Real Techniques Setting Brush - review


I picked up this brush for around $10 AUD a while back because I had nothing like it in my collection and needed something in the 'small but not too small' category.

I'm super glad I did because it's been a useful addition to my brush armoury, and from the first time I used it, it became my go-to brush for setting my under-eye concealer and also for adding some powder around my nose (it's a little red there) because the brush is such a useful shape.

Real Techniques claims/product details:
  • The key to completing any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter
  • Look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • Ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • Extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use
  • Designed by Samantha Chapman, makeup artist
  • RRP $11 AUD, but do shop around

As you can see, it has a nicely long handle that's easy to use.

The brush is fluffy and soft without being too soft (so it doesn't pick up too much powder) and it tapers off at the end, allowing for more controlled application if that's what you're after.

I've pictured the wider side of the brush in the above and below photos, but the other edge is a little thinner. Having sides of different widths broadens its potential functions and I'm a big fan of tools that can be used for a number of things.


I have a few Real Techniques brushes now and this is definitely one of the better ones - I reach for it almost every day.

It's the perfect shape for setting concealer because you can use the wider side under your eyes (so it gets the job done quickly) and the thinner side is ideal for applying powder to the inner corners of your eyes and also around the edges of your nose.

If you're into contouring, the brush is a great shape for putting your shading powder down the edges of your nose, and it's also good for applying your highlighting shade down your nose, on your cheekbones and also on your forehead. Some contouring brushes are a little too large but this one is just right.

I have tried using it for applying base shadow - just because I like to see what each tool can do - and it's too big for that so I wouldn't use it for that purpose. What it is good for however is running over your finished eyeshadow application, just to help your powders look as even/blended as possible and to remove any 'loose' bits of shadow that are destined to fall off during the day.

It's a soft, fluffy brush that strikes a nice balance between loose and dense, so it applies a good amount of powder - not too little and not too much.

I've had it for a while now and it's held its shape well and hasn't shed yet. It also dries quite quickly when it comes to cleaning it, so that's a plus.

All in all, this is a really useful tool and I recommend it. It's not too expensive either. Yay for great brushes!

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