Real Techniques: The Core Collection

When the Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman brushes were first released I bought the Stippling brush straight away. It looked perfect for applying foundation and I was really happy with it, I still am! 

When I was at IMATS I picked up the Core Collection as it was reduced to around £16 and I’ve been eyeing up the Buffing brush for a while. Although the Stippling brush is marketed as the brush to use with foundation, the Pixiwoo sisters ALWAYS use the buffing brush, so I was desperate to try it. 

In the Core Collection you get 4 brushes. The Detailer brush is the smallest brush which I’d probably use for lipstick. You also get the Pointed foundation brush, which I haven’t been able to get much use out of as I don’t tend to use these kind of brushes for foundation. Then there’s the Contour brush which I’ve been using for highlighting. My favourite brush is of course the Buffing brush and I’ve been using it everyday for applying my foundation. I find my Sigma F80 too dense and the Real Techniques Stippling brush slightly too sparse, so the Buffing brush is the perfect compromise. It’s really soft and makes my foundation look incredibly flawless. It also makes the whole foundation process really quick!

I think it’s a shame that the Buffing brush isn’t sold separately as it’s the only brush in this set that I really love. BUT I would still highly recommend this kit. It’s worth buying it just for that brush because it’s THAT good. I love it. Real Techniques is now sold in Boots, which is amazing. Here is the list of the stores that stock it. 

Have you tried any of the Real Techniques brushes? What do you think? 

Lily xx

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25 Responses

  1. Vickie says:

    I love the buffing brush!

  2. I really need to get my hands on some of these brushes, its great you can now get them in Boots x

  3. Mary says:

    I feel the same really wish they’d sell the buffing brush separately but hey ho – good ploy to sell the other brushes I guess! As always love the review Lily X

  4. Nicola says:

    I have been wanting these brushes for ages! I too want to try the buffing brush!

  5. Leanne Marie says:

    I’ve bought these brushes and cant wait for them to be delivered. If the stippling brush was put in place of the foundation brush the whole kit would be a winner in my opinion! Shame its sold seperately!


  6. rebecca boo. says:

    the buffer brush is the only brush I want from this collection, so I guess i’ll have to buy them all:( booo!

  7. Ekta says:

    Sounds awesome, i want to try these brushes so much!

  8. ellie B says:

    I got the stippling brush from Boots (did a little jump for joy when I saw it on sale) and I adore it. I do want to try the buffer brush but I don’t think I can justify buying the whole kit just yet.

    e x

  9. Carla says:

    I got the whole set a while ago and while I really love these brushes I was really disappointed with the size of the pointed foundation brush… It’s just so small and it takes ages to put on foundation with it!

  10. Daisy Meadow says:

    These brushes look great, they have tonnes of good reviews too! On to my wish list they go!

    Also, I’m currently running a giveaway for the chance to win a Clarisonic Mia! I’d love it if you could check it out on my blog. xx

  11. Lissy says:

    They look great! Can’t wait to pick them up when I next go to boots

  12. I just bought this set and the stppling brush.. how soft is the buffing brush though!? I sat just brushing my face for about ten minutes with it.. sooooo soft!xxx

  13. Rebecca♥ says:

    Ahh I’m so jealous I really want to try these brushes! :) xx

  14. Ellie says:

    I just found your blog and absolutley love it! I need to get my hands on some real techniques brushes, i cant wait for my Boots to stock them! xoxo

  15. Alex says:

    I agree, the buffing brush is absolute perfection. I was raving about it yesterday on my blog too. :)

  16. Ella'martine says:

    im yet to see these brushes in boots but i have been looking out for them as they look SO good. especially the stippling and buffing brush,lovely blog.x

  17. BBWNN says:

    need to find this ASAP! x

  18. I absolutely need some Real Techniques brushes in my life. A purchase will have to be made soon! :)

  19. LRP says:

    i have these brushes and their amazing! im trying out some new ones i got now x

  20. i have yet to try these brushes but they do look promising!

  21. Love these, wish i had made it over to the IMATS too :( maybe next year xx

  22. Love your blog, I’m following now :) Feel free to check out mine!

    Laura x
    Petit Chatons

  23. Karen Ussene says:

    Thanks for the review. I can’t wait to get my hands on them! I really need new makeup brushes, specially for the face.

  24. Beth says:

    I’ve just bought the blush brush yesterday and it’s amazing. I searched in boots and they were sold out then found one hidden under the stand, I was so pleased when I found it that I had to buy it. I’ll definitely be buying the core collection next pay day.

  25. Scha_Afni says:

    The cheapest RT brush you can get ladies!!!! I got my Real Techniques brush sets from and used a discount code! You can use my discount code JGS688 (no expiration!) and get $10 off your entire purchase! They do ship worldwide for only $4 =)

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