Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K Pro 12PC Natural Brush Set Review and Photos
I recently decided to purchase a new set of professional makeup brushes and after much research and deliberation decided on the Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K. Pro set. There are several options for sets of this range with varying numbers of brushes and the choice of natural or synthetic bristles and both come in either a wrap or a zippered case. I decided on the 12 piece natural set with the zippered case, called the travel set. This was priced at $119.99 USD on the R&L website.
The travel case I received was black with the logo embossed in the corner. The zip was sturdy and it opened easily. Each of the individual brushes has its own protective plastic sleeve and none of the brushes was damaged in any way. Once I removed all the wrappings I got a much better look and feel of the actual brushes and my first impression was very good.
In the photo, you will notice an additional brush that I purchased with the 12 piece set, the contour brush. This is the white bristled brush in the centre. I felt this was one brush that was missing from the set that I would use regularly. So, what was my opinion of each of the brushes?
This is a firm but soft brush made with natural bristles and as its name suggests is used for smudging shadow or liner. The bristles for a point and 5mm wide at the ferrule (the metal part that connects the handle to the bristles) and 12 mm long.
I am very happy with this brush as it keeps its firmness and shape in order to smudge the shadow, but is very soft too, so that it doesn’t drag on the delicate eye area.
C500 Angle Shader
This is quite a large shader brush and may not be suitable for all eyes, especially hooded or small ones. It's approximately 1cm wide at the ferrule and 1.5 cm at its longest length. This is natural bristle and is incredibly soft. I personally would have preferred a slightly smaller brush, but this works great.
C410 Eye Shader MD
Again this eyeshadow brush is on the large side (the MD stands for medium). It’s about 13 mm wide and about the same long. This is another brush I prefer to be smaller as I have hooded eyes, but it is a very nice natural bristle brush that holds powder well and applied to the lid smoothly. It can also be used for blending.
C450 Flat Eyeliner
This brush, although in the natural bristle set, is in fact synthetic. This is because it is easier to use a synthetic brush to apply liner that a natural brush which isn’t as firm. You can feel the difference in the bristles, but they are still very soft and firm enough to do the job.
C440 Pointed Liner
This brush is a natural bristle brush used for applying liner, although R&L say it can also be used for lining and filling in lips. It is a very smooth, soft brush that may not offer the control that some people want. I like this brush for using under the eyes.
This is another synthetic brush and one I personally will not use as a brow brush. This isn’t because it isn’t any good, I just prefer my Anastasia Beverly Hills #14 brow brush. The R&L is not quite as firm as the ABH and is smaller. I would, however, use this as a liner brush for setting liner with black shadow.
C600 Lip Brush
This is a small flat natural hair brush, rounded off at the top. This is a really nice lip brush that has enough firmness to be able to achieve a good even line around the lips but soft enough to use to fill in the lips too.
This is a synthetic brush that is really a larger version of the lip brush and used for applying concealer to specific areas. It is soft and has enough firmness to apply concealer but not drag the skin.
I confess that I am not normally a lover of this style of foundation brush. I prefer my Urban Decay's Optical Blurring Brush, but I have to say this brush is really nice. It is very soft on the skin and the right size for getting into the awkward places around the nose and eyes. It is synthetic, so can be used for liquid or cream foundation. It has won me over!
This is my favourite brush from the set as it is so very soft. I have several powder brushes from various brands and this is by far the softest I have. It is a great shape and size too, approximately 3 cm wide at the ferrule, widening to 5 cm at the top. The bristle length is about 5.5 cm. A beautiful brush.
Another beautiful brush that is basically a smaller version of the powder brush. This one measures about 2 cm at the ferrule and 4 cm long.
This is an additional brush I purchased with the set and it is a nicely angled contour brush that is super soft and works really well. Vey pleased I decided to add this one.
This is the last brush of the set which is a dual-ended tool with a metal lash comb on one end and a brow spoolie on the other. The metal comb feels very sturdy and a better option than the plastic combs usually seen in sets.
Overall, I am very pleased with the brush set. They are clearly good quality brushes and all feel very well made and are weighted perfectly for comfortable use. As I mentioned, I like some of the brushes better than others, but will definitely consider purchasing more from this range to add to my collection.
The face brushes are my favourites as they are super soft and glide beautifully over the skin. I like many of the eye brushes, but I also have four of the Hakuhodo eye brushes which are superior in every way to any other eye brush I have ever used. For reference, I have the J5523 round, flat brush and the B142 blending brush as well as the J146 blender and the B004 flat brush which are slightly smaller versions of the first two. I adore these brushes and if I had the money would replace my entire brush collection with Hakuhodo, but alas, I have not been granted a lottery win yet!
So, I can definitely recommend the Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K. Pro range of brushes and whether you choose to buy a ready-made set, or purchase individual brushes, I don’t think you will be too disappointed.