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I received this core brush collection for Christmas and can honestly say after six months of owning them that they are very good quality brushes, the foundation brush being my favourite as it provides good even coverage to my face and also absorbs less of the product than my beauty blender, for example, therefore wasting less foundation. I have also noticed very minimal hair loss from each brush, even after washing them several times each. This is much better than other brushes I have purchases before where a large amount of hairs have fallen out after only using them for a short time. Another advantage of these brushes is their appearance - each brush has the same pretty metallic design which makes them look sleek and modern and looks very elegant in a brush pot compared to some other brush designs. I also really like how each of the four brushes in the collection has been selected for the most popular type of brush people use, hence the 'core' collection - foundation, powder, contour and detail brush (the latter being my favourite brush for applying concealer as it is a very convenient shape for this use) which makes it a perfect choice for a starter makeup brush collection for any age. My only two disadvantages of this product is the following: the brushes are, in my opinion, slightly overpriced in comparison to other brands, especially for a high street brands, and for this reason I think some customers may be put off as the majority of consumers are likely to be teenagers or students with a limited amount of money. Lastly, some hairs do come out of the brushes, in my experience the first couple of times I used them and then every time I washed them.
As mentioned in my previous review I have recently been investing in some new make up brushes, mainly being from the brand Real Techniques. Real techniques was originally a brand of make up brushes released by you tuber and make up artist Samantha Chapman and since having released a few of the original collections she has now teamed up with her sister Nic Chapman to bringing the newer range of brushes. This set is made up of four brushes and named the core collection and is essentially all the brushes you will need for foundation/face make up. The four brushes included are the detailer brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing brush and contour brush. The set is also completed with a lightweight, small little carry case which you can simply slot all the brushes into.
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This set normally retails between £20 and £24.99, currently costing £21.99 in Boots stores. I personally find this extremely good value for money considering you are getting four brushes in the set, making them a little over £5 each. There are also often offers on Real Techniques brushes such as that of 3 for 2, buy one get one half price, etc so sometimes it is worth looking around for these offers as it then makes the brushes an even better buy. It is currently at a 'sale' price of just £16.79 on feelunique.com, as of the 17/08/15.
Alike most of the Real Techniques range these can be found in most Boots stores- I tend to find that the larger stores have a better range of the brushes though. Failing that they can be found online at Boots, Real Techniques online, Amazon, Look Fantastic, Feel Unique and many other online beauty suppliers.
===~~The Buffing Brush~~===
This is by far my favourite brush in the collection and alone retails for around £10, making the set again seem even better value for money. A buffing brush is designed to apply foundation with, though can also be used for a primer, or anything you want to 'buff' into the skin. To the touch the bristles feel very soft and seemed to be quite densely compacted. The fact that the brushes are synthetic did not deter from the softness of the bristles in anyway whatsoever. The head of the brush itself is quite large, meaning that when in use it covers a fairly large area of the face at any one time.
I tend to use liquid foundation on a daily basis, so that is what I used with this brush. I found that the brush moved across my face almost effortlessly and I never feels like the brush was dragging or that the bristles felt spikes or uneven on my face. Due to the brush it's,effect being quite large I found that I was able to do my make up extremely quickly, yet it still looked flawless. I was pleased to find that this brush really did blend in my foundation seamlessly and was found that there was no unevenness of brush marks left in my foundation. I have used this brush what seems like hundreds of times now and have never had any problems with it shedding any hair or any of the bristles splintering off into different directions. This brush really did help to give my skin that flawless finish as the brush really did buff the foundation into my skin, as the name would suggest. So although it achieved an almost perfect looking canvas for my make up, it still looked natural due to the fact the foundation had been blended in so well.
My only slight gripe with this brush is that of the size of the brush, despite the fact that it allows me to do my make up so much quicker I do feel that it sometimes can swamp my face. I also work as a free lance make up artist and if I ever work in people with smaller heads I find this brush to almost be too large and is therefore not practical for everyone.
