Real Techniques 3 Pocket Expert Organizer ($17.99) is a new makeup brush holder and organizer that mounts on your mirror or wall so you can easily sort and store your favorite brushes. Real Techniques launched this in a three pocket or cheaper single pocket style ($8.99) and I’m positive they are going to sell super well. They are an ideal solution to storing your essential or favorite brushes within easy reach during makeup application in the morning.
Let’s take a look and find out why the Real Techniques 3 Pocket Expert Organizer is fun but a bit flawed.
When this popped on Ulta I instantly ordered the larger of the two units as I can ALWAYS, always use storage for my makeup brushes. $17.99 seemed a lot to me but I used a $3.50 coupon and that cut down the cost a little bit. Why a lot? Because I have a large suction cup cup that Rubbermaid makes which can be purchased at any Walmart, Target, or Container Store that will set you back around five bucks and it holds a slew of brushes in on spot. I have it stuck up in next to my bathroom vanity mirror for easy access of my favorite brushes.
But Real Technqiue’s brush holder is far nicer looking plus it has three different pockets to separate brushes as well as two of the pockets having a separator inside them so you can easily separate smaller brushes from larger ones. I real the details online about how it could stick to your bathroom mirror or titles, etc…without the need for a suction cup and was intrigued. I wasn’t sure how that was going to work but I was more than willing to try it out for myself.
This is made out of silicone and is a bright pink in color. Yeah, sure, the bright pink is sort of harsh in my bathroom but I wasn’t too put off my the color. It has a film on the back which you’ll remove prior to sticking it on the surface of your choosing. The back is very, very slightly tacky but there isn’t any glue or adhesive on it. They just have some sort of natural silicone that sticks easily to surfaces sort of like those silicone cell phone holder pads sold on Amazon.
I had my doubts about it sticking but I popped it onto the title next to my bathroom mirror and it did, indeed, stick to the surface like magic. I peeled it off and tried it on my mirror and again, it stuck like magic. Although, I personally didn’t love it on my mirror as it obstructed by view so I left it on the title next to my mirror.
Now it was time to fill it with brushes and here is where things failed.
I have a lot of brushes I use daily and even though this has three pockets it can’t hold half those brushes. It just wasn’t able to handle the weight of some of my larger brushes. You can probably store quite a few eyeshadow brushes in here but larger blush brushes or foundation ones will make the unit peel off and fall down. I tried packing in a lot of my brushes and almost instantly it fell off the tile it was stuck on.
Ok, so, I was willing to work with the unit and decided I had to minimize some of my daily brushes and just store a few in the pockets. But sadly it was a no go! The unit at best can hold about six to eight brushes anymore than that and it slips off the wall.
I have to admit I was disappointed as this has three pockets so I thought I could store quite a few brushes in it but this is meant for lighter, smaller brushes.
Guess what? I’m returning it.
I guess I’ll stick to my little suction cup unit from Rubbermaid.
If you don’t have a ton of daily brushes the Real Techniques 3 Pocket Expert Organizer might work out for you. But if your daily rotation of brushes is rather large, skip this, it won’t hold much and it’ll end up slipping off your mirror or bathroom title since it can’t hold that much weight.
The Real Techniques 3 Pocket Expert Organizer is available now at ulta.com.