This brush is my absolute without a doubt go to for most of my liquid and cream foundations. For someone with a petite structure, the brush is easy to handle and is small enough to fit into the contours of my (inevitably tiny) face, while at the same time providing enough size to apply my product relatively quickly and effortlessly. It is dense enough to grab products and apply evenly, but not too dense that it is impossible to clean. Being a synthetic brush, I find it a lot less worry-some in the cleaning up department as well due to the fact that due to the synthetic fibres it dries quickly and evenly without any shedding. I also enjoy the fact that this brush is fantastic for its price point, and due to the fact that it is a relatively inexpensive brush (compared to MAC, MUFE etc) I can buy multiples and not break the bank by doing so.
I have quite a few really great RT brushes so it would be hard for me to choose one that is my favourite but at least when it comes to applying foundation, I think the Expert Face Brush is “it”. This brush does such an amazing job and is every bit as good as brushes I have that cost 3 or 4 times as much. Samantha Chapman has created some great products and shown many of us that you actually don’t need to pay a lot to get a great foundation brush.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush ($8.99) is designed for applying and blending cream or liquid foundation. The brush head is 25mm in length, 30mm in width, and 20mm in thickness. The brush had a total length of 6 inches/15.5 centimeters. The brush is soft, dense, firm (with some give but not fluffy or springy). The edge is slightly rounded, but the most noticeable characteristic about the brush is just how dense it is. It is even denser than the Buffing Brush. I bought this brush after a few readers asked how it compared to Tom Ford’s Cream Foundation Brush, and I don’t think they’re similar in terms of shape, density, and so forth, but the end results achieved with both brushes are more comparable. I do get better and more effortless results with Tom Ford’s, as it doesn’t streak at all for me, but this brush does so occasionally. The rounded, slightly tapered edge makes it easy to buff and blend out any streaks, though, and the synthetic bristles of this brush means it works better with cream and liquid products and is easier to clean. In a blind softness test, I ran both brushes across my husband’s forearm (and I had him do the same for me) three times for each (and at random), Tom Ford always came out on top as softer, but Real Techniques is still very, very soft. I would not complain; I would not even notice, if I didn’t have Tom Ford to compare it to–the way I used this often reminded me of how I used to use MAC’s 109, and this is softer than that brush.