Up until a month ago, I would have fully said that I was a MAC and Sigma girl when it came to makeup brushes. I used the Sigma F80 for my foundation, the MAC 224 for concealer, the MAC 109 for contouring, MAC 187 for blush, MAC 188 for highlight and the MAC 150 brush for powder which I’ve had for four years and it’s still going strong!  That was until I went a bit crazy at the Real Techniques stall at IMATs about a month ago now. I treated myself to all three kits that are available, plus I picked up the Stippling Brush from lovemakeup. Currently my Real Techniques collection stands at the Stippling Brush, the Core Collection, the Starter Set and the Travel Essentials Set and although I may own all three sets there are just six that I reach for on a daily basis..

The Contour Brush from the Core Collection, does exactly what it says on the tin. Although I find it a little too thin for contouring everyday, it’s great if you have a little more time to do some blending. I’ve actually found this to work really well with my Bare Minerals Well Rested to set my concealer. Now where do I even start with this next brush? The Buffing Brush from the Core Collection set is my favourite out of the bunch! I use this to buff in my foundation of choice every morning and it is seriously amaze; it blends it all in so quickly and feels so soft on the skin – it’s worth getting the Core Collection just for this. The Multi-Task Brush from the Travel Essentials Set, is the brush I use to apply my blusher every morning, although it’s also great for bronzer and powder too. Another brush that is good for foundation, but it takes a little more work is the Stippling Brush which is sold individually. This was the first brush that I got from Real Techniques and swore it was the only one for me when it came to foundation, that was until I used the Buffing Brush! I now use this brush for cream blush and it works a treat. I don’t wear eyeshadow everyday, but when I do the Base Shadow Brush, which is from the Starter Kit Set packs on colour and has very pliable bristles to blend the outer edges. Another brush from the Starter Set which is marketed as suitable for eyeshadow is the Deluxe Crease Brush, but I find works best for blending in my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.

Most importantly all the Real Techniques brushes are made out of Taklon bristles which are synthetic, so the brushes are 100% cruelty-free. They wash well, and I find they dry much quicker than my MAC or Sigma brushes (the F80 takes years to dry out!). Although I did have some problems with shedding with the first Stippling Brush I brought, I got in touch with lovemakeup which is where I got it from and they sent me out a replacement and I have never had problems with shedding from any of the brushes since. I think I must have got a dud one. The only other problem I have with the Real Techniques line is that I wish they were all sold separately. At the moment some are sold on their own and others in sets, and out of the three sets that I have there are only one or two brushes from each that I actually use.

If you were to buy all three sets and the stippling brush together, it would take you back about £75, but do I think it’s worth that? Definitely, yes! Like I said these are brushes that I reach for everyday, the only brush that I reach for a lot that isn’t Real Techniques is the MAC 109 for the odd bit of contouring here and there. The Real Techniques range is now available from Boots, aside from the Travel Essentials Set which can be purchased at lovemakeup.

  • faith.jeffrey

    I’ve only got the Core collection and the stippling brush but they are AMAZING! Such great quality for a very reasonable price too. I’m hoping to get the eye set too! :)

    • scha_afni

      The cheapest RT brush you can get ladies!!!! I got my Real Techniques brush sets from iHerb.com and used a discount code! You can use my discount code JGS688 (no expiration!) and get $10 off your entire purchase! They do ship worldwide for only $4 =)

  • Anonymous

    I’m a big fan of these brushes too. I know it can be a bit off putting when there’s so much hype about a product, and there certainly has been with these, but I think they definitely deserved it because they are pretty fantastic and I have never had one single hair shed from mine which I am very impressed with! 

  • ella gauntlett

    need to get my hands on these! although i find it so annoying that you can only buy these brushes in sets.. wish they came individually!

