Real Techniques Expert Face Brush has been a recent godsend for me. I bought it months ago, but I haven’t been using it because I’ve been using my Tarte Brush and Foundation. Now that we’re getting into summer, I need to have a base with SPF. I’ve been using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush with several of my bases and really enjoying the result.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
This brush has synthetic Taklon bristles that supposedly are easy to clean and don’t soak up product.
It’s hand cut and this precision will supposedly leave a streak free finish.
The brush is claimed to be light and easy to use, including standing on its own.
What CGR Says
So far, I’ve used the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush with three different foundations: ColorStay Whipped, NARS TM, and NARS Sheer Glow. It’s done well with all three foundations. The brush itself is light and easy to use and clean. I do find it soaks up more product than other foundation brushes I have. I use this brush in several different ways. The “sweep and buff” technique involves putting the foundation on the face with fingers in little swaths and then sweeping it all over once warmed up and buffing it in. This results in light coverage that you can layer easily. This brush will even sheer out ColorStay Whipped when used this way. If I have any redness left I go back in and stipple. The only difference here is I apply the product directly to the bristles. After stippling you shouldn’t see any edges but if you do, buff them out. The finish left behind by this brush is much nicer than finger application and really brings out the radiance of the foundations. It does well with pores and any expression lines, making the foundation look skinlike but very smooth. I also find that this brush allows me to layer different products easily. I will do the sweep and buff with my NARS TM and then stipple with my NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia as a kind of redness corrector. It marries the formulas seamlessly. This brush is not as soft as my other foundation brushes and its dense nature will exacerbate skin flakes when buffing. You really need to prep the skin well to take advantage of the brush and the finish it can give. This brush will also work for powders and any type of blush formulation, but I haven’t tested those uses yet.
Overall, I love the brush and it’s multitasking abilities. I think it could be softer and soak up less product, but I’m very happy with the purchase. I give the brush an A- and I plan to pick up a few more. For under $10 you can’t beat the performance of the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush!
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