Better Than the Buffing Brush?

4 February 2013

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - £9.99

The Real Techniques Buffing Brush is almost universally loved in the blogging world. It completely changed the way I apply foundation, and was absolutely my favourite brush of 2012. However, it isn't without its faults. Firstly, it's only available as part of the core collection. Now, when I love something as much as I love that brush, I want a just-in-case back up, but I'm not about to shell out another £21.99 for all four brushes when I really only need one. Secondly, although it's great to throw my base on with in a pre work blitz, I fancied something that would allow me to be a little more precise when I'm trying to make the effort with some special occasion makeup. Step in Expert Face brush...

The Expert Face brush seems to have caused a little bit of controversy. For so long, I was reluctant to buy it because everyone kept banging on about how it's just not the same as the oh so lovely buffing brush. Whilst its definitely not the same as that, i'm of the opinion that it's every bit as good, if not (dare I say it) better than it. The surface area of this brush is around two thirds of the size of the buffing brush, so you're able to work much more precisely, and it feels far denser, so in my opinion you're wasting less product. The shape is perfect for getting in to nooks and crannys - around the nose, for example - and it also works really well as a stipling brush. I tend to use a combination of buffing and stipling motions when applying my foundation with the Expert Face brush. I only wear liquid foundation, so you might want to bare that in mind.

This brush has definitely won a special place in my heart, I've reached for it every single day since I purchased it, and as lazy as it sounds, it's great to not have to wash my main brush so often (I can happily alternate between the two). On Saturday, I decided to apply half of my foundation with this brush, and half with the buffing brush, and both sides were equally flawless. If you've got the bloggers itch but don't want to try something too for apart from the buffing brush, or if you're looking to dip your toe in to the Real Techniques pond but don't want to commit to the core collection, I'd say that the Expert Face brush is a great place to start.

16 comments

  1. i prefer the expert face brush to the buffing brush by far! i thought i was the only one! xx

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  2. I love this brush and definitely reach for it more often than my Sigma brush...and it wasn't nearly as expensive as my Sigma brush. I haven't tried the buffing brush, because I am not sure I would get great use out of the other brushes in that collection (or so I tell myself to prevent me spending £22 on more brushes)

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  3. I really need to try these brushes! i wanted to try sigmas but these seem so much better (and cheaper!)

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  4. I love this brush, one of my favourites!

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  5. Oh I might have to look into this. I've wanted another Buffing Brush for ages, but as you said I'm not about to shell out for another 4 brushes, three of which I don't use and already have! So I might give this a try! x

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  6. It's so annoying how the more popular brushes are only available in sets, however this one looks perfect. I think I'll have to be prized away from my stippling brush first :)

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  7. i love the buffing brush but will definitely have to pick this one up too :D
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  8. been meaning to get this little beauty! love the buffing brush!

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  9. I think this will be the next brush I try! Lovely post and review! :)

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  10. I agree wholeheartedly with this review! I love me some Real Techniques, and the Expert Face brush is definitely my favorite of the bunch! It' ALL I use to apply my foundation anymore. xx

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  11. I flipping love this brush!!! x I wish Real Techniques were more accessible to us Canadians. I have wanted to try the buffing brush and the contour brush for sooo long! I picked up a bunch of them when I was in the US last summer - I should have gotten them all when I had the chance!

    Great post as usual, Josie. :)

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  12. I'm going to have to get this, I love my buffing brush but like you I wanted a spare, just in case and because I've started using my buffing brush for my blush - strange but it works ha.

    Great post! xx

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  13. I think I might go for this one. I asked for the Core Collection for Christmas but ended up with an Eco Tools set, which is really lovely, so I don't need a whole new set. I would like a good brush specifically for applying foundation though, as I'm currently using the same one for that, bronzer and blush. Popped on the birthday list :)xx

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  14. I have finally caved and I'm about to get myself some real techniques brushes and found this ost really helpful. I feel like I have been holding off on this one forever but was quite content with my MAC brushes.

    Emma xx

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  15. I have had this brush for months now and I love it!


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  16. I really need to try some real techniques brushes! Following you now xx

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