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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!