Review: Real Techniques Core Collection

Hey again everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your Easter weekend and that the weather’s nice, wherever you are!

Today’s post is going to be a review of the Core Collection from Real Techniques. I reviewed this way back when I first started blogging, but back then my photos were awful and my knowledge also wasn’t too great!

So I’m reviewing the collection again, because I know it’s popular and I talk about these brushes all the time!

Time to tell you what the fuss is all about!

real techniques core collection
I’ll talk a little bit about the collection first before going through each brush.

In case you’re not aware, Real Techniques is a brand created by the Pixiwoo sisters who I’m sure you all know of! The brushes are all fairly affordable, synthetic and cruelty free – as well as being bright, easy to clean and so, so soft!

The Core Collection is their kit of base brushes – if you’re starting out with makeup, buy this and you’re pretty much set to go! It may seem a bit pricey at £21.99, just have a little look at the price of one MAC brush and you’ll see what I mean! You also get a sturdy case with it that’s really handy for travelling. You can find a great way to use it here when you’re washing makeup brushes!

real techniques buffing brush

Okay, so now all that’s out of the way I’ll go through each brush!

I’ll start with the Buffing Brush. Oh, I forgot to mention that all of the brushes in the set are exclusive to it. Quite important to tell you!

Yes, the Buffing Brush – probably my favourite brush from the set! I just adore it for any kind of foundation, because it really works it into the skin and doesn’t leave product sitting on the surface and looking unnatural. I also find that this brush leaves no streak marks at all on my skin, and it can be used in different ways to build up coverage in certain areas – for example, on my red cheeks I tend to pat foundation onto the skin but I buff where I need something light.

This brush is also great for packing powder onto oily areas!

real techniques contour brush

Next up, the Contour Brush!

Obviously the name suggests that it would be ideal for contouring, and it’s actually really good for that – it just fits perfectly in the hollows of the face to give more depth.

As well as being great for contouring, it’s also a great shape for blusher and for highlighter – it’s quite small, so it just fits on the apples of the cheeks perfectly!

I also use this to buff concealer into the skin around the eye area, as it’s very soft and gentle. I would only use it with quite light concealers though, because it wouldn’t work in a heavier concealer enough to allow the skin to look natural.

real techniques pointed foundation brush
Another brush in the set is the Pointed Foundation Brush… But honestly guys, I just don’t know what to use this for! As I said before, I love brushes that really buff foundation into the skin, but this shape of brush doesn’t really give you the option of doing that.

I’d only really be able to wipe product onto the skin, and I just feel like that would look so thick and cakey! I suppose it would be okay for building up coverage in certain areas, but I just never reach for this brush at all.

Do you have any other ways I could use this brush? Send those ideas my way! I’m all ears!

real techniques detailer brush

And finally, finally, let’s have a chat about the Detailer Brush. Another that sort of confused me at first, but I suppose I’ve grown to love it in its own way.

If you’re thinking of using this for concealer, honey, think again! It’s not really the best for under the eyes because its quite pointy and stiff – it hurts if you jab it in your eye, and take that from someone who’s experienced it first hand.

I’ve found the best way to use it is to build coverage over blemishes, because it really packs the product onto the problem and doesn’t buff it too much so you’re not losing any coverage. It’s a bit of a pain to wash though, so beware!

Overall, I just can’t recommend this set enough to you all. Sure, not all of the brushes will work for you, but for the ones that do it’s totally worth the investment!

Oh, and before I go, I just want to say that they’re really easy to clean and they never shed! Promise!

You can pick them up here.

Are you a Real Techniques fan?

