Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face 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.

Real Techniques Core Collection ($17.99 for set of four brushes) includes a Buffing Brush, Contour Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, and Detailer Brush, plus a case to carry them in. For the price, you’re getting a nice amount of brushes, but as with kits, they’re not all as equally useful and ultimately whether you love and use all four regularly will depend entirely on your personal routine and brush preferences. The Buffing and Contour Brushes are both shapes that I think many would use and appreciate, while the Pointed Foundation and Detailer Brushes will be less applicable for all. I really wish you could purchase these brushes individually as well, because I could easily see getting a second Buffing Brush, or if you loved the Detailer Brush, having two or three might be nice for anyone who needs the precision.

Buffing Brush is a medium-sized, wide circular brush that widens at the end and has an ever-so-slightly domed edge. The brush head is 30mm in length, 35mm in width (at its widest point), and 30mm in thickness. In total, the brush has a length of 6 inches/15.5 centimeters. It’s a really nice, multi-tasking brush that can be used to apply foundation (though it says powder, I’ve used it with both powder, cream, and liquid, and it worked fine across all three), blend out blushes and bronzers, or to apply setting powder. It’s densely-packed with soft bristles that feel nice against the skin.

Contour Brush is a small, domed-shaped brush that’s soft, lightly fluffy, and not too dense. The brush head is 30mm in length, 18mm in width, and 18mm in thickness. The brush has a total length of 6.25 inches/15.7 centimeters. It has a good amount of spring so it blends, but it isn’t floppy, so it still retains its shape. It fits nicely into the hollow of the cheeks, so it definitely works exceptionally well for contouring (especially with cream products), but I also quite liked it for applying highlighters on the cheek bones and down the nose as well as for applying cream blushes for a more feathery application. Of the brushes in the set, this was my favorite.

Pointed Foundation Brush was surprisingly small for a flat foundation brush. The brush head is 27mm in length, 15mm in width, and 5mm in thickness. The total length of the brush is 6 inches/15.5 centimeters. It would work better for applying a liquid or cream product to the face, but then using another brush to actually blend and work it into the skin. I often use a concealer brush to dab my liquid foundation in spots on my face before blending the foundation all-over with something larger and denser, so that seemed to be a better use for this than applying foundation all-over. It was very prone to creating lines when I used it for all-over foundation application, so I still needed to go back with something else to buff out all the visible lines. I also tried using it to dab cream highlighters on the cheeks and it was decent, but it doesn’t blend or diffuse the product well enough, so again, a second brush becomes necessary–and I could have just used the second brush for both initial application and subsequent blending.

Detailer Brush is a teeny, tiny firm, flat brush with a tapered edge. The brush head is 9mm in length, 6mm in width, and 3mm in thickness. The whole brush is just under 5.5 inches/14 centimeters. If you have small eyes or deeper crevices around your nose, it might be more useful than your traditional concealer or lip brush as it is much shorter and thinner. This brush was scratchy/rough; when I would pat it underneath the eye for concealer, I could feel a few bristles “stabbing” the skin.

Every brush seemed well-balanced; they weren’t top-heavy or bottom-heavy, so I had good control and they felt good in my hands and as I used them during application. I’ve been using these brushes for several weeks (with the exception of the Expert Face Brush, which I’ve only been using for almost two weeks).  I had few splayed bristles on the Buffing Brush when it arrived and haven’t quite been able to get them to re-shape perfectly, so I might trim those stray ones out.  I’ve only had a few bristles shed during the first few uses with the Buffing and Expert Face Brushes (which is normal!).  I haven’t had any issues cleaning or re-shaping them, and they haven’t bled dye during washes or smelled funny after drying.

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
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Real Techniques Buffing Brush
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Real Techniques Contour Brush
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Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush
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Real Techniques Detailer Brush
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81 thoughts on “Real Techniques Expert Face, Buffing, Contour, Pointed Foundation, Detailer Brush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I really appreciate how you included the length of the brushes! Thank you, it’s really really useful for me. :D Do you find the handles of these brushes to be really thick? I keep my brushes in my brush roll, so before I buy any I’d like to make sure they would fit in there, particularly the Expert Face Brush with its curved handle.

