Bdellium Tools Green bambu, Maestro and Real techniques

It’s again time to review make-up brushes! I’m so happy to share with you my excitement about these new goodies that I like so much! Make-up brushes are really my “weak point” and I can’t wait for a long time without buying at least a couple of them.

As you already know I love to test different brands, but I will start with Bdellium Tools that is one of my favorite brand of make-up brushes brands and my last beauty “obsession” from the green beauty world!


Bdellium Tools Green bambu 953 Duet Fiber Foundation review

Bdellium Tools

I use this brush for a few months and I like it sooo much! It’s from the Green bamboo series, which means it has synthetic fibers, but because it’s duet-fiber it means that it is made from 2 different synthetic fibers. The green fibers are soft and come around the brush. While the (almost transparent) white ones are stiffer and allow together with the green ones to apply and distribute the product easily and evenly. Because its quite small shape this brush is perfect for applying liquid products and I can reach all the small corners and areas on the face. If you try it and use it for yourself, you will find that your foundation is applied quickly. This brush is especially good if you have a thin face and so a big brush would be quite inappropriate. For instance, I use it a lot on myself cause I have quite a thin face and so its shape suit my face perfectly. However, it also depends which product you will apply with it; I love to use it with a nice tinted moisturizer or for liquid foundations with a light consistency, or even for distributing (stippling) the primer before applying the foundation. You can also apply with it liquid or cream blush when you want to get that subtle modern flush of color. Overall, I’m thrilled about this brush!


NOTE I always forgot to specify that this kind of duet-fiber brush is not meant to apply the foundation in circular motions or with standard strokes (like with the classic foundation brush) but with a stippling technique. That means you apply your foundation with pressing it lightly into the skin in order to achieve the perfect skin effect. This is what it’s designed for.


Bdellium Tools Green Bambu 945 Contour Brush review

Bdelium Tools Green bambu

I really wanted to try even this brush because it’s so small and thin in shape. It depend on what I do, but in general I tend to use brushes of smaller sizes for applying powder or blush because this way I can be more precise and apply just small amounts of product where needed. And it’s also better to add smaller amount of product than to apply too much of it at once. This is also the reason why I like this brush and use it for many different things. The 945 is not duet-fiber, but it’s really soft. It is meant to be a contour brush which is fine for contouring smaller areas. But I like it even for applying blush when I have before me a face with small cheeks where a delicate sweep of color is needed just on the apples of the cheeks. I also use it for applying setting powder on smaller areas like underneath the eyes or around the nose for touch-ups. It can be used also for applying powder highlighters on top of cheekbones for instance. On the picture below you can see both brushes from the top. When compared they are similar in density but they have 2 totally different functions.


Bdellium Tools Maestro 776 Blending Brush

Bdellium Tools

This brush is from Bdellium Tools Maestro series that is meant to be a line for make-up artists and this series is also hand-crafted. I bought the 776 brush because I use it a lot and for some things is really irreplaceable. As you may know the first that launched it was MAC (with their 217) and did literally a cult brush, but this one is absolutely comparable to MAC and does its job perfectly. It’s made from natural goat fibers but Bdellium reassures they are cruelty free, because they don’t use fibers of exotic animals (like squirrel,..). Read more about this here. The specialty of this brush is that is not too big and it has soft fibers but they are “rigid” enough to blend the product well or to use it for blending even cream concealers. It does a fantastic job especially when used for applying liquid concealers under the eyes. Overall, it’s a must-have brush for every make-up artist especially in this HD era of precise make-up applications.


Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Your Base/Flawless Expert Face Brush

Real Techniques make-up brush

Since I have heard many good reviews and suggestions about Real Techniques, I finally decided to give them a try. First, I wasn’t sure whether it’s all about marketing pomp or it is true. So I needed to try them in order to give an objective opinion. I am nicely surprised, because the brushes are very good and they are also nice designed. For the first time, I wanted to try 2 different shapes of their brushes. This is the first one: Flawless Expert brush which is quite dense but it has quite short bristles in comparison with its density which is fine because you can blend the liquid product quickly and easily, especially in bigger areas. You can use it also for applying powder but I don’t tend to use it that way. I prefer to apply with it liquid foundations, especially if there is a wider area of face/skin to work on. It’s also great for applying some creamy foundations as well. The foundation is quickly blended and in a few strokes. For those who don’t want to have an array of brushes like me 😀 I highly recommend this brush. You can do everything with it: apply your foundation, set the powder and even apply your blush. I don’t like to use it that way because I love changing brushes while I work, but for the main part of you it will work great.


Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Your Finish/Perfected Setting Brush

Real Techniques make-up brushes

All Real Techniques brushes are made from very soft synthetic bristles and they have a very good shape of the handle that fits great in the hand. It’s also very interesting that they have the most part of the handle covered in aluminum. I think they are so light because of this. This setting brush is really a lovely one. It has a slightly pointed tip that allows you precise works like: setting the powder under the eyes or applying concealer. I also love it for applying cream highlighters under the brow bone, on the top of cheekbones, on the bridge of the nose,… I think this is a modern shape of brush that will work great especially for make-up artists and all who want a special type of make-up applications.

Bdellium tools and real techniques

These are all my last acquisitions that I really love to use and are absolutely my must-haves.

If you have any comments about these brands/brushes feel free to share them with me 🙂


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0 comment on Bdellium Tools and Real techniques makeup brushes review

  1. Audreiana
    December 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm (11 years ago)

    Happy you enjoyed the Real Techniques brushes because they truly are great!

    • green makeup
      December 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm (11 years ago)

      Yes, Audreiana, I still enjoy them 😀 Have a nice day! Best, Dasha

  2. Lynn
    December 2, 2012 at 5:02 am (11 years ago)

    Yayy..finally the brush review!:)
    Oh,that bdellium 953..I find it too small compared to real technique’s stippling brush.It takes longer time to cover my face with that brush(umm..I dunno whther my face is thinner than yours?:D).
    Anywho,is that RT setting brush can be used to apply cream concealer?The bristle is long.. :/

    • green makeup
      December 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm (11 years ago)

      Hi Lynn! Yes RT setting brush is good for applying the concealer under the eyes, but JUST for the liquid concealers that are light in consistency and suitable for that delicate under eye area. Regarding Bdellium 953: it really depends what you need the brush for and on who you work. I always give my point of view from a wider view because everyone is different and so I don’t use for everyone the same brush. I choose the brush depending on many factors: from the product I will apply to the features of someone’s face. Even though the face is not so wide in general, the differences are quite big from a face to another, especially when working with different brushes on different faces.
      Have a nice day!

  3. Ningrum
    December 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm (11 years ago)

    I like the way you reviewed those brushes! Detailed with nice photos. X) I’ve just bought Ecotools set and became sensitive about brushreviews since then, so when I found your post, woo hoo, gladness! Thank you for this review! 🙂

    • green makeup
      December 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm (11 years ago)

      Thank you! I’m glad was helpful! Best, Dasha

  4. MyName
    January 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm (11 years ago)

    Thanks for the review. I have a question related to the RT/BD brushes: I just cannot decide which one should I buy: I need one for applying and buffing my liquid foundation and another one for contouring. Have you tried the core set? Have you tried to contour the hollows of your cheeks with the bdellium 945 brush?
    I just simply can’t decide whether to buy a RT Expert Brush or BDellium 957 Kabuki and 945 contouring brush or to buy the Core set that has the contouring and Buffing brush. There are only few reviews about Bdellium in general and about the RT contour brush used for contouring (just in 2 videos/reviews is been used for contouring). It seems to be that the Bdellium 945 contour is simmilar to MAC’s 109?
    Would you suggest to go with the core set (everyone who tried RT say they’re the best brushes, better than Sigma, which by the way shed like crazy – I have 3 eye brushes) or to buy Expert or BD Kabuki 957 and the 945 contour brush? I am pretty new to brushes and am trying to buy best brushes for minimum $ (RT, Sigma, bdellium).
    thanks, Anera

