As if I needed new brushes. But then again, I really can't help myself when it comes to makeup brushes--if they're soft, offer a shape that I've yet to try, or better yet can be used dual-purposely, I'm usually down to give them a go. When I heard that Pixiwoo's Samantha Chapman had assisted in designing a brush line, I magically found myself at Ulta on the hunt.
As promised, the RealTechniques by SamanthaChapman brush kits are affordable, and thoughtfully made. There are a few to choose from (you also have the choice of a few single brushes), but I went for the Core Collection as I had been eyeing the foundation brush.
The set comes with four synthetic taklon brushes--a detailer, pointed foundation brush, buffer, and contour brush. There is also a case, which can be used for travel or as a stand.
The detailer can be used for concealer or lip products. This will get its most use for the latter, as I'm always looking for something to perfect lipstick.
The pointed foundation brush is much smaller than I expected (I was hoping for something a bit wider), but the angled point is nice for hard to reach areas--around the nose, and closer to the eyes.
The buffing brush is my favorite so far--the slightly rounded top is something a little different than the typical flat-top stipplers, and it's extra soft yet dense.
The contouring brush will be great for highlighting. I tend to use a fan brush for this purpose, but with liquid highlighters this synthetic material will be useful.
Overall, the brushes are a good quality, affordable option. No hairs were shed during their initial wash, and their lightweight aluminum handles remind me a bit of Sephora's Collection I.T. line, yet at a lower price-point. The carrying case is just an added extra--a bit flimsy feeling--but I won't store them in there regardless.
Have you tried the RealTechniques brushes? What is the one brush you can't seem to have enough of?