    Anyway, I’ve had some brushes splayed like your Buffing Brush, and what I’d do is just wash it then put a brush guard over it — I usually just use a makeshift one made of toilet paper. Dustin Hunter has a video on it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3lwBfyV_OE Truth be told, sometimes I get lazy and just spray the brushes with spray-on brush cleaner before putting the “brush guards” on, and in most occasion, it managed to help reshape the bristles quite well.

    • I would say that the Expert Face and the Buffing Brush are thicker than the average brush handle for comparable face brushes–the buffing brush in particular. The Expert Face is curved slightly, so the bottom flares out and is wider at the bottom and it is also flared out and wider at the top, so if you have to go by the widest point – the Expert Face handle is even wider than the Buffing. The Expert Face Brush appears to be 20mm across at its widest point and 17mm for the Buffing Brush.

      I didn’t notice, but the handles are actually quite thick, relative to other face brushes.

  2. Meg

    I have the real techniques brushes as well and they are really soft. MAC brushes are too expensive so I cannot compare. I just relied heavily on online reviews by several bloggers saying that these brushes are worth it for the price. :)

    I am glad you reviewed the expert face brush since this is the only brush I used for liquid and cream foundation and it never fails to give me a smooth and flawless finish.

    • The face brushes, on average, are as soft or softer than many of MAC’s brushes, though the bigger difference would be synthetic vs. natural for most of the brushes I would say. Softness, IMO, is not always the be-all-end-all of a good brush. Having now seen a wider spectrum of “soft,” while surely desirable doesn’t exclusively make a brush better. It’s like, satin is soft, and silk is even softer – but are both nice? Yes.

      • Meg

        I haven’t tried brushes with natural hair though. I have MAC 217 but that’s an eyeshadow brush. I have yet to try a face brush that has natural hair. :) I’m very tempted to buy a very expensive one. but maybe not for now. hehe.

  3. I love the Expert Face brush and the contouring brush. My 109 was extremely scratchy, so the Expert was a great alternative. At this price point I have 3.

    I use the Detailer brush for lips and it works pretty well.

  4. Malia

    I really feel like I’m the only one on the planet not in love with these :( I bought one and it just wasn’t great for me so I didn’t buy any more. I’ve found illamasqua and hourglass have some beautiful and awesome synthetic brushes.

    • Which one did you buy, Malia? I didn’t like the Detailer (scratchy/uneven), and the Pointed Foundation was okay but not great – the other three were very nice, though.

      • Malia

        I bought the foundation (gold) one and I forgot,I bought the pink setting brush also. I don’t know that there’s anything particularly wrong with them ( the foundation one is one of the worst brushes Ive ever tried though), but I didn’t like them enough to risk buying the face brush, which I really don’t even need.

    • Caroline

      I bought the expert face brush and LOVE it. I bought the stippling brush and find the quality to be meh. I will probably toss it. I think out of all of them, the expert face brush is the only one worth buying. It’s great at buffing in my bb cream, and since I use it everyday I won’t feel bad about replacing it often.

    • You are definitely not alone! I bought both the face set and eye set because they were so cheap, but I can’t say I love any of them. The contour brush is okay, though, I do like the shape of that one. I think the main problem with these are the bristles. Although soft and nicely shaped, I feel like they don’t pick up enough product, so I have to layer layer layer. I only have this problem when using powder products, they perform much better with creams and liquids. The eye brushes are way too large for what they are actually intended for, and I don’t find them useful as a beginner kit, but more as a supplement to those who already have a lot of brushes. Also I hate the wide handles. I know they are made like that so that they can stand on their own, but who has room for that? I keep all my brushes in acrylic pencil holders, and they wouldn’t be able to fit more than 3 of these, opposed to 6-8 normal face brushes.

  5. michelle

    Thanks, Christine! I LOVE Real Techniques for the most part, and I always recommend them to anyone who wants affordable brushes. The Expert Face, the Buffer and Contour are my faves! I use the contour like you do- even for blush sometimes! I love the blush brush as well, but not for blush. It’s too big, but great for dusting powder all over. And that ‘foundation’ brush- it’s got to go! Terrible. LOL. I am going to get that Tom Ford brush this weekend, btw. FINALLY!!!

    • It will be hard to spring for TF when the Expert Face gives similar results! Let me know how you feel they compare.

      • Malia

        If they truly do yield similar results, I’d own both. Nothing wrong with proudly owning a Tom ford brush- I love the ones I have!

