To say I love this, is an understatement.
The Buffing Brush by Real Techniques is one of those brushes that I really did not want to buy because I simply don't use foundation brushes much, often preferring my fingers over brushes. Also, this comes in a set of four brushes, and I did not want to pay for all four when I know I will not use some of them. But I got it anyway, for the sake of completeness, and I must say, that I really like this buffing brush (but not the others in this set).
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
Available: love-makeup.co.uk. This brush comes in the Core Collection, for 20.99 pounds.
Volume: The buffing brush is one of four brushes in the Core Collection.
Star Properties: Ideal for full coverage application of powder or mineral foundation.
This comes in a black brush holder clutch, together with three other brushes. I am not too impressed with the brush holder clutch as it is somehow not as functional for me as I imagine it to be.
But the make of this brush itself, from the flat-bottom, long rubber end, to the pretty bronze gold sturdy handle, are all as comfortable and as amazing as all the other Real Techniques brushes.
Shape and Bristles
This buffing brush is like many of other Real Techniques brushes, it comes in two types of bristles, that are perfectly interwoven to give you a dense look (black bristles), yet actually quite sparse application (white bristles).
From the side view, in picture below, you see that the top of the brush arcs a little. But in reality, it feels very flat on the face, and works as though the brush has a flat top.
In the picture below, you see the top view of the brush. This is what I mean by it is dense, yet sparse at the same time.
Or rather, I should say this brush allows me to apply my base/foundation/BB Cream with exactly that level of light-medium coverage that I want! It is amazing.
I can really pack the base in my eye area, yet can apply the base ever so minimally at my cheek area.
The Must-Buy Feature
What I am madly impressed with is the fact that I only need to bounce this lightly over my skin, and the make of the brush, will do all the blending for me! And this works even if I bounce the brush in exactly the same spot on my face.
I do not know what it is exactly, but the blending is so automatic, so even, so flawless. And for me, it is exactly the coverage I like - light-medium.
Not to mention, this is as soft yet firm as the other Real Techniques brushes are.
Quick Comparison with Various Kabuki Brushes
Compared to the Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Kabuki Brush, I find the finish comparable, perhaps exactly the same. But the difference is that RT Buffing Brush feels way softer, and has a larger surface area, so it does get the application done faster than Sonia Kashuk. I feel the same towards both, and the only deciding factor, really is the price. Perhaps for some, it could be the accessibility too, since Sonia Kashuk is largely only available in the US, and Real Techniques is more of a UK brand, though easily available internationally through love-makeup.co.uk.
Compared to the Shisedo Perfect Foundation Brush, the finish is again, comparable, and perhaps the same. The obvious difference is the surface area. And I do prefer the RT Buffing Brush to Shisedo Perfect because it is big, and it gets the job done faster. Yet again, the deciding factor is probably the price point, and the location. Shisedo, while being more expensive than both the RT Buffing Brush, and the Sonia Kashuk, is actually the only one that is readily available at all Shisedo counters in Singapore, and Asian countries like Japan. On the contrary, it is difficult to find Shisedo in the US.
Compared to the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush, the RT Buffing gives a significantly lighter coverage. The deciding factor between these two is your preference for coverage. If you like high coverage on a daily basis, then F80 is definitely for you. If you prefer light-medium coverage, and then having the option of building up on special occasions, then choose the RT Buffing Brush. I have actually kept away my Sigma F80 because I simply have no use for it.
Compared to the Sephora Professional Mineral Powder 45 Brush, again, the finish is comparable, and really almost exactly the same. For me, I find that the greatest difference is the precision. RT Buffing does have a higher precision than Sephora 45 by virtue that the RT Buffing Brush is flat top, and can reach into the sides of my nose, and precisely around my lips. But the Sephora 45 cannot, because it is round top. However, if you do have personal preference for the Sephora 45, and already own it, then there is completely no need to get the RT Buffing Brush at all. They both feel equally soft yet firm.
Compared to the Bdellium Tools Yellow Bamboo 959 Mineral Powder Brush, I have two largely different opinions.
Firstly, in terms of applying liquid bases, the RT Buffing Brush definitely wins hands-down. Don't follow the instructions on the RT box 100%; this Buffing Brush is not just for powder, it works excellent with liquids, and in fact, I use it for all sorts of liquid foundations and BB creams all the time.
Secondly, in terms of applying powder (loose powder, compact powder, setting powder), the Bdellium Tools 959 wins. This is because the RT Buffing Brush is too sparse to really get the setting job done fast and even. Whereas, the Bdellium Tools 959 is very dense and compact, with fine bristles, relatively shorter, and therefore firmer make, and that gets the setting job done perfectly.
That said, the RT Buffing Brush actually performs better if you want to put on powder in a sparse manner, for example, M.A.C Mineralize Skin Finish, Guerlain Meteorites, various overall complexion enhancing/brightening powders, glitter bronzers, or all-over bronzers, etc.
I would say that I enjoy having both the RT Buffing Brush and the Bdellium Tools 959 in front of me, and available whenever I need.
In all, I think the RT Buffing Brush does trumps all of the above brushes, because of its versatility. It can be used for creams/liquids/powders, it is dense enough for bases, yet sparse enough for blushes/highlights/bronzers, it is also precise but big and efficient, all at the same time.
All RT brushes are actually rather affordable, compared to M.A.C.
Due to all these reasons, I give it a 6/5!
It is worth the money even if you are not going to use all the other three brushes that comes in the Core Collection set!
Do note that in terms of brush handle quality, cutting of shape, and shedding, all of the mentioned brushes are equal. They are all very good quality brushes.
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