This is perhaps my next most favourite brush in the collection and I think is even my most used brush out of the four and is also one that I find to be of multi purpose. Again the bristles are every soft in this brush, yet the brush itself is much smaller than the last and has a slightly more tapered shape to it where some of the bristles are slightly shorter on the outside and longer on the inside creating a very slight dome shake. Despite this being named the contour brush, I actually really like to use this brush for powder to set me make up. I find that the brush allows me to pick up an adequate amount of powder to transfer for onto my face with minimal fallout. Due to the fact that the bristles are again quite tightly compacted it really allows me to push the powder into my skin to ensure that my make up is set. What I particularly like about this brush is due the the fact it is tapered I can use the very end of the brush, as the tip is slightly smaller to set my under eyes also. This is great as it means I do not need to interchange between brushes to set both my face and under eye make up.
I have also used this as a contour brush, which it is designed to be used as. I find that the bristles feel incredibly soft when moving the brush across my cheekbone and feel that it really transfers the product well. The fact that the brush is slightly tapered means that it is much easier to apply just below the cheekbone and get a more clean cut, defining line rather than if the brush had a flat top. The only slight downside to the brush is that I find it quite hard to blend with, which I think is mainly due to the fact that the bristles are very dense. This means that if I should ever apply too much contour it is almost impossible to blend it out with this brush and I would have to use another brush to do so.
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Although this is my least favourite brush in the collection, I do still use it on an almost daily basis, just not for foundation. Personally, I find it almost impossible trying to apply foundation to this brush. I have used many a pointed foundation brushes in the past, but the size of this one (it is much smaller than most) makes it very impractical, and I also find that it does not move as smoothly across the face as the other brushes in the pack. I find that I can only cover a very small amount of the face at any one given time and find that the bristles are almost too densely compacted meaning that it does not move as smoother actress the face and although it doesn't pull at my skin, it does feel like it is slightly dragging when is use.
This being said, I love this brush for applying highlighter with, or for concealing the under eyes. I find that the small size of this brush and the fact that it is flat makes it perfect for applying highlighter across the tops of the cheek bones. The fact that it is pointed also allows for greater control of where you liked the product to be, which I really like ask find most 'highlighter' brushes don't actually have this. Since using this brush multiply times I have found that it actually fairs much better with powder products to that of liquid products and since this I have actually found many uses for it. I find that when used in conjunction with powder products it does not drag at my skin and instead feels very smooth and silky in use.
This is by far the smallest brush in the collection and as the name suggests is designed to add small detail to make up or for cleaning up any mistakes. The bristles on this brush are incredibly tightly compacted, making it a very sturdy brush and is by no means 'flexible'. The brush itself is flat in shape and is again slightly tapered towards the tip of the brush. I personally really like to use this brush for concealer, I find due to the size of the brush it allows for precision when trying to conceal any blemishes/redness and therefore means it is easy to apply the product directly to where you want it. The bristles in this brush do not feel as soft as on the previous brushes, which I think is mainly due to both the size of the brush and the fact that this brush pretty much remains in a fixed position.
The size of this brush almost makes it great for cleaning up any mistakes I may have made; for example wonky winged eye liner is a dodgy lip line. I have also found it to be of use when applying highlighter to the brow bone or to the inner corner of the eye.
The brushes all sit very comfortably in my hand, making the product even easier to apply when using these brushes. They are all of an orangey/gold slightly metallic colour and the arm is mainly metal. Although I am not a huge fan of the colour, I do find it makes a nice change to the usual black arms of most make up brushes and when mixed in with the other colours of the Real Techniques brushes actually looks very appealing. All the brushes also have a small black rubbery end to them, which again makes them very comfortable to hold and makes the chances of them slipping out of your hand very slim.
This set of brushes also comes with a slim black case in which you can store all the brushes in. I like the idea of this and it does make it much easier to travel with the brushes when they are in the case, I just personally find it to be a little flimsy and not of the same quality as the brushes. It is also meant to be a stand in which you can display the brushes in and again I find that it is a little too flimsy/uneven to do this and I tend to find it just falls over when used in this way.
===~~The Wear of the Brushes~~===
I think I have now owned these brushes for just over a year and am very pleasantly surprised to find that they are still as good as new. Due to the fact they are synthetic they are very easy to clean and any built up product is removed easily with a little soap and water. I have washed all of the brushes multiple times now and have found that the brushes still feel as soft as when first purchased and have had no problems with any splintering hairs or hairs falling out when applying make up. The only thing that I find is that if I leave it too long in between washing the brushes even once washed they can be left with a slight orangey stain (the tips of the brushes are usually white) nonetheless if I give them a thorough wash soon after I tend to find most of this 'stain' is removed.
