October 24, 2017

Real Techniques 3 Pocket Expert Organizer A Fun but Flawed Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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.

Tried it?

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I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kish

    I’m always looking for ways to store my brushes, but like you, I have way too many for this thing to work. Plus I have a lot of double-ended brushes and you can’t store them like this or the bottom brush gets damaged.

    • Isabella Muse

      I just wanted it for my essentials but even my essentials is too much for this sadly :-/

  • Toni

    I did hear from another blogger that after she stuck hers, she left it empty for 24 hours before filling it. Might be worth a try. 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      oh I did! That’s the first thing I did when I opened the package ;-D I figure it needed a sec to “set” so to speak! Unfortunately, no go!

  • Carol G

    I remember when you first posted about this and I thought to myself this is not going to hold very much since there is no ‘adhesive ‘. That’s why I like the 3M products with the sticky backing that comes off without damaging the wall. Those products are great.

  • Brenda C

    Hi Muse, I have something similar to this. It is called a hot iron holster. Silicone. it has a lip that you lay flat on your counter top and hangs over the edge. I bought a package of three. My curling iron goes in one, brushes in another and combs and hairbrushes in another. It frees up my counter space for my makeup and everything else. When the stickiness starts to go away I put it through a dishwasher cycle and it comes out nice and sticky again. I’ve been using them for at least 2 years now and loving them as my bathroom doesn’t have a lot of counter space and this solves that problem. You can google hot iron holster and they will come up on Amazon or the original one will also come up on your search. You also have to have room for them to hang off your counter for this to work. I don’t know what I would do without them now.

    • Isabella Muse

      hm Brenda maybe I could use that for brushes instead! If its strong enough to hold a hot iron it should be able to hold brushes right!? thanks!