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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

real techniques face brushes

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real techniques brushes face setting review swatch photo
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real techniques brushes review swatch photo
Real Techniques Buffing Brush: £21.99* (part of core collection)

I realised when washing my makeup brushes at the weekend that pretty much all the brushes I use are the Real Techniques Brushes. I thought I'd do a little talk through of them all as I think I've only ever posted about the Buffing Brush in the past. As Im sure most people are aware Real Techniques is a makeup brush brand by the amazingly talented Samantha Chapman from Pixiwoo.  Real Techniques brushes are all make with synthetic hair which makes them 100% cruelty-free. The soft fibres help create a flawless, high-definition finish in any type of light — from sunlight to harsh indoor lighting. All the brushes are colour coded according to what they are to be used for Yellow is for Base, Purple is for eyes and Pink is for setting. However I don't always use the brushes in the way they are intended to be used a they are so versatile and adaptable.

Real Techniques Face Brush: This is a recent addition to my collection and so far I've been using it as either a foundation brush or for cream blush. It's quite a rounded stubby wide shaped brush with makes buffing and blended effortless. I like to pop cream blush onto the tops of my cheeks and use light up and down strokes to blend out the edges.

Real Techniques Setting Brush: This is a small fluffy brush which is about the same size as an eye brush. I tend to use this brush with a fine loose powder either under my eyes to set concealer or on the bridge of my nose and tops of the cheeks to highlight. Sometimes I'll use this "all over my face" to powder oiler areas as it doesn't pick up too much product which stops my face looking to cakey. I don't think this is an essential brush but it is nice to have.

Real Techniques Blush Brush: I'd initially bought this to use as an all over powder brush and used it like that for a while before starting to use it soley as a bronzing brush. It works well for both, but I don't I personally like using it as a blush brush like it's designed for. I find it a bit too big to apply blush with as it's quite a large brush for the cheek area, especially as I like to apply my blush to my apples. So typically I like to swirl it in bronzer and apply it using the "3B" method  and blend out. It leaves a lovely soft finish  and doesn't pick up too much powder so you can always apply more if desired.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush: This is definitely the stand out brush from the Real Techniques Range, but unfortunately it only comes in the Core Collection of 4 brushes. It's a shame this doesn't come sold individually. It's been THE only foundation brush I've used sine I got this at IMATS last year. It's a flat topped kabuki style brush which blends liquid foundation flawlessly and effortlessly into the skin. It leaves a dreamy, smooth airbrushed finish with minimal effort. This is a MUST HAVE for beginners.

Real Techniques Powder Brush: I found this brush to be one of the best all over powder brushes I've used. The bristles are packed tight so it picks up the right ammount of product and makes it really easy to buff into the face.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush: I bought this purely with the intention of using it for cream blush as I didn't own anything similar. It's a kabuki style duo fibre stippling brush. I do like using it for cream blush because you can stipple it onto a cheek and then blend out with a finger or use the brush. But I found when using the brush it could look a little patchy. I didn't like using it for foundation as I found the finish wasn't as flawless as what the Real Techniques Buffing Brush would give me. I cant say I love this brush but it's alright!

So there is a quick overview of some Real Techniques brushes! I highly recommend most of them, some of them are a bit take it or leave it but I wholeheartedly recommend either the Expert Face Brush or the Buffing Brush. They are amazing brushes that give a flawless base, which I think is the key to any makeup look.

Also, If you're looking for a deal on Real Techniques brushes I highly recommend getting them from a website called iHerb. If you buy all the brushes I mention in this post (including the 4 brush Core Collection) you can get them for £43.50 including express shipping to the UK. Remember to the code LDT423 for 10% off at checkout too. In the UK all these brushes would cost you £76! Thats a saving of over £30! I wish I'd known of this before I bought all my brushes in Boots! I might actually stock up on some more as I use them so much! (Offer via VIPXO)

Have you tried any Real Techniques Brushes? What are your thoughts?

