Review – Real Techniques Makeup Brushes

Warning!  This is going to be a photo-rich blog post, because I personally like to see exactly what a brush looks like before I purchase it.  I want to be able to see the shape and fullness of a specific brush, so that’s what I’m going to give you.

I’m sure most of you guys know these Real Techniques brushes were created by the talented Pixiwoo sister – Samantha Chapman.  All Real Techniques brushes are made with synthetic hair which makes them 100% cruelty-free plus all brush heads are hand-cut to create the perfect shape.  The soft fibre bristles help create a flawless, airbrushed finish in any type of light, be it indoor lighting or natural sunlight.  Most of the brushes in the collection are self-standing plus they don’t have your normal short silver ferrules but rather long aluminium ones.  The extended ferrules ensure water doesn’t get into the section where the bristles are glued to the base (quite clever actually).  The brushes are colour coded according to what they are designed to be used for i.e. yellow for base (foundation / concealer / powder), pink for finishing (blush / setting / blending) and purple for eye makeup.

I purchased the Core Collection, the Powder Brush and the Setting Brush.  I recently discovered these brushes are available in South Africa (thank you, Ada, for the heads-up) on All4Women BUT they come at a premium.  My sister-in-law’s mother-in-law visited the UK a couple of months ago and I cheekily asked her if she’d be willing to bring back a couple of brushes for me.  You can now order your Real Techniques brushes online on their website here or check out this blog post for additional stockists.

UPDATE: Real Techniques brushes are now sold at selected Clicks, Foschini and Woolworths stores or online at

Powder Brush ♥ R200,00

This brush is a bit bigger than my MAC 150 brush and about the same size as my Sedona Lace Powder Brush.  The biggest difference between the brushes are the textures of the bristles – it is THE softest brush I have ever used on my face (my MAC 150 brush tends to get a bit scratchy after a couple of uses) and it has exceeded all my expectations.  It can be used with either foundation setting powder products or mineral foundations and the soft Taklon bristles ensure an air-brushed finish.

Core Collection ♥ R399,00

The Core Collection contains a Small Detailer Brush, a Pointed Foundation Brush, a Buffing Brush and a Contour Brush.

Buffing Brush

I love this brush!  You guys know how much I love my Sigma Flat Kabuki (F80) brush and this brush gives me the exact same finish as it really buffs product into the skin.  This brush can be used for liquid, cream or powder foundations.  I’ve even used it for cream blush!

Contour Brush

This brush was a bit of an enigma for me at first, because the bristles (although soft) are so stiff I couldn’t for the life of me imagine how it would be able to blend a contour colour.  Just as I thought, it doesn’t do the greatest job of creating a blended contour.  I have found it best to use this brush for the initial contour shade to be applied to the hollows of the cheeks and then I’ll go in with a fluffier brush to blend.  Yes, it adds a second step (and brush) to the mix but I like how it is small and dense enough to fit perfectly into that hollow when I make a fishy-face.

Pointed Foundation Brush

I’m going to be honest with you – I haven’t used this brush for my foundation application at all.  I have never been a fan of these flat foundation brushes because I just can’t get  them to blend my foundation very well.  I’ve tried to get some use out of it and have been applying my undereye concealer with it but unfortunately it only works with creamy concealers.

Detailer Brush

Perfect for applying concealer on blemishes but fortunately (touch wood!) I haven’t had a blemish in months so I have been using this little brush for cleaning up around my eyebrows.  I have really bad brows (the result of over-plucking them when I was in high school) and need to fill them in with either a brow powder or a pencil.  This little brush is perfect to clean up the edges of my brows in case I make a mistake.  You can also use this brush to apply lipstick but I’ve never been a fan of lip brushes.

Setting Brush ♥ R100,00

I have been lusting after this brush ever since I first saw it.  Concealer always creases under my eyes and the only way to stop this from happening is to set it with a powder.  I was using the MAC 286 brush to set my undereye concealer but since it’s half the size of the Real Techniques brush, I just can’t be bothered using it.  I use this brush to pat a loose or pressed setting powder under my eyes.  It also makes for a GREAT powder highlighter brush – take a look at this video.

As mentioned in a previous Wish List blog post, I would really like to try the Real Techniques Blush Brush.  AND I recently came across a limited edition set called the ‘Duo Fibre Collection’ and boy, does it look amazing!

More info on the All4Women online shop:  Girls, they sell loads of Urban Decay, Sigma, the Balm, LORAC,Tarte, NARS and Too Faced products but beware, the prices are extremely inflated.  You have been warned!



