The new collection from Real Techniques, PowderBleu, is so much than a new brush launch. It’s a new brush trend. You know know we all got to be craving rose-gold brushes? They’re not looking so lush now. The design detail is incredible – a midnight ombre theme taken not only down the edged handles to segue into a lighter, metallic blue, but it’s also on the brush heads as well with with black blurring into midnight tips. Actually, the ultimate sultry midnight smoky eye in a brush!
They look how they feel – thoroughly velvety – but needless to say, they’re entirely synthetic, and herald the introduction of a premium line for Real Techniques. I like RT brushes anyway – I have some smudging brushes (HERE) that I use so much for getting a blurred kohl line on my upper lid and doing away with the need to ever try a cat eye flick again in my life! But, PowderBleu does feel and look a level up – which is I guess exactly the remit.
There are five brushes – Complexion, Powder, Finishing, Shadow and a Kabuki alongside a very stylish plush powder puff although that’s something I would never personally use. A problem with incredibly soft brushes is that while they feel absolutely lovely on the skin and in the hand, they don’t quite have the hair density to give results. These absolutely do – there is probably some incredibly complicated algebra involved in creating the immaculate density:softness ratio. Or maybe not.
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The only one I’m not that keen on is the Kabuki which feels too bulky to me – but that’s personal taste – and if you want to dip your toe in the water before the full swim, I’d recommend the Soft Shadow Brush at £15 (the others are £22 and Kabuki £25) HERE because it’s gone immediately into my keep drawer for delivering a perfect amount of colour and feeling like a kitten is my make up artist.
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