Thursday, 4 October 2012

Real Techniques Brushes - A Real Investment?

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you would have heard of "PIXIWOO" the brain child of sisters Samantha and Nicola Chapman, I for one have been a subscriber to them on youtube for years and absolutely love their tutorials and videos!
"Real Techniques" is a brush line set up and designed by Samantha.
I was very pleased to see that my latest trip to Boots saw all 'Real Techniques' brushes on a special promotion - "Buy One Get One Half Price'. Not that I needed much persuasion, you just have to go as far as YouTube to see the countless amazing reviews!
But I finally gave into the hype and quickly grabbed the Core Collection and Stippling Brush into my shopping bag and made a quick beeline for the tills.

The Core Collection - RRP £21.99
The Core Collection has four brushes (- Buffing Brush, Detailer Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush and Contour Brush) all of which are neatly contained in a handy case, perfect for either travelling or displaying neatly on your make up counter. It also has extra spaces to hold other brushes.
 (in the picture below I have added the 'Stippling Brush')
 I personally prefer to use a 'buffing' foundation brush as apposed to the more traditional pointed foundation brush, and have quickly changed my usual MAC 187 Brush (hauled HERE) which I had used religiously on an almost daily basis to the 'Buffing Brush' and will not be looking back!
The real techniques buffing brush applies my foundation flawlessly in less than two minutes, and the synthetic taclan hair used on all their brushes means that not only are they cruelty free, but they make cleaning them a dream - taking literally 20 minutes to dry! The brushes themselves are made out of aluminium making them super light in weight - perfect for transporting and the choice of colours offer something different to the typical black and silver brushes favoured by MAC, Sigma and Crown (to name a few).
I also love the Contour Brush, at the moment I use Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel, Bronze Universal - a cream matt bronzer and have really struggled finding the perfect brush to apply it with. (You can read more about both the contour brush and Chanel's bronzer in a post that should be up soon!)
I have yet to try the other two brushes, I've always preferred to apply concealer with my fingers and well as stated above, the pointed foundation brush just doesn't appeal to me.
But considering the £21.99 price - it still makes excellent value for money, especially considering the hefty pricetag of MAC's 187.

The Stippling Brush - RRP £11.99
I purchased the stippling brush for half price, mainly as a comparison to the buffing brush.
I can't really comment on it's performance as I've yet to apply my foundation with it and will post a review once I have soon!

Have you tried Real Technique Brushes?


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