Review: Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes


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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?

Gillian x


  1. Weirdly enough, Real Techniques brushes seem to be less expensive in America? Plus I got mine from Amazon for only $13! But I do agree, the brushes are all fantastic, I wouldn't hesitate to pay for more than what I did! xx

  2. I really want the buffing brush, I wish they sold it individually because I know I wouldn't get much use out of the other brushes in the set. I have also got my eye on the expert face brush (I think that's what it's called) which looks lovely! Great review <3 xo

  3. I still haven't used mine! Not been wearing too much make up lately other than the absolute basics, but it's as though I'm keeping these brushes first use for a special occasion :L

  4. I've heard so many amazing things about these brushes! I can't seem to find them on any Dutch store, but I must have one so I'll probably buy one of ebay or something! :)

    xoxo, Laura

  5. i really REALLY need to buy some decent brushes - it's always something i never really think of to invest in...

  6. I've got the stippling brush and it's amazing for foundation, I was always a fingers gal before (please read this in the right context!) but this has changed my outlook completely.
    I think I need me this set.


  7. I've been debating over getting this for ages and you might have just persuaded me! Great review :)
    Bailey from besemtee xx

  8. I LOVE their brushes. I have the blush and foundation one and will be buying more when they are 3 for 2 x

  9. my favorite real techniques brush has to be the buffing brush and the blush brush. the blush brush picks up the perfect amount of product and ahh its just pure love.

  10. these brushes are amazing and i love them a lot! really excellent price!!

  11. I love the setting brush so much, and the big powder brush is pretty good too. I have the eye collection but I don't use it that much, I use one of them to blend in concealer under my eyes but that's about it. In general I love RT though!

  12. I'm in love with my buffing brush, it's always the brush I choose to apply my foundation :-)

  13. Oooh they sound lovely! I've thought that the eyeliner brush looks good too. This brand always gets such good reviews! xxx

  14. Im thinking of asking for this for Christmas everybody raves so much about them x

  15. I love their eyeshadow set :)

  16. I just got mine! I cant wait to try them out! !:)

    New follower here!!

    The Misty Mom


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