Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set Review, Photos

Tuesday, April 09, 2013




Hi everyone! I'm really excited to bring you this review of part of a line I've been interested in trying since it was first announced a couple years ago -- Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Core Collection Brushes*! You may know Real Techniques brushes have landed at Walmart here in Canada, though I haven't been able to find them at my location. I emailed Farleyco (RT's distributor in Canada) asking if all locations should have them. The answer is yes, but I was offered a set of my choice for review! (Thank you!)


Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes


You probably already know that Real Techniques was created by makeup artist and vlogger Samantha Chapman of Pixiwoo. The brushes are made with taklon bristles (synthetic fibers so they are cruelty-free), with hand-cut brush heads and colour-coded handles (orange for base, purple for eyes, pink for finishing touches). The handles also have each brush's name/function and Real Techniques printed on them, and the larger ones can even stand upright.

 The Core Collection includes four brushes: Detailer, Pointed Foundation, Buffing, and Contour. It retails for $23.99 CAD at Farleyco.


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The kit also contains a Panoramic Case, which is kind of nifty. You can fold it over to have a travel case, or pull the toggle drawstring to make a stand.


Real Techniques Core Collection Panoramic Case - Standing

As you can see, there's even room to hold more brushes on the left side. Love that! The case is pretty sturdy, but when folded over it doesn't shut completely (there is an opening), so for traveling you will probably want to put it in a bag or use brush guards. The drawstring pulls out to make a handle.

On to the brushes:


Buffing Brush

Buffing Brush: "Ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation."

My current foundation (and has been for the last two years), is Estee Lauder's DoubleWear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup. I used to use elf's Studio Flat-Top Powder Brush with it, which I found worked well -- but this brush is better. Whereas with the Flat-Top I had problems getting into the corners of my nose and my under-eyes, the Buffing Brush works much better. I find it also gives a more natural finish, as the cut of the brush head has the right amount of stiffness, while still being very soft. I'm definitely going to keep using it with my powder foundation, and I definitely plan to try it out if I get some mineral foundation!


Contour Brush

Contour Brush: "Delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish."

I have tried this brush with bronzer to contour and I love how the brush head is smaller than a typical blush or bronzer brush so you can be much more precise. I'm kind of scared of bronzer to be honest, but the Contour Brush is very forgiving. I've also used it for powder blush, and it's becoming my favourite brush for that function. I find it dispenses more pigment onto the cheeks, so it's great for sheerer blushes like Benefit's Dandelion. It's easy to blend with so don't be afraid to use it with more pigmented blushes too!


Pointed Foundation Brush

Pointed Foundation Brush: "Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage."

Out of the four brushes in this set, this is the one I use the least because I just don't use liquid foundation face products that often. It is a great tool for liquids though -- it gets right into the corners of the undereyes and nose, and the brush head isn't so big that you're smearing a ton of product on your face. Definitely great if you want to cover a few areas of your face with foundation and want to use something larger than a concealer brush. The brush head is firm but soft and I'd even try it with liquid blushes or highlighters.


Detailer Brush

Detailer Brush: "Precious cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition."

 This reminds me of a paintbrush, though obviously with softer bristles and suited for concealing or lining and filling lips. This brush is very precise and I like to use it to place concealer on problem areas and dark circles, then blend with my finger. I find it's much more effective at getting the right amount of concealer where you want it to go than using my index finger (and much more hygienic too). It's also great used as a lip brush!


Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes

Here are all the brushes laid out in my hand so you can get a feel for the actual size and differences between the brushes. They are all excellent for their given functions, and I'm sure other uses for them can be found as well.

I experienced no shedding or bleeding of the bristles after washing them, and they didn't have a weird smell (as some brushes do) when I first received them; nor did they after washing and using. The handles and ferrules are all very sturdy and they feel like they can withstand years of use. The bristles were soft on each of these brushes, with the right amount of firmness for each brush's intended use.

I can't recommend these brushes enough! For what works out to be $6 per brush, it's a great value for this quality.

There are two other sets available -- On Location Travel Essentials ($23.99) and Your Eyes Starter Kit ($19.99), as well as single brushes from $6.50 to $12.49 each. All can be purchased in Canada through Farleyco's website or at Walmart and London Drugs locations (and soon to be Lawtons here in Atlantic Canada!) For US and International availability, click here!

P.S. Fun fact: Real Techniques brushes are manufactured by Paris Presents, the same company behind EcoTools -- another great, budget-friendly and quality brush brand.

Have you tried Real Techniques brushes? Let me know what you think!


*Product sent for consideration. No monetary compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

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17 comments

  1. They sell these at london drugs too, I have been eyeing them for a while now, thanks for the review, your photographs are wonderful! Do you use a light box?

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    1. Oh, I'll add that they have them at London Drugs! Thanks for the info!

      Thank you! I actually just use white bristol board and my iPhone camera and natural light, then lighten things a bit in Photoshop and even out tones. I do want an actual (better) digital camera to cut down on editing, but I am so glad you like the photos! :)

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    2. :o shocked lololol man those are some extra good photos then :o :o :o

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    3. It's all about natural light, it does wonderful things for blog photos! I use white bristle board and a little homemade lightbox for smaller things.

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    4. Jasmine -- aww thanks! <3

      Jayne -- Yes, it's the best! I would like to make a lightbox though for darker days/night!

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  2. These brushes are awesome! I have to get the "orange" set as I just have the finishing. I love that they are fantastic brushes for a great price.

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    1. I need more too! I love how budget-friendly they are. Definitely a must-have!

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  3. Love these! Hands down the best brushes I own! Just got the blush, stippling, and powder brushes to complete my collection :)

    natalielovesbeauty.blogspot.ca

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    1. Glad you love them! I want to collect them all too!

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  4. I love love love the buffing brush. I find that it even makes foundation that are not my color (slightly darker or lighter or wrong tone) work better and appear less obvious they're not my color.

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    1. Ooh, I'll have to try that! It really gives a natural finish, doesn't it?

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  5. Hello, have you considered getting the new duo set?i live in Oz and we don't stock them. I'll have to purchase online. Not sure if this helps but you can always buy them from iherb.com they have them for US prices and you can get $5 off with code ZEH931

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  6. I get mine through iherb too, and honestly I don't know what took me so long to try them. I only have the eyebrushes so far, and the crease brush is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. It's so effortless and takes half the time blending then with my old everyday minerals dome blending brush. I'm a little afraid to use the eyeshadow brush from the kit because it looks quite fluffy and large :( Seriously, you have to try that crease brush!

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    1. Ahhhh I need the eye brushes! I easily screw up blending the crease so anything to make that easier is a must-have!

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  7. I love these brushes so much... I don't think I'll ever spend on a MAC brush again because the Real Techniques ones have been better and have shed a lot less! I randomly found them for sale in drugstore near my house and snatched them up :)

    Ellie | Ellalogy 

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    1. Good to hear they're better than MAC! I've never tried a MAC brush before and I'll be happy if I don't "need" to dish out the cash for them!

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