Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Lash & Brow Groomer
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That said, I was very sadly disappointed with their lash/brow groomer brush. I will be upfront and tell you that I did get a bit of use out of it, it was my go-to groomer for several months, and it was good while it lasted. But, sadly, when it started to go, it REALLY started to go.
My trouble was with the lash comb. I routinely used it to comb my lashes after applying mascara, every time I applied my makeup (which is only about once a week). And for that it worked GREAT - the metal bristles were fine, precise, and very close together, which resulted in a tangle-free, clumpless lash, which is a look I personally love. The problem lies here: after combing my freshly-mascara'ed, still wet lashes, the bristles would be covered in mascara. No prob, I'd just take a sec to gently clean them off with a makeup wipe or micellar-water-dampened cotton pad. That's when trouble quickly started to rear its head - the bristles began coming loose and falling out, one by one, every time I would clean the mascara off. I tried only using plain tap water, only using dry cotton pads, tried being even MORE gentle than I already was (and I am SUPER gentle with all my products & tools to begin with). Nothing worked. From the first metal bristle falling out, the rest came out in twos and threes at a time within a two week period, and then before I knew it, so many were gone that the tool no longer could serve its purpose.
I will say again how much I truly love Real Techniques and their tools. A good 60% of the makeup brushes I use are by RT, and they have never done me wrong, never had a single problem. I think that is why I was so extremely disappointed with this one. After it no longer worked, I replaced it with a very similar lash comb/brow groomer by Ulta's store brand, and have had no problems since (I've had it for roughly 4 months now). If I had to guess, I'd say it was probably an issue with the formulation of the glue that held the bristles in place, and that something in the makeup remover that was used to clean the mascara from the bristles broke it down. Again, just my personal experience/opinion. I will still continue to use and recommend their many other wonderful brushes, but I sadly cannot do so with this particular one. Aside from this single brush, Real Techniques gets two satisfied thumbs-up from me.
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