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Monday, April 27, 2015

The Real Techniques Brush Collection

The Real Techniques Brush Collection

I should begin this post by stating I think and I say think (edit - after individually listing the brushes, I am missing one from Nik's Picks and the Duo Fibre brushes), I own the complete Real Techniques Core Collection of brushes - along with a few special editions. It was never my end goal to collect all the brushes but here we are. I genuinely do think they are some of the best I have bought, especially for the price and do tend to rush out and purchase any new launches. If you are on the fence about any particular brush or set, in the words of Lauryn Hill let me break it down for you...

The Real Techniques Brush Collection
The Real Techniques Brush Collection

Setting Brushes
Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush (part of the travel essentials kit) £20.99 via Feel Unique - link
Real Techniques Face Blush Brush £6.99 via Look Fantastic - link
Real Techniques Stippling Brush £10.99 via Feel Unique - link
Real Techniques Setting Brush £6.99 via Feel Unique - link

Let's begin with the Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush - a large, fluffy and slightly fanned brush that has been created with the intended use of being powder brush. This can be used with blush, setting powder or bronzer. I personally like it for covering large areas and have been using it with setting powder. As it is somewhat flat it doesn't offer all that much in terms of precision, I don't recommend it for contouring or highlighting but to dust on powder and buff into the skin you can not beat it. The Real Techniques Blush Brush is a big, fluffy yet tapered brush which makes blush application a breeze. I particularly like this brush as sometimes I like to use a matte blush in a browny pink shade, to not only add a  hint of colour but to also contour my cheekbones slightly, and the tapered tip gives me the precision I crave. Another firm favourite of mine happens to be the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, initially I thought that the stippling brush was too small too be used to apply my foundation but I wrong, despite being petite it allows me to effectively and swiftly buff liquid foundation into my skin. Lastly we have the Real Techniques Setting Brush: a small, somewhat tapered blush that has been created for precision; be it dusting setting powder under the eye area or as a blush/contour brush this tool does it all.

The Real Techniques Brush Collection
The Real Techniques Brush Collection

Face Brushes
Real Techniques Powder Brush £12.99 via Boots - link
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush £9.99 via Boots - link
Real Techniques Detailer Brush (part of the core collection kit) £20.99 - link
Real Techniques Contour Brush £9.99 via Boots - link
Real Techniques Buffing Brush (part of the core collection kit) £20.99 - link
Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush (part of the core collection kit) £20.99 - link

For all your setting powder needs there is very few brushes that can rival the Real Techniques Powder Brush - large, fluffy and ideal for sweeping on both loose and pressed powders. A brush I really need to get a duplicate of is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - yes it is a little on the large side but it lends itself to all my powder needs, be it setting powder, blush, bronzer or even contouring this does it all. In a pinch it even doubles up as a great foundation brush. The Real Techniques Detailer Brush: a small, rounded and flat brush that works well either used with concealer to target very specific areas or as a lip brush. In my opinion it works best with lipsticks but then again I forever have huge blemishes. If you enjoy highlighting and contouring then you need to pick up the Real Techniques Contour Brush - this angled brush allows you to apply a light dusting of powder to the contours of the face, or blend out cream products seamlessly. Next up is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush - in my eyes this is a foundation brush and what a brush at that. If you dream of an airbrush finish then this is the brush to go for. It truly makes light work of buffering foundation be it liquid, cream or powder form into the skin for a seamless finish. I tend to be a little heavy handed when it comes to foundation and I find that this brush prevents me from over applying yet doesn't alter the finish of my foundation. You can also use it to apply cream blushes for a soft, glowy finish - it works a dream with the Make-Up Forever Cream blushes as a side note. Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush - In my opinion this is too small to be a foundation brush unless using it for a touch up or something of that nature, other wise the small flat paddle style brush would take forever to cover an entire face. I have found this to better suited to concealer be it applying it to the under eye area, to highlight or to simply cover blemishes this has it all under control. It is soft yet firm so you can easily build up coverage in any areas you require it. 

