The musings of a final year medical student

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Review: Real Techniques makeup brushes

Real Techniques has been around for several years now, and is available in the UK and USA. I didn't realise that RT brushes are way cheaper in America, which I didn't expect given the Chapman founders are British! Before Real Techniques I had never spent much money at all on makeup brushes. However, what is good about this brand is that it is the perfect compromise between price and performance. Some people will never deviate from MAC, but personally I don't have the luxury of spending £25+ on one brush. Most of my Real Techniques brushes I have had for 3 years and they still work just as well and I have had no problems with them at all. 

What's good about Real Techniques brushes?
- Cheap (compared to MAC, Chanel, Suqqu, Haku Hodo etc.)
- Synthetic hairs (makes them easier to wash, cruelty free, less/no shedding)
- Attractive
- Soft
- Easily available in UK/US
- Most brushes can be stood up on a counter

What's bad about Real Techniques brushes?
- Some brushes can only be bought as part of a set
- The more 'Bold Metals' collection is more expensive but no better quality, gimmicky even

I have bought Real Techniques brushes in their set form and also individually. I will review each brush below.

Real Techniques buffing brush 
I use this every day. Enough said! Great for applying liquid foundation quickly and easily. Can leave streaks. Purchased as part of the Core Collection Kit for Face (£21.99). This is by far my most loved brush. 

Real Techniques pointed foundation brush
Crap. Time consuming to apply foundation, leaves streaks. Purchased as part of the Core Collection Kit for Face (£21.99).

Real Techniques contour brush
Quite good for contour, this is great for placing the contour exactly where you want it but once you have applied the contour I think it works better to use a bigger, fluffier brush to blend it out and avoid any harsh lines. Purchased as part of the Core Collection Kit for face (£21.99).

Real Techniques detailer brush
This brush is great for applying dark eyeshadow close to the lash line. Apart from that, it is a pretty redundant brush. You could use it for pin point concealing, but personally I am happy using the doe-foot applicator of my preferred concealer. Purchased as part of the Core Collection Kit for face (£21.99).

Great brush. Love the silver metal design, but that isn't really important is it. This does exactly what you want to do, apply a dark contrast in the eyelid crease. Really recommend this brush if you like to shade your eye crease. I bought mine during the 3 for 2 offer at Boots, so look out for that!

Real Techniques blusher brush (Core Collection) £9.99
Brilliant blusher brush. Incredibly soft. Joy to use. Diffuses the colour really well across the cheekbone which is where I like to apply my blusher. Got this in the 3 for 2 offer at Boots recently.

Real Techniques powder brush (Core Collection) £12.99
Brilliant. Again, so lovely and soft! It makes you want to set your foundation. And does a really good job. Bought during the Boots 3 for 2 offer. 

Had a stressful week but really enjoyed celebrating my 1st year anniversary with my boyfriend and relaxing over the weekend. Hope you all have a fantastic Halloween! 
Kate x

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1 comment

  1. The best real techniques foundation brush I've ever used is the expert face brush :) xx


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