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 Takealot.com
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.
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!
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.
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!