The Stippling & The Traveler: Real Techniques Brushes

How could I ever miss the Real Techniques brushes when I am such a huge fan of Pixiwoo? Disclosure, I always prefered natural hair brushes for powdered products. However, I also have cream products and synthetic brushes are best for that. For this post, I will focus on the first few brushes I got from their collection – the stippling brush (sold individually) and the travel essentials set.



The travel set consists of:

  • essential foundation brush: Build flawless custom coverage with liquid foundation or concealer
  • domed shadow brush: tapered design smoothly shades and defines eyes
  • multi-task brush: for effortless application of powder, blush, and bronzer
  • panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand

The essential foundation brush reminds me of a smaller version of No7 foundation brush. I like to use this brush to apply highlighter and also to blend out cream blushes. It’s also good to apply concealers under the eyes but the domed shadow brush is better for that. I picked up this trick from watching Pixiwoo’s video tutorials. Now, this brush is dedicated for one purpose, blending out undereye concealers! I’m sure it works great for applying eyeshadows too – personal preference!



The multi-task brush, as described, is good for blushes, bronzers, powders and for me, finishing touches to my foundation to blend it out even further. I know. *anal*. The multi-task brush is pinched, (see photo below) and I also like to use this to apply darker cream blush at the hollow of my cheeks. It blends out the blush in a beautiful gradient and I don’t have to worry about ruining the brush if I washed it too frequently. Synthetic brushes are good like that. However, if you prefer really soft hairs to caress your face, then, this might not be it. It would be unfair for me to compare this to, say, my super soft Lunasol cheek brush. For a synthetic brush, it is really quite soft.



Now, for my favourite brush of the lot. The free-standing stippling brush. It is smaller than a MAC187, bigger than MAC188. For me, this is the perfect size. It is soft enough that it doesn’t scratch, but firm enough that foundation gets buffed in evenly, without streaks. I have been using this every single day and it is super easy to clean too. This brush is not too dense and it dries relatively quick. I also like that foundations don’t get stuck to the bristles, making it hard to clean, one of my pet peeves.



You will also notice the brushes are bright and colourful, with a purpose too. Orange handles are to apply base, purple for eyes and the hot pink are for finishing touches. The name of the brush is also engraved on the handle. The black you see at the end of the handles are made of rubber. This is also probably because you can stand the brushes on your table. The rubber ‘sole’ will help with the grip, for sure.



I quite like the idea of this innovative brush case and stand, as you saw in the pictures above – case closed, case opened, case as stand, but I would have prefered it to have more slots. The rubber slots snugly fit the brushes that come with the set so it would be a little difficult to slot in other brushes. There are only 2 additional slots and they fit bigger brushes quite well. However, when you close the brush case with the extra brushes inside, the brushes fight with each other for room. The brisles end up being squished, and I don’t really like that. So, I prefer to use my own brush holders / rolls. I am not too fussed with the case, but I find it would be better utilized if they designed it with other brushes in mind.



Some say that with the right brushes, you don’t really need any real techniques for a flawless application. I don’t absolutely agree with that, but I suppose these Real Techniques brushes do make things easier. I am very happy with the stippling brush and also the domed shadow brush, and I got all these and quite a few more at the price of one Suqqu cheek brush. In Malaysia, these brushes are available at Shins. The stippling brush is priced at RM78, and the travel essentials set is RM135. If you are purchasing just one or two brushes, get it from the store at Shins. However, if you plan a big purchase, I’d propose getting it online because it would be cheaper even with shipping priced in. You can have a look at Love Makeup, which is where I bought the rest of my Real Techniques brushes. I highly recommend the stippling brush, if you haven’t got one already.

Have you tried any of the Real Techniques brushes yet?


xoxo Lily


  • Hanny Daforcena

    EEEEE! I want them too! I’ve noticed something really funny though. I seem to have almost every basic brush except a blush brush. Hmm..

    • Lily

      Stippling brush! It can be used as blush brush too =)

  • Hmm read a lot of good things about these brushes but haven’t gone to check them out yet. Part of the reason is because I dislike stepping into shops like Shins & Sasa. SAs will suddenly appear and breathe down your neck eeps! 😛 But I’ll probably take a peep next time I see the store looking a bit busier 😉

    • Lily

      I know what you mean about those SAs. Shins was OK, but those at Sasa are scary. Haha! For the price I’m paying for these brushes, I’d say they’re value for money. And again, the stippling brush worked wonderfully =)

  • lyn

    I’m quite a fan of their brushes too. They are all pretty versatile and great to use.

    • Lily

      Hi Lyn, yes, versatile is the word. They’re all multi taskers. I’m glad I have them now =)

  • Stephanie/Yukaeshi

    Oh I got the Blush Brush (When Sukie called you) and I love it! It’s perfect for powder application! 😛

    • Lily

      Hi beautiful, I have the blush brush too. It’s great to blend out cream blushes =) Are you getting more?

  • germs

    hey there! i’ve seen some reviews online about how the blush brush is a little too big, do you face that problem as well? itching to get the above brush set as well 🙂 how does this measure up against sigma’s brush set?

    • Lily

      Yes, the blush brush is quite big. However, I don’t have much of a problem with application. If you prefer something more precise, then this might not be for you. The Sigma brushes I’ve tried are made with natural hair. I can use the Real Techniques brushes for both creams and powders and they work just as well. Sigma’s Sigmax collection (synthetic) on the other hand, are much denser and they are quite different. I don’t like to use my Sigmax brushes for powder. I think the more comparable ones are Sigma’s Bunny collection (brush shapes same as their professional kits but in synthetic bristles) but I haven’t tried that before.

      • germs

        thanks for the explanation babe, think i’ll grab myself one online! <3

        • Lily

          No problem =)

  • Farah

    you bought the rest of your real technique brushes at Love Makeup right? They based in UK, can they ship it to Malaysia? I’ve checked at Shins and they dont hv the stippling brush. So i thought i want to purchased it thru online. Or maybe u can buy it for me? Hee…

    • Lily

      Hi Farah, you can get the brushes at Love Makeup because they ship worldwide!

  • I just adore Pixiwoos! And having seen a lot of excellent reviews of their brushes,I am itching to get some myself! However my PayPal is not working properly,eager to get some brushes from Love Makeup,is anyone here kind enough to buy them for me using their PayPals or other accounts?? We should arrange payments via email or just contact me, 012-2128537(seima) . I use makeup for personal use btw. 😉

    • Lily

      Hi Seima, thanks for dropping by. You can actually purchase it from The stock is readily available and the price is cheaper too 🙂 If you want to purchase it from a store, Real Techniques brushes are sold at Shins outlets 🙂

  • Seima Bakes

    Oh my Lily! You’re my beauty/makeup saviour! sgDrugstore carries NARS too which I think is amazing eventhough the products is limited. And the RT brushes,its mostly in stock too! I might go to Shins and check out what RT brushes they have in store before making my purchase with sgDrugstore,so happy they accept Maybank2u which is my preferred online banking payments. Thanks Lily! You’re too kind. 🙂

    • Lily

      I’m glad I could help 🙂

  • scha_afni

    I purchased my RT brushes from much-much way a lot of money when you include the coupon code. You can use discount code JGS688 (no expiration!) and get $10 off your entire purchase!=)