I love my Real Techniques brushes – they are so soft, reasonably priced and do a great job, but the best bit for me is they stand up on end, making it dead easy to dry them after washing! Small pleasures and all that, but it’s better than watching them roll off my dressing table having badly balanced them on their side.*
I’ve just given mine a wash and they’re looking as good as new again, without having lost any bristles, unlike the more expensive ones I’ve had previously from MAC where the natural hairs fall out with each wash – a waste as far as I’m concerned – and their softness fades. Seriously these are the softest brushes I have ever used. I’ve only got two in my collection I regularly use – powder and blusher – and at around a tenner each they are great value. They are made of synthetic bristles and are 100% cruelty free.
The Chapman sisters, of Pixiwoo fame (youtube beauty vlogging stars), are the geniuses behind Real Techniques, which are also used by makeup artists worldwide (they were recommended to me by one, in fact).
Oh, and those little sticks you see on my dresser are mascara wands used to separate lashes after applying mascara, and to tame unruly brows. You can buy them online too, or ask at a beauty counter very very very nicely and they may give one to you 🙂
* A little addendum to this post: standing the brushes up on end when wet may cause water to drip into the ferrel (tube holding bristles in place), which could loosen the glue and cause the bristles to fall out. So, the advice from Real Techniques (who read this blog post) is to lay them flat. Stand them up at your own risk. Me, I plan to shake, shake, shake the water out and find a way to hang them upside down (the curvature of the handles lends well to this plan).