The only other thing I have found when washing these brushes is that the name of the brushes (which is written down the side of the brush) tends to rub off and on some of my brushes there is nothing left whatsoever. Although this is not a huge deal, I would have preferred it if the names have remained intact.
Overall, I really love this set if brushes and think that the quality of the brushes for the price you are paying is excellent. Although I have not found all the brushes to be the best at which they are designed for, I have found other uses if not multiples uses, for them all and therefore there is not a brush in this set that I neglect or tend not to use. The fact that the brushes are still going strong after a year of use, even after using them in a daily basis and the fact they cost little more than £5 each really makes this a great set, which would be perfect for both a beginner or a make up artist.
I love the fact that this set has pretty much all the brunches you need in it to create the perfect base for your make up and am looking forward to trying out more of the Real Techniques range!
When I first started wearing makeup, I used to apply most of it with my fingers which left my makeup looking not very good and also meant Ia lways had makeup on my hands much to the annoyance of my parents. But then for christmas I recieved the real techniques core collection, and I fell in love with the brand (made by youtubers Pixiwoo who I adore) and the quality of the brushes. For a drugstore product these brushes really are amazing quality and I love how soft they feel on the skin. All of the brushes in the collection do their job perfectly and apply makeup so well; making it so much easier and faster in the morning to apply my makeup, especially foundation.
The collection of brushes comes in a brush holder/stand which is great for travelling if you want to take the brushes with you and it is a great way to just keep them all together. I adore the rose gold effect on the handles of the brushes, as I think it makes the brushes look extremely stylish and in some ways makes them looka. Lot more expensive than they are. The core collection retails at £21.99 and you get 5 brushes, working out at under £4.40 per brush which is great considering one brush at mac can cost up to £25 sometimes.
I would definitely recommend these brushe, as althoughsometimes the hairs can fall out which can be quite annoying, they are a great set of brushes and a must have for every makeup lover or someone just starting out with makeup.
I love this brush set I have used these brushes for a few months now and they have worked very well and clean up great. I wish that you could purchase them individually as I would like another buffing brush but don't need the whole set. The buffing brush works great for it's listed uses and also applies my cream foundation beautifully. The pointed foundation brush is great for concealer. The small foundation brush may not be too great for trying to apply a full face of foundation as it is quite small, but can work well as a team with the buffing brush, to get into smaller areas like the sides of your nose ect. It also works well as a concealer brush. I got my kit about 3 months ago now, and have used it everyday since. These are beautiful quality brushes, the bristles are super soft and I have never experienced any fallout, even after many washes. If you are just starting out with make up, I would highly recommend buying this set as a starting point. It is a great addition to anyones make up bag
As soon as I heard that Sam Chapman of Pixiwoo was going to be creating a brush range I was ecstatic - I've followed the Pixiwoo sisters on Youtube for years and have found their knowledge of make-up products to be faultless so I knew that she would produce a top notch product range.
The Core Collection is an ideal set for anyone wanting to take their make-up application to the next level. They make a great gift for teenage girls who are just getting into make-up (my niece loved the set I bought her - if she's going to cover her face in make-up she might as well do it with the right tools and learn from professionals!)
The brushes are made from hand-cut, synthetic bristles which makes them very soft to use and also means they have next to no fall out/shedding which is a true sign of a fantastic brush. The aluminium handles mean that they are nicely weighted and balanced to allow controlled application of products.
The Core Collection is made up of 4 brushes:
- Detailer brush, this is meant more for concealer or lipstick but i find it works a treat for blending a smokey eye look, I use it to get really close to the lash line and sometimes for a precision crease that I then blend out.
- Pointed Foundation brush, this brush is ideal for liquid foundation application and is especially good at getting into the corners around the nose area. It is also good for particularly heavy under-eye concealer application, it stops the concealer forming that cakey look and gives a more even finish.
- Buffing brush, ideal for full coverage when using powder or mineral foundation (this works an absolute treat with Bare Minerals foundation as it allows for a really well controlled buildable coverage, something that I find some mineral foundation brushes are terrible for as the bristles are too loosely packed!