  • Boscy

    I’ve got the Core Collection, Stippling Brush and Blush Brush and am so pleased to have them all! (except possibly the foundation brush in the Core Collection – it’s rubbish!) Still, so worth the £21 for three excellent brushes. Couldn’t be more pleased and, you’re right, they dry incredibly quickly, less than half the time that my MAC and Sigma brushes take xx


  • http://www.dollyoscar.blogspot.com Katie Burroughs

    Everytime you mention the stippling brush it’s tempting me more and more! X

  • http://twitter.com/Neelia476 Aileen

    So funny to see this post because I was actually thinking about ordering these brushes through ULTA. Everytime I’ve gone they’re wiped out.  I have been a Sigma brush girl for a while, but they have been disappointing me lately.  I ordered the sets when they first came out (and were named SS with the number) and a lot of my brushes have become loose in the ferrule.  I’ve had to glue about 4 brushes together because the wiggling was getting annoying.  I’m over it and need to move on. These just keep popping up for me everywhere online and I think it’s time I took the plunge! Thanks for the review!

  • kirsty

    I have the core collection and am wanting to sell the foundation and detailer brush as i never use them! really want the mutl task brush too! :-)

    • Sarah S.

      The detailer brush is excellent for applying tube concealers to spots… now, if you don’t get spots, lucky you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1393262409 Kristina Behner

    I had the same experience with the Stippling brush and the Buffing brush – the latter is so much better! I really do wish they sold them separately, so i can get another Buffing brush.

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  • http://twitter.com/ThisDystopia Amy Jane

    I use the stippling brush for my foundation and I ain’t going back! ;)

    Amy x

  • jess.french

    Thank you for this review, I ordered my stippling brush a few days ago, I cannot wait to test it out.

    Jess x

  • Shenley Gallimore

    I got the core collection on saturday and when I used the buffing brush i was blown away! I couldn’t believe how amazing it was and the finish it gave.

  • Poppilicious83

    I have the core collection and I’m loving it!! Deffo gonna be getting some more when I can. Real Techniques is the way to go – couldn’t believe how much of a difference they have made to the way my makeup applies and looks on :)  

  • Amy

    I just bought the core collection last week and I agree, the buffing brush is brilliant! Definitely makes my foundation look flawless.

  • Helen

    The buffing brush rocks – shaves minutes off my make-up routine in the morning. Minutes that can be better spent eating Shreddies!

  • Anonymous

    I love these brushes too – the buffing brush is just amazing for foundation – I feel the need to purchase the core collection again so I have a back-up! I too wish they were sold separately too, it would make life so much easier! 

    I recently bought the powder brush and wow, it’s brilliant! A little on the large side (especially with a small head like me) but definitely worth it, it’s just sooooo soft! 

    Fab post as usual! XX

  • http://tryingtomakefetchhappen.blogspot.com/ Natalie

    I’m in love with the buffing brush, so soft and quick to blend.  I bought the core collection a couple of weeks ago and I’ve used them over my other brushes every day!

    Trying To Make Fetch Happen

  • Eves

    Ashamed to admit that I’m a rookie when it comes to makeup despite having been wearing it for years, I’ve only just become aware of (and more confident to buy from) other brands like MAC. I’d heard so much buzz about these brushes I decided to trust all the bloggers judgements and shelled out for the powder brush, parting with/selling my soul for £13 and it’s the best thirteen quid I’ve spent! Easily applied and the brush is so soft the product does even feel like it’s on my face. I’m so disappointed that they don’t sell all the brushes seperately as I want to try the buffing brush everyone has been raving on about buy as a first-time buyer I’m not ready to go the whole way with twenty quid just yet!

    Eves xo

  • Phoenix

    Where do you buy your Sigma brushes from? I heard they were great! Xxx

  • http://beautycabby.com/ Lyn

    I love quite a number of these brushes too! They are so versatile and my current favourite is the blush brush, which I use as a liquid foundation brush. It works very well :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Makeup4Biochem Lucy

    I love these brushes, I own the Starter Kit and the brushes are so lovely. I’ve found a use for all of them! I’m really tempted to buy the Core Collection next. Then maybe the Powder  or Blush brushes that are sold individually :)

    Makeup for Biochemists

  • http://girlplusbeauty.blogspot.com/ Roxy

    I want the buffing brush so bad!!! It is annoying though as you say that you have to buy them in sets. Hopefully one day they will sell them separately. x

  • xblueluvax

    I’ve been contemplating for months about whether to get a few of these brushes and I think your post has just made up my mind! I’m thinking of getting the Stippling brush, Buffing brush and the Deluxe Crease Brush – meaning well, I’d just have to get the Starter Set! The amount of detail you’ve gone into in this post is just what I needed xx

  • sds

    so, if i’m looking for one or two brushes (one for ligth blushes and other for very pigmented blushes) what would you recommend ?

