I tried the $7 Real Techniques Brightening Concealer brush that went viral on TikTok.
It's now my favorite beauty tool for blending concealer under my eyes and across my face.
I love that it's so easy to use and inexpensive.
Sitting in an airport at the end of April, impatiently waiting for my flight and scrolling through TikTok, I came across a concealer brush unlike any I'd ever seen.
Beauty lover Yanna Machorro made a video about the Real Techniques Brightening Concealer brush, leading TikTok star Mikayla Nogueira to film her own review of the product. I was entranced — and a bit skeptical — by how flawlessly concealer seemed to blend with the tool.
After being influenced to buy my own, I put the brush to the test. I was instantly impressed. Here's how the product works.
@mikaylanogueira THIS BRUSH 😍😍😍 @Yanna Machorro OMG !!! #makeup #beauty #brushes ♬ original sound - Mikayla Nogueira
The Real Techniques Brightening Concealer brush retails for under $7 at most retailers. I purchased mine for $6.99 at Harmon Face Value — an offshoot of Bed Bath & Beyond — though they're also sold online through the latter retailer and Amazon.
The brush has a thin orange handle and long, tapered bristles shaped like a "kitten's paw," as Nogueira put it.
Rather than being rounded or entirely flat, like most concealer brushes, this one is a mix of the two styles. I'm intrigued.
After experimenting with multiple application methods, I found that I prefer applying a thin layer of concealer and letting it sit on my skin from 30 seconds to one minute, then patting it down with the brush. This creates a more full-coverage finish.
The brush shape allows you to reach the smallest parts of your face. Its fluffy surface keeps your concealer in place rather than spreading it, which often happens with a round brush. The density of the bristles also keeps your concealer coverage full and opaque, rather than sheering it like you do with a sponge.
The result is a full-coverage base that has a natural-looking glow.
If you have a routine that you love, such as applying concealer with a sponge or your fingers, stick with it. You should ultimately use whatever tool works best for you and your skin.
But if you're looking for a new tool or a way to simplify your routine, I don't think there's a better option on the market than this brush — especially for $7.
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