A couple of months ago South African beauty girls received the great news that Real Techniques makeup brushes were starting to make their way onto the shelves of selected Foschini stores. I was ecstatic because Real Techniques brushes are definitely very high up on my favourite makeup brush list. Plus a large number of their face- and eye brushes, and a cute little egg-shaped sponge have found a loving home in my brush collection. In the past, I was forced to either import their brushes using websites like Feelunique and Look Fantastic, or ask beauty mules (friends visiting from the UK) to bring a couple of their brushes back home for me. I remember receiving my first set of Real Techniques brushes about 2 years ago, and it was love at first swipe. Their bristles are incredibly soft, their handles very sturdy, and they ensure makeup application is a absolute breeze.
By the way, current Foschini stores that stock Real Techniques brushes are: Menlyn, Canal Walk, Cresta, Gateway Centre, Somerset Mall, Westville Pavillion, Chatsworth, East Rand Mall, N1 City and Tygervalley.
I have featured Real Techniques brushes in numerous blog posts and YouTube videos, but always felt a little bit guilty because they were not readily available in South Africa. That’s all in the past now, though, because Real Techniques has already rolled out to selected Foschini stores, and will be rolling out to a lot more Foschini stores soon. Keep an eye on the Real Techniques SA Facebook page here for news on additional stockists and new product releases!
While we’re on that subject: Yesterday I noticed quite a few people were tweeting about Real Techniques being sold in Clicks stores. This was after the original Real Techniques Twitter page tweeted the below:
I immediately sent my contact at Real Techniques South Africa an email asking for more info, here’s what she told me: The ONLY Clicks store that currently stocks Real Techniques makeup brushes is the Clicks in Eastgate Shopping Centre. I’ll keep you updated on additional stores, but for now, that’s the only store.
Here’s what you need to know about Real Techniques brushes:
♥ The brand was created by Pixiwoo sisters, Samantha & Nicola Chapman, back in 2011. Sam & Nic are pro makeup artists and beauty vloggers with an impressive YouTube channel that boasts more than 1,8 million subscribers. Their makeup tutorial videos are informative and inspiring, plus they break each makeup look down in simple easy-to-follow steps, making it easy to recreate.
♥ The brushes feature synthetic bristles (100% cruelty-free) that are ultra plush & smoother than the hair you’ll find in other natural hair brushes. The soft fibers help create a flawless , high-definition finish in any type of light – from sunlight to harsh indoor light.
♥ Most brushes are self-standing for easy storage & the extended aluminium handles are light & easy-to-use.
♥ The collection is suitable for a wide range of products & every makeup need – from powders, creams & liquids to mineral makeup.
♥ Each brush head is hand-cut to the perfect shape, allowing for precise application from dense coverage to a soft, delicate finish.
♥ The colour-coded system corresponds to the key steps of makeup application. The golden yellow brushes create a flawless base (foundation, concealer & powder), the fuchsia pink brushes are for finishing off the complexion (bronzer, blush and highlighter), and the purple brushes enhance the eyes (eyeshadow shading & blending and eyeliner).
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ♥ R 119,95 – Features a pointy egg-shape on the one end and a slanted flat edge on the other. Use the flat slanted edge to get into all those nooks, crannies and crevices on the face i.e. around the nose and under the eyes, and the larger rounded sides of the sponge to apply foundation to the rest of the face. The precision point can be used to apply concealer to the inner corner of the eye or to spot-conceal. The Miracle Complexion Sponge ensures your foundation looks like skin, it sheers out makeup to give you a natural and flawless finish. You’ll never have to worry about going out in public with foundation that looks cakey ever again. Dampen the Miracle Complexion Sponge before applying your foundation or concealer, this ensures an even & airbrushed application.
Real Techniques Blush Brush ♥ R 169,95 – This is one of my favourite face brushes in my makeup brush collection. The bristles are synthetic (100% cruelty-free) and super soft, this means the brush blends cream and powder products like an absolute dream. I have used this brush to apply blush, bronzer and highlighter products, plus I have also contoured using the slightly pointy tip.
Real Techniques Setting Brush ♥ R 99,95 – This is the ONLY brush I use to set my under eye concealer. I find it is small enough to fit comfortably under the eyes and in the inner corners, plus the synthetic bristles are incredibly soft making it perfect for the delicate eye area. This brush can also be used to highlight areas on the face using cream, liquid or powder products. I have also applied liquid concealer to my under eye area using this brush and find it blends flawlessly.
Real Techniques Starter Set ♥ R 299,95 – This brush kit is all you need for a complete eye makeup look. The set features a base shadow brush for applying eyeshadows to the lids and brow bone, a fluffy crease brush that effortlessly blends shadows in the crease, a tiny accent brush for highlighting the inner corner of the eye or smudging eyeliner on the top / lower lash line, a brow brush that can be used to apply both cream or powder brow products, and a fine tip liner brush that creates a precise line using gel or liquid eyeliner products. The set comes complete with a panoramic case, which can be used to stand and store your brushes upright on your vanity (the case also makes this set travel friendly).
Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush ♥ R 119,95 – This is a newbie in my makeup brush collection, and I think it is going to become a firm favourite soon. It features a small tapered flexible silicone tip for precise application of liquid, cream or gel eyeliner products. I have enjoyed using this brush because it glides across the eyelid quite effortlessly, and I am able change up liner colours without having to wash the brush each time, all you need to do is wipe the tip on a tissue to remove all product & start again. This liner brush is very easy to use, plus the extremely fine tip enables you to apply liner deep down in between your lashes (tight lining). You can create a very, very fine line with the brush for a subtle everyday makeup look, or you can create a bold wing for a dramatic eye look.
Real Techniques South Africa contacted me and asked if I would be interested in collaborating on a giveaway. I was quite sure my readers would LOVE to stand a chance of winning a hamper filled with their brushes, so I promptly agreed.
Let’s get to the good stuff, the giveaway hamper will contain ALL the Real Techniques products I have reviewed in this blog post. That means the hamper is worth over R 800,00!
IMPORTANT: If you follow my blog on Facebook, you will know that this was initially a ‘Facebook-only’ giveaway. Since Monday I have received a lot of emails and messages from my readers asking if I could add more entry options as there are people who are not comfortable sharing competition entries on Facebook (they don’t want to spam their friends). I’ve also noticed with previous giveaways that some people share Facebook posts privately, and it’s 100% their right, but that means I can’t see their entry or name, so in the end I can’t count their entries.
I thought about it for a few days, and decided to create a new giveaway from scratch using the Rafflecopter widget – that way you can gain entries by following, tweeting, sharing and commenting. More entry options means better chances of winning the prize if you decide to make use of all the entries, right?
If you would like to stand a chance of winning a Real Techniques hamper, enter the giveaway below. Entries are only valid if you use the Rafflecopter widget below (that’s how I keep track of all the entries via my social media platforms too):
Here are the rules:
♥ The giveaway starts today and Rafflecopter will choose a random winner on the 31st of July 2015.
♥ The giveaway is open to South African residents only.
♥ Real Techniques South Africa is responsible for sending the prize to the winner.