer, but these are non-eye-area uses.
The base shadow brush is about 1 cm wide, but is pinched at the ferrule, which makes the brush oval shaped instead of round. The brush is not very dense and is a little flimsy. I use this brush to put down crease color sometimes and also for the lid. If you want a strong showing of color on the lid, though, I’d recommend using a denser brush than this.
The accent brush is an incredibly small, flat, domed brush that’s less than 1/2 cm across. It’s short and stiff. You can use this brush to apply liner. I thought this brush would be too small to use it for anything other than liner, but it’s actually fantastic for applying detail to the eye area, like when you want to emphasize the outer “V” of your eye or a highlighting color in a very narrow space at the inner corners or through the lower lashes.
The eye liner brush is a very thin brush that’s a little under 1 cm long. I thought this brush would be too flimsy to be able to apply gel/cream liner in a controlled manner, but it actually handles quite well and applies a smooth, thin line of product.
The brow brush is a flat, dense angled brush and is fairly thick. Again, I thought this brow brush would be too wide to effectively make the hair-like strokes for the brow area, but it seems to work quite well and I often use it to apply shadow onto the brows.
All of these brushes are made with soft, synthetic bristles. You can use the crease, accent, and brow brushes with cream or powder. For the base shadow brush, I would stick to powder (it’s too flimsy to pick up cream) and for the liner brush, I’d stick to gels or creams.
The brushes wash without losing their bristles. Because of the synthetic bristles, the brushes take a little longer to dry.
You not only get five full-sized brushes, but you get five very high-quality brushes plus a carrying case for just $18.00. This is a steal.