Friday, 13 February 2015

New In: Make-up Brushes

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Over the past few months I've added a fair amount of make-up brushes to my collection, five to be precised, all five of which I've fallen a little bit in love with, and admire for different reasons. It's safe to say that each does well for its purpose and I'm finding myself wondering as I write this actually how I ever survived without these five in my life.

Two out of the five brushes that are new to my kit I got for Christmas from my lovely mumma; the Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush and the Real Techniques Powder Brush. I won't chat too much about the Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush as I've written a full review of it here, but I will say that I haven't gone back to my old bronzer brush since I first started using it. It's a gorgeously huge flat top brush which makes both broad application and precised application effortless so whether you're contouring areas of your face or just dusting a bit of bronzer on, it's a great all round brush. The finishing touch to my make-up is always finishing powder and applying it with the Real Techniques Powder Brush has been a consistent joy. The Real Techniques Powder Brush is my favourite in my collection on an appearance level. I absolutely adore the big, fluffiness of this brush it just looks adorable and lovely, and is equally lovely to touch; it's gorgeously soft. In terms of application, this Real Techniques beauty allows you to apply generous amounts of product because of it's size, but the fluffy texture of the brush means that it's more difficult to be heavy handed, so application is always lightweight and distributed evenly. I find even if I do end up applying too much product to one area of my face I can easily fan it away and diffuse it out so you can't even notice any over application. 

For face make-up I also bought myself the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which I use most days to apply and blend liquid foundation. I find that this brush is the perfect medium between a slipping brush and a flat foundation brush as it buffs the foundation into your skin perfectly without compromising on coverage. Some bad quality brushes in this style require quite aggressive blending which is a total turn off for me, but I've found applying with this effortless and actually quite pleasant; I feel like I don't have to waste loads of energy when using this brush and also minimal amount of product is wasted as it doesn't get stuck in the bristles which is also lovely and proves to me that Real Techniques really are the brand to go to for high quality at budget friendly prices. I tend to reach for this brush on the days that I do want more coverage and on the days that I just want a quick, lightweight base I grab my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I'm not really sure if the Miracle Sponge can be used for creating a high coverage as I've only ever used it for a lightweight coverage and I haven't really experimented with attempting to build coverage with it at all, so please keep that in mind and don't write it off as an applicator for high coverage. Anyways, in terms of a flawless, even (but not maximum coverage) base I find the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge perfect. Using the damp sponge in stippling motions the shape of it really helps get in all those nooks and crannies of your face and the blending of my foundation is always even within seconds when I use this. In a rush this is my ultimate go-to as it never fails to give the same perfect appearance to my skin with the least amount of effort and time used.

My most recent purchase and definitely my favourite of the lot is the Sigma Tapered Blending Brush E40. Unlike the others this is an eye make-up brush, designed for getting into the crease of your eye and blending your shadow seamlessly; ideal for that perfect smokey eye. My fascination with Sigma brushes stemmed from watching Carli Bybel's Youtube Channel, as she has quite as few that she regularly uses. I will hold my hands up and admit this purchase was a total "One time I saw Cady Heron wearing army pants and flip flops, so I bought army pants and flip flops," moment, but I've had no regrets. I've never owned a tapered eye brush before and after day one of using this I saw the benefits already as the shape of the brush really lets you get in your crease but in a way that is lightweight, soft and doesn't create hard lines. I've found both using the Sigma E40 applying shadows and blending shadows I've applied with a different brush fantastic as it always creates the same soft blend that you want when applying eye makeup and blending shadows to create your desired look. For anyone having difficulty perfecting the smokey eye or eye make-up looks in general I'd recommend buying yourself one of these as honestly it makes your life so much easier and flawless make-up achievable! 

That's it from my recent make-up brush buys, they are definitely becoming a small obsession of mine as I already want more! Let me know if you've bought any make-up brushes recently that you adore as I'd love to give them a try and hear your thoughts on them.

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22 comments

  1. I have so many of the RT brushes but still not a powder brush! Need to invest! I have the sponge but wasn't that impressed with it. In fact, I don't even know where it is now haha!! But you won't be disappointed!
    x x | daisydaisyxxo

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    1. Haha it's a good one babe! It's growing on me the more I use it! Xx

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  2. The RT face brush is so good for applying foundation and really buffing it in! I love it, and the miracle sponge is what I use most days now for a really flawless finish! Great post
    Jasmine xxx
    http://jasminehardingmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. I love the RT expert face brush! Might have to hunt down the powder brush now!

    Dusty Foxes Beauty

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  4. I really want some real techniques brushes they are sooo pretty and plus my collection is so embarassing, mis matched and crap haha xxx

    Blonde Of Carbs

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    1. Haha don't worry about it! These things take time, mine isn't massive :) xx

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  5. I am obsessed with RT brushes! I have loads of them! And I can't get enough.

    Zoe
    http://www.thatszoe.com/

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  6. I love the RT makeup brushes! They are just so soft and give the perfect makeup application
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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    1. I know, the powder brush is one of my faves! Xx

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  7. I love RT makeup brushes, I use expert face brush to apply my foundation and it gives such a good coverage. I'm also loving my Duo Fibre Powder Brush from them xo

    Jenny | That Northern Gal

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    1. I love it too! Ooh that sounds lovely xxx

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  8. love love love my real techniques brushes.

    I'm still on the hunt for the rose gold ones :(

    A Forte For Fashion

    x

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    1. I saw them in Boots the other day! Xx

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  9. Love the sponge, it's so easy to use!
    Love Vicki | victoriajanex

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    1. Same, it's really growing on me :) xx

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  10. I think the powder brush is about the only RT brush I don't have - I'll have to check it out :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine

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  11. Loved this post, I'm always on the lookout for new brushes. I've tried the RT Expert Face Brush, and it's deffo one of my faves. Never tried sigma before though. Your photos are gorgeous btw!
    Loves! Kirstie
    Kimamely Beauty

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