I was tempted to start this off by stating that Real Techniques brushes are amongst some of my favourites, but actually they are my favourites! I've tried makeup brushes from Sigma, Eco Tools, Royal & Langnickel and No7 but hands down I've been most impressed with the brushes from Real Techniques – they are simply well designed, of high quality and really are the softest brushes I've come across!
Which is why I thought today I would share with you the Real Techniques Nic's Picks set as it's also my favourite set to date and one that every makeup lover needs.... it really would make a great gift this Christmas.
Where to buy online (cheapest first) - £14.99 Gorden Direct (p&p £3.00), £23.99 Amazon, £25.40 Escentual (p&p £1.95), £29.99 Look Fantastic
Nic's Picks is a 5-piece set which covers most full face applications you would need (the only obvious brush not included is one for foundation). The brushes feature a lovely silver ferrule and handle which is my opinion make them look a lot more expensive compared to other brushes in the Real Techniques range! You are also guaranteed the softest man-made fibres that hold the perfect amount of product and don't shed or splay out after continued use.
Here is a run down of the brushes in the set plus how I use mine...
Duo Fiber Powder Brush
Perfect for powder application without it looking at all cakey or applying too heavy. I personally love using this brush for loose powder to set my makeup and remove shine; in particular my Clarins Loose Powder. Firstly this feels amazing swept over the face, feeling so light and soft, plus it lightly buffs the powder into the skin with no effort at all. This really goes beyond other powder brushes I own.
Another brush that offers perfect application so you never over apply and again one of the softest feeling brushes. This brush is reserved for my favourite ever blusher – the Balm Frat Boy (an amazingly light pink shade) and gives an even more amazing look/finish.
Angled Shadow Brush
A cleverly sized and shaped brush that fits into the eye crease to contour and add depth. Possibly my favourite from the entire set as I was just blown away as how easy it is to contour the eyes with this brush... this really does turn you into a pro. Again blends amazingly well and doesn't shed at all.
Base Shadow Brush
Another great eye brush to pack on colour onto the eyelids and to blend with. Also great as a brush for concealer. This is now my go-to eyeshadow brush to lay down my base eyeshadow and compared to the Urban Decay one I was previously using, they are literally miles apart... I really did need this brush in my life. Doesn't do anything overly special but gets the job done and well.
Ideal for applying powder or gel eyeliner to the lash line or creating a cat flick. Can also be used to fill in brows with brow powder as it's just the right side of firm to give definition to the brows. So far I've been using this with a matte brown powder eyeshadow to smudge against my bottom lash line for a slightly smokey look and also using it through my brows to give shape and definition. This really is a versatile brush that I will be using with gel liner on my upper lash line and even to smudge out kohl pencil. This is soft yet sturdy which is exactly what you need from an angled eyeliner brush. Another favourite here!
Overall I really can't fault any of the brushes and think this would make an ideal gift to give or ask for this Christmas! Whether you own a lot of brushes or none at all these will impress you and get you applying makeup perfectly. A set worth every single penny!
What do you think of the set?