I had been hearing great things about the Real Techniques brushes, and I wanted to give them a try. I wanted the Core Collection in particular and the last few times I had gone to Wal Mart they weren’t in stock and when I called Target they don’t carry Real Techniques here in Canada. Anyhow, I got them and here is my review.
When compared to Sigma or MAC brushes, one doesn’t even have to think hard to realize how much they’re saving; one brush from MAC can cost as much as 50CDN and one brush from Sigma Beauty can cost as much as 25CDN, while this set retails at 20CDN (after HST has been added). The set consists of 4 brushes: a foundation brush, a buffing brush, a contour brush and a detailer brush; I’m thoroughly impressed with all of them.
- The foundation brush may be the first one that you’re curious about. This brush is a bit small when you try to use it for foundation all over the face – along with this, I may have a slight bias towards stippling brushes. However, I tried it for my under eye concealer and it blended in my MAC Pro Longwear quite nicely. The tapered end is also really nice if you want to clean up the edges of your eye shadow with a little concealer or even around the edges of your mouth after lipstick application.
- The buffing brush is probably my favourite brush out of all 4 that came in the set – it can be used to buff in liquids, creams and even powders. This is the brush that I use to buff in my L’Oreal True Match foundation and it works so well! Do not spritz the brush with any form of liquid (for some reason I wanted to see how this would work) because it doesn’t work very nicely this way. It made my foundation look flawless, just as if I were using a beauty blending sponge. I also used it to mix in some luminizer at the top of my cheekbones, as well as blend in some cream blush; it buffed it both products quite well without making them disappear.
- The contour brush is the perfect size, and as you probably guessed, it was made for contouring purposes. It’s not too big and not too small – just the right size for blending in your powder for contouring – if you’re using a cream to contour I would suggest using the buffing brush. I also tried this brush with Milani’s Baked Blush in Rose d’Oro to add a slight highlight to the top of my cheekbones when playing around with it and it blends out the product nicely. Even though Real Techniques does make a setting brush, if you can’t get your hands on that I do think this contour brush works well setting under eye concealer with a powder – again because of the size.
- The detailer brush is a real multitasker in my opinion. This brush was apparently made for spot concealing. However because of it’s tapered edge and how stiff it is, it works very well as a lip brush too. I don’t do much spot concealing, because I don’t have many spots and I get my coverage from using a full coverage concealer and a powder foundation. It also works well to apply a pop of colour on the inner corners of the eye, as well as to clean your eyebrows with a bit of concealer. If you’re being really precise with placement when using pigments, you could even try wetting the brush a bit and applying some pigment to whichever part of your eye you chose.
The brushes comes in a black case and on the side opposite to the brushes, there are 2 spaces available for any other brushes you may have. This is a really good value for 20CDN and the brushes are very soft; they feel lightweight – but not cheap. If ever you have $20 to spare and you’re wondering what to spend it on, this is a good option because you can pretty much cover some basic needs for your face; for anyone new to makeup, this would be great!
I’m already beginning to wonder if Real Techniques will make some ergonomic brushes for us to hold more comfortably? Not that this is a big issue in any case. Based on this set I’m definitely ready to try the other brushes that Sam and Nic have made!
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