Real Techniques are one of my favourite brands for brushes. I like how they're great quality, affordable and easy to get hold of in Boots or Superdrug stores and various different websites. The Collectors Edition Sculpting Set has been in my life for a little while now and I feel it's time to finally share my thoughts on it...
Contouring is all the rage these days, and when done correctly can look absolutely beautiful and really change the appearance of the face. It seems as if more and more brands are releasing contour kits, but not many drugstore brands offer brushes aimed for contouring. There's plenty of options in the high end market (NARS Ita, MAC 163, MAC 168 etc) so I think it's great that a drugstore brand have released an affordable and easily accessible brush kit.
Another bonus for me is the fact they're pink. I love the colour pink, if it's pink I'll probably want to buy it, or already own it. The metallic pink handles make them easy to spot amongst my brush collection, and they look great with my other Bold Metals brushes.
This set comes with 3 synthetic brushes, 2 of which are available in the regular line and one thats exclusive to this set.The set is said to accentuate your favourite features, create defined contours for added depth, or simply enhance your natural bone structure.
This is the brush I brought the kit for. It features a wide, angled head specifically designed to help create defined contours. But I didn't want this for contouring, I own a ridiculous amount of brushes for contouring so I wanted to try this to apply my foundation. I use this to apply and buff in my MAC Face and Body Foundation, and it works a dream! The application this brush gives is amazing. I was a big Sigma F80 fan, but this has won me over and actually become my favourite foundation brush. This brush is also sold individually and I would really recommend giving it a try!
This brush is exclusive to the set. I didn't have much hope for this brush because I just don't get on with fan brushes, but this has changed my mind. This brush has stole my heart. It picks up just the right amount of highlighter and applies it so beautifully. I love to use this to apply Sand from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. It also works well with MAC Soft & Gentle, which I really didn't get on with as it contains a lot of glitter, but this brush picks up a small amount and doesn't make me look like a disco ball!
This brush is also sold individually, and one I already own and use daily. I love to use this for setting certain areas of the face with powder as its small. I'll usually set my face using the MAC Studio Fix Powder with a regular sized brush, then use this brush and a mattifying powder (normally Rimmel Stay Matte) and apply to the areas which i get most oily in, like the centre of my forehead, chin and sides of my nose. It's also great for highlighting, or blending out concealer.
This set is limited edition, but I've still seen it in my local Superdrug and online. I recommend this set, I think it's great and I've found myself reaching for all 3 of these brushes on a daily basis, something I've never had from a brush set before. I'm glad I gave the fan brush a go, now I'm a converted fan brush lover!