On Wednesday morning when I had a few spare hours before university I decided to go on and have a look on Superdrug to see if there’s anything that caught my eye. On the homepage in the ‘Star Buys’ section was a Real Techniques brush set called ‘Fresh Faced Favourites’ reduced from £19.99 to £7.99 which was also included in the 3 for 2 offer. I rung my local store to check they had stock in and secured 3, yaas! I thought I’d show you what brushes you get in the set and give my first impressions of them. This set is a perfect Christmas present, especially considering the price, it is such a bargain. Let’s get into it…
The first brush is called the ‘BB/CC Brush’ which has large, firm bristles that aim to evenly apply BB/CC cream to create a natural, dewy finish. I was intrigued by the fact that this is angled, I’ve never used an angled brush to blend in foundation but I thought I’d give it a try.
The second brush is a ‘contour brush’ which is tapered to buff on bronzer, before even trying this brush I knew I’d love it, the shape and feel of it seems perfect for contouring.
The last brush is a ‘detailer brush’ which is meant to be used for applying concealer to problem areas precisely, I was very apprehensive about this as I think it’s a bit too small for applying concealer but I knew it’d have some uses such as carving out my brows with concealer or contouring my nose.
I almost forgot to mention that in the set you get ‘wedge sponges’ which aim to help blend and blur any harsh lines, I am a massive fan of the Real Techniques sponges so had high hopes for these. I like to use sponges wet to make sure my foundation is blended but to also apply highlighter as I feel like that accentuates the pigment the most.
I don’t use either BB or CC cream so used the first brush to apply my foundation. I did find it strange that the bristles were so hard and firm but I felt like it ensured the product was really buffed into my skin evenly. I was apprehensive about the fact that it was angled but I felt like it made application a bit easier. I was pleased with this brush as I wasn’t sure whether I’d get on with it but I’ll definitely be using it in the future.
I was a bit gutted with the detailer brush but I was apprehensive about it. I used it to blend in concealer that I applied in the usual places (under eye, around my nose, down my nose, on my forehead). I found it was handy for blending in concealer around and down my nose as it ensured precise application. Whereas for larger surfaces like under my eyes and on my forehead I felt likeI needed a bigger brush to ensure it was fully blended. I think I’d probably end up using this brush to conceal around my brows as it seems a nice shape to do that. But as a concealer brush I wasn’t impressed with it.
I knew I’d love the wedge sponges and I really did. They are a really nice size for going for the top of your foundation and concealer to kind of tie your base together but I would 100% use one of these on their own to blend in foundation. They’re so easy to manoeuvre and make such a difference to how your base looks. I wet mine to give my skin a dewier look but I’m sure they’d be just as effective if used dry.
I LOVED the contour brush. The shape was so perfect for blending in bronzer along the jawline, cheekbones and forehead. The bristles picked up such a nice amount of product as it’s so important to not pack too much product on when contouring, I recommend building it up gradually rather than applying it all at once. I can’t express how much I loved this brush, I will 100% be using this in my everyday routine!
Thank you so much for reading! I was really impressed with this set overall, the price and offer as well is so amazing! Click here to go to the set but I’m unsure whether it’ll still be available when you’re reading this.
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