Real Techniques Travel Essentials reviews: Multi-Task, Domed Shadow, & Essential Foundation brushes

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Real Techniques Travel Brush Set review photos

The product: Real Techniques by Sam & Nic Chapman Travel Essentials brush set

     ↳ Real Techniques Essential Foundation Brush, Domed Shadow Brush, and Multi-Task Brush

There are so many reviews out there for the Real Techniques brush range that I’ve been in no rush to write my own. Instead, I’ve been incessantly recommending them in favourites lists, comments, tweets — you name it. So, while there are many Real Techniques review out there, this one is mine.

Real Techniques Travel Essentials review

(I’ll also be reviewing the Expert Face Brush and Setting Brush later this month, and the new Silicone Liner Brush and Miracle Complexion Sponge at some point in the future.)

The Essentials Foundation Brush

Real Techniques Essential Foundation Brush review

To be completely honest, I never use this brush. It’s designed to be used with liquid foundation (which I don’t wear), and struggles with cream base products — it really doesn’t hold a candle to the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, or even their Buffing Brush. It’s stiffer than I prefer for blending, and can’t pick up product to save its life.

The Essentials Foundation Brush is stiff and flat, but I can see it working well for liquid highlighter or cheek stains. It’s average in size, and slightly larger than the line’s Pointed Foundation Brush.

Real Techniques Foundation Brush review

The Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush review photos

The Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush is twice the size of the Real Techniques Shading Brush, and comes to a nice, domed finish. It’s wider than it is thick, and very fluffy.

If pressed, I can finish a whole eye with just this brush — but I’d never want to. (Who even does that? Do non-beauty-addicts do that?) It’s okay for placement and best for blending, and very much suited toward those with more lid space.

Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush

The Multi-Task Brush

Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush review

Of the three brushes in this set, the Multi-Task Brush is a clear favourite for me. It’s large and well-weighted, the bristles full and flexibly-dense. It’s described as working well for powder, blush, and bronzer, but I use it mainly for blush — it’s a surprisingly good size for it, and it delivers and blends powder products easily. In addition, the white tips of this brush make it easy for beginners to tell exactly how much product they have on the brush, and they’re a great way to remember what you last used the brush for.

I don’t actually multi-task with this brush (do you really want the remnants of a shimmery bronzer in your all-over matte powder the next morning?), but it can absolutely be used for all three purposes — just tweak the way you use it; a lighter hand for powder, a broader sweeping motion for bronzer.

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Real Techniques Travel Essentials – Essential Foundation Brush, Domed Shadow Brush, and Multi-Task Brush

Real Techniques brush reviews - travel set

The verdict?

Despite adoring Real Techniques brushes, there’s no one “perfect starter set” that I’d recommend. However, their brushes are still my favourite brush range for durability, softness, variety, and price point – I have no qualms about calling them the best budget brush range out there.

From the Travel Essentials set, I really liked the Multi-Task Brush, liked the Domed Shadow Brush, and didn’t really like the Essential Foundation Brush.

That said, if I was on the market for a really affordable, soft blush brush, this set would still be my top pick. At $18 USD, I think many will find the Multi-Task Brush to be better-suited for blush than the Real Techniques Blush Brush — and $18 for two good brushes (and one flop) is a better deal than paying $9 for one awkwardly large blush brush.

Availability: $18 USD/$18 CAD at Ulta, Target, Wal-Mart, Drugstore.com, London Drugs, and Farleyco in North America. Available internationally through iHerb (use code LPW177 to get $5 off this set).

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This is about to be the best moment of your day.

Friday, April 18, 2014

I haven’t been having the easiest month, between finals and fibromyalgia (and, okay, a couple meltdowns over some nerve pain being misdiagnosed as psychosomatic because the pharmacy compounded my drugs wrong, ahhhhhh, trust no one!), so instead of a beauty post:

Here is an entire post of cute things! :D From giant samoyeds (which I have been OBSESSED with recently) to kittens and a tiny nod to Teen Wolf, I hope it brightens up your day — yes, even if you’re already having a great one. Have fun being frustrated that you can’t cuddle all of these adorable balls of fur; I certainly am!

(Images are clickable through to their source, if I could find it.)

Tin Tin the Samoyed

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Unicorn hair, Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage, and MUFE HD Blush | 12/04/14 Link Love

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jenny breaks down a sultry brown smoky eye look step by step, featuring Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage on My Funny Valentine.

