If Real Techniques launches a new collection of brushes, I have to try them and I’ve done at least 17 blog posts reviewing Real Techniques brushes and sponges since my blog launched five years ago. They’re a firm favourite within my brush collection and whenever I’m asked for brush recommendations, they’re always my drugstore recommendation. The newest collection is the Real Techniques InstaPop Makeup Brush Collection featuring three different brush options; the InstaPop Eye Duo, the InstaPop Face Brush and the InstaPop Cheek Brush, all of which are available from Boots priced between £8.99 and £10.99 making them super affordable.
The Real Techniques InstaPop Makeup Brush Collection have cruelty free, synthetic Taklon bristles and the collection has been specifically designed for application of powder makeup products but they can be used with creams and liquids too.
Each of the brushes has a tapered brush head making chiselling cheekbones and dusting highlighter easier than ever. Each of the three brush options feature the Real Techniques bold colour system with the ‘purple’ brushes being the Eyes collection, the ‘pink’ brushes being the Finish collection and the ‘gold’ brushes being the Base collection.
Real Techniques InstaPop Eye Duo £10.99
“The Instapop eye brush duo is designed for full coverage shadow application. Use to sweep on loose pigment shadows. Instapop Shade Brush: extreme taper for full lid coverage. Instapop Crease Brush: extreme taper for targeted pigment or glitter application.“
In the YouTube video on the Real Techniques YouTube channel, Sam described the Eye Duo as being perfect for when you want to create a dense coverage of eyeshadow. The angled cut of the Shade Brush ensures the edges are fully blended and softened.
In the video Sam used the Crease Brush to apply a loose pigment, by using the flat part of the brush to push the pigment exactly where she wanted it, and the angled cut of the brush supposedly helps to minimise fallout which is ideal when working with loose pigments. To intensify the colour Sam recommends turning the brush over and use the pointed edge of the brush to create a more defined shape through the crease should you want to create a cut crease.
Real Techniques InstaPop Face Brush £10.99
“The Instapop face brush is designed to for full coverage setting, baking, and powder application. Extreme taper for concentrated application which is ideal for loose powders. High Impact colour without the mess.“
The brush has a nice, large brush head allowing for a very quick application as it covers a large area of the skin. Nic said the fluffier tapered design allows her to create a lighter application for a more dewy finish. I feel like this brush feels and looks very similar to the Expert Face Brush, but the tapered shape makes so much sense and makes application so much quicker. In mt opinion it works just as well with liquid products as it does powder, and I actually find the tapered shape of all brushes makes them a lot easier to clean which is a massive bonus.
Real Techniques InstaPop Cheek Brush £8.99
“The instapop cheek brush is designed for one-sweep application of bold cheek color. Extreme taper for concentrated application and ideal for loose pigment blush or highlighters.“
The rounded yet tapered head fits perfectly onto the apples of the cheeks for a ‘pop’ of colour, and picks up product from blushes and bronzers very well whilst also blending for a seamless finish. I’m very much into a very natural blush so this brush is perfect as you can control how much product you apply without going overboard and even if you did get a little overzealous in application, you can flip the brush over to diffuse the colour.
I’d love to know your thoughts on the new Real Techniques InstaPop Makeup Brush Collection? Which is your favourite?