- Contour brush, this is hands down one of the best contour brushes I have ever used! Its fits perfectly into the hollows of the cheeks and to give a precise application of bronzer/contour powder. The bristles mean that it give a good, buidable application of product rather than just leaving you with a big smear that takes an age to blend out! The tapering of the brush head also means that you can work in product easily around the jawline and temples.
One of the biggest tests for make-up brushes (in my opinion) is seeing how well they hold up after a few washes - once again, the Core Collection scores top marks. You need to give them a good soak and scrub in order to get all the product out of the base and centre of the brushes but one thing that really helps to see if they are clean is the fact that the heads of the brushes are white! Once you can see all the water running clear and that no more product comes up to the top of the bristles (and coats the white tips) when they are squeezed, you are ready to lay them out to dry.
I usually rotate my cheaper brushes when they are drying after a wash as otherwise the bristles can distort and I'm left with a lopsided brush but the Core Collection brushes hold their shape no mater what, I guess this is down to the quality and density of the bristles, it's just like using brand new set each time they are cleaned!
I could not recommend this brand or brush set enough, I've repurchased it at least 3 times for friend and family as a birthday or Xmas present and everyone who has tried them has loved them too :-)
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The product I am reviewing is a makeup brush set by Real Techniques. Sam Chapman whom is a well-known make-up artist has teamed up with Real Techniques to bring out this special range of makeup brushes. Although there are a few different brushes in this range I am reviewing the Core Collection set of brushes. The set contains four brushes that will help to create flawless skin. The brushes are made from ultra-plush synthetic bristles which are hand-cut and 100% cruelty free. The brushes have extended aluminium ferrules for light, easy use. The brushes have names for easy reference and they have self-standing bases for countertop display. The brushes come in a case that also turns into a stand for the brushes.
Sam Chapman is a makeup artist, blogger, beauty boot camp instructor, mother and more. She has been a professional makeup artist for 15yrs and has had the privilege of working at countless fashion shoots and editorials. Sam has teamed up with Real Techniques to bring woman high-tech tools that deliver high-definition results, alongside tutorials packed with techniques you can use to boost your look. She is in high demand as a makeup artist and is a top-rated YouTube beauty guru with 40 million hits and counting. The press acknowledges her as an expert in her field and she is frequently quoted and regularly appears in national and regional press. Sam's work has appeared in publications including Harper's, Elle and Cosmo. She also works with celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney, Peaches Geldof, Charlotte Church and more.
The brushes comes in a plastic box in which you can clearly see the brushes and the small case that holds the brushes. On the front of the box it states that these brushes are from the core collection and are for the base of your make-up for a flawless finish. On the back of the packaging it tells you a little information about each brush and it also shows you a picture of Sam Chapman and it lists the website you can go to, to watch step by step tutorials on how to use the brushes. There isn't any real need to keep the main packaging which the product comes in so I put this into the recycling box.
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In this brush set you get a total of 4 full size brushes which come in a case. These brushes are Gold which means they focus on the base (foundation application). The brushes in the pack include:
* Detailer Brush - This has been precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas, or it can be used with lipstick for a long-lasting shape and definition.
* Pointed Foundation Brush - This is for use with liquid foundation to build customer coverage.
* Buffing Brush - This is the ideal brush for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.
* Contour Brush - This is used to delicately apply highlighter to contour or create a sheer, soft-focus finish.
The bristles on the brushes feel very soft, softer than any other brushes I have used before. The brushes feel quite light weight and have a nice smooth handle to them which is mainly gold but the ends are black. On one side of the brush it tells you what type the brush is, for example 'Contour Brush'. The bristles to the brushes are dark but the tips of them are a light grey colour. The brushes are held in the case by strong elastic which stops them from moving around. The case itself is black and is slightly padded which gives the case a nice finish and feel. There is a 'real techniques' label on the inside of the case. There is a drawstring in the spine of the book which you gently toggle after bending the case to create the stand for the brushes. This actually works really well and is a brilliant idea. The case closes like a book and can be sealed close using the Velcro tab. The case looks and feels as though it's made from a waterproof type material which enables you to wipe it if it becomes dirty.
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I purchased this set from Boots where it's priced at £21.99; however this range of brushes is currently on offer for buy one get the 2nd half price. I purchased the starter set to go with this. You can also purchase this range of brushes from Amazon for around £16.49.
