If you're a frequent reader of beauty blogs, I'm sure you've heard of the Real Techniques brushes created by one of the ladies over at Pixiwoo, Sam Chapman. She has been a makeup artist for over 15 years and has created a full line of synthetic makeup brushes.
I bought these brushes about a month ago and have been using them almost every day ever since. I decided to get the Core Collection ($18), Blush Brush ($9), Powder Brush ($10) and Stippling Brush ($10). I skipped on the Starter Set (it's mostly for eyes) since I already had decent eye brushes and don't feel like they need replacing right now.
The listed prices are from the RT website, however you may be able to get them for slightly less on Amazon.
The brushes themselves are SO soft and have a good density. They haven't shed at all -- not a single hair has fallen out! To me, that's the sign of a quality product (since some other brands out there are known for shedding bristles). The handles of many of them are pretty chunky, so if you don't like that it may be something to think about/get used to but it doesn't bother me at all.
The Core Collection comes with a traveling case that also doubles as a sort of stand. I actually have it set up incorrectly in the picture...it took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that you put it horizontally and have the brushes stick up vertically. Oops!
For my purposes, the standout brushes are the Stippling Brush and the Contour Brush from the Core Collection (I also use the Powder Brush and Blush Brushes almost every day but I'm just focusing on the other two because I think they are the star pupils shall we say).
The Stippling Brush is perfect to use if you have cream blush (which I have now been using more of just because I like this brush so much!) It blends so well and gives a natural look. I've read that it also works really well with foundation but I've been using my Beauty Blender for that so I can't say for sure (although if it's cream blush application is any indication, it will be awesome).
The Contour Brush is really nice for, well, contouring. Who would have thought?! It's also really nice to apply highlighter with. It isn't too big so you don't get product all over your face causing you to look like a shimmery ball.
All in all, I think these guys are definitely worth the money. Compared to MAC or Sigma brushes, they are reasonably priced and work really well. Just because something is expensive and from a nice brand doesn't mean it's the best. If you don't want to dole out a ton of $$ but can appreciate a quality product, I definitely recommend these.
What's your favorite makeup brush brand? Have you tried RT brushes?