  6. Christine, I’m curious as to why there are no letter grades for these brushes (or for the one single brush and an overall one for the set). I know that price doesn’t factor into your grading system too much (though you do often say that for the price, XYZ product should be better quality), but for a lot of us, price is a huge factor in what we purchase and also how we view the performance of a given product. I find that for the price, most of the RT brushes are truly amazing. I don’t know the price of the Tom Ford brush but I expect it’s considerably more than the Expert Face Brush. For me, to some extent, that price difference plays a part in how I compare certain brushes. I guess what I’m saying is that it amazes me that such good brushes can be so inexpensive and makes me wonder about the real price of some of the wildly costly brushes.

    • Hi Mariella,

      We only have one rating system, which applies well to color cosmetics, but it is obviously not something that makes sense for brushes – aka pigmentation doesn’t exactly work for brushes! We have considered multiple systems, but it’s a more than a minor project on the technical end (and we have more important projects we are working on!), and the next biggest obstacle is trying to come up with only say 2-3 rating systems that can be applied more generally, and I haven’t found a breakout for everything that works or that I really like and think makes sense. I do not presently provide ratings or letter grades for products like tools, skincare, hair care, treatments, etc.

      I think that each person must consider price based on their personal preferences, what they expect at certain price points, and what your budget is. When something is expensive and performs poorly, there’s absolutely no excuse for it to do so – they had all the resources and materials available to them and they still managed to blow it. I don’t excuse poor quality in a more affordable product, because nobody should be putting out bad products, but of course, I can still acknowledge that because something is $3 and not $300, you may be willing to sacrifice certain characteristics–but that is something you have to decide since it will differ from person to person. I can make comments on some things as I see them, but I would not impose my commentary within the rating system. All it really does it artificially inflate grades for less expensive products and artificially deflate grades for more expensive grades.

      Hope you understand! :)

      • Thanks for the ratings explanation, Christine. I hadn’t realized til now that you only had one for colour cosmetics – yeesh, you’d have thought I’d have figured that one out after all this time here!

        I agree with you about poor quality being a waste whether an item is 3 dollars or 30 (I haven’t come close to spending $300 on a cosmetic item…yet! But I won’t say it won’t ever happen!). I think you even had a question a while back about this and I commented that very thing – that I don’t like to waste money even if something is only a few bucks. But by the same token, I love it when I can get a great product at a really affordable price (some of the WnW eye shadow palettes are a good example as are Stila shadows and the Maybelline and L’Oreal “cream” eye shadows). I guess I’ve been that impressed with the RT brushes that I’m putting a lot more thought into whether to purchase more costly brushes these days (though that didn’t stop me getting the Shiseido foundation brush and some Stila eye shadow brushes…I justified the price of THOSE with “but they’re double-sided, so I’m getting 2 brushes for the price of one!). I guess my point is that for a lot of people, price is a factor when weighing up a purchase like this – is the TF brush $60 more terrific than the RT one? And of course, the answer is different for all of us.

        • No problem :)

          I don’t think that, generally, the price differential between a really good budget-friendly option and a really good high-end option is ever going to be dollar-for-dollar better – like I would never argue that Guerlain’s Rouge G (my favorite) is actually say $38 better than Maybelline Vivids (which I do love) or $24 better than Buxom’s Lipsticks, but if we bought rationally all the time…. LOL.

          When it comes to brushes, I think the right shape with good quality is ultimately the most important thing. From there, synthetic/natural and any preferences for a particular type for certain applications or just in general, but one thing I’ve learned from testing about 50 brushes in the past 6 months is it’s about what brushes you’ll actually use regularly.

  7. yay! so glad you’re featuring these. I find I use them all the time. With the TF, I feel like the fact that they are even comparable in terms of softness and end results is pretty impressive, given the price difference

  8. i absolutely adored the expert face brush! it works so well at blending my foundation on!

  9. These are my favorite brushes for the face. I actually like the Expert Face Brush for cream blush, although lately I have been using the Contour Brush for that. I have noticed that any newer Real Techniques brushes I bought has been scratchy, but they used to be softer – all of my old ones are much more soft.

    • That’s a bummer to hear, Danielle :( My Expert Face Brush is recently, and the Core Collection I received within the past two months, but that was a press sample so it could have been older.

    • I just purchased some more RT brushes that I use in my personal collection to add to my makeup kit. I seriously think the quality isn’t the same as they used to be, my contour brush is quite splayed out and the blush brush DEFINITELY feels quite scratchy in comparison to my personal one which feels like a bunnies tail.

