Global phenomena Sam Chapman and Nic Haste were the first #YouTubeGuru brands that I ever became aware of and the fact that their Real Techniques brushes are available on my local high street, their brushes did not make me swoon visually or technically so they remained under my radar. They they brought out their bold metals and I decided that before I take the plunge with one of those (more expensive) beauties, I needed to see what their original brush range was like.
Can we talk about the packaging. I really don’t like it. The plastic is hard and really difficult to open without damaging your hands, fingers or most painfully your cuticles! A box or even a plastic pouch would be so much better. We are not off to the best start. Once you get into the box – and it does take a while, you get to the very light brush. Ferrule is very long – about two and a half times the length of the handle, which gives is a very specific aesthetic. The brushes in the range are colour coded according to how their role so pink brushes are finishing brushes (there is also a stippling brush and a blush brush in the pink colour)
The brushes are vegan and cruelty free. The synthetic bristles are very soft but it is not the softest brush in my collection. The Micro Setting Brush is designed for a ‘controlled dusting of powder or highlighter’. I have a very large round face so if I attempted to dust my whole face with this brush, it was take a very long time. It is however great for highlighter but my preferred way to use it is for under eye powder. Whether I am piling on the banana powder for a highlight or setting my concealer, the size of the brush head and tulip shaped bristles make it perfect for getting in the nooks and crannies. If you are using a glitter shadow or pigment and get fall out this is a lovely brush to remove the fall out… but remember to clean the brush before you use it for setting your under eye concealer so that you dont get the glittery under eye effect. Also, you know when you are working on a smokey eye look and you put eyeshadow under the eye and then you need to tidy it up. A touch of concealer or foundation on the brush and a long and steady swipe and you get the perfect clean up and extended wing shape. As the brush is synthetic, it is also great for cream and liquid products.
I reach for this brush very regularly which is how I know that it is a good brush. I have it on regular rotation