Review: Real Techniques Core Collection

Real Techniques Core Collection

Availability: ULTA, Real Techniques
Price: $18.00

Company’s Description

Great looks start with a flawless base. Create a perfect canvas with this collection of coverage essentials by Real Techniques.

-Includes 4 full-size brushes + case:
-Detailer brush: precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition
-Pointed foundation brush: use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage
-Buffing brush: ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation
-Contour brush: delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish
-Panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand
-Look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
-Ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
-Extended aluminum handles are light and easy to use

Real Techniques was created by makeup artist and YouTuber Sam Chapman. This review is for the Core Collection makeup set, which includes four brushes: a detailer brush, a pointed foundation brush, a contour brush, and a buffing brush.


Packaging: 9.75/10

These brushes come in a plush brush case with a chord handle. You can keep the case closed via a Velcro tab or keep it open and stood-up via the same Velcro tab. Inside the case, the brushes are held in place by elastic bands.

This is a dynamic, light-weight case that you can clean off easily with a damp washcloth. My only small criticism is I wish the case closed completely to keep the brushes completely clean and protected.

Quality: 9.5/10

The detailer brush is a teeny-tiny, flat, pointed brush. It’s 1/2 mm across and 1 mm in length. The brush is fantastic for spot concealing. I was also surprised at how good the brush was for covering the under-eye area. It seems like it would be too small and while it does take more time to cover the under-eye area, the small size of the brush allows you to cover in a much more precise manner. The detailer brush has the right amount of flexibility and stiffness.

The pointed foundation brush is 1/2 inch across and 1 inch long. It has flexibility and is very thin. I’ve never been a fan of foundation brushes because they never seem to blend as flawlessly as a round brush or sponge. This brush is much smaller than typical foundation brushes, which means it takes much longer to cover your face. The brush is great for getting into small areas and crevices, like around your nose and under your eyes, but you’ll find you’re taking much longer to cover the larger planes of your face like your cheeks and forehead by using this brush.

The contour brush is a round, tapered brush that’s about 1 inch across and 1 1/4 inches long. This is a fantastic brush for contouring. You can use it under the cheekbones and on the nose, as well as along the edges of your face. This is also a great sized-brush for applying highlighter and blush.

The buffing brush is a fluffy, oval brush that’s 1.5 inches wide and 1 inch in height. The brush has medium-to-high density and works great for foundation, blush, or bronzer. I much prefer using this brush to apply liquid foundation than the pointed foundation brush.

All of these brushes are made with soft, synthetic bristles. You can use the contour and buffing brushes with powder, but they work even better with liquid and cream products.

The brushes wash without losing their bristles. Because of the synthetic bristles, the brushes take a little longer to dry.

Price: 10/10

You not only get four full-sized brushes, but you get four very high-quality brushes plus a carrying case for just $18.00. This is an unbelievably good price for what you get.

Final Grade

Real Techniques Core Collection

Real Techniques Core Collection

Real Techniques Core Collection

Real Techniques Core Collection

Real Techniques Core Collection

Real Techniques Core Collection Tote Packaging

Real Techniques Core Collection Tote Packaging

Real Techniques Core Collection: Detailer Brush

Real Techniques Core Collection: Detailer Brush

Real Techniques Core Collection: Detailer Brush

Real Techniques Core Collection: Pointed Foundation Brush

Real Techniques Core Collection: Pointed Foundation Brush

Real Techniques Core Collection: Pointed Foundation Brush

Real Techniques Core Collection: Contour Brush

Real Techniques Core Collection: Contour Brush

Real Techniques Core Collection: Contour Brush

Real Techniques Core Collection: Buffing Brush

Real Techniques Core Collection: Buffing Brush

Real Techniques Core Collection: Buffing Brush


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5 Responses to Review: Real Techniques Core Collection

  1. Lizz says:

    I need to pick up these brushes, they seriously look amazing! They look better then my Sigma brushes!

  2. shaimaa says:

    Love this set , I have the starter set and I am already fan of it

  3. Nartian says:

    I love this set! And I got it during an Ulta sale on this brand. I’m hoping I can get to Ulta on their next sale of this brand so I can get 1-2 more of their single brushes.

  4. Elena T says:

    I really want to get some of these brushes! everyone is raving about this brand and I’ve seen Sam using them several times and I really want to get some next month as a gift for my birthday…

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