      It’s a real shame, my older one’s which i’ve had for over a year are better than the brand new ones :/

  10. I have the core collection and I love it! I use the buffing- and the contour brush regulary. I also use the detailer brush to apply the first coat of my lipstick and to perfect the outlines when wearing lipstick. It’s OK but not exceptional.

  11. Jennifer G

    I have this and love them all except for the pointed foundation brush. Every time I try to use it is scratches my face. That and I agree it is quite small.

    • I know – total bummer!

    • I love the Pointed Foundation Brush for concealer – for blending it downward beside my nose and inner cheek area to “lift” and brighten that area. It would be a total pain to try to do your whole face with it but it’s great for the concealer trick for me.

    • I love using the pointed foundation brush for under eye concealer. It fits that area perfectly and helps to blend in my concealer flawlessly.

  12. Avatar of Rad Rad

    I’m quite surprised that these are such good quality at a very reasonable price. Have you tried Sigma brushes? Are they better than Real Techniques?

    • I haven’t tried Sigma brushes in a long time, after we had some issues with the brand after we did our extensive review on their brushes, so I don’t cover the brand any more. Generally-speaking, some were good/okay, some were not. The biggest takeaway is to treat them as their own brushes and not as MAC dupes (at the time, their numbering system was clearly referencing MAC’s numbering system, and I believe now they have their own numbering system and some original brushes/shapes).

  13. These were the first brushes I’ve ever used after I started to get into make up and STILL today i LOVE them! They are so soft (good for people with sensitive skin like me).

  14. The detailer brush is my go-to lip brush now.

  15. i love these brushes! my buffing brush was like that but after i put a brush guard when i washed it it was fine again! my favorites are the contour brush, i like the expert face brush too but the stippling one is my favorite for foundation and putting cream blushes. i also love the blush brush for blush!

  16. Avatar of Liz Liz

    I have a lot of these brushes too.The quality is fantastic and they are cheap!

  17. Karen Ýrr

    I really love the expert face brush. The first one I bought was the Stippling Brush and I loved it but it shed like crazy and after a couple of washes the clue got loose and the brush was ruined and I had to throw it out :(
    I find them so hard to clean, ’cause I feel like there are just brush hairs and then the glue, so I’m constantly careful with cleaning them because of my experience with the stippling brush and I don’t want to throw my money away. So do you have any tips or tricks with cleaning them?
    I’m so careful with cleaning them that I feel like they aren’t really clean after I’ve tried.

    • I’ve been using EnKore Makeup’s brush soap, and it hasn’t seemed to be an issue (cleaning)!

    • RMariah

      Don’t SUBMERGE YOUR BRUSHES!
      All brushes are made up of hairs (real or synthetic) that are bound together and glued into a handle. Submerging your brushes loosens the glue of ANY brush and will eventually destroy it, though some will last longer than others. Very dense brushes will hold together longer than loose brushes like the stippling brush, and obviously very high-end brushes will be better put together than something you buy at Superdrug. Real techniques brushes are very well made for drugstore brushes, however, and should last a good while if you care for them properly.

      How to clean your brushes:
      ————————————-
      Put a little brush cleaner (or baby shampoo) in the palm of your hand and swirl it around, then rinse under running water. Be careful not to let too much water get up into the handle while rinsing, and lay them flat to dry–standing them up to dry will let the water drip down into the handle.

      If you wash your brushes often, which is a good idea all around, you’ll avoid having so much product build-up that you feel the need to scrub or soak the brushes.

      Soaking brushes is probably the worst thing you can do for any brush, it doesn’t MATTER what Pinterest says!

  18. I would love to try the buffing brush and the foundation brush. I have been talking about trying an RT brush for months now but I still haven’t actually done it.

  19. I have the entire collection of these brushes…all three of the sets, duplicates of a couple of them, etc. I prefer them, hands-down, to MAC brushes, based on softness and price point (and I *own* $200-300 in MAC brushes, easily – more than one of some styles). I have some brushes, for some things, that I prefer more…and within the sets, there are some that I don’t use as much. But for the price? These brushes are pretty hard to beat – and if you watch Ulta, you can OFTEN find them at “buy one, get one at 50% off,” which is how I got the entire collection. RT also often runs their own promotions (e.g., spend a certain amount, get a free brush – that’s how I got a couple of my dupes).

