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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: Real Techniques Starter Set

I think it's fair to say that Samantha Chapman's line of brushes have blown up in the beauty blog/vlogosphere, and rightfully so! As an experienced makeup artist and half of the genius behind the Youtube Channel Pixiwoo (she and her sister partner to create brilliant beauty tutorials and generally informative videos), she would know what kind of qualities "essential" brushes should have. I've already reviewed her Core Collection (primarily face brushes) and can safely say that I still pick three out of the four brushes in the set to use over others in my collection every day. Coming from someone with a considerable amount of brushes, that's saying something!

Having told you how much I love the Core Collection, you can probably understand how I was kicking myself for not having purchased the Starter Set at ULTA when I had the opportunity. After I passed them up, I was unable to find them at multiple ULTAs in multiple different states... for months. Luckily, brushes are now available for purchase online, so no more hunting! But enough with the nitty gritty, let's see some brushes!

$18 for 5 brushes!


Not only are the brushes, and their functions, on the back of the packaging, Samantha does tutorials illustrating how to use each and every one!


With a case that bends and folds to display your brushes, it's an asset if you are looking to display your brushes during use or pack them up for travel.

Base Shadow Brush
The base shadow brush takes applying a wash of color to the next level. The shape is perfect for broad strokes and getting in the inner corner alike while the texture is like that of a duo fiber brush.

Deluxe Crease Brush
I knew this would be an immediate favorite because the shape is so unique and versatile, it's great for applying shadow, base, and even concealer.

Accent Brush
The accent brush is similar to many detail brushes I have seen. In my experience it's good for applying precise color to the eyes, specifically beneath the lower lashes (while a larger brush can leave you looking like a raccoon).

Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush
This brush is great for lining the eyes and the apparent duo fiber composition makes the tip much more narrow than the body ad thus great for both thick and thin lines.

Brow Brush
 Despite looking like a typical angled eyeliner brush, the brow brush is much thicker and larger overall. Below is a comparison with an ELF angled liner brush.



Overall this set is stellar and a necessity in everyone's makeup collection. It's great for beginners starting with a minimal amount of brushes because they not only come with tutorials, but each brush is multi-functional and make it easy to get by with just a few brushes. It's also awesome for pros and/or makeup junkies who have an excess of brushes because, again, they are so unique. Each and every one of them is unbelievably soft, synthetic (which makes for easy cleaning), and haven't shed a hair since coming out of the box.

Go get em'.


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