  • http://momsmakeupstash.blogspot.com/ Sandra D

    Great review! I love this brand and support it 100%.

  • CosmeticIntelligence

    Just ordered the Core Collection after seeing everyone rave about the buffing brush! Can’t wait for it to arrive now :) think I might have to get the stippling brush too.


  • Izzy

    Your review made me run out and purchase the buffing brush! I also used sigma, F82, for my foundation but this brush does the work so much better. My foundation looks more natural and is not as heavy…I just cannot stop gushing about it! Thank you so much for the review. 

  • http://twitter.com/VerbalThoughts Verbal Thoughts

    Thank God for your review ! 
    I’ve been contemplating for Ages !!  if I should or should not buy the Real Techniques brushes instead of Mr.Bunny kit from Sigma, My mind is set ! 

    I’m getting the RT brushes ASAP

    <3 thank you 

  • Anonymous

    That’s it, I’m getting the Core set, the stippling brush and the blush brush!! Can’t wait to try these out!

    • Samantha Gajewski

      You won’t be disappointed. They’re awesome!

  • Claicami

    Great product, flawless application. Cheap price but not quality, a must have for any make up guru! Anyone who has doubts should check the pixiwoo channel on you tube were these are used all the time. 

    If you’d like to buy you should check out iherb.com were i bought the stipplin brush and core expert brush for just usd20 including shipping thanks to a discount code i used used: MIV266 so as to get usd5 off. 

  • Makeupbycam

    I got my Real Techniques brush sets from iHerb.com and used a discount code for $5 off and also got free shipping! I got quite a good deal! You can  also use discount code QER242 (no expiration!) and get $5 off your entire purchase!=)

  • Mahalo

    I got my Real Techniques brush sets from iHerb.com and used a discount code and got free shipping! I got quite a good deal! You can use discount code QIH951 (no expiration!) and get $10 off your entire purchase!=)

  • giokookie

    Love these brushes! I got my RT brushes from http://www.iherb.com for the same price as they are on the RT website. They give free international shipping on orders over 40$. Try coupon PWJ681 for a 10$ discount off your first order and an extra 5% on orders over $60.

  • joysteib

    You are right on target about RT brushes! I have them and by george they are wonderful!!!!! Love your review!!! <3

  • Kassie lee

    I will def be getting a set or two of these brushes. I’ve been bloggin about them but havent really got a chance to try them out. I live in Canada so I would have to order them online

  • megmehp

    Lovely review. Following you. I love them!!! I got my Real Techniques brush sets from iHerb.com and used a discount code and got free shipping! You can use discount code QIH951 (no expiration!) and get $10 off your entire purchase!=)

  • Tkat

    Walmart sells them in Canada.

  • Lauren

    which brush of the real techniques would be a good starting all rounder? Not very good with brushes when it comes to applying foundation (tends to be streaky, probably due to the quality of the brushes) so I want to get myself a good quality one to start with. Really enjoyed the post by the way :) x


    • Samantha Gajewski

      Try the expert face brush! Or the Core Collection. It has the buffing brush which is amazing!

  • Megan

    Love this! This may help some of you, you can get the full range of real technique brushes at iherb.com really cheap, and i have a code for upto $10 off!: HWT011 :use it at the checkout and only $4/ £2.50 worldwide delivery!!! Hope this helps, they end up being like super cheap! :) .

  • Chante

    Loved this review! Thanks so much :)

  • kylie

    You can buy these brushes on iHerb for half the price :)

  • Samantha Gajewski

    http://www.myprettyfaceplace.com sells Real Techniques world wide at really great prices! You should definitely check them out. My favorite is the core collection. I use the buffing brush for my foundation and the pointed foundation brush is great for under eye concealer. I also love the crease brush from the Travel Essentials kit. These brushes are so soft!

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  • Alice

    I bought a Real Techniques By Samantha Chapman at iHerb com discount of – $ 10 from iHerb coupon code OWI469

  • sarazbeautytonic

    i wanna get my hands on the real techniques buffing brush..but the whole thing of getting the set with it is what i dunt go ahead for..will give it a try soon!