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If you are unsure how to use the brushes there are free tutorials on the Real Techniques website. (www.realtechniques.com), simply find the tutorial you need which in this case is the Core Collection Tutorial. This means Sam will show you how to apply the perfect base using the brushes you have just purchased. Although I know how to apply makeup well I wanted to watch the tutorial anyway for some tips. I have also never used a buffing brush before so I wasn't really sure how to use some of the brushes that were in the set. The tutorial was just under 5mins long and I found it really helpful. Sam tells you what brushes to you and what for and you can watch her as she applies the different types of make up with the brushes included in the set. If you are unsure what the different brushes are for then I would definitely recommend watching the tutorial as there's quite a few tips I picked up.
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Using the Brushes
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I applied a primer and waited for a few minutes before getting ready to apply concealer and a liquid foundation For application of the concealer I would be using the detailer brush which helps to conceal problem areas such as under the eyes and around the nostrils where the skin can look slightly redder. The detailer brush is quite small so it makes it perfect for applying concealer. Using this small brush I patted the concealer over problems areas which give you better coverage (a tip I picked up from the tutorial). After carefully applying concealer I then got ready to apply liquid foundation. I dispensed a small amount of the foundation onto the back of my hand which would warm it up making it's easier to apply. This foundation brush was a lot smaller than my previous one's so it did feel a bit strange applying it with such a small brush. The bristles to the brush were really soft against my skin and they didn't feel scratchy or stiff. I found the brush really easy to use and after applying my foundation I was pleased with the coverage.
The next brush I would be using was the buffing brush which I was going to use to apply powder. Using a circular motion I twirled the brush lightly on top of the powder and then applied it to my face. This brush was slightly bigger but the bristles were quite stubby. I found that the application of powder was really easy with this brush and it also enabled me to get under the eyes without the bristles rubbing or poking me in the eye. As the buffing brush gives a really good coverage when applying powder I didn't need to use as much as I normally would when applying the powder with my previous brush. The buffing brush is the chunkier one out of the set, but despite this it was still really light and easy to use. Again the bristles felt really soft against my skin. The buffing brush is also perfect for applying mineral foundation, although I can't comment on how good this actually is because I don't use mineral foundation. I haven't yet used the contour brush in the set which can be used to delicately apply highlighter. Although I do have highlighter which I sometimes use this is in a liquid format and in the tutorial she uses a powder highlighter which would be better for application with the contour brush.
I did toggle the drawstring on the case which converts the case into a stand; this is brilliant as it means you don't have to keep opening the case in order to get to the brushes. I found the brushes quite easy to get out from the stand when wanting to use them. When putting them back you will probably need to use two hands as the loops which hold the brushes are quite tight which does help to stop the brushes from falling out. On the left hand side of the case there is a few extra places that you can put more make-up brushes in if you wish. This is probably only really suitable for when the case is turned into a stand as the case probably won't close with additional brushes in it. If the case does get slightly dirty I wipe it with a damp cloth which normally removes any traces of make-up.
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Cleaning the Brushes
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There is a tutorial on the real techniques website is which Sam Chapman shows you how to clean your brushes to keep them clean. If you haven't owned any makeup brushes before then it may be good to watch this. The tutorial only lasts a few minutes long. You can use a brush cleaner which are available by various different brands such as Mac and Clinique. I find these cleaners much easier to use and less time consuming. After using make up brush cleaner it means you can use your brushes straight away again. You can also clean the bristles by washing them in warm water and using a mild shampoo such as a baby shampoo on them. It's best to leave them on a towel overnight to dry. As tempting as it might be, don't use a hair-dryer to dry the bristles as this can melt the glue that holds the bristles in place. Every so often it's good to give your brushes a deep clean which I do using baby shampoo rather than brush cleaner. This will help to keep your brushes looking great and it also means you get rid of any dirt, germs or bacteria that may be settled in amongst the bristles of the brush.
