Review: Real Techniques Starter Set

Finally! It is high time that I review these brushes! I’ve had this set for one year already and I think that year gave me enough time to properly see the pros and cons of these brushes. I have written in my previous review about Real Techniques Core Collection that these brushes were designed by Samantha Chapman – a makeup artist and the other half of the famous Youtube channel Pixiwoo. 
Like what I said before, the brushes from Real Techniques come in different colors and they are coded as Gold – for a flawless base, Pink – for a perfect finish and lastly Purple – for enhanced eyes. The starter set has 5 brushes meant to create perfect  eye makeup – hence the purple handles.
The 5 brushes are mainly the Deluxe Crease Brush, Base Shadow Brush, Brow Brush, Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush and an Accent Brush which I will individually write about today. The set also includes a panoramic case.
  • Hand cut synthetic Taklon Bristles
  • Aluminum Handles
  • $18.00
  • Around P800 only
Where to Purchase:
You can buy directly from Real Techniques. I had my friend buy this set for me at ULTA, it is  also available at Boots in the US. However, here in the Philippines, shipping may be a bit costly. You may be able to buy these brushes at online stores, only, they are a bit pricier than how it originally costs. But, that is a reasonable price since the shipping fee here would cost you more if you buy directly from the site anyway. Most online stores sell this for P1500, the cheapest I found was from a trusted seller at Facebook: Carefree Shopper (just click the link it will direct you to their Facebook Page). Carefree Shopper sells them for P1150 per set – definitely NOT as overpriced as others right? 
Again, like the Core Collection, the Starter Set is encased in a velcro, toggle – then fold over holders. I find this very innovative, as it can be folded back to use as a stand, or you can loosen the toggle to close and use the stand to hold the brushes when you travel. Not like any brush roll huh?
Now let us talk about these brushes individually!
Soft oversized design for effortless contouring
This is my favorite among the rest of the brushes from this set. Although it is originally intended to be used as a crease brush – I use it for another purpose since my eyes are too small and this brush is to big to be used in the crease area. This is helpful though in setting my concealer. I use it with my Ben Nye Banana Powder or my RCMA colorless powder when I set my concealer. It is also great in using cream based concealer. It gives out a fine and smooth look – not streaky and thick like flat concealer brushes do.

Applies a smooth, flawless foundation of color
This one is a tapered brush which is a ‘bit’ flat. It works well in pressing eyeshadow pigments in my eyes but I still find it a wee bit flimsy compared to my other eye shadow brushes who are more flat. It works better though when you blend your eye makeup or when you wish to soften up harsh lines.
Distinctive shape, easily defines eyebrows
I actually hated this brush at first because I was used to stiff eyebrow brushes and this one was softer. It has been one of my favorites up to date though, since it is soft enough to give your eyebrows a light color that would fill in the gaps, thus making it appear more natural instead of the look that is too stenciled and harsh. It can also be used as an eyeliner brush, especially if you want to do a winged liner. Also, this may be used as a lip brush.
Tapered cut is ideal for dense or fine eyeliner application
I use this brush the lease. I find it too fat to be an eyeliner brush. Maybe if I am going for a mod look, this may ease up the application for eyeliner. The one sold individually is thinner than this though. I still can’t find another good use for this.
Designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting and smudging
Lastly the accent brush, which is one of my favorites too. I use this often in highlighting the inner corners of my eyes. This is also helpful on your water line.
In all honesty, I wasn’t as psyched as I was on this Set compared with my Core Collection. There were good brushes which were a part of this and then there were those who are just comparable with the eye brushes I have which were purchased locally. It is a good start up brush kit though for beginners, but if you have many brushes with the same function, I wouldn’t recommend this one as a ‘must have’. It is still a great value for your money, considering you get five brushes for a price that isn’t so steep. I don’t regret having this set though because it has all the eye brushes that I need when I travel.
Have you tried Real Techniques Brushes already? What are your favorites?

