Now. I am a multi-tasker by nature. Rarely will you find me attempting one thing at once (though, admittedly, trying to wash my hair and text at the same time was a bad idea, I'm still sorry about that one Mr Phone) and I think this is a weird psychological reason that I love things in life that fulfill multiple purposes. Particularly when it comes to makeup brushes. Even if it's only looking really pretty and holding important things (basically, anything from Paperchase, for example), I do love me a multi-task marvel.
Honestly, however, I picked this up on a bit of a whim in my grab-everything-in-Boots run before Madagascar. It's a small, unassuming eyeshadow blending brush which you'll find in most Boots stores. I honestly wasn't expecting much from it, but it is worth its weight in gold.
The bristles are synthetic, on the shorter side, and relatively firm - not prickly, but not Angel-wing Wayne Goss brush soft either. The ferrule is attached with what can only be iron girders - this little wonder just does. not. shed. It's really easy to clean, and dries quickly.
For powder eyeshadows, this is a good option. A little blendy, a little flat, you can use this to pack on some pigment and then blend away with the other side. I use this for the front half of my brows too, if I've been a bit heavy handed with a brow powder; this shading brush smoothed everything over.
Where the Real Techniques Shading Brush really comes into its own though, is blending out cream eyeshadows. I am yet to find anything that does a better job. I have brushes 5 times the price (#dontjudgeme) which are nowhere near as good for this purpose. It picks up just the right amount of pigment and applies it very evenly to the lid - even on my oily eyelids this brush gives smooth, non-creasing application of cream products.
It's also brilliant for smudging out the lower lash line, and the short bristles don't squish in to the waterline and cause eyes to water. Marvellous.
Oh, and if you're a bit of a freak about well blended concealer (I think the orange concealer sticks of the 90s and early 00s have scarred me for life) this brush can do that too. Beautifully. No harsh lines here.
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