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I love having a decent set of makeup brushes as I love having perfect makeup. I'm very makeup and beauty orientated and something I have a great interest in so I am always trying out new beauty products. I can't actually remember what I was looking for when I came across these brushes but they grabbed my attention due to the large packaging and the fact that I saw that you can watch a tutorial on how to apply the brushes. Although expensive the brushes looked great and good quality. I also loved that the brushes came in their own case which converts into a stand for the brushes. As these were on offer with other makeup brushes this did prompt me to buy them and another set of brushes for use on the eyes. Before purchasing this set of brushes I had never heard of Real Techniques or of Sam Chapman. The brushes are really easy to use, especially with the help of the tutorial which I found interesting and I also learnt a few new things as well which would help me to apply my base (foundation, etc.) in a much better way. The brushes are really light which makes using them really easy to use and hold. The bristles on the brushes are extremely soft and feel really nice against the skin. I find that these brushes do a much better job than my previous set (probably because my previous set is a cheapish set from eBay).
After cleaning the brushes with makeup brush cleaner they look as good as they did when I first purchased them, ready to use again. When giving the brushes a deep clean or using baby shampoo to clean them, they do take longer to dry and I find that if you leave them overnight, they are ready to use the following day. In terms of quality I think the brushes are fantastic and brilliant quality. In terms of value the brushes do seem a little pricey, especially when purchasing them from Boots for £21.99, when I could have purchased them from Amazon for £5.50 cheaper. I am definitely interested in purchasing more brushes from this range and ideally in the end I would like all the brushes in this range, which in turn will help me when I start my makeup course. I will, how-ever look on Amazon before purchasing any additional brushes and sets from Boots. I would highly recommend this brush set and the whole range to anyone who loves makeup or just wants a decent set of makeup brushes to help apply makeup.
(review also on ciao)
Created by the beautiful and talented make up artist Samantha Chapman, you immediately know that these brushes are going to be professional and of a high standard. The core collection costs around £20 for four brushes: contour brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing brush and detailer brush. Although these have specific functions, many of them can actually be used for other areas of the face - for example, I use the detailer brush for concealer, lip products and applying eye shadow to the inner corner of my eye. Therefore you are paying roughly £5 each for a versatile and brilliant quality brush! The brushes are very soft and feel lovely of the skin and also wash very well and dry quickly, so they don't lose their shape and I can imagine they will last for a long long time. The brushes come with a brush case/stand which is very handy and are a nice orange design - something a bit different to the average brush you get and makes them stand out against the rest of your brushes. I would definitely recommend these, whether you are new to make up or an expert as they are easy to work with and brilliant!
I bought these brushes nearly a year ago now and I have to say they've lasted really well. There has been virtually no shedding, and none of them have lost their shape. They're also easy to clean and work as well now as they did when I bought them. These were the first 'proper' brushes I bought after seeing them on Pixiwoo and I'm glad I did.
Price: The price (around £20) is actually really good considering you get four brushes and the stand as well. I don't actually use the stand, just because I travel a lot and it's a bit bulky to pack, but I imagine it comes in very useful. Considering the quality of the brushes, the price is excellent value for money.
The specific brushes: The brushes I use the most are the buffing brush, which I use virtually every day for buffing in my foundation, and the contour brush. I use it for highlighter, bronzer and sometimes for buffing in the concealer under my eyes as the shape of the brush seems to work really well for that. Makeup seems to sit much better on my skins and looks really well blended in.
The detailer brush and foundation brush get less use, but I still use them occasionally, so all in all I'm glad I have them, even though I probably wouldn't have bought them if they didn't come in the set. The foundation brush is a bit small and the detailer brush would probably be good for lips, but I sometimes use it for pin-point concealing.
I do find that they need washing frequently, as product tends to absorb quickly into them and they become less effective when this happens. However, I'm sure this is the case with all brushes. It's probably a good idea to wash them at least once a week.
My only complaint, that's not really a complaint, is that you don't get a powder brush with the set, considering it's called the 'core collection.'
I have always loved make-up, and when I was little my mum would always find me up to no good in her make-up bag, spilling most of it on carpet.
I truly found my love for make-up when I was around 14, I used to save up all my money and buy all the latest products about.
At Christmas time I would always get a kids make-up set with its own pair of brushes but I would never use them as I have always applied foundations and eye shadows with my hand.
If I did ever use a brush it would be for my bronzer, which I could cringe when I think back to my gold cheeks!
About a year ago now I was bored and browsing through YouTube when I came across a make-up tutorial on Jenifer Lopez. I was so intrigued by this I had to watch more, once the video was over I subscribed to the channel and found loads more videos just like it.