Makeup Heaven at Make Up Pro (Shop Feature & Haul)

Have you ever gone to makeup heaven? I just did when I paid a visit at Make Up Pro! I share the same sentiments with everyone who went to this place, I would bet on that! Indeed, this place is heaven to every beauty enthusiast.
This place is packed with hard to find cosmetics. It may cost a bit compared to those bought overseas but it sure is cheaper than those sold at the malls here in the Philippines and those sold at online stores around. 
MakeUp Pro has two branches, one in Makati and the other in Quezon City. I was lucky to visit both stores, but I failed to take pictures on the later one. Allow me to brief you through all the good stuff this store has to offer.
As soon as you enter to the unit, you will be greeted with this chic sign of the store – very fitting for what the store has to offer. And right then and there you will be awe struck with shelves of great beauty finds!
From make up to skin care to hair care – this place is fully packed! It took me a few hours before I could finally decide which products I’ll be taking home! Yes, that long – and they were too nice to let me feast that long! Special thanks to Ms. Mia!! πŸ™‚
Hard to source items may be found in this shelf like this Eve Pearl Concealer and MAQPro Concealer Palette. Items for airbrush makeup like that from Temptu may also be seen. 
This basket holds a bevy of shades from Inglot so you can customize your palettes to your hearts content.
Another great item that they hold for a price that is as close to those sold overseas are these lip tars from OCC.
You even have a lot of shades to choose from so make sure you dig in this basket.
My favorite part of the store is this mirror which holds makeup brushes from MakeUp Forever, MAC, Bdellium, Tarte, Urban Decay, and on a shelf nearby, you would see Real Techniques, Hakuhodo brushes and my dream set from Rae Morris.
Below the mirror you would see airbrush compressors and makeup cases like this one from Zuca and Shu Uemura.
On the topmost shelf, you would find hair products from Loreal like the famouse Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray, Tresseme products and Kiehls. You would also find more Temptu Airbrush accessories and compressors. Man! I’ll be saving up for that!!
There is also a shelf of Illamasqua products. From blushes, to eye shadow quads, lipsticks and glosses.. You would really have a hard time deciding on which ones to pick. If only I had unlimited funds, I would shop like crazy!
Another great shelf to feast in would be this one full of Nars products. Beside this shelf (not in picture) is another hard to find brand from Kevyn Aucoin. Makeup Books are also sold here.
Another part of the shelf that I went crazy about was the part from MAC (not in picture) and Make  Up Forever. I even made a list of products I would purchase the next time I visit the store!
So, I went home with these goodies – and for the record, I have never been this happy shopping for makeup! No kidding! I got Ben Nye’s Banana Visgae Luxury Powder, One pot of MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW35, Ben Nye’s Total Cover-All Wheel in SK-100, and RCMA’s No Color Powder.
To know more about the store, do add them on Facebook on the following accounts:
Make Up Pro for the Makati Branch
MKstudio Make Up Pro for the Quezon City Branch
You may also like their Facebook Page: Make Up Pro QC
Ms. Ana and the rest of the Make Up Pro team would be happy to assist you!

Acrylic-holic! Cheap Acrylic Case Haul!

I have the habit of checking out Saizen whenever I am at the mall. I don’t know why, but I always feel the need to check the store cause they might have something great hidden around. Some days I end up with nothing while on other days I come home with a heavy bag. I guess I was lucky a few days back. For the longest time, I have been in search for cheap acrylic holders. I bought a few ones that I fancied but it seems that I can’t get enough! Maybe it is the O.C. in me that makes me continue with the search for perfect makeup containers.
We all know that products from Saizen range from P66-P88. Given that I have been talking about Saizen from the start of this blog post, it is no surprise that I was able to snag these acrylic holders from the said store. But whats surprising is that, I bought each for only P44.00 You read that right! They were all on 50% OFF! It almost cost me a dollar a pop! Lucky me right? So I hoarded a bit to give my make up nook a well deserved makeover!

These acrylic holders are all stackable. They come in different shapes and sizes. This first photo for instance is deep enough to hold nail polishes, foundations, etc. upright.

This round one is perfect for holding your makeup brushes. You have the choice of taking the dividers away but, I opt to keep mine to help my brushes stand upright instead of using my old beads from my Sephora inspired brush holder.

Another great thing is that they come in different finishes. I chose the perforated ones because they look more sturdy than the smooth ones.

And again, you may stack them as you please! I was able to purchase these acrylic holders from Saizen Robinson’s Galleria. I checked other Saizen outlets but they don’t have them on sale. Boo! 😦
Anyway, I hope this post helped those who are looking for cheap acrylic holders. Happy shopping girls! πŸ™‚