  20. Vic

    The wide handles are the only downside for me. As a MUA i do love my brush roll but these don’treally fit. :(
    With the splayed bristles, Ifound out when they arive like this (happened with one of my eyeline brushes) they don’t reshape, even with brushguards. But I also heard their custumer support is awesome when it comes to replacing faulty brushes.

    Try the detailer brush with Lip tars… perfect and so easy to clean! Or when using Inglot gel eyeliner for a softer line or as a base colour.

  21. Libby

    I absolutely love the expert face brush, buffing brush and the contour brush! I do wish that you could purchase the sets individually because I’d have several backups of the ones I like including the ones from the other two sets! I’ve been really pleased with all my real techniques brushes, I’ve got just about the whole line (including the limited edition duo fiber ones, don’t waste your money) they are some of my favorites! I’d love to see you do a review on the eye brushes as well.

  22. I agree- My favorite brush out of the set was the Contour brush. It’s very versatile, I wish I could buy it separately.

  23. I’m glad you reviewed thet kit – I have considered purchasing it a few times but never have. Even though it doesn’t sound like the pointed foundation/detailer brushes are amazing, I’m very interested in the buffing and contour brushes!

    Christine – if you try another Real Techniques brush, I HIGHLY recommend the Powder Brush! I love it so much, I have 2!

  24. Ah! I’m so pleased to see these on Temptalia, Christine — I have a number of RT brushes, and I absolutely love them. I agree with you on everything you’ve said about these: they’re very, very soft (in general), and hold up incredibly well in the face of use & cleaning.

    Plus, I mean, the Expert Face Brush is fantaaastic for cream & liquid base products.

  25. Nicole

    I use the expert Face brush for about 4 month and I really fell in Love with it. I Applied the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, a No 7 one and the Laura Mercier tinted Moisturizer with the brush and achieved the best results. I haven’t used my Beauty Blender since.

  26. Veronica

    I wasn’t inspired to buy the rest of the series, but the Expert Face brush and their powder brush (not reviewed here) are some of my favorites. The former has pretty much replaced all of my other foundation brushes. :)

  27. Catherine

    The Buffing brush is the best brush I own: quick and flawless application of foundation (stick). I just hate that I would have to buy the whole set for £22 if I want a second one since it isn’t sold separately, when I rarely use any of the other 3 brushes. The Detailer is a great lip brush, I guess, but I hardly use it. I find the Pointed Foundation brush really stiff.

  28. I absolutely LOVE the Real Techniques Expert Face brush. I use it to blend in my foundation, as well as my cream blush. The other brushes don’t seem to be of the same quality. I bought the Face Core Brush set, and returned it.

  29. I have the powder brush and quite like it. It’s very dense and, like you’ve said, they aren’t “springy”— the powder brush is fluffy and flexible without being *too* fluffy/flexible to send powder everywhere when you use it. It picks up enough powder without going overboard on it. It’s a nice, soft brush and has been the best replacement for my very old, very ugly (and nasty) powder brush. I might have to look into the contour brush, maybe the buffing brush.

  30. Karen

    I bought the Core Collection and the eye brushes when they first came out. They were very soft and I’ve gotten more used from these than most of my brushes. I use the buffing brush for foundation, the crease brush or foundation brush for concealer and the contour brush for cream contour colors. The foundation and liner brushes I’ve barely used. For the price point their great.

  31. Janeen

    I own their angled foundation brush, expert face brush, stippling brush, and their little setting brush that’s perfect for setting the under eye area. I no longer use their angled foundation brush because I prefer buffing brushes now like the expert face brush for my foundations, but sometimes I’ll use it to apply primers if I don’t want to use my fingers. The stippling brush is perfect for cream products to apply lightly and slowly build up, I use it for UD’s cream blushes that were on clearance and for Benefit’s Watt’s up highlighter. I love that these brushes are decent to great quality but don’t cost an arm and a leg. What I love is that they’ve never shed bristles, ever, for me, and brushes I paid more for continually shed every single use (my Clinique blush brush). They also retain their shape and are easy to clean. And I’m a huge Pixiwoo fan :)

  32. The buffer brush is my favorite RT brush followed by the big ole Expert Face Brush (aka “Jaws”).

  33. I use the detailer brush for eyeliner and the pointed foundation brush to lightly blend concealer under the eyes/around the face. The pointed shape makes it easy to get in the inner corner area. I’ve been using the contour brush to set under eye powder or high cheekbones, but never to actually contour which will try tomorrow :D

  34. I have the Expert Face Brush, the Stippling Brush, and the Starter Kit. I’m pretty happy with most of the brushes.

    Expert Face: I use this for contouring and much prefer it to others I’ve used (MAC 116, Sigma F05).

