Review : Real Technique foundation brush

20131214-131017.jpgAs everyone praises Sam Chapman’s brushes, I thought I would give them a try.

First impression : 8 euros for a foundation brush is quite cheap. And it’s supposed to be cruelty free, since made with synthetic hair. But it’s made in China. I’m not sure about China and cruelty-free getting along that well, but who knows.

So I tried this brush with Max Factor liquid foundation, which is a water based foundation.

And I’m not too happy with that brush.

What the brand claims / What I think :

The angled cut lets you build the coverage you need for airbrushed, high-definition results: “airbrushed results ?” that’s not true, the brush leaves trails on the skin. Airbrush simply doesn’t.

  • look pixel-perfect even in harsh light / No it does’nt when used alone, you need extra blending (either finger or another brush will do) to erase the marks it leaves on the skin.
  • ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free / Biggest problem with that brush, it’s not smooth at all on the skin. Like most of my clients I have a sensitive skin, and this brush really doesn’t feel nice. The tip of the hair creates irritation, so you have to use the side (just like in the official video) of the hair to get a better feeling, though it still feels like somebody is pressing plastic fibers on your skin. And God knows I’m gentle.
  • self-standing for easy storage / Ok, it stands until you try to grab it and then it falls.
  • extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use : Yep, that’s one good thing, the handle feels nice, light, the color helps to find it.

I actually really like the shape of the brush, it’s great for around the nose and the under-eye concealing. But the bristles are just way too irritating to use on sensitives areas like theses.

I was quite surprised that it takes half a day to dry, but it washes easily, doesn’t loose bristles and the color doesn’t leak.


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