Real Techniques Core Collection

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Let me start this brush post by stating this: Before purchasing this Real Techniques brush set, I only used a Chanel powder blush,  Chanel angled brush, 2 Suesh eyeshadow brushes, Bare Escentuals stippling brush and that’s about it. The Chanel brushes shed like crazy but I’ve stuck with them because they pick up product well and get the job done anyway. Also, I used brushes mainly for blush, bronzer and highlighters only. My eye brushes weren’t used as much because I only put on eyeshadows on rare occasions. It’s only very recently that I’ve been dabbling on learning about eyeshadows and eye brushes. In short, my take on these brushes will be of of a newbie’s point of view. This Buffing Brush alone is enough reason for me to buy the entire set. I’ve never really used any kind of brush to put on my foundation (only used my stippling brush thrice!) because I feel that I can spread it easier with my fingers. So yes, prior to this brush, I only used my fingers in applying foundation and concealer. I can’t compare this brush to any brush such as MAC’s or Sigma’s as I’ve never owned any of them. My take on this brush is that when I used it with my Mac Studio Fix Fluid, it blended the liquid foundation smoothly and left a very airbrushed effect onto my skin which most beauty bloggers have claimed! I didn’t know what that meant until I saw it for myself — something I wouldn’t be able to achieve with using only my handy dandy fingers.
The Contour Brush is very densely packed and different from the Chanel angled brush I used prior to it. My previous brush used to pack on so much product that when I apply it to my face, let’s say my bronzer, it looks so muddy and too intense. This Real Techniques contour brush, on the other hand, picks up the right amount of product that when I apply it to my face, the finish looks very diffused as if I’ve already blended and perfectly smoothed out the bronzer. I was taken aback by this as I didn’t expect I would love this contour brush at first sight!
The Pointed Foundation Brush is my least favorite of the bunch. I’ve never liked applying with foundation brushes, I tried once and I felt frustrated as I had to keep on spreading and brushing. With this, I had to brush more as it is smaller compared to regular sized foundation brushes — it just takes longer! However, it spreads product evenly and I found that its main function is to spread foundation onto the corners of my nose area as it fits perfectly in there. I also used it for applying concealer and it does a great job blending my Bobbi Brown corrector and MAC Studio Finish concealer for a smoother finish.
Another surprising thing I found is this Detailer Brush — which I absolutely didn’t know what to make of but found the perfect functions for it along the way. For undereye concealer, I find it too small for the job but for spot concealing and lipstick application — perfect! (Note: I’ve never used any kind of lip brush for lipstick so learning to use this brush for lipstick was an eye-opener)
All in all, I’m very happy with this brush set. I haven’t experienced any shedding! I washed them for the first time before usage and they dried very quickly without any deformations whatsoever. I think I wouldn’t need anything else for my face except for a Setting Brush to put on loose powder and a Stippling Brush for lighter foundation coverage. Those two Real Technique brushes are next on my list! I think after discovering the joys of using makeup brushes, I’ve become a brushaholic! On my next post, I’ll be reviewing the Starter Collection which is the eye brush set along with a Face of the Day using the Core Collection which is this one. Also have to mention thank you to Carefreeshopper, a trusted seller over at the Multiply Marketplace for a hassle-free transaction! Got my brushes the next day right after I placed my order. I recommend their shop for  up-to-date MAC products and other makeup goodies that aren’t easily available in any other cosmetic online shop. Check them out!
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  1. November 9, 2012 / 7:26 pm

    The Real Techniques brushes always get the best reviews! Your blog layout/design is beautiful. xo

  2. November 9, 2012 / 7:26 pm

    The Real Techniques brushes always get the best reviews! Your blog layout/design is beautiful. xo

  3. November 9, 2012 / 7:39 pm

    Everyone has been raving about these lately! We have them over in the stores here, but I never thought to try them. Even though I already have a million brushes, all these glowing reviews are making me curious..!

    – Erin xo – One girl’s attempt at creating 365 different make-up looks in as many days

  4. November 9, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    I have these and love them, especially the buffing brush! It makes my foundation look so much better than with any other brush i’ve used xx

  5. November 9, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    I agree! For me the buffing brush alone made the whole set worth it. They are amazing! And I’ve been using the detail brushes as lipstick brushes like you (I bought two sets because I wanted two buffing brushes!) xx

  6. November 9, 2012 / 8:08 pm

    I really can’t see the difference between brushes 😀 You are a true proffesionalist 🙂

  7. November 9, 2012 / 9:31 pm

    Love this review. I am always lost with all the brushes, no matter how many times the pros go over it with me. =)

    Following ya from the friends hop and wanted to personally invite you to join me today for An Aloha Affair. It’s a sweet gathering of creative spirits and a sort of growing together in meaningful ways. ‘Would love to see ya there…


  8. November 10, 2012 / 1:17 am

    Ooo, thanks for sharing! I haven’t used Real Techniques before, but I like how they’re nice and dense in your pictures! It’s always good to have that for more even coverage 🙂


  9. November 10, 2012 / 1:22 am

    girls and their brushes.
    honestly the only brush i own is an eye shadow brush, haha!
    thanks for sharing babes 🙂


  10. November 10, 2012 / 4:10 am

    ang ganda! I love the handle of those brushes and pro ng peg! 🙂

  11. November 10, 2012 / 4:53 am

    Now I don’t know what to get!!! The Beauty Cosmetics Kabuki set or this…urghh. 🙂

  12. November 10, 2012 / 5:14 am

    The first brush sounds so so lovely. You might have just convinced me to get one for myself! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. November 10, 2012 / 6:12 am

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  14. November 10, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    We share almost the same sentiments with these brushes :)) really great investment! I am also thinking about buying the stippling and setting brush. The face perfection works like the buffing brush too so that is also included on my list. 🙂 it’s sad though that the chanel brushes you have shed.. I’m sure they are alot expensive than these ones 🙁 here is my review of the core collection: can’t wait to check carefree shopper i hope the price isn’t too high there

  15. November 10, 2012 / 3:55 pm

    thanks so much sa review 😀

    i neeed new face brush i’ll start with this 😀

  16. November 10, 2012 / 4:57 pm

    I love these brushes, would happily get all of the Real Techniques brushes!

  17. November 10, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    Thanks for this. I’m about to invest in some of these brushes myself, so it’s very useful. Lovely photos too!

  18. November 11, 2012 / 2:40 am

    where can I get these brushes in the Philippines? I am an avid Pixiwoo fan and she uses these brushes religiously!

    you have a really nice blog btw 🙂

  19. November 11, 2012 / 8:17 pm

    I really want to try these brushes. they look really nice 🙂

  20. November 17, 2012 / 4:46 pm

    I really love all about these brushes, hopefully I’ll have them soon as well!:) Great review!

  21. November 19, 2012 / 7:32 pm

    I absolutely LOVE these brushes, I’ve tried a few different ones before and these are definitely top! love your blog it’s so pretty!
    x Penelope x

  22. February 12, 2013 / 6:18 am

    I’ve always been curious about these brushes since I love the Pixiwoos! Thanks for the review!

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