The woman in the video was Nicola Chapman now (Haste), who does these kind of videos with her older sister Samantha chapman. There channel name is Pixiwoo they also have a Pixiwoo-madness channel as well as their own blogs.
Until I watched their videos I had never really seen anyone applying there make up with brushes and definitely not foundations. During and after each video, either Sam or Nic explain what product and what brushes they are using. Every time I have searched the brushes they mention, I am always shocked at the prices and know there is no way I can afford them all.
One day I was watching one of Nicola's videos and she mention she was using the Real Technique Core Brushes by Samantha Chapman, I was really excited to find out more but knew they would be far too expensive and out of the question.
When I bought my Real Technique Core Brushes they weren't available in shops so I got mine from www.love-makeup.co.uk I bought them for £20.99. I was so happy and couldn't wait to receive them. I thought they were such great value for money.
In the Real Technique Core Brush Set, you get.
* Detailer brush which is precision cut for concealing problem areas or for use with lipstick.
* Pointed foundation brush for liquid foundation to build custom coverage.
* Buffing brush ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.
* Contour brush delicately applies highlighter, contour colour to create a sheer soft focus finish.
The brushes look very stylish and look extremely professional. They are a gold colour with a black rubber handle.
Each brush is fantastic and is very versatile as I personally use the buffing brush to apply my liquid foundation.
Before I receive my Real Technique Core Brushes , I hadn't heard of contouring but since I've been using these it has changed the way I wear my make up for the better.
I also find my make-up is lasting a lot longer since using these brushes as the brushes really work any make up into the skin.
Another bonus to these fabulous brushes is the case, normally I hate getting new things as I hate all the packaging that come with it but not with these.
I store my brushes in a make-up cup but if I am ever going away for the night I always put my brushes back in there case and have no worries of them being damaged as I know they are protected.
The case is very versatile and can be turned in to a 2 in 1 case and stand.
I absolutely love my Real Technique Core Brushes and I fully recommend them to anyone, they have just been something I had to have but also changed my whole make up routine and the time I used to take. They are super soft and work well on even the cheapest of make-up.
Since I bought mine they are now selling Real Technique Brushes in Boots.
Once you use these you will never turn back!
The Real Techniques brushes were created by professional Makeup Artist, Samantha Chapman who also runs Pixiwoo.com with her sister Nicola. I love watching Pixiwoo videos and have always been really intrigued by these brushes every time Sam and Nicola used them in their videos. When Sam announced that the brushes were going to be launched in our Boots stores, I was so excited and had been eagerly anticipating their arrival ever since!
The main length of the brushes are a lovely metallic orange colour and there is a black grip handle at the end of each one. The bristles are lovely and soft and I have noticed there is no shedding when I am applying my make-up.
I picked up the Core Collection for £21.99 which I think is a reasonably priced considering the quality of the brushes. You get a make-up case as well to store the brushes, which is nice because when travelling I'm not keen on the idea of putting my brushed into my make up bag because if the worst happens and something leaks you can ruin them! You can also use it as a makeup stand which is great if you're on the go!
Overall, I adore this set of brushes! The quality is beyond amazing and the price is just fantastic! I can't wait to add to my collection with the other brushes available and that won't be too long! If you can get hold of them, get them - you will not be disappointed!
I had heard a lot of good things about these brushes, and with them being not being made from real hair, this pleased me also.
If you search Pixiwoo on youtube, you will find nnumerous videos from 2 sisters, name Sam & Nic; Sam is the creator behind these brushes. Considering they have a massive following online you can imagine this following has followed through into their products. She has designed the brushes herself and put a lot of impact into how she wants them to be and how to work them with makeup.
This particular product consists of 4 key 'core/face' brushes. The pointed foundation brush I feel is too small for foundation, however it is PERFECT for under eye concealer products; as the pointed tip is ideal for getting right into the inner corner. The buffing brush is the new foundation brush for a lot of people, it's great at really blending and buffing the product into the skin. The contour brush I'm not using all the time currently as I haven't found an adequate use for it currently. They advise it to be used for contour, however I feel it's a touch too small; so I have been using this for cream blushers at the moment/ Finally the detail brush is more suited as a lip brush I would say, however I don't use lip products, so this isn't fully neccessary for me at the moment.