The Real Techniques Brush Collection
The Real Techniques Brush Collection

Eye Brushes
Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush £6.99 via Feel Unique - link
Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (part of the starter kit) £21.99 via Boots - link
Real Techniques Accent Brush (part of the starter kit) £21.99 via Boots - link
Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush £6.99 via Boots - link
Real Techniques Brow Brush (part of the starter kit) £21.99 via Boots - link
Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush £5.99 via Feel Unique - link
Real Techniques Eye Lash and and Brow Groomer £6.99 via Superdrug - link

The Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush - large, domed, soft and great for applying both primer and cream eyeshadow - I find this too large for powder eyeshadows but that boils down to preference. The Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush - perfect not only for blending out harsh lines but also contouring in small areas. The Real Techniques Accent Brush - a teeny tiny brush that has been created for precision detailing (eye liner) , highlighting, you can also use it to smudge out product. I like to use it to apply eyeshadow to my lower lash line. The Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush is a super fine, pencil style brush that is ideal for applying liquid and cream eye liner. You can also use this in place of a lip brush. The Real Techniques Brow Brush does just what you'd imagine to, the firmness of the bristles is ideal for both powder and wax formulations. The latest addition is the the rather genius The Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush, technically not r a brush due to the fact it has no brush bristles, rather a soft silicone nib that can be used to line both the eyes and lips. Despite not being a traditional brush it is just as soft and dare I say it a whole lot easier to use when it comes to eye liner as it is so streamlined and sturdy - simply dip in your chosen make up product and drag alone the skin and let it do all the work for you. As this is silicone it is so much easier to clean and it doesn't stain like a typical brush. There is of course the Real Techniques Eye Lash and and Brow Groomer - one side for combing the lashes the other for slicking down brows. If like myself you enjoy layering on mascara the metal lash comb is one of the best de-clumpers (not a real word, of course) you will find.

The Real Techniques Brush Collection
The Real Techniques Brush Collection
The Real Techniques Brush Collection

Sculpting Tools
Real Techniques Fan Brush (exclusive to the sculpting set) £20.99 via Superdrug - link
Real Techniques Sculpting Brush £9.99 via Look Fantastic - link
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (around £5.99 but sold out everywhere?)

The Real Techniques Fan Brush is a large, duo fibre fan brush that picks up powder product surprisingly well. I use fan brushes (this one included) to highlight as they help to create a soft, diffused finish but they can be used with any powder product. Fan brushes in general and this is no exception are great for sweeping off any excess powder products too! One of my favourite Real Techniques Brushes full stop has to be the Sculpting Brush - a wide, angled brush head that has been designed to easily slot into the contours of the face. It is a soft yet dense and pairs well with liquid, powder and cream products. Despite being intended for contour products this doubles up as a wonderful foundation/buffing brush. As mentioned above the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a tricky one to source online, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is rather well made and thought out not to mention rather reasonably priced. This orange foam sponge has three separate surfaces/angles for ease of use: a pointed tip to blend foundation in and around the nose, a bevelled edge for precise application/contouring and a large round surface to roll on any product to cover large areas at any one time. To use you run the sponge under water until it expands (it should double in size), squeeze out any excess water and then sandwich the sponge in-between a towel and again squeeze to soak up any remaining water. You are aiming for a damp sponge that is not dripping wet. An odd concept yes but it somehow works.

The Real Techniques Brush Collection
The Real Techniques Brush Collection

Real Techniques Nik's Picks Kit 
£26.99 via Look Fantastic - link 

As mentioned somewhere along the way I have lost the Real Techniques Angled Shadow Brush - don't ask as frankly I don't know. Anyway this is a kit in which most of the brushes can not be purchased separately - unlike the other Real Technique kits this covers all make-up bases. A rounder, softer version of the Expert Face Brush - great for powder and liquid products. Next we have the Real Techniques Cheek Brush - a larger sized blush brush that is soft yet picks up just the right amount of product each and every time. This is a great brush to use with blushes you find to be a little too pigmented as it creates a diffused, soft look each and every time. The Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush is a flat yet fluffy brush which can be used to both pack on eye colour as well as blending - a brush I use almost daily. Lastly within the kit there is the eye liner brush - a small, angled, firm brush which is ideal for using with gel or liquid liners. The angled tip allows you to really get into the root of the eyelashes for the illusion of extra length.

