Real Techniques Duo Fiber Contour Brush - review


I bought this as part of a three-brush set ages ago because I'd heard so much about Real Techniques brushes that I couldn't resist grabbing the set when I saw it on special.

Unfortunately the set isn't my favourite and I don't think it's essential, although I do use this contour brush and the face brush on a regular basis.

What I'll do is review each of the three brushes in turn and then do a round-up post on the full set.

Real Techniques claims/product details:
  • Create buildable colour and add texture to look pixel perfect for any occasion and in any light 
  • The contour brush is for controlled contouring and sculpting
  • A true multi-tasker: duo-fiber bristles work with cream, liquid or powder for an unbelievably air-brushed finish
  • Ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • Extended aluminium handles are light and easy to use
  • RRP $55 AUD, but do shop around (I paid around $30)

As you can see from the above photos, the brush has a thinner side and a wider one.

The darker/shorter bristles are more dense and the lighter/longer ones are more sparse, meaning you pick up less product when you use these brushes - so they're best for more pigmented powders that are hard to use without applying too much colour.


If you're expecting these products to apply your makeup quickly and with impact, you'll be disappointed. As mentioned, these are best for applying a very fine layer of colour and therefore they won't suit everyone for all purposes.

This contour brush is indeed good for its intended use. I don't apply a lot of product when it comes to contouring, and in the past I've had issues with putting on way too much of my sculpting shade under my cheekbones, no matter how much I've tried to avoid this. Happily this brush has made that process easier because it picks up less product and I'm therefore less likely to overdo it and wind up looking muddy.

For this reason, it's also good as a finishing brush (as are the others in this set): when I get to the end of applying my face and need to even things up without adding too much colour or too much powder (which can dry out my already-dry skin), I can use this brush without the worry that I'll over-correct and apply more product than intended. It's also good for setting under-eye concealer, since I only want to use the finest dusting because powder can intensify and multiply fine lines.

Aside from being a good contour brush, I also use this in place of a fan brush when applying highlighter on my cheekbones or anywhere else I would normally highlight - it helps avoid any potential discoball problems because, again, it doesn't apply too much product.

I wouldn't use this brush however for very sheer powders because it takes too long to apply colour, nor would I use it for loose powders because I struggle to pick up a small amount of product (the powder gets caught between the longer bristles because they're too sparsely packed). 

What it is good for however is pressed powders that are a little on the soft side, because it won't kick up too much product if you use it lightly, whereas denser brushes might.

I'm also not sure how you would use this brush (or any other in the set) for cream or liquid products because I think the long bristles are too sparse and blending would be a nightmare. I'm only putting a question mark over that however because I use my fingers for creams and liquids so I haven't tried these brushes for that purpose.

I've had this set for a while now and the brushes are yet to shed or lose their shape, although the white bristles have been dyed (that's why they look brown in the above photos) and I can't seem to wash the colour off, no matter what products I use to clean them.

In sum, I do like this brush but I don't think that it - or any other in this set - is essential, and you're better off starting with the core Real Techniques range if you don't already have an armoury of brushes in your collection.

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