Real Techniques Core Collection // £21.99 at Boots
Unless you have been living under an actual rock for the past few months, I’m sure you’ll have heard of the Real Techniques brushes. I had seen countless amazing reviews of the brushes on lots of blogs, but not really being a brush-loving kind of person, I swithered over whether or not to buy some for myself for ages. I finally gave in and bought some the last time I had a bit of a shopping spree in Boots, and they are amazing! I went for the Core Collection as I never really wear eyeshadow, so I thought this would be the best of the two ‘starter sets’ for me.
The brushes themselves seem to be great quality and do a fantastic job of applying makeup. The brushes are so soft and haven’t really shed any bristles, even after quite a few washes. The set comes with a carry-case/stand which is actually quite good and would be useful for travelling, but I usually just store mine in a tub on my desk with the rest of my brushes. You can see more about my makeup storage in this post.
The Core Collection set contains a contour brush, a pointed foundation brush, a detailer brush, and a buffing brush. Of these, my most used one is definitely the buffing brush. It’s great for applying foundation and helps to give really even, flawless coverage without being too heavy. I always used to use my fingers to apply foundation, but now I find myself reaching for the buffing brush instead most days. I don’t use the pointed foundation brush as much as I prefer the buffed in (well obvs) look that the buffing brush gives, but compared to flat foundation brushes I’ve used in the past it is much better. It’s a bit smaller than the majority of foundation brushes so is great for getting to difficult spots, like the corners of your nose or around your eyes. I also love the contour brush, it does exactly what it says on the tin and is great for defining cheekbones and applying bronzer. I’m not entirely sure what the detailer brush is supposed to be used for, but I find it’s quite good for applying concealer as it’s nice and small so is good for blending.
Twenty quid might not exactly seem super cheap, but I think it’s great value as you’re getting four very high quality brushes for around £5 each, which is excellent if you think most MAC brushes are between £20-30 each. I think I will be having a clear out of my brushes soon and throwing away all the cheapy horrible ones and replacing them with Real Techniques ones. The Core Collection is great as a starting point, and now I’d really like to add the Blush Brush and Setting Brush to my collection. Even though I don’t wear eyeshadow very often, I’m tempted by the Starter Set too as the brow brush and eyeliner brush look like they would be really good.
What’s your favourite Real Techniques brush?