Real Techniques brushes is another reason why beauty bloggers rock…

There’s more to beautifying than good skincare products and awesome eye shadows. Beautiful eyeshadows and a foundation that gives your skin a flawless finish means nothing if you don’t have a dream team of brushes.

Lately I’ve been loving Real Techniques.

Okay, loving is an understatement. I’ve been obsessing over them a bit. And rightfully so. I could totally write an essay on how much I love these brushes. Buuuuuut I quit grad school for a reason. This writer HATES writing essays.

I do, however,  love me some lists yo.

5 Reasons Why I Love Real Technique Brushes:

      • They were designed by a beauty blogger. Ca-learly beauty bloggers rock.
      • They are color coordinated! Base = gold, Eyes = purple, Finish = pink.
      • You won’t break the bank buyin’ them. Unlike other brands…*cough*
      • The packaging for each brush gives great examples on HOW to use brush.
      • They are cruelty-free brushes. 

Real Techniques recently launched some new brushes and of course I just had to check ‘em out. Let’s spotlight them individually. Cool?

Expert Face Brush ($9)


Brush Description: Ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation.

My thoughts: Like every RT brush I’ve ever tried, this one is insanely soft. I much prefer using a stippling brush for when I apply cream or liquid foundations but after using this one, I can see how it works. I apply the foundation using my finger tips and then gently buff the foundation into my skin using this brush. And it works beautifully! This is also a great brush for applying a flush of bronzer or blush.

Setting Brush ($8)


Brush Description: The key to completing any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter.

My thoughts: Soft just like its siblings, I couldn’t find much use out of this brush. Then again, I’m not a professional. After letting my makeup artist friend (hi Lynn!) use this brush, she fell in love. I can appreciate a brand of brushes that has brushes for beauty novices and professionals alike.

Fine Liner Brush ($6)


Brush Description: The ultimate tool for precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner

My thoughts: One can never have too many liner brushes. Especially if you’re like me and you’re too lazy to clean them after using. While I much prefer angled eye liner brushes, I like how this one is precise enough to give me a thin line of gel liner on my lower lashline. It’s perfect. The bristles are sturdy enough to give me control, but soft enough so that it’s not hurting my lids. Win!

Overall: These are 3 great additions to the RT lineup. And the prices are SO right. When I was a makeup newbie, cool brush brands like ecoTOOLS and Real Techniques weren’t around so I assumed that the best brushes were the higher-end ones. So not true. Supporting Real Techniques means you’re getting brushes worth your pennies and you’ll be showing love to beauty blogger.

Because who runs the world? Beauty bloggers!

Okay, I’m kidding. Kinda. 8) You can grab these from Ulta and online.

Have you ever tried any Real Techniques brushes?

Hello Kitty brush set. How ca-ute!

Ohmigoodness, I can’t stand Hello Kitty’s cutest. I swear It increases by the second. Take this Hello Kitty Beauty brush set from Sephora, for example…

Okay, don’t laugh. It is hella hard trying to take a picture of a metallic brush set without showing my reflection. Still. It’s cute though, uh? I’ve had my eyes on that for quite some time and I am super excited about getting the opportunity to review it. With the holidays coming up, folx are gearing up for holiday finds and this may be one that you  need to add to your list.

Who is this brush set for? An avid Hello Kitty fan, no doubt. But are the brushes up to par?

They’re okay. These are synthetic travel-size brushes. I wish the website actually said that because I’m pretty sure many folx purchased without knowing the the brushes would be so small. I like travel size brushes. But of course, only for traveling. The best thing about these brushes?

Each brush let’s you know its function. That’s pretty groovy. The brushes include:

– Face Brush
– Eyeshadow Brush
– Shader/Blending Brush
– Angled Eyeliner Brush
– Lip Brush

They feel good. While they aren’t super scratchy they aren’t insanely soft either. Which is a good thing. The downfall about the brush container is that it can only house travel size items. If you decide to use it for an eyeliner or regular sized brush, it simply won’t fit. That kinda sucks.

That said, I think this is perfect for the Hello Kitty obsessed who don’t have high makeup and beauty demands. For gals who want something to look pretty and don’t require much when it comes to makeup storage, this is perfect.

Priced at $49, it’s a bit on the ‘spensive side, but hey…HK isn’t always a cheap gal.

You can grab this Hello Kitty brush set from Sephora locations and Sephora.com.

Sonia Kashuk domed eye shadow brush kinda sorta rocks!

I’ve got enough makeup brushes. I really do. But despite having so many, I really only use the same 5-7 for my eyes and face. I’m the kind of gal that sticks with what works. But man oh, somewhere along the way I’ve accured one too many brushes.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining. But the neat freak in me goes nuts every time I add a new brush to the family. Such is the case with Sonia Kashuk’s Domed Eye Shadow Brush

Target beauty obsessed gals like myself know how dynamic Sonia Kashuk is and this eye shadow brush is no different. I find it to be perfect for applying and blending eyeshadow in my crease and outer-V

…as well as applying eyeshadow in that 3-mile space I’ve got above my crease and below my browbone.

It is nice and dense but still fluffy enough to distribute color. I’m a huge fan, man. Huge fan. You can get it at Target and Target.com.

Any Sonia Kashuk lovers in the house?

EcoTools, you so fine, you blow my mind…

Did we need another reason to love EcoTools? Not really. But I am absolutely loving the re-design of the new brush sets. Designed by environmentalist and activist, Alicia Silverstone, six newly designed EcoTools sets hit the scene last month. The bags are made from natural hemp, recycled PET, non-toxic ink, and tree-free paper. And the 6-piece brush set is my absolute favorite!

Brushes from E.L.F are all that and then some!

Dear E.L.F. ,
Are you kidding me? Is this a joke? Exactly HOW can these brushes be so soft and apply makeup so beautifully AND be this affordable? Please explain.

Sincerely,

 

I know I’m always dramatical, y’all but I kid you not–these brushes are fabulous. E.L.F. really surprised me with these. First up, let’s rap on the brushes from the Mineral 5 Piece Bamboo Brush Set. Check this out…

StudioTools Skunk brush for $4?

I love my dual fiber skunk brushes. I have two. I think they are the perfect brushes to lightly apply bronze and blushes on the cheeks.

One beautiful day in Twitterhood, I saw a tweet about Target having some kind of sale on StudioTools brushes. Now to my lovely ladies who reside in Canada, the UK, Australia, the Philippines, Germany, Singapore, the Netherlands, France, Jamaica (I could go on and on, lol), I’m not sure if you all have StudioTools.

Within days of reading the tweet about StudioTools’ sale, I had to run out and check it out or myself. Guess what I found?!

It’s a skunk brush, kids! It’s was under $4. Insane, I tell ya. StudioTools is one of my favorite brush brands. They are affordable and great quality. They come highly recommended from me. And how does this brush compare to my other two skunk brushes? Let’s seeee…

To the left we’ve got my most commonly used skunk brush by Eco Tools. And to the far right we’ve got my first skunk overpriced skunk brush from MAC. Is there a difference among the three?

Hmmm….well, I will say that the EcoTools and MAC brushes are a wee bit softer than StudioTools. It leans on the stiffer side. Can your cheeks tell the difference while you’re applying your favorite foundation, powder or blush?  I don’t think so.

But who really needs three skunk brushes? Not I, said the cat. And so I gave that good ole’ StudioTools skunk brush to my friend. Run fly or skip to your nearest Target!