Real techniques core collection

Monday, 26 March 2012

Brushes from left to right: contour brush, foundation brush, detailer brush and buffing brush

My life is now complete. I've been in desperate need of new brushes and this collection, along with the stipping brush (review here) have been perfect. After hunting high and low in every Boots store, like I did for the stipping brush, I decided to order them online into my local Boots store. The set costs £21.99 for four brushes and a stand, which I think is amazing as the brushes are of such high quality and work out at about £5 each!.

Contour brush
I've found that this brush, along with most, is quite versatile and it can be used for contour and highlight, even blush if you fancy. I've found that this brush is quite small for contouring, especially if your in a hurry. But if your not, it blends bronzer perfectly to create really defined cheekbones.

Foundation brush
Personally I do not use this brush for full application of foundation as it is just to small and takes a while. Also it's hard to blend due to the shape of the brush compared to like the buffing brush or the stippling brush which have a large round flat top. However, I've found this brush is perfect for applying foundation to areas which may need higher coverage then others, so I use it for that and it works a treat!

Detailer brush
Such a teny tiny brush which I probably won't be getting much use out of. The brush is still very good quality and would be perfect for applying concealer and lipstick, it's just not for me as I apply concealer with my fingers and rarely wear lipstick on a daily basis. It's still lovely to add to my collection.

Buffing brush
My utter favourite out of the collection. I bought the set mainly to get my hands on this brush, so it's a shame that it's not sold separately. It makes foundation application quick, easy and flawless and buffs foundation into the skin effortlessly. The bristles are quite densely packaged and super soft which is why I love this for foundation. This brush can be used for powder application and mineral foundation too.

Would love to know your thoughts on this collection


  1. really look like good brushes! I really want this set since I have been obsessed with buying different makeup brushes!


  2. Aaaaaaw I really want them :) Lovely review ! xx

    1. thank you :) they are amazing brushes!

  3. uhh i'm so desperate for this core collection! I'm so so tempted to just buy it; they look a-mazing :) xo

  4. I got these for my irthday and oh my word, they're sooo soft! and amazing quality!:)

  5. I have this set and I really do like it, though I don't use some of the brushes as much as others. The buffing brush is definitely the standout and my favourite as well, it is perfect for liquid foundation :)


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