RealTechniques Top 5 Brushes

Look at these beauties, even got a deep cleanse for this post, (that’s dedication, brush washing = so boring.) Now I’m not going to lie, when I first entered into the world of makeup I used my hands and those little sponge applicators and when I think back I actually cringe. I started getting into makeup when I was around 6 I think, young I know but I’ve never looked back. Just imagine a 6 year old me delving into my mothers small collection of makeup and applying it with such skill all over my face… Looked amazing… NOT! Thankfully, I found makeup brushes (and my own makeup,) and I cannot think of applying my makeup any other way. My favourite brushes have to be from RealTechniques, they are so affordable and readily available in most drugstores. Their newer ones are less affordable but that’s not to say that I wouldn’t try them, the range of brushes is exceptional and perfect for a beginner or even a pro!

RealTechniques Expert Face Brush

If you’re looking for a foundation brush I am never without my Expert Face Brush. These retail at £9.99 and are probably one of the most expensive brushes in their main line; but it is worth it! The Expert Face Brush is a multi purpose brush, I’ve used it for foundation, cream contouring, concealing, even powder, although now I’ve settled on using it just for foundation. The brush has quite densely packed synthetic bristles with a rounded top which makes blending out foundation so easy.

RealTechniques Duo Fiber Brush

For powder I love the Duo Fiber Face Brush, the black bristles are quite densely packed while the white bristles are more sparsely distributed so you can lightly dust powder over. I use this with my Rimmel Stay Matte powder and it applies just enough to add a nice dusting to my face, making sure I don’t have a cake face.

RealTechniques Setting Brush

The Setting Brush is a funny kind of brush as I never used to use it to set anything. It’s suggested to  be used for setting under eye concealer with powder, but I never really need to set my under eyes as I have dry skin. This is why I eventually decided to use it as a contour brush, the brush tapers out and is good for precision placement of powder. I prefer this to the Contour brush as it is thinner and more precise, however, I do use the contour brush to blend out any harsh contour lines once I’m done.

RealTechniques Base Shadow Brush

For base eyeshadows my favourite brush is the Base Shadow Brush, it’s quite a small brush but applies eyeshadow evenly over the lid. I love using this with both cream and powder shadows as it’s great for blending.

RealTechniques Domed Shadow Brush

Finally I have the Domed Shadow Brush, while this is brush is rather big I find it best used to add eyeshadow into the crease and then blend  out. I also use the brush to run excess eyeshadow below the lash line if I’m going for a more dramatic look. You can probably tell from this post that I am in love with RealTechniques, I could go on for hours! Now you know my favourites, are there any you think should be on my list but aren’t?


  1. Alexandra Tsirimokou
    April 28, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    I've been using the Expert Face Brush for years! I literally haven't applied my foundation with anything else since I purchased it 🙂 I really want to try their new Bold Metals

    • Beth D
      May 7, 2015 / 8:33 pm

      The Bold Metals look amazing but they're so expensive, I just can't justify it sadly xx

  2. Anu Ali-Raatikainen
    May 7, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Real Techniques brushes are so good! I prefer the Buffing brush when applying foundation even though I love the Expert Face brush too. I think my favourite brush out of these would be the Setting brush, don't know why 😀 xxAnu | My life as Anu | bloglovin

    • Beth D
      May 7, 2015 / 8:37 pm

      I used to always reach for the Buffing brush until I got my hands on the Expert Face brush, it changed everything. I also love the setting brush, but not for setting things only contouring xx

  3. Ash
    June 21, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    I have all of these brushes & they are amazing! I definitely recommend getting the buffing brush & contour brush. I use them everytime I apply a full face of makeup (: xx

  4. Gemsi - Gem
    June 21, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    I have the face brush and the setting brush. I've used the face brush for contouring a few times but I use the setting brush the most, for concealer. I love their blush brush too!Gem

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