Rating System: Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent
Brand: Real Techniques
Bristles: Synthetic Taklon Duo-Fiber
Overall Rating: Excellent
Price: $7.63 – $8.00 USD, £6.99 – £7.99 UK
Availability: I purchased mine through Amazon.co.uk since I was unable to find them anywhere here in Germany but you can also find them in Boots stores in the UK. If you have a U.S. shipping address you can order them directly from Real Techniques, and if you follow them on Twitter you can find out when they have specials. Real Techniques brushes can also be found at Ulta, Walgreens, and WalMart stores across the United States. For more info on where to purchase Real Techniques products click here.
Use: I mostly use the Setting brush to apply my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, but I’ve also used it to apply powder. It’s especially nice for applying powder around the eyes and nose. You could potentially use this to do contouring and for more precision placement of blush and bronzer.
What I liked: Just as with the Stippling brush, the bristles are super soft, dry quickly and hold their shape. This brush is sort of shaped like a tear drop that tapers in thickness as well, if that makes sense. It’s this shape that lends to more precise application of products like highlighters, blush and bronzers depending on which way you turn it.
What I didn’t like: No complaints here.
My two cents: I really like the Setting brush and I’m glad I ordered it and I think it makes a nice addition to any brush collection. With that said though, I wouldn’t exactly say that this is an essential as some of the other brushes in their collection could easily cover the bases that this brush covers. However, this brush is excellent for travel due to it’s small size and ability to be utilized in a wide array of ways.
Tips: Just the usual, spot clean with brush cleaner regularly. Also be sure to deep clean with a mild cleaner like baby shampoo and warm water once a week or so depending on how often you use your brushes taking care not to submerge them or allow water to penetrate the ferrules.
On a side note, my Models Own order from their 50% off sale arrived this morning. At this rate I will never get through all the new stuff I’ve been amassing, not that I’m complaining. I got a few things from their Beetlejuice and Hed Kandi collections as well as some of their brushes for a friend and myself to try out. So you can count on those will be making an appearance eventually. As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.