The Real Techniques Brush Collection
The Real Techniques Brush Collection

Retractable Brushes
Retractable Bronzer Brush £13.99 via Boots - link
Retractable Kabuki Brush £11.99 via Boots - link
Retractable Lip Brush £7.99 via Boots - link

As you may have guessed all three are retractable and come with a brush cap to keep them safe and clean - perfectly ideal for travel. Truthfully other than the lip brush I very seldom reach for the other two. The Real Techniques Retractable Lip Brush is ideal for storing in the smallest of bags, if like myself you are known for loosing your favourite lipstick on a night out this is one to buy. Simply load the brush head up with lipstick, pop the cap on and you have not only your favourite lipstick ready to go but also the option of precision. The Real Techniques Retractable Lip Brush is well made, flat but slightly tapered so you can line and fill the lips in a matter of seconds. The Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush is essentially a large duo fibre stippling brush, I don't recommend using with liquid products but for applying bronzer to the body it is ideal - it covers large areas with ease. The Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush which is a multi-tasking brush if ever there was one - soft yet dense and akin to the brands staple blush brush. The angled head allows you to easily and dare I say it expertly apply powder products to the cheeks - being chiselled means it works wonderfully with contouring products as it allows for precise application. It can also be used with liquid products to easily buff the product into the skin for a seamless application. 

To end this monster post (it literally took me all day), I want to say that all of my Real Techniques brushes not only wash well - no splaying, shedding or breaking but also last the test of time. Some of the above brushes are two years old and still going strong, there is a reason just about everyone owns at least one Real Techniques brush - they deliver.





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22 comments:

  1. The RT brushes are simply wonderful. I must invest in their new sculpting set, I’ve been wanting it for weeks!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  2. Really great post.. well done! (I'm sure it took quite some effort to list all of these!!) I have been meaning to pick up some more RT brushes for a while. Love the look of the sculpting brush. x

    Kirsty - Effortlessly Excessive

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  3. I love Real Techniques brushes. They are just the best on the high street!

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  4. I didn't know RT had a fan brush and lash and brow groomer! Definitely need to add those to my own brush collection!

    Pauline | Catpacking

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  5. Super helpful post! I'm obsessed with the contour brush from the new Bold Metals collection from RT.. amazing!!

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    Ciara Rose | http://ciararose25.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. I really love the RT brushes, I wish the expert face brush was actually a bit bigger but maybe that's because I only use it for concealer and foundation and find it doesn't buff in as quick as the buffing brush maybe would. The eye shadow brush 3 from the right I find perfect for applying cream concealer directly onto a spot and then blend out with my finger. So many different uses and a fab collection of brushes at great prices. Loved reading your thoughts on them.

    www.simplysara.co.uk

    x

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  7. I have many of these and love them. My favourites have to be the original powder brush and contour brush x
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  8. I love real techniques brushes! Such a good post :)

    Jenna | Beauty And The Style

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  9. I really need to get my hands on a couple. I've been lusting after them and this makes me want to pick all of them up.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  10. I have quite a few of their brushes and rely on them every day, but this really makes me want.to complete the set, even if only.so I can say that I have them all! (Aside from the bold metals for now)

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  11. I love mine, I have a good selection of these and some of my favourite uses include, the stippling brush for cream blush, the contour brush for powdering the t-zone and under my eyes, and the small foundation brush for liquid bronzer. You really can't beat these for quality, washability and longevity.

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  12. Real Techniques brushes make up the majority of my brush collection! They are amazing quality considering the fact that they are so affordable x

    Blushhx

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  13. I currently use the blush/powder brush for contour but the sculpting and contour brushes look so much better - get them cheekbones on girl

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves - Lifestyle Beauty Food | www.brittonloves.co.uk

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  14. I love Real Techniques brushes, but after reading this post I think I need to invest in some more especially the Nik's Picks Set. x

    https://jadeambersblog.wordpress.com/

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  15. Gorgeous collection! I own one, the retractable kabuki brush! x

    Jasmine || blogsallbeautyy

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  16. I really enjoy Real Techniques brushes, they are definitely one of my favourite. I really want to try the sculpting brush x
    ELEANORMAES

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  17. The Blush Brush is one I use all the time :) RT will always hold a special place in my heart as my first 'proper' brushes and I think I'll always come back to them xx

    Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

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  18. I love the Core collection so much and I've just purchased the limited edtion duo-fibre set which are amazing! x

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  19. How come I couldn't find the other eye brushes?! Woah. I've been using the starter kit set they sell everywhere and I might be the only one but I wasn't particularly blown away by it... Gotta get my hands on those other brushes ASAP so I can see and compare. Great post! x

    www.bitchinpam.com

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  20. I love the Real Technique brushes, for the price they are amazing :)

    Alisha xx
    http://alishaxa.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Lovely review, I love Real Techniques brushes!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

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  22. This is the best post I've ever read on RT brushes! It makes me really jealous that you have almost the whole collection, I only have the Core Collection but I really want to buy more.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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