I have been waiting for this collection to arrive in Australia from the very first day that the Sam and Nic showed us a sneak peak on their Instagram account. When Priceline announced their arrival, I was out the door, in the store with my wallet out and ready to spend.
I've always been such a fan of a the Real Techniques range, and loved that they created such an affordable make up brush range which rivalled the quality of many of their expensive beauty brand counter parts. Like many of you, I was shocked when the prices were first released and my jaw hit the floor. However, when you feel these brushes and work with them, you soon realise they're a luxury brush that happens to be sold and distributed to the drug store. When comparing these brushes to MAC, they're still significantly less expensive by $10 to $15 a pop.
They are designed so well and you can tell Nic and Sam really didn't spare any detail. The first thing which catches every beauty lovers eyes is the amazing colour, how can you go wrong with gold, silver and rose gold? Not only is it about the beauty of these products which catch your eye but the quality of these brushes speak for themselves. The bristles are soft, each brush has a significant amount of weight to them to assist with controlled make up application and the ends of the brush handle are tapered so you can lay them flat on your counter or work space without having them roll around.
|101 - TRIANGLE FOUNDATION BRUSH ($58.99AUD)|
This brush was the stand out in the range for me. Its unique 3D triangular shape allows for even application and distribution of foundation across the face. Its design also allows you to get around those difficult parts like the curve of your nose and under your eyes. I adore that it is dense, which makes blending the product into the face significantly easier, definitely worth a go.
|100 - ARCHED POWER BRUSH ($64.99AUD, when compared to MAC Power Brush $85AUD)|
When I use this brush, it just makes me feel like I belong in a old hollywood film, with my silk robe and red lipstick. This brush is just decedent, and has glamour all written all over it. The bristles are extremely soft, and the brush is so large it covers the full surface of your face easily and evenly - making it easier to avoid that dreaded cake face.
|300 - TAPERED BLUSH BRUSH ($58.99AUG, when compared to MAC blush brush $70AUD).|
Love love love this brush. The dome is so perfectly sized to apply brush to the cheeks. I've always found with blush brushes, the the dome is too large to concentrate specifically on the apples of the cheeks. The bristles like the rest of the range are densely packed in together, to make it easier to pack on the colour as required.
|200 - OVAL SHADOW BRUSH ($38.99AUD)|
While this brush is designed for the eye, I find it too large to control on the eyelids. I actually have found a new love for using this blush to apply highlighter to the high points of my cheeks.
I'll notice, I haven't spoken about the 301 Flat Contour Brush, and the honest truth is I'm still testing it out. I'm not a fan of utilising it for contour, because of it's density, I think it applies to much product for it to look natural. I'm currently in the midst of testing it with cream products and will report back.
If you only had to get two pieces out of the range, I would definitely recommend the 300 and the 101.