    Stippling: Haven’t used it yet, but I bought it to use with cream blush. It’s not dense enough for foundation for me. (I know of a lot of people who’ve used it for foundation.)

    And from the Starter Kit…
    Base Shadow: Love! I’ve used it with both creams and powders; great either way.

    Deluxe Crease: Another love! I use this for concealer instead of eyeshadow. If they made it available separately, I’d buy multiple ones. I have a Sigma P82 which is a similar shape to this, but it’s much more dense and doesn’t have a lot of give, so can be hard to use sometimes, IMO.

    Pixel Point Eyeliner: For me, too thick for eyeliner. However, I did find I liked it for applying eyeshadow to the inner corner. Great size for that.

    Accent: Another brush I don’t use for eyeshadow. Instead I like this as a lip brush.

    Angled Brow: Too thick/dense for me. The only RT brush I own that I don’t like.

    I want to try the Blush Brush, the single eyeshadow brush, and the other two kits.

  35. If it’s any consolation to anyone who doesn’t like one or two of the brushes, I think you can get some of them individually from drugstore.com or amazon. I haven’t gotten any myself, but looking at this review is definitely making me want to get a set! The price is hard to beat. :)

  36. I bought the Expert Face brush after reading reviews. I love it. I have a Beauty Blender but find I use the Expert Face more now. As for brush rolls, I do put mine in, but have it loose not in one of the sections. The rolls still closes over no problems, but I do use a Brush Guard over the brush.

    Tom Ford, I adore his make up, but sorry the white bristles on the brushes would freak me out. Yes, I am weird!!!!! But how to keep the clean!!!! The Expert Face just wash and go, I use the Beauty Blender Cleanser for it.

    I did buy the Real Techniques blush brush, but just don’t like it. The head is just too big for me, I prefer smaller like the old Smashbox No16 one. I am using Liz Earle’s angled blush brush and love it.

  37. I love the Expert Face Brush! It’s perfect for liquid foundation! Plus ist the best brush for cremeblush!

  38. From a pro MUA point of view, these brushes are my client favourites. Every time I use them the comment is ‘wow your brushes are so soft! I love the feel!’ Money well spent.

  39. beck

    Does any one know if they have these brushes at Ulta or
    Target? Thanks!

  40. marta

    hello everyone! the expert face and the buffing brush are also great with mineral foundation in the loose form.. i didn’t like the finish of mineral foundation on my skin before trying these brushes, but during the summer i am using only organic products and pure mineral foundation to give my skin a break from chemicals and these brushes really made my foundation look perfect! so glad i tried them!

  41. thalia

    I love the Real Techniques brushes in general. I pretty much have almost all the collection. My favorite all time foundation brush would be the Buffing Brush as well as the Expert Brush. They give such good pay off when blending in your foundation. Overall, if I were to grade it for a low end brand I will grade an A. It’s a wonderful product and great for gals who are learning or starting off using cosmetics.

  42. Bella

    Love your review. I love them! No regrets about buying them everyone should have them!! I got my Real Techniques brush sets from iHerb.com and used a discount code and got free shipping! You can use discount code LJR877 (no expiration!) and get $10 off your entire purchase! :D

  43. Christine, what is your go to (or holy grail) brush for liquid foundations?

  44. So happy to see such great reviews on the expert face brush! I recently purchased this and it has replaced all my other foundation application brushes!

  45. I have 7 or 8 of these brushes and always gravitate to the blush brush and the powder blush (which I love). I also have the expert face brush and I was so glad to see this because I have hardly used it. I kept looking at it and wondering what the heck to do with it!!! Thanks to this now I have a few ideas and I will be trying this one out tomorrow.

  46. A

    Do you know how the contour brush compares with the setting brush? Is the setting brush basically just a mini version of the contour brush?

  47. terri

    I have absolutely no brushes. I need to buy good essentials can u recommend a kit or individual brushes . I was thinking real techniques but have no clue what to buy . some people have said some of the brushes arnt used in the kits.