I got these babies when I was in London a while ago and I really wanted to do a review on this, but I did give myself some time to actually use the Real Techniques Nic’s Picks brushes before I did. This set was much anticipated partially because it contains three brushes that are exclusive, their sleek design, and the fact that they are Real Techniques brushes!
Duo Fiber Powder Brush
Of the five brushes I have been using the two eye brushes and the Cheek brush the most. I am not 100% sure I am sold on the Duo Fiber Powder Brush. I have to say that I never thought about buying any of the brushes in that collection and I was looking forward to trying this out but it doesn’t wow me in any way. Maybe I just don’t know what to use it for? I have tried it with pressed and loose powder and I just like the classic Powder Brush more.
On the other side, you know you absolutely love a brush when you are cleaning it between product application wishing you had at least three. For me this is the Cheek Brush. I love using it to apply foundation, it gives a lighter even more airbrushed look than the Expert Face Brush. I also love using it to lightly contour my face, and then in the end I use it for what it was meant to be used for, to apply blush. It is wonderfully soft, just the right size and quite the best brush out of the whole collection in my humble opinion.
The Base Shadow and the Angled Shadow Brush
The two eye shadow brushes are great too. I am happy to have managed to get my hands on another Base Shadow Brush, which I love to use for blending, in the crease and to apply concealer (a real multitasker). It does appear to be just ever so slightly less dense than the original one I have, but it could just be my imagination. The Angled Shadow Brush I use a little less but this is probably because I am just more used to reaching for my 217’s for blending in the crease. It is a great brush, even if you have a slightly smaller lid you can use the top end to lightly blend eye shadows in the crease.
I still find the Eyeliner Brush to be a bit to thick to apply gel liner, I can’t seem to get a fine line or a fine point to my flick with it. But I do love using it for doing my brows, it is just the perfect size, angle and firmness for getting the softest natural look. Today I used it to softly blend and smudge my eyeliner pencil and it works really well for that as well, if you are not going for a defined line.
Overall I am extremely happy that I purchased this, it is a really great set because if you are just starting with your brush collection it contains all of the basic brushes you’ll need, and if you are building on your collection then it has just the right ratio of well-loved-must-repurchase vs. new-and-exclusive.