Price & Availability
Currently these are only sold in Boots and this item from the range is £21.99. Personally I would begrudge paying these types of prices for brushes, but at the end of the day I belive that other high end brushes can be more exspensive just for one. So the fact your getting a set of 4, including a nifty travel holder is good value
Overally these are great tools, they are exceptionally soft, and even once I washed them they was still as soft afterwards; and they also don't seem to shred either which is another added bonus. Also a nifty little design is that the larger brushes have a flat base which allow you to stand them up; personlly I don't like this, I'd rather they be smaller so that they fit better in my makeup bag and brush holder.
Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set
I bought this brush set as I watch the pixiwoo sisters on YouTube (both of which are professional makeup activists). One of the sisters is Samantha Chapman who created these real techniques brushes, not just this set; she created all of the real techniques brush range. I just wanted the buffing brush out of this set but you cannot buy it separately but after receiving this set I am very glad that I bought it.
- Product description (from boots.com) and about the product
"The Real Techniques Core Collection kit by Samantha Chapman includes 4 coverage essentials: detailer brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing brush and contour brush. All of these tools are held in a professional case & stand."
The product is a brush set and it contains four brushes, I initially just wanted the buffing brush but you cannot buy it on its own, you have to buy it in this set. This is the core collection (I also have the starter set which is a collection of eye shadow brushes) and it contains four brushes for face products such as foundation, powder, blush, bronzer, contour, concealer, lipstick.
- Brushes in the set:
"Create a perfect canvas with my core collection of coverage essentials: look pixel perfect even in harsh light, ultra smooth taklon bristles." There are four brushes in this set and they all have gold handles, which I am not keen on as I think it makes them look a bit cheap and they all have black bristles at the base of the brushes and white at the tip (like the mac duo fibre brushes). The brushes will be examined individually as follows:
- Detailer Brush
"Precision cut effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition."
This brush is stated to be used with concealer or lipstick. I have only used this brush as a lip brush, as it is the perfect shape for a lip brush. Also the taklon synthetic bristles of this brush make applying lipstick or lip gloss really easily as the bristles are incredibly smooth and they apply lipstick in an even streak free layer which is great. The brush is also taped, so it is wider at the base of the bristles and narrower at the tip of the brush so you can apply lipstick to the edges of the lips really quite precisely with this brush. Although I find that as the bristles are quite flexible, especially at the tip of the brush, that it can sometimes be too flexible and move the lipstick over the edges of the lips (obviously not a good look). I think that this brush would be great for concealer, but I also have a fantastic concealer brush (the real techniques deluxe crease brush in the starter set, previously reviewed) so I just keep this one for lipstick/gloss/stains. Overall, I really like this brush for lipstick and if I didn't have any other concealer brush I think that it would be a great concealer brush. I will rate this product 4/5.
- Pointed foundation brush
"Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage."
I did not think that I would really use this brush as I use my cosmopolitan sponge to apply my foundation and the sponge is just fantastic at applying and blending foundation into my dry/sensitive skin. But I have found myself reaching for this brush to apply my foundation over my sponge, for convenience and also because my skin is nowhere near as dry/flaky as it was I find that I can use foundation brushes more - as previously face brushes made my skins dryness/flakiness a lot more obvious. This brush is really quite useful and I have been using it quite a lot. The other foundation brushes I have include the MAC 190 foundation brush and a couple of cheaper ones from gift sets, but this is a bit different. For example, this foundation brush is a lot smaller than the mac version; it is roughly half the size of the MAC 190 and this brush is more tapered/pointed that the other foundation brushes I own. As this brush is more tapered/pointed it means that it is fantastic for applying foundation to smaller areas of the face such as around the nose, around the mouth and underneath the eyes. I really like this brush for apply and blending foundation, especially around my nose, mouth and under my eyes. Although for larger areas of the face, the jaw, cheeks and forehead, this brush is not big enough really but it is great it is have a bit more time to spend applying your foundation. This brush, to me, is just a larger version of the detailer brush as they have the same shape, they are both tapered/pointed and the bristles are both brushes are incredibly smooth.
- Buffing Brush
"Ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation."
I initially bought this set for this brush in particular but I have not really been using this brush as much as I thought that I would. I have used this brush with bronzer, powder and to buff over my foundation after application to make sure there are not streaks - from the pointed foundation brush. This brush is really quite dense, it has a lot of bristