I’m a big fan of the Real Techniques brushes, and I always buy their new brush sets that they release as they’re such good brushes considering how affordable they are. For each Christmas, Real Techniques release a new brush set, and I’ve already featured the sets from the last two years; Sam’s Picks Set and the Nic’s Picks Set and for this year we have the Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set £29.99.
I hadn’t read any reviews of the set as it was so recently launched, but I’ve not been disappointed by any of the Real Techniques brushes before so I hoped I wouldn’t be disappointed by the new set.
The Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set includes five makeup brushes, and a ‘clutch’ which I didn’t think was too bad for £29.99 as it works out at just £6 a brush. The brushes within this set all have gorgeous, shiny metal handles whereas the normal Real Techniques brushes have matte handles.
I much prefer the shiny metal as it looks so much nicer, and it just feels a little bit more luxurious than the matte handle brushes. The brushes included within this kit are; Multi Task Brush, Tapered Foundation Brush (Set Exclusive), Angled Highlighter Brush (Set Exclusive), Base Shadow Brush and the Fine Liner Brush.
The clutch which comes in the set isn’t really a clutch in all honesty.. it’s a silver envelope style pouch which I assumed would be able to fit the brushes inside, but you can’t fit any of the brushes in as it’s so thin so you could only fit flat items inside like paper or bank cards.
It is pretty cheap looking and it doesn’t feel particularly great quality, and I really would have preferred Real Techniques to have skipped the pouch as it’s pointless in my opinion, and I’d much rather have had money taken off the price than receive the pouch but that’s just my honest opinion.
The Multi Task Brush is one of my favourite brushes that Real Techniques do as it’s a nice, big and fluffy brush which works well at applying powder, blush or bronzer and it really is a great multitasking brush like the name suggests.
My favourite use for this brush is for applying loose powder, as it does a great job at lightly dusting powder over my skin without leaving my skin looking cakey.
The Pointed Foundation Brush is a tapered brush with a rounded head with densely packed bristles. I don’t use this brush for applying foundation, but I think it works really well at applying and blending my undereye concealer, as the curved edge fits nicely under my eye.
I think you could also use this brush for cream contouring as it’s so dense but you’d need to use a fluffier brush to then blend the contour out.
The Base Shadow Brush within this Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set is a little disappointing as it’s not on par with the quality of the Base Shadow Brush within the Starter Set.
The bristles of this brush are poorly cut, and aren’t as domed as those in the Starter Set and they’re quite wiry in texture and wavy too. It still works as a shadow brush, but it’s just not the normal Real Techniques quality sadly.
The Angled Highlighter Brush is similar in quality to the Base Shadow Brush.. the bristles aren’t cut very well and are quite wispy and wavy too. This was the brush I was most looking forward to trying within this set as I love highlighting, but I just don’t think it’s a very good brush and again it’s disappointing.
Then we go from two brushes within the set which are of poor quality to the complete opposite as the Fine Liner Brush within this set is in fact much better quality than the original Fine Liner Brush. The Fine Liner Brush within this kit is a lot thinner and less dense to it works a lot better at applying liner than the original brush does; so much so, I’ve now binned my old Fine Liner Brush as this one is just miles better and I like to use it with gel eyeliner formulas.
So they are the brushes within the Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set. Overall, I can’t honestly say I’d recommend this set sadly which really, really pains me as I genuinely love Real Techniques.
Luckily for me, I managed to purchase this set when there was £10 off so it was only £20, but if I’d paid £30 for this set I’d be pretty gutted since there are two brushes of poor quality. I really don’t think this Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set is worth £30 if I’m completely honest which is such a shame as I’ve never been disappointed by a Real Techniques product before.
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