The right tool can make a world of difference in your make up application, and I've found that the majority of times, my higher-end brushes perform better. Every now and again, I discover a brush that does a superior job, even though the price may lead you to believe otherwise. The Real Techiniques Expert Face Brush is a good example of a product that completely dispels the saying that you get what you pay for.
Priced at just $8.99, this brush is top quality and has rapidly become one of my favorites for applying my powder foundation. I seldom wear liquid foundation, because I never seem to be able to apply it correctly. I just ordered another Expert Face Brush to use solely for liquid foundation. I'm excited to think that maybe, just maybe, this will help in my application so I'll be able to wear more liquid foundations that look flawless.
The brush is aluminum, so it's lightweight. The tapered handle is comfortable to hold and easy to manage. The information on the packaging (below) recommends this brush for the application and blending of cream or liquid foundations, but don't think that's all it does! This multitasker works well for blush, bronzer, blending, and buffing.
The synthetic bristles are very dense and firm, but they are unbelievably soft. The shape of the brush head gives me great control and precision, especially around facial contours. I haven't noticed any shedding, and it's still just as soft as the day I bought it, even after a couple of washings.
This photo gives you a comparison as to the size. I find myself reaching for the Real Techniques brush over my MAC 187 and my Shiseido Foundation Brush, and I don't remember the last time I used my Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush for buffing.
This is a very impressive brush, and the price makes it even better. I still love my higher-end brushes, but this one works just as well and in some instances, better. It also saves me time because I can use one brush instead of two or three for various products. I'm especially happy with the way it "finishes" my powder foundation. My higher-end brushes always outperformed my lower-end brushes for powder application, because they almost eliminated any "powdery" look that I always seemed to get from lower-end brushes. There's no almost with the Real Techniques Brush. It completely eliminates any look of powder, so I don't feel like I always have to set it with a finishing spray for that more flawless look.
I don't have any other brushes from Real Techniques, so if you have any thoughts about them or any that you recommend, let me know in the comments! I picked mine up from Drugstore.com, but they're also available at Ulta, select Walmart stores, iHerb.com, and other etailers.