Remember a couple of posts ago, I said I'd bought something new that I was going to review for you? Well, here it is. I jumped on the bandwagon and got myself a Real Techniques Core Collection and Blush Brush. I've been on a brush hunt recently - I've been refining, adding to and narrowing my collection, so look out for a blog sale with some brushes in it soon!
I'll get straight on to the review, but don't forget to enter my Benefit giveaway!
So, I bought my Real Techniques brushes from Boots. The Core Collection cost £21.99 and the Blush Brush cost £9.99. I know some people have been mad because they cost so much less in the US - but if you divide it, each brush in the Core Collection is £5.50 - although my major gripe with the set is that they don't sell the brushes individually! I wish they did because I'd love to purchase a backup of a couple of the brushes. As you know, the brushes are by Samantha Chapman, one half of the Youtube Pixiwoo duo.
Here's the Blush Brush:
You can see here that it stands up on it's own thanks to the flat base - which I really don't like, but then I would never have my brushes standing alone on my vanity. It also has a pink handle (all the brushes are colour coded, which is cool) - which I'm not the biggest fan of - I do prefer the plain black handle on a makeup brush - but I do appreciate the fact that it's not just a carbon copy of MAC. The handle is big enough that it feels sturdy in your hand.
This brush is so soft. It has synthetic bristles which are contoured slightly for ease of application and it applies blush so well. This is by far my favourite blush brush that I have ever used. It applies colour fairly sheer but can build it up as well. I have been using this brush in my last week of FOTDs and cannot get over how soft it is!
I'll still be using my MAC 188 for cream blushes but this is perfect for powders and well worth the price.
This is the Buffing Brush, part of the Core Collection. Again it stands alone and the handle is coloured a sort of orange-gold. This is going to sound like gushing but I love this brush. The bristles are synthetic, again, and dense. But they are also very soft - they don't have a lot of give but they are not scratchy on your face at all.
I use this to apply foundation and I love it! It buffs and sheers out my foundation really well, and leaves my skin looking airbrushed and streak-free. My only wish is that you could buy this separately from the main collection.
This is the Contour Brush, part of the Core Collection. As with the previous brushes it stands alone and has a colour-coded handle, and the bristles are synthetic. This is quite small, contoured and soft, although it is also quite dense as it doesn't splay. I use this every day to apply highlighter or sometimes a little contouring under my cheekbones as well. It may be too small for some people but it applies highlighter powders really well.
This is the Pointed Foundation Brush, part of the Core Collection. This brush again stands on its own, had a colour-coded handle and synthetic bristles. It's a bit stiff, but still flexible. It's soft, doesn't scratch the face, but way too small for all-over foundation application. It's meant to be good for applying foundation to hard to reach places like the nose, but I have yet to find a way to work it for me since I already have a concealer brush that I use for this. It works for some people, but I don't have a use for it.
This is the Detailer Brush, part of the Core Collection. It has a colour-coded handle and synthetic bristles but is too slim to stand alone. This is very small, soft yet stiff. It's recommended for use as a concealer brush or lip brush but I already have each of those and like them, and find that this is too small for me to use as a concealer brush anyway.
The Core Collection comes with a stand which I am not using but some people might find handy, and for the price it's good that it was included.
I've spot-cleaned and fully washed all these brushes and I'm pleased to report no shedding, at least not so far, and brushes that dry quickly and back to their original shape!
- Quality of Blush, Buffing, and Contour Brushes justify the prices.
- No shedding
- Shape retention
- Cheaper than other alternatives
- Price hike for US - UK
- You can't buy your favourite brushes separately yet
- Flat bottoms (for me!)
What do you think of Real Techniques brushes? I love them and I'm so glad they are now part of my collection, although I may sell on the two from the Core Collection that I just can't justify keeping around as I have the brushes already.
Do you own any? Do you want to?