    • green makeup
      January 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm (11 years ago)

      Hi Anera!
      Thanks for passing by! As I can understand from your comment you haven’t tried yet any of RT / Bdellium brushes. (I won’t say anything about Sigma because I haven’t tried them yet, but somehow they don’t attract me.) Both Bdellium and RT are great brushes, but if you are a beginner I’d suggest you to start with RT, you will achieve great results with them. They are very good and well designed. It’s not that Bdellium aren’t, in fact I like them very much, but as a beginner you will maybe don’t find them so handy because they have so many different shapes. For instance, I love the BD 945 contour brush, because I prefer smaller brushes for blush/contour/powder. But if you are used to work with larger brushes, than the 945 won’t satisfy your needs, because as you can see from the photos in comparison with my hand the BD 945 brush is very small/thin. I think it’s not the same as mac109, BD is smaller. Even BD 957 (it’s not kabuki btw, kabuki it’s another one) seems to be a nice brush (I don’t have it), but for beginning I wouldn’t say it’s the best one. It’s the type of brush for buffing with circular motions and it’s quite big. I also don’t know how much experience you have with make-up application and what is your technique, but in general I’d suggest you to start with RT and maybe once you will also try brushes from Bdellium to feel the difference. They have both different type of fibers, even though they are both synthetic. RT are soft, but at the same time rigid enough to do a precise job. For instance, I adore the RT expert brush – you can apply directly your liquid foundation + buff it in a great way. If you want you can also contour with it or apply powder – an amazing multi-use brush!
      I haven’t tried the Core set, but I think it’s a good set to start with + it has a reasonable price. There you have a concealer brush (which is great), a flat classic foundation brush and 2 other brushes you can use for cheeks, contour, buffing the foundation,… So, maybe you can start with the Core set (or just with RT expert brush if you don’t need much brushes at once) to see how RT brushes are and then you can buy later in the future others from RT or BD.
      If you want you can order RT (and even BD) on Iherb. They have the best prices + you can use my code for an extra discount. (See my left sidebar for the code.)
      To conclude, I’d say that don’t be afraid to try new brushes/products. You have to try and use them on your own and with practice there won’t be any problem 🙂 If something does not work for someone, it doesn’t mean that it won’t work for everyone 🙂 Most of all, it’s the practice that counts.
      I’d love to hear from you about how will your new brushes work.
      Hope was helpful 🙂
      Best, Dasha

      • MyName
        May 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm (10 years ago)

        Thanks for the reply! It was 🙂

  5. Stylishly Organic
    October 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm (10 years ago)

    I so agree with you. I just purchased the two RT brushes you reviewed here and love them! I use the face brush to apply the Nvey Eco cream foundation which I adore and the setting brush for powder highlighter (it has made a HUGE difference). Great brushes. I also just got Urban Decay eye brushes. Best brushes I have ever tried. Have you had a chance to use those?

    • green makeup
      October 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks so much for the feedback! I’m so happy when I hear positive experiences 🙂
      No, I haven’t tried yet anything from Urban decay but I’d love to try more US brands in the future.

  6. maria
    March 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm (10 years ago)

    If you had to make a chocie between the diffrent brands, witch ones would you say I should buy?

    • green makeup
      March 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm (10 years ago)

      I hardly answer you, because I don’t know what are your preferences, needs. A general guideline: if you need less brushes and use them a lot then spend more for them, if you need more brushes and you are not so bothered with quality opt for affordable brands like real techniques, bdellium,…


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  1. […] Application: Right now I apply it with this new brush which is from an art store (as many others) which I adore because it’s soft and precise. When you apply the corrective concealer like this one, make sure you apply it only on the area needed where the dark color is and not around all the eyes. I apply the color gently with this brush by adding more if needed and then I tap around with my finger to blend together and massage the delicate area. And then after a moment I press a little bit of powder with a small soft brush, like the Real Techniques setting brush. […]

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