Anyway, here are my thoughts on the Real Techniques brushes I've been testing out this week. All of these can be purchased in the UK on love-makeup.com or cocktailcosmetics.com.
I apologise that I've not had the time to clean these - I didn't want to wait until I'd washed them and let them dry before talking about them.
I honestly don't know how I did my make up without these two brushes. The Stippling Brush and Deluxe Crease Brush (part of the Eye Starter Kit) are excellent brushes for foundation and concealer respectively. I've tried several brushes for foundation and always reverted back to using my fingers as I felt the coverage was often too cakey when using a brush and that I wasted a lot of product. With the Stippling Brush, I just put some dots of foundation on my face and buff in with this. I don't get the cakey. The Deluxe Crease Brush should have just been called Amazing Concealer Brush. I love this for blending concealer under my eyes. I was using a MAC 224 but this is much shorter and more dense which I think works better. I'm very impressed by both these brushes.
These brushes are the other four in the Eye Starter Kit, they are, from left to right: Base Shadow Brush, Brow Brush, Accent Brush and Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush. I've yet to use the Accent Brush so can't pass comment on that just yet. I'm not sure what I'll use it for other than highlighting the inner corner. The Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush is a bit disappointing as I think it's much too thick to be used for gel liner. I'd possibly use it to conceal blemishes. The Brow Brush is nice - it's large so I can do my brows pretty quickly with it. The Base Shadow Brush is a bit more difficult to work with than other similar brushes I've used. Overall, I have mixed feelings about these four, I don't think I needed any of them but they're nice to have.
The other two brushes I have are the Powder Brush and the Blush Brush. I like them both. The Powder Brush does exactly what it's supposed to and it's the largest brush I own so I like it for quick application of powder. The Blush Brush is a bit odd - it's very soft and not very precise. I wouldn't use this for very pigmented blushes as I'd be worried about getting them all over the place. It's okay for more subtle blushes, though.
So overall, I think these are pretty good quality for the price. I don't like the handles - I don't need my brushes to be able to stand up as I store them all in a tin so the handles actually put me off buying these for a while. The writing comes off the handles too. For synthetic brushes, the bristles are pretty soft.
If you have any questions, please let me know! I hope this was useful!