64 comments

  1. Finally! I've been waiting for a post like this for a looong time, thank you Lily :)
    I'm purchasing my first set of RT brushes soon, this is really helpful :)
    x
    Jessie

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  2. This is such a good blog post! Literally the most useful guide to the RT brushes :D I own the core collection, but have been flirting with the idea of getting the face brush and the blusher brush for a while....

    www.justoliviahere.blogspot.com

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  3. This is the best post i've seen about these brushes!
    www.buttonsandlipstick.blogspot.com

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  4. Amazing post! I love these brushes, got my eye on the blush one next.

    Katie x
    And Katie // Beauty & Lifestyle

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  5. The face brush is my fave! It makes my liquid foundation look airbrushed.
    xo Chris
    http://myfashiontrendencies.com

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  6. The buffing brush is by far my favourite but I do love all my RT brushes I did a post on my go to make up brushes a couple of days ago have a look if you want :)

    www.oletaeilis.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Hey Lilz,

    I was just wondering - what about import taxes and such stuff? Will it be expensive do you reckon?

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  8. I have so many real techniques brushes its unreal, they're all I ever use!
    http://thelipstickthegirlandherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Great post, I'm on the hunt for new make up brushes and it's great to know which are good for certain things :)

    Denise x
    Pretty*Petite*Poppy

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  10. Such a helpful post! I only have the Expert Face brush, due to get more :)

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  11. I just got the buffing brush and its probably the best thing I have ever used for applying foundation! Thanks for this helpful post! I have been interested in getting more Real Techniques brushes, but wasn't sure which ones would work best for me.

    www.dressingroomdiaries.com

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  12. thank you so much for the review, I am planning on getting some when I visit London but there are so many to choose from!

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  13. I love Real Technique brushes. The setting brush is the next on my list.

    Gillian from glamupeveryday.com x

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  14. I really want some of these, but it´s hard to get them in germany :(

    www.lary-tales.blogspot.de

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  15. I have been watching pixiwoo for about a month now and did not know Samantha was her?! Where have I been? xD I wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have these brushes. I have three. The stippling brush is my favourite, it puts on foundation perfectly. The brushes are cheaper than the usual you can get out there, but still have the brilliant quality of a brush you want. Perfect brushes and great post!

    Rachel x

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  16. building up my collection, keen to get the stippling brush and kabuki!

    beautyandtheb1.co.uk

    B xxx

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  17. I can't believe I haven't bought these yet!!!!xxx

    taylorpluslife.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. I need to add the face brush to my collection, it sound great x

    http://pamperedpout.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I can't live without my stipling brush!!

    http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/rimmel-wake-me-up-foundation.html

    talisa xx

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  20. I just bought the two basic sets as well as the stipling brush off that website and got it for like £30! Good find Lily! Thank you!

    http://tinyalis.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Have you had to pay an tax or anything for it? also what delivery did you choose? :)

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    2. Umm i'm not sure about the tax, but I used the DHL delivery option which let me track them and they arrived this morning :)

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  21. i've only heard good things about them and i will get them as soon as possible.
    xx

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  22. I recently went mad with these brushes and now own practically all of them! I love the stippling brush, I use it to mix the products that I use to contour in. I'm the same as you in regards to the blush brush, I do think it's too big for blush but it's so soft!
    xc

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  23. I've heard so many people rave about the stippling brush for foundation, but I agree it can make product look a bit patchy on the skin, but other than that I love the real technique brushes and they are so affordable

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    x

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  24. I really wanna add the blush brush to my collection next as i currently use the contour brush but i would like a brush that i use just for blush/bronzers! xx
    http://www.styleandsplurging.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I always bought The Body Shop brushes in the past but I got through them so quickly, since buying Real Techniques brushes they're the only ones I use - they clean up really well too!

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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  26. Just bought my first RT brush yesterday! The setting brush! I'm kind of bummed about the stippling one because that was next on my list to use for cream blushes :( Actually, so was the blush brush! Sad that those seem to not be your favorites.

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  27. I have the stippling brush which I use for cream blush and I love it. I'd like to add some more to my collection but can't decide which ones to go for - I want them all! x

    http://lilyandjoan.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. Really want to stippling brush!

    www.georginaclare.com
    .Georgina Clare.

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  29. They are so soft and work so well, I love them all! xxx
    http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. love the buffing brush, i use it every day! cant believe i used to use regular flat foundation brushes!!


    http://theunfashionablediaries.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. The buffing brush is my holy grail! I love love love how affordable these brushes are for such great quality!


