Nic’s Picks RealTechniques Brushes

Nic's Picks

Makeup brushes, I find, are like many things in life: you have enough but you can’t help thinking that you just want more! Be it the same brush just different colouring, or a newly released set, you have to have it; this is the relationship that I have with brushes, RealTechniques especially.

If you don’t know the brand RealTechniques, (you may have been living under a rock,) but it’s is a brand made with the Pixiwoo sisters, (and if you don’t know who they are I am definitely sure you have been living under a rock.) Now the set I am showing you today is one of their newest sets: Nic’s Picks, which you can find at places like Boots and Superdrug, my mum kindly got me this as payment for a few nights of babysitting my brother as it was on offer for only £20 instead of £30. £30 for a set of 5 brushes is not half bad considering you can get 1 MAC brush for near £24 so to get the set for £20 was even better.

Duo Fiber Face Brush

The Duo Fiber Face Brush; before I got this set I had been using my Multitask Face Brush for powder but I like this so much more. This domed duo fiber brush is really good for lightly dusting the face with powder. As a dry skin sufferer I find that some brushes I use to apply powder can make my skin appear caked as the powder does not distribute lightly and evenly over the face. The duo fiberd nature of the brush means that the bristles are thicker nearer the base and become more sparse nearer the top meaning that it is incredibly difficult to over apply.

Cheek Brush

I’m not the biggest lover of blush and usually reach for my Stippling Brush as it works well with cream blushes which are my preferred type of blush. However, after getting this set I have been wearing slightly more powder blushes like Benefit Dandelion, the Cheek Brush (limited edition in this set) is really nice for applying and blending out blush leaving no harsh lines. The brush itself has many tightly packed bristles that dome slightly at the top allowing for even application.

Angled Shadow Brush

The second limited edition brush in the set is this Angled Shadow Brush. This brush is probably my favourite in the set as I do not own one like it. The angled bristles let the brush sit in my crease easily letting me blend and eye shadow I put there completely, so it leaves no harsh lines.

Base Shadow Brush

The RealTechniques Base Shadow Brush is one of my most used brushes so another one is most useful. This brush is dense enough to pack shadow vibrantly onto the eye but is also great for blending out eye shadow too.

Eyeliner Brush

I’m not great at any type of eyeliner except felt tip liner so I am constantly trying to find a brush that can help. I have tried two other RealTechniques liner brushes but as of yet those two have not aided my application. This Eyeliner Brush seems thin enough that I should be able to create a line and maybe with practise a wing. However, I have not been able to try well as my gel liner isn’t great, (so any recommendations of ones I should try would be great.)

 Overall this is a great value and great performance brush set. I’m aware there are new more expensive RealTechniques that have just been released but I’m not too sure about them so any reviews you have would be useful, before I think about trying a few.


  1. shreepalu
    January 8, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    Nice review..never saw or heard of these ones before..though the new expensive ones are on my lust list. Will keep in touch with this blog for new n exciting things from now on

  2. Beth D
    January 8, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    Thank you, the new ones do look amazing but are so much more expensive!xx

  3. jasmine turner
    January 21, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    In love with this set! They are all amazing quality!xprincessjas | ♥

    • Beth D
      January 23, 2015 / 5:54 pm

      They really are such good quality especially for the pretty low price!xx

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