First Impressions - Real Techniques.

For Christmas I received the Real Techniques Core Collection. I asked for these because I have been using an Elf stippling brush to apply my foundation and powder for the past three years - I've gotten through a few of their brushes - and as much as I love that brush and still use it I wanted some more 'high end' brushes. I chose this brand for a few reasons, for one, their alot cheaper then Sigma or MAC brushes and also I really trust Sam Chapman's opinion and having read and seen about a million reviews thought these would be a good way to go.
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I have used these for five days now and thought I'd give a little first impression review. In the core kit you get four brushes:
 -A pointed foundation brush: "Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage."
I have never got on with foundation brushes of this shape. They do not work for me and this is no exception unfortunately. I don't know what I'm doing wrong but it just makes my foundation cakey. I admit I did only give it the one go so I think I will try it again as it's probably me.

- A buffing brush: "ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation."
Of the four brushes this most definitely my favourite. I use it to buff in my foundation and somehow it makes my foundation give a better coverage and gives it a nicer more natural finish. Love this brush!

-A detailer brush: "precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition." Again not found the perfect use for this brush yet. I much prefer to pat my concealer in with my fingers as that works best for me so a brush this little may have to be put to other uses. I might make it an eyeshadow brush as I've been using a brush a little too big to apply shadow on my bottom lash line this could be the answer.

-A contour brush: "delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish." This is my second favourite brush of the four. Its not the usual shape I use to apply blush but I've found that using this on some of my harder to blend blushes works really well. I've been able to use a blush I stopped using because it wasn't blending out how I wanted so I'm really glad about that. Only thing is it's now stained pink and washing my brushes is like the bane of my life.

Overall my first impressions of these brushes is great. It's definitely made me want the starter set!
Do you own any real techniques? What's your favourite?

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  1. I got this set for christmas, the buffing brush is amazing, I also don't like the foundation brushes like this for foundation, I use mine for concealer but also for setting with powder under my eyes & around my nose, you could maybe try that if you don't already have something for it, I can't find a use for the detailer brush either, I used it once for sorting out red lipstick and that's it :/ this was a really good post, it's nice seeing someone elses opinions when they have been using something for the same length of time :') xx

    1. That's a good idea about the foundation brush I might try that!! X

  2. I think I felt the same way about my blush turning my blush brush pink too but the colour does come out when you wash them. I have their stippling brush but I'm not sure if I like how it applies my foundation and seem to prefer using my hands. I do also have a couple of their other brushes and really like them though! :)

    Chelle x

  3. I got this brush set for Christmas as well and I love them. My favourite brush from the set is the buffing brush as well it is so good for applying foundation x

  4. Real Techniques brushes are the bomb! :) I own a lot of them and they have got to be one of my fav. brands besides Sigma!

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