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Review: Real Techniques eyelining set [Sep. 16th, 2016|01:48 pm]
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I already owned a bunch of brushes, but I often found that when I was doing eye makeup with different colours, that a couple of spare brushes would not be an unnecessary luxury. I had heard a lot of good things about Real Techniques brushes, so I decided to have a look at their site to see if they had anything I liked. The brand is distributed in Belgium by Di, a drugstore chain. Whilst there is no Di in my hometown, there’s plenty in several times I do visit often enough, so that’s at least convenient.


I did like the eyeliner pack of 4, but as that is a limited/collector's edition, it was sold out pretty much everywhere. Places that did still have them, were also not all that cheap. I did some calculating, and considering it contains 4 brushes, two of which I wouldn't really use much, meant it was a couple of € cheaper than getting two brushes from Spectrum, but not by much.
Considering I know and love Spectrum, and I didn't know Real Techniques, I was actually really tempted to just pay the couple of € more for the two Spectrum brushes.
But as I was going to go to Louvain with Agnes a few days later, I decided to look at the Di website to see if they carried this particular set. The site didn't list them, so I figured I'd have a look at eBay, just to see what they cost on there.
Turns out there were several sellers carrying them, including one from the UK with 100% positive feedback that sold the set, shipping included, for € 15.47. Seeing it was suddenly about € 10 cheaper than ordering from Spectrum, I figured I'd give it a shot.

Now the thing is, as I discovered whilst visiting Louvain, Di in fact does carry this set, for a whopping € 32.something, it was very close to € 33.
So definitely check eBay before you check stores.

I have to admit that I’m not _that_ pleased with these. Compared to brushes by ICI PARIS XL, a chain of beauty/perfume stores in Belgium and especially Spectrum, it’s fully understandable why Real Techniques is distributed in drug stores, because I feel they are not that much better quality than your average drugstore brush.

The bristles in themselves are good quality, but the finishing of the part where they go into the handle of the smudger is rather crappy. If you accidently touch your skin with that part it does not feel pleasant. I wouldn't go as far as to say that it would leave scrapes, BUT you do NOT want to accidently poke yourself in the eye with brushes with a finishing like that. Considering that the smudger is the only one out of these four that has this issue, I think it may be a manufacturing error though.


The pouch that comes in this set is practical in itself, but if it had just been a little taller, it would have meant that people could have used it to take other brushes (even other brushes by Real Techniques, as many of their brushes have longer handles) on holiday with them in that same pouch, which would have been really practical. Because let's be honest, you will use more than just these tiny brushes when applying your makeup. Unless of course you are doing just eye makeup, then you might manage fine.

The one upside is of course, that these are ideal for drawing lines, blending and applying makeup underneath your eyes. I'm not going to argue with the fact that they are very useful for that. It could also be practical for other detailing, but for general application, you’re probably better off with another set.

In conclusion: I wouldn't recommend buying these unless you legit need all 4 of these brushes. Or need at least half as secondary brushes. Or, if you are strapped for cash and can't afford better, higher priced options. Personally, this set does not actually encourage me to go out and buy more of their brushes. I would rather spend a little more on brushes by Spectrum, but I am of course quite happy to try other brands in the meantime, also (I still want to try Kiko Milano and Lottie London brushes).
I would 100%, wholeheartedly recommend their brush cleaner though, because that thing is amazing. In fact, I love it so much I have bough a second one to clean out my larger acrylic brushes in school. Yes, it also works for acrylics brushes, isn't that awesome?!

Brushes, you will be clean!

I give this a 3/5, because the brushes do have some practical uses for under eye makeup application, so I’m sure I’ll get good use out of at least 2 of them. I also feel hat at less than € 4 a brush what I paid for them, I did an overall pretty good deal. I would be slightly less pleased if I had paid the normal retail price though.

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Compared by the other brushes I own.

[User Picture]From: countlibras
2016-09-16 12:56 pm (UTC)
I do so want that cleaning tray. I just keep forgetting to look around for it.

Even though I hardly wear makeup, eye shadow brushes are a topic close to my heart. I have one brush that I got in a kit years ago that is my favorite. Every other brush I buy just doesn't work as well for me.

As for eyeliner brushes, I would love to see a set with super short handles. As someone who is really short sighted, I need to get very close to my mirror when lining my eyes. I constantly hit the mirror with the handle. XD
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2016-09-16 04:00 pm (UTC)
These actually do have really short handles, so you might like them. Yves Rocher ones have really short handles too, but I'm not wild about their brushes I must admit.

That cleaning tray is a saviour, it really, really is.

I know what you mean about your fave brush. Luckily mine is a Spectrum brush, so I can still get a spare one (and eventually I will), luckily. I also like my pointed IPXL eye shadow brush, which is super practical as I can buy that in town and it's like € 6 :) So very affordable :)
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