    Brunette in Louboutins A fashion & lifestyle blog.

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  32. This is such a great post, I have recently started using the buffing brush and I am in love! The powder brush and blush brush are next on my list. But after this post I think I need these all.

    chelseyxlou.blogspot.co.uk xo

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  33. Need to purchase these babies!
    Heard so many good reviews
    http://shradhaloves.blogspot.co.uk/
    S xx

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  34. I love these too. I actually love the finish of the stippling brush for foundation, I do work hard at it though. I find the expert face brush a bit much for foundation, like it doesn't work it in enough or something?

    Also, I actually lol'd when I read, "I like to apply blush to my apples" haha. I love the term apples of the cheeks, it sounds so cute!

    Maria

    www.mareliwel.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. I found this post so interesting and informative! You're the best, Lily! :)

    Francesca
    http://petitfaon.blogspot.it/

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  36. I love real techniques i only need the stippling and setting brushes and I have all the face brushes they sell, I'm obsessed xx

    www.charissarae.com

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  37. i love the RT buffing brush too- such a shame it only comes in the Core Collection!xx

    vintage teapot//fashion,beauty & life

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  38. I have a few of these brushes and use them daily, cant wait to pick up more!

    Pipp xx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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  39. I just got my hands on the core collection recently since they don't sell Real Techniques here in Canada. I've got to say I love it! Amazing brush, very affordable too :) Plus, it's so pretty <3

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  40. I love the Buffing brush and expert face brush, definitely want the whole collection though:) x

    www.thebeautymist.com

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  41. Thank you for this post! I really want to get some RT brushes, so this is incredibly helpful x
    Sirens and Bells

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  42. I've been wanting to buy the face and buffing brushes for a while now, they seem great!

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  43. I love these brushes, I have the core and the starter set. Got them both free with my boots points, boots points are great

    www.fabulousso40s.blogspot.co.uk

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  44. I own a few real techniques brushes but def want to build up my collection. The expert face brush is next on my list!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  45. I love my real techniques brushes. I normally use my stippling brush for liquid foundation, then the buffing brush with powder over the top to set it - the finish they give together is absolutely flawless!

    Their eye brushes are also fab

    Becs x

    http://miscriant.blogspot.co.uk/

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  46. I love Real Techniques! They're pretty much the only brushes I use.

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  47. I still need to buy the Real techniques core and eye brush kits... It's been on my wishlist for ages but I haven't got round to buying it yet!

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  48. Great post!! I love my Real Techniques brushes! They're amazing quality and for the price you can't go wrong! :) ♥

    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

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  49. Thank you for this very informative post! i picked up a couple from Boots the other day and put them back down as I wasn't 100% sure but I'm definitely ready to go and get them now.. :)
    Easmin xx

    http://www.ohhsopeachy.com/

    http://www.ohhsopeachy.com/2013/03/kohl-youself-beautiful.html

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  50. I have the core collection and the eye collection and i love them both to pieces! i would love to get my hands on the blusher brush, it looks so big though! xxx
    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  51. I've been wanting one of these for ages! So jealous of your collection! <3

    www.styleitwithme.blogspot.co.uk

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  52. thanks for the review! anddd th discount code! Definately going to have a look at it soon!
    http://yazmiinaktar.blogspot.co.uk

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  53. I love RT! x

    http://thebeautyvisual.blogspot.co.uk

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  54. You know what stopped me buying was that I just thought the packaging was so ugly and cheap looking but they sound really good so I might have to overlook that! I need new brushes anyway!

    thisisaromcom.blogspot.com

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  55. You know what stopped me buying was that I just thought the packaging was so ugly and cheap looking but they sound really good so I might have to overlook that! I need new brushes anyway!

    thisisaromcom.blogspot.com

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  56. They look amazing , and I've heard they work amazing too. They live up to the standards. :) ♥
    http://hevastyle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  57. great post, they sound amazing...

    eye---candii.blogspot.co.uk

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  58. i really choose the best blush for my cheeks!the powder brush one!i want my cheek when i color it it will delicately!

    anal tools

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  59. I have all of them and they are all staples to my regular makeup routine.

    marycontrarie.blogspot.com

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