  1. Chicara 26 August 2013 / 10:53

    So jealous! I want all of these. I have a pathetic brush ‘collection'(can’t really even call it that) compared to you. I want the RT stippling brush and must get my hands on the powder brush, pointed foundation brush (I like those), detailer brush and setting brush. Drool! :) x

    • Luzanne 26 August 2013 / 16:51

      I wonder what the stippling brush is like… Those duo-fibre ones look really amazing! x

      • Lola Ashley 25 September 2015 / 23:02

        It is AMAZE-BALLS! I find it perfect for blending cream products for a natural dewy look. If you can get it you should because it will change the way you do your foundation routine. X

  2. Tjoppie 26 August 2013 / 12:05

    What can I say – I only have 2 brushes, one for the cheeks and one for the eyes, shame! Your brushes looks gorgeous!

    • Luzanne 26 August 2013 / 16:51

      Hahah! We’ll have to do something about that! 😉

  3. Nicole (@PrincessNoo) 26 August 2013 / 13:11

    What an excellent, informative post – thank you :)
    I have just placed an order for a powder brush to add to my RT collection, you are a terrible influence 😉

    • Luzanne 26 August 2013 / 16:52

      Wow, thank you Nicole! :) Always happy to steer people in the direction of shopping! 😉 x

  4. Rochelle (youneeditblog) 26 August 2013 / 16:01

    I’ve been wanting to try these for ages as so many Youtube gurus rave about them! Unfortunately the only means I have to get them is through All4Women. I probably will still buy the core collection though as it’s still cheaper than the brushes from MAC :)

    • Luzanne 26 August 2013 / 16:54

      Definitely cheaper than MAC and I would even say, better quality as well! I find some MAC brushes start to get a bit rough after a while… :( I haven’t had these Real Techniques ones for a very long time but have washed them and they don’t shed and stay super soft!

      Thanks for popping on to my blog! :)

  5. Bianca 26 August 2013 / 16:38

    Ah I have been dying to get my hands on these brushes! Am going to look for them when I’m in Europe over the Xmas holidays. I am also a victim of over plucking my eyebrows when I was younger. Am desperately trying to grow them back as I love bold brows. Fingers crossed!

    • Luzanne 26 August 2013 / 16:56

      So lucky you’re going to Europe in December! I’m jealous! :)

      Ugh, my eyebrows are beyond any type of help…they going to stay this scraggly for the rest of my days… :(

  6. Samantha 26 August 2013 / 21:15

    You should look at too. International shipping on Real Techniques, and they’re sold for the same price they are in US stores.

    These brushes are SO soft! I love the buffing brush too. My ultimate favorite. I don’t know what I would do without it.

    • Luzanne 27 August 2013 / 10:18

      Thanks, Samantha! Will go check it out! :)

  7. Bronwyn 26 August 2013 / 21:23

    I want the powder brush so badly! Can’t get it on Amazon separately, so I will have to wait. I want the eyeshadow brushes too some time. I adore my buffing brush :)

    • Luzanne 27 August 2013 / 10:19

      I’ve heard the eye brush set is the least impressive one, some people have complained about the quality…

      The powder brush and the buffing brush are my faves! :)

  8. Charlene 26 August 2013 / 23:03

    I love this post! These look amazing and are so affordable. Again, wonderful photos :)

    • Luzanne 27 August 2013 / 10:19

      Thank you, Charlene! Definitely worth every penny! x

  9. adajeannie 27 August 2013 / 13:55

    Love this post! Love the brushes too, and I am also lusting after the blush brush… STILL in makeup rehab, so will have to wait with this. :)

    • Luzanne 28 August 2013 / 10:02

      LOL! When will you be out of rehab? :)

    • Luzanne 8 January 2014 / 10:15

      Thanks for sharing, Rebecca! I’ll keep that in mind, been meaning to pick up their blush brush – perhaps I’ll try out Fish Pond. :) x

  10. A'isha 12 September 2014 / 19:07

    Hi 😀

    So good to find a South African beauty blogger!

    I’m starting my first proper brush collection, are these Real Technique brushes really worth it? Or should I go for a Sephora Collection set? Or does anyone have any other recommendations?

  11. Chidubem 9 February 2015 / 07:05

    Looks like I got the fake from a shop here in Nigeria.. My core collection tools came in pink colour and not the usual gold colour. So sad right now!

    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 10:14

      Oh no!!! Yes, that doesn’t sound right at all! Hopefully they’re just as soft and don’t shed when you wash them. :(

  12. Jadene 22 February 2015 / 07:48

    Real techniques brushes are now available on!! Just after I purchased and received the ones I ordered on all4women! Takealot’s service is fast and awesome though – best place for online shopping :) hope this helps someone get their first set of real techniques brushes

  13. Diandra 10 April 2015 / 00:00

    Real Techniques brushes are also now available on Biovea – I ordered the Core Collection and the Starter Set for only R227 each! Much cheaper than some of the other online stores. They didn’t take long to arrive either, I think it took about 4 days to the Eastern Cape :)

  14. Margeaux 29 July 2015 / 09:01

    Sooooo cool. I have ordered mine.. Can’t wait.. :)

  15. Jess 30 June 2016 / 11:01

    I have all of these brushes, i found them on and i love all of them!!!!
    You should try the pointed powder brush, its a pink base and perfect for blush! x

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