I really thought I would love this set, well every brush apart from the duo-fiber brush, but I ended up not having many positive things to say about this set at all. The new Real Techniques Brush Set, Nic’s Picks, is a limited edition set at £29.99 that includes 3 exclusive brushes, the cheek brush, angled shadow brush and the eyeliner brush. After tweeting my dissatisfaction, a lot of people wanted a full post about the brushes as they were on their Christmas lists and well, I just couldn’t be responsible for that many unhappy people.
Upon arrival, I was even more disappointed with the look of the duo-fiber brush as it’s really not something that interests me or that I would use, and in person, it just looks sparse and inadequate. With a face brush, I like a lot of soft bristles that I know will dispense the products evenly and efficiently across my face, with the duo-fibre brush, it actually soaks up the moisture that you may be powdering and drags it along. Creating uneven lines across your face. Obviously, if you like a very natural (partially streaky) look, this brush will work fine, but I wear quite a bit of makeup and I want it to look flawless. I knew I wouldn’t like the brush, I just didn’t imagine to this extent. This is probably the worst of the set and alone the brush would probably retail for around £8-£9 based on the prices of the others? Making it a complete waste of money in my eyes.
Knowing how much Pixiwoo love their eyebrows, especially Nic, I really thought the eyebrow/eyeliner brush would be amazing, but it’s pretty average. If you like your reviews sprinkled in positivity, I would step away from the screen right about now. It’s a great little brush if you don’t mind your cream/liquid products to not be perfectly sharp. But as an eyeliner brush, that’s kind of the point. The brush is a little thicker at the base and the hair are a little too fluffy on the end, even when soaked in product (not literally). My brush has even started to shed already making it virtually impossible to get a good line. For an eyebrow brush it is equally disappointing with a pomade but works well when you just want to brush a little powder across. It’s also okay for feathering, but note ‘okay’ and not ‘amazing. Moving on…..
The exclusive cheek brush looked like it would also be incredible and it’s actually not bad. I found the same problem as the duo-fiber brush, but instead of being light and sparse, the cheek brush is really thick and soft, and actually tends to cling to moisture. When using this on a heavy base I’ve noticed it does move my foundation a little and can apply products very heavily. It’s not amazing at blending as it holds onto so much colour that it really doesn’t help. I’ve been applying foundation with it instead and it’s not terrible for getting the base on, but you do have to blend out the streaky lines afterwards.
Another exclusive was the angled shadow brush that I actually quite like. I know, shock horror. Normally brushes of this shape just annoy me, but I actually found myself creating a smokey eye in seconds. The angle is perfect to get the product right where you want it and blend out with ease. Real Techniques, despite the occasional shedding brush, normally get eye brushes spot on so I was really pleased over this. Another brush is the Base Shadow brush that is already part of the Real Techniques collection and is known to be a good little brush, I won’t contest that. I have several myself and use them daily.
For me, two, maybe three of these brushes were a complete waste of money, making the £30 set seem not as good value for money (which it’s already pricier than the other sets at £20). So, unless duo fiber brushes are your calling, you like soft brows or wonky eyeliner and a very heavy blush, I’d ask Santa for one of the other Real Techniques sets. Preferably the core collection with the contour brush as that is a piece of magic.
I went there, I gave Real Techniques a negative review. But, as always, this doesn’t mean that you won’t love the set, so if you had your heart set on it. go for it! Don’t forget to let me know what you think below….