What’s $7, silicone-free, and smells like blood oranges with a floral twist? Find out on theNotice.

Phyrra loves the Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Palette and so should you! She brings you 5 tutorials and a review too!

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Fleurissante has gotten her hands on new OPI Brazil collection. Check the swatches and dupes.

Beauty Reflections gets Unicorn Hair without the commitment using L’Oreal Professionnel Hairchalk!

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed knows that nothing really says spring like new spring nail polish shades – so come admire her swatches from the Spring Quo by Orly collection!

Do you ever have a product that you want to toss instantly? See what Marcia from Beauty Info Zone has to say about this liquid eyeliner pen from Essence.

Jenn from Spiced Beauty falls in love with blush that feels like second skin! Check out these Make Up For Ever gems.

Win it! Head over to Pammy Blogs Beauty to find out how you can win a year’s supply of Dove products!

A quick reminder: the Sephora spring sale is ending!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sephora BI sale

Shop the Sephora 15% off sale with the code TICKET, VIBTICKET, and ROUGETICKET until the end of today (Beauty Insiders) or tomorrow (VIBs). Remember, shipping is free over $50 in the US & $75 in Canada, and you can stack your savings by using Ebates or Ebates.ca.

Happy hauling!

güd by Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza Shampoo and Conditioner review, photos

gud burt's bees shampoo conditioner review

The product: güd from Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza Natural Nourishing Shampoo and Natural Softening Shampoo

It’s not often that I review things as soon as I try them, but this shampoo/conditioner duo from güd (a natural haircare/skincare range by Burt’s Bees) is an exception to the rule. My hair is still shower-fresh as I write this, and I’m altogether smitten with my güd experience so far.

gud Orange Petalooza shampoo conditioner review

gud Orange Petalooza review

The Orange Petalooza Natural Nourishing Shampoo

I gave these products a bit of a “blind” test, running them through their paces before reading what they were (and what they were supposed to do). The clear, thin Orange Petalooza shampoo lathers really, really nicely–much more easily than my usual all-natural shampoo–and leaves my scalp feeling clean, but not tight. 

The scent is another really lovely surprise: as it lathers, it smells less and less like what you’d expect from a mass-market product. It’s described as blood orange and hyacinth, and completely nails it in the execution. It’s no Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger, but I like to think of this güd scent as Serge’s $7 rendition.

The ingredients: (SLS, petroleum, phtalate, paraben, and silicone-free. Not tested on animals.)

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Bis-Hydroxyethylglycinate Coco-Glucosides Crosspolymer, Rice Extract, Fragrance, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycerin, Betaine, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Salvia Sage Leaf Extract, Thyme Leaf Extract, Nettle Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Oil, Thyme Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyaspartate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Arginine, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Alcohol Denat. 

gud Orange Petalooza Natural Nourishing Shampoo review

The Orange Petalooza Natural Softening Conditioner

güd’s Orange Petalooza Natural Softening Conditioner is, like its shampoo counterpart, a little on the thin side — but this is by no means a bad thing. Despite not feeling as thick or slippery as I’m used to, this conditioner left my hair feeling soft, hydrated, and full. 

The Natural Nourishing Conditioner smells a bit different than the shampoo, with more of a “true” bitter orange scent. It’s lighter on the florals, but there’s something in its base notes that I can’t quite put my finger on — it smells a little darker, a little deeper. I don’t think I’d be as fond of this scent in a body lotion or even shower gel, but for my hair, it’s really lovely.

Again, like its other half, this conditioner is silicone-free.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sunflower Seed Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Thyme Leaf Extract, Nettle Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearalkonium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Alcohol Denat.

gud Orange Petalooza Natural Softening Conditioner review

The verdict?

The güd from Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza shampoo and conditioner duo is a clear winner in my books. It’s hydrating and softening, without a hint of SLS or silicone – an impressive feat, as I’m sure my fellow ‘cone-free lads and ladies will recognize!

The Orange Petalooza scent is a unique blend of bitter orange and florals, and while it’s far from high-end perfumery, it’s a really lovely drugstore find.

Availability: $6.99 USD/$8.29 CAD at Walgreens, Target, Drugstore.com, and Well.ca.

gud from Burt's Bees review

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