I’ve reached the conclusion that I am as addicted to buying makeup brushes as I am to makeup itself. I have more than I’ll ever need, and yet, if I see a new brand I’ve never tried, I’ve gotta have it! If I see a unique shape or style of brush, I’ve gotta have it! If realTechniques comes out with something new, I’ve most definitely gotta have it!
My realTechniques collection has steadily grown over the last couple of years. It was slow-going at first, because I had to order them from amazon.com, but now they’re widely available in several stores in my area. London Drugs seems to be committed to carrying the full line now, which makes me very happy. I’ve also seen them popping up in Walmart, Winners and Save-On-Foods.
My most recent addition is the Duo-Fiber Collection:
I held out on buying this set for some time, because…pause for effect…I hate duo-fiber brushes. Gasp! I’ve acquired several different ones over the years, usually in kits and gift sets, and I never use them. The white bristles are always too spiky and stabby, and often, the difference in length between the white and black bristles makes the brush too floppy. The result is a brush that covers too wide of an area and is difficult to control.
Not so with these. This collection has given me a new appreciation for duo-fiber. The white and black bristles are more evenly blended, and the length difference between them is less pronounced. I find I can actually use these for products that I want to apply sparingly, and I feel like I have complete control. Also, these brushes are soft, not stabby.
1) I use the largest one, the Duo-Fiber Face brush, for a light dusting of powder or bronzer.
2) The medium one, the Duo-Fiber Contour brush, I’ve been using to apply heavily pigmented blushes when I want to avoid clown cheeks.
3) The smallest one, the Duo-Fiber Eye brush, works well for lightly blending shadows in the crease, or for a applying highlighter. I like a small brush for highlighter.
I probably wouldn’t have bought this set if not for the fact that I got the Duo-Fiber Face brush in the limited edition Nic’s Picks set. On a whim, I tried the brush and thought, hey, I don’t hate this!
The realTechniques Duo-Fiber Collection is duo-fiber done right!