I picked up the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush in June, and as it is one of their newer releases I thought our readers might appreciate a review!
I was in need of a new brush for powder contouring, and was looking at fluffy Zoeva and Sigma brushes, but strapped for cash and trusting of Real Techniques, I decided to go for this brush.
The packaging is the standard RT plastic: as attractive as it can be given what it is, but effective at keeping the brush intact. The brush itself is banded with RT’s new, brighter shade of pink (which in their colour coded system represents ‘Finish’ brushes), and has a thick, flat end which means you can stand it upright, which is cool but takes up a lot of space in a brush pot. It’s light and comfortable to hold and use.
- Synthetic bristles (good for creams and liquids, and easy to clean)
- Dense bristles (picks up a lot of product, use a light hand)
- Multi-tasking (can be used for contour, foundation, blush, etc.)
- Approx 6 inches long
- Price is £9.99 in Boots
On purchase, I was dubious that this brush would work well with powder, as it has very dense bristles (see photo).
Unfortunately, my gut instinct was right, and having attempted to use it several times with powder contour, I found that it would more often than not move my foundation around and make my cheek appear muddy, rather than actually blend the powder smoothly over the surface, even when using a light hand. I have since visited the website, which says this brush is “ideal for liquid or cream contour products”, which I would extend to mean “maybe avoid using with powder altogether”.
(N.B., I tend not to powder my entire face, so you might assume that powder contour would always appear patchy over my unset foundation, but this is not the case, as I have in the past found fluffier, less dense brushes that do the job well.)
The cut of the brush is angled, to fit underneath your cheekbones, but I personally found it a little too large to achieve a precise contour (again, with powder).
All is not lost, as I have found this to be a fantastic foundation brush – along the same lines as the RT Buffing Brush, but with the added bonus of being tapered, so the pointier end can be used to blend right up under the eye. Again, similar to the brand’s other foundation brushes, a stippling motion results in higher coverage while a buffing motion results in a natural, lower coverage finish.
The taper and size of this brush means it also blends cream blush (one my favourite products this summer) seamlessly. Again, a stippling motion leaves more pigment on the skin for a rosy look, and a buffing motion results in less intense colour.
Ultimately, this brush doesn’t work well for what I bought it for, but it’s not explicitly supposed to, so I have to blame myself there. While I don’t own liquid or cream contour, it works beautifully with my liquid foundation and cream blush, so I have to assume that it will also work well with a corresponding contouring product.
I hope you found this review helpful, and I still need a new contour brush(!) so any recommendations are gratefully received. Also, if you’re in the market for a liquid bronzer, make sure to check out Una’s review of Benefit’s ‘Dew the Hoola’!