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, theirbrushes 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 (US), Wal-Mart, Drugstore.com, London Drugs, and Farleyco in North America. Available internationally through iHerb (use code LPW177 to get $5 off this set).

Real Techniques Travel Essentials set review

Real Techniques “On Location” Travel Essentials brush set

Real Techniques Travel Brush SetReal Techniques Travel Essentials brushes in fold-up travel/fold-down display case

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16 Responses to “Real Techniques Travel Essentials reviews: Multi-Task, Domed Shadow, & Essential Foundation brushes”

  1. I love the eye brush from this set for concealer. I'd like to buy another set or two just for that brush because I find I need to wash it every couple of days. Instead, I think I'll try my hand at the eye set they have to see how those fair. On the whole, I love RT!
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  2. Gotta love good ol' Real Techniques! I really gotta get my hands on that multi-tasking brush. :)
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  3. Ooh, I haven't used mine for that! I'm going to wash it tonight and give it a try with concealer tomorrow :D

  4. You do! It's a great one ;)

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  6. I have the multi-task brush, the essential eye starter kit and their powder brush and I love all my Real Techniques brushes.

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  8. toyarosie, on April 27th, 2014 at 7:30 pm said:

    I am headed to Florida in less than two weeks and I think I'm going to hit up and Ulta and check these brushes out – I read SO much about Real Techniques but haven't had the pleasure of seeing them in person! That Multi-Tasking brush looks right up my alley :)
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  11. Glad to hear it, Beth! :)

  12. Yesss. Make sure you use one of their $3.50 off $10 (or whatever it is) coupons! Their Expert Face Brush is stellar, too. <3

  13. ladyr0uge, on April 29th, 2014 at 8:25 pm said:

    Hello Rae,
    Do you know if they are available at Target Canada? Because I only saw them at Wal-Mart and Target is much easier to access for me at the moment.

  14. Not to my knowledge — sorry! If you can't get to a Wal-Mart, the info I have says that Real Techniques is also available in London Drugs and select Familiprix, Lawtons Drugs, Pharmasave, and Value Drug Marts across Canada.

    Hope that helps :)

  15. Angela, on May 1st, 2014 at 1:20 pm said:

    I wanted to go to ULTA to find these but didn’t get a chance to on my recent trip to the states. Didn’t know they sold these at Target will have to check it out!

  16. You can pick them up online at iHerb, too! :)

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