After my previous success with the Real Techniques travel essentials collection, I decided to order some more from the range. All the brushes have Taklon (synthetic) bristles.
The stippling brush (£10.99) is smaller than the likes of a MAC 187, the head is dense but undoubtedly soft.
Its great for liquid and powder foundations and also cream blush, It blends out any edges and buffs in the product making it one with the skin, there really is no work involved with this.
The blush brush (£9.99) is much larger than your average blusher brush, this is very soft with a medium density and a slightly tapered tip.
Due to the size I was expecting this to not pick up much product, and whilst it doesn't give a concentration of colour, I didn't feel the need to apply more swipes than I do with my other blush brushes.
It blends the colour in at the same time of application so is very quick. However, due to its size, it gives me a larger area of blush than I prefer, as a result of this I find I am using this more for powder and bronzer.
Lastly I bought the core collection (£20.99), it consists of 4 full-size brushes:
The Pointed Foundation Brush is smaller than the essential foundation brush, not as thick and the tip is more pointed. Its very good for detailed application such as for under eye/face concealer.
The Detailer Brush is very small, dense, slightly stiff but comfortable on the skin. With a slightly pointed tip this is great for spot/scar concealment as it really lays the product down exactly where you want it.
The Contour Brush has a slightly doomed, rounded shape. Though I seldom contour, this does fit well in the cheek hollows. I tend to use this for blusher (when I want a pop of colour on the apples on the cheeks) and highlighting.
The Buffing Brush is a rounded brush. Though dense, its very soft. It really works the product into the skin, leaving no streaks/edges and can achieve full coverage. It works well with liquid and powder foundations and I also like it for concentrated highlighting. Compared to the Multi Task brush this is a lot more smaller and more dense/firm.
Here are all my RT brushes, L-R: Detailer, Essential Foundation, Pointed Foundation, Contour, Buffing, Stippling, Blush, Multi-task and Domed Shadow.
Apart from the blusher brush being a tad too big, I can find no fault with these brushes. They are very easy to clean with a quick dry time, they also have rubberised handles to allow for easy gripping. They work tremendously well and I find myself reaching for them more and more.
I bought these from www.love-makeup.co.uk