A while ago I finally purchased the famous Real Technique brushes. Ever since they came out people seem to really loving them and I got quite curious myself. However, it was not easy to get your hands on these brushes here so I had to wait till it got easier available here. After a while I kind of forgot about it until my boyfriend decided to order something from Amazon. He asked me if I wanted anything and I browsed around a bit in the beauty section (ofcourse it had to be the beauty section!) and saw that they sold the Real Technique brushes. It was actually the perfect timing because I was on the hunt for some new face brushes. Now choosing from the range was not easy, I wanted them all, but after thinking and thinking I made my final decision and bought the Core Collection along with the stippling brush, Expert Face brush and the blush brush. I have been using them for a good while now and thought to share you my thoughts on them.
Real Techniques is created by Samantha Chapman, a You Tube make-up artist. The brushes are all made from cruelty free synthetic hair and the handles are made from aluminium. The brushes come in sets or are sold separately but all for a very fair and cheap price.
The Core Collection consists out of four brushes: a foundation brush, a contour brush, a concealer/lip brush and a buffing brush. The reason why I chose this set was because I really wanted another contour brush and a buffing brush. I wasn’t too sure about the concealer/lip brush and the foundation brush in all honesty because they looked rather small. But Real Techniques brushes really do come cheap, especially considering the quality so it was still interesting enough to buy the whole set. The Core Collection set comes in a brush roll, well it’s not a roll actually, but you can put your brushes in there. What I really love is that you can fold it so it becomes a holder. It’s all very practical and very convenient.
So I told you that I wasn’t too sure about the foundation brush and the concealer/lip brush. Well I was wrong! The little brush is great for applying lipstick! It gets the lip product layered in a slight sheerer way but what I love most about it is that you can do very precise lines with it. it’s amazing for any bold/dark lip colour and it’s my new favourite lip brush nowadays! The brush is really small and has a rounded tip. The bristles are layered and that’s why it’s so great for precise application. The foundation brush is really small. It has a pointy tip and that’s why this brush is really good. You can really go fine with this brush because it’s small and pointed but what I really love it for is for using it under my eyes with concealer. It’s the perfect size for that! You can also use this for liquid highlighters!
Next up is the contour brush. This is a small brush with a rounded tapered top. It’s quite dense and the size of the brush is perfect for contouring. I compared it to my Mac 109 so you can a bit of an idea of the size and differences. The Mac 109 is a lot fluffier at the top. Both brushes are perfect for packing on pigment because they are pretty dense. Another great use for the contour brush is to use it with highlighter, it’s again the perfect size!
Here I compared the buffing brush and the Expert face brush next to each other because they look a bit similar from afar. The Expert Face brush is not included in the Core collection, I bought this separately. The buffing brush is a lot more tapered on the end. Both brushes are dense but the Expert Face brush is very dense, it’s like the Shiseido foundation brush, that dense. The buffing brush is more fluffy at the top, it’s perfect for really buffing the powder into your skin. The top is also more flat while the Expert Face brush has a more rounded top. These two brushes are one of my absolute new favourites! The buffing brush is just everything I wanted from a buffing brush. I don’t know how, but when I powder with this brush over my foundation, well it really makes my pores almost invisible! I am not kidding! The Face Brush is a brush that I haven’t seen before, the shape is really interesting but it works wonders. I use it for foundation, tinted moisturiser and bb cream. It gives a lot more coverage because the bristles are really dense. I also find that this brush works a lot more efficient than the Shiseido Foundation brush, it absorbs less product. I really really recommend both brushes!
Here we have the stippling brush. Now you might now that I’m a very big fan of the Mac 187 stippling brush so it’s very hard to convince me! I compared them next to each other and you can really see that they are not in the closest way dupes. In fact they really are different and they also feel different. The Mac 187 is a lot bigger and longer. The Real Techniques brush is slightly denser and it feels less floppy. I’d say that with the Real Techniques brush you also have a bit more control with the product, it’s smaller and it’s stiffer, but it also feels slightly less soft. You also achieve a bit of a fuller coverage than with the Mac 187. I honestly love both brushes but I tend to prefer the Real Techniques one because it is so much easier to wash!
And finally we have the blush brush. When I got this I didn’t expected it to be this big! You can see it next to Mac 129 and it’s even slightly bigger than that one. The blush brush has a very tapered and rounded tip. The bristles are cut in different lengths. As you can see the blush brush is a lot rounder in comparison. It’s also a lot fluffier. Now I was first a bit worried about this brush, I loved the shape, but the size? It is huge! But I tried it anyway and I instantly loved it. This is the brush that you want to have when you apply very pigmented blushes! Because of the fluffiness it gives you just the right amount of blush. It’s really hard to overdo it and despite the size you can really work quite precise with it too. Another way to use it is as a powder brush all over the face ofcourse, but I tend to use it for blush. I love it so much and I ditched my Mac brush for this one because it’s like a 1000 times softer!
So yes, I think it’s really obvious here, I love these brushes! They are worth every penny and I thank Samantha Chapman for this! Whenever someone comes out with a line of brushes I’m really sceptical. Does it work or will this go horrible wrong? Well, we all know this was a great move for her. I love how the designs are, you can really see that they have thought about this. It’s so convenient that you can put the face brushes up on your desk because of their handles at the bottom. I wished they did that for the Core Collection too though.
Real Techniques is the perfect example of showing you that synthetic brushes can be great and on a budget. The brushes kind of replaced all of my Mac brushes and trust me, I love my Mac brushes a lot! But the Real Techniques are just so much more convenient, they are a lot cheaper and believe it or not but they are amazingly soft! Like really super soft! And lastly but not least: they are so easy to clean! I don’t know the exact difference between these and my other brushes, but you just need minimal amount of product in them and they are clean and looking all new and shiny again! They also haven’t shed any hair yet, so yes yes yes! I absolutely recommend these brushes, they are popular for a reason and this is why! I’m actually going to purchase more in the future because that’s how much I love them!