I recently realized that there are a few Real Techniques brushes that I really like, but I've never really talked about them. Actually, I never really talk about brushes, and that needs to change! At any rate, out of all of the budget friendly options out there, these are my favorite.
The Expert Face Brush was probably one of the very first brushes I purchased from the brand, and I'm still a fan. I love using it to apply foundation or tinted moisturizer (if I'm not using my fingers!) and it actually is one of my favorite brushes for blending in cream blush. This one actually reminds me of a smaller version of the Marc Jacobs The Face II Sculpting Foundation Brush, which is one amazing, fluffy, gigantic brush...
I don't know why the Buffing Brush and the Multi-Task Brush aren't sold individually, because these guys are quite good. The Buffing Brush is another great one for foundation - I think it allows you to use less product than the Expert Face Brush, and apply it more sheerly if needed too. I also got the Buffing Brush and Multi-Task Brush in a favorites kit one or two holiday seasons ago, so keep your eye out for those if you're interested.
As for the rest of the range, I wasn't impressed by the eyeshadow brushes, though the liner brush is decent. I also didn't care for the Blush Brush initially (so soft and fluffy!) for applying blush, but discovered sometime this year that I like it for a sheer wash of powder. So, if you're not having any luck with your Real Techniques brushes, try another product texture - I particularly like any of the ones featured here for cream blush or liquid highlighter.
All in all, I've been enjoying these brushes over the last few years. While there might be other brushes I enjoy using for blush, there isn't much else I've been impressed by when it comes to applying foundation. If you're looking for brushes on a budget, or gift ideas for a makeup newbie, Real Techniques is a great place to start!
Have you tried any brushes from Real Techniques? Did any of them turn out to be favorites for you?