Have an amazing Easter everyone!

sshhbeauty x

40 thoughts on “Review: Real Techniques Core Collection

      1. Haha I’m sure there’s something quite luxury about them. Real Techniques are amazing for the price, though! xx


      2. Ah the Bold Metals ones! I love the look of them… Saving up as we speak actually! And I suppose that those TF brushes were so pricey it’s great that you’re getting your moneys worth! If you didn’t use them, it’d be such a waste! xx

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    1. It’s one of my favourite brushes so I’d definitely recommend it! Which one is your favourite out of the ones you’ve tried so far? xx

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      1. Yes the Base Shadow brush is amazing! They’re also so good for buffing through the crease AND for blending concealer. I need more! xx

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    1. The sponge is one of the next things on my list actually! I was considering investing in a Beauty Blender but I think it makes sense to try the Real Techniques one first! Beauty Blenders are SO expensive!
      And you really should give the brushes a go! They’re absolutely amazing xx

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      1. @SSHBEAUTY i totally recommend you the Beauty Blender. I have always used beauty blender but when i heard RT miracle sponge is the dupe i bought that too but let me tell you the feel of Beauty blender is something else, sometimes RT brush just removes the concealer off your skin but beauty blender flawlessly blends everything into the skin.

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      2. I’ve bought the RT sponge and absolutely adore it for foundation and concealer! I haven’t tried the beauty blender but would love to, it’d be fab to compare both x


  1. I’m a big, big fan of the RTs brushes.
    Love everything about this set and agree to most, if not all, the things you mentioned.

    However, my buffing brush, which I loved the most, was the one to “go” first.
    And I was using it for just a few months. The rest of the collection has almost lasted for a year at this point and I haven’t noticed any shedding or loosening yet.

    I love using the pointed foundation brush with more liquid-y foundations/bb creams like MAC face&body or Bobbi Brown Skin as it gives really nice coverage and finishes in a very transparent, skin-like way. It’s no use with denser foundation or ones with whipped textures at all (in my experience, at least).

    Love your posts!


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    1. Aw that’s so annoying! Did it just shed completely? I’m quite shocked about that as I didn’t think that was a problem with these brushes. Such a shame seeing as you loved it so much!
      And I’m going to give that a go tomorrow with the Pointer Foundation brush! I’ve been enjoying the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream at the minute and tend to apply with my fingers, but I’m up for giving it a go with a brush too!
      Fingers crossed it works! I’m desperate to find a use for that brush!
      And thank you lovely! xx

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      1. The whole thing came off, honey!!
        Like, I don’t know maybe that was a bad one, but the bristles were glued together, I even saw the glue. It just wasn’t stick to the ferrel (I guess that’s what it’s called). I could push the whole thing inside and still pull them back out.
        Such a shame, it was such a versatile brush. I’ll replace it with the expert face brush btw.

        Oh, that particular bb cream I have never tried (I believe), but it sounds like it could be done!
        I have even used that brush with powder products for multiple times, I usually use the contour brush with powders but, interestingly, it works.
        Especially for taking down the shine during the day and though it does pack on product, with sweeping motion it’s not so far from a fan brush. I love it as well! 🙂


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      2. Maybe it was just a dud one? I’ve never heard of that happening! I’m going to be extra careful when washing mine now, just incase!
        I’m actually thinking of buying the Expert Face Brush as a back up for my Buffing Brush anyway.

        And I sometimes use a denser brush to powder with too! In oily areas where i have more shine 🙂 xx

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      3. Maybe…
        Have you tried their miracle complexion sponge? It’s amazing! It’s the only reason why I haven’t got the expert far brush yet.
        Can’t wait for the bold metal brushes, hope Boots TH would bring them in.


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      4. No I haven’t tried the sponge actually! It’s next on my list because I’m keen to see how the finish it gives compared to the finish with a brush.
        And fingers crossed you get them near you soon! I love the look of the powder brush from the range 🙂 xx

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      5. I’m all up for giving it a go! I’ve had a couple of people recommend it to me so I suppose I’ll just have to try it! x


      1. Hey that’s a good idea! I suppose it’s the perfect shape to fit in all the nooks and crannies of your face. My personal favourite’s the Buffing Brush; I haven’t found a better foundation brush! x

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