Thursday, 5 September 2013

Real Techniques Eye Starter Set Review

Real Techniques Eye Starter Set - £16.49 via Amazon

I've always thought I was fairly good at eye makeup. Having been applying liner since the age of fourteen, I've had a fair amount of practice. However, for the majority of my makeup-applying life, I've been using one brush to do my eyeshadow. I know; the biggest beauty sin ever. For some reason, I've never really felt that eye makeup brushes were all that important, and I'd never found a brand I liked that did decent synthetic brushes for eyes. So, me and my trusty ELF eyeshadow brush have been pretty good pals for life. 

However, getting into YouTube more and learning more about makeup has made me realise I needed to get out of my bad habit, bite the bullet and invest in a selection of eye makeup brushes. Now, I searched and searched on Ebay to try and find some eye brushes like the amazing face brushes I found on there (post here), but to no avail, so I knew I had to part with the cash and get the Real Techniques Eye Starter Set. It was the ideal solution really, and I'd known about the set for ages, but parting with £21 on brushes made me weep a little bit inside. Luckily I found them on good ol' Amazon for £16.49, which I think is a pretty good price in all honesty. 

I've been using the brushes for a while now and I'm so glad I got them. These are the same beautiful quality of the face brushes, and the brushes clearly state what goes where, making it easy for those of us not that experienced at eye makeup. When I first started YouTube I got a few comments about needing to blend my eyeshadow, and looking back, I totally agree with them. I just didn't realise what a difference having different brushes would make, but I am so much happier with how I apply my eyeshadow now. They say there are no rules with makeup, but I think the eyeshadow brush rule is one that must always remain, as it has made a big difference to how my day-to-day makeup looks. 

Each of the brushes in this set are brilliant, and do exactly what they're meant to do. I get most use out of the two biggest brushes; one for applying shadow all over the lid, and one to add a darker shadow to the outer corner and blend, blend, blend. The precision eyeliner brush is great, as is the brow brush (although it's slightly bigger than what I'm used to, and I still prefer using my Ecotools one over it), but I'm a bit at a loss as what to do with the accent brush - I'm guessing it's for more complex eye looks? 

Overall I'm really impressed with this set, as it's great for beginners and the brushes are all of supreme quality (and they're synthetic, yay!) It comes with a carry case/stand which is great, although I prefer to plonk my brushes in a jar. I think I would have probably preferred it if it was a set of the two bigger eye brushes for a slightly cheaper price as I don't get that much use out of the others, but nonetheless I love it and I'm really glad I got it. Have you tried this brush set from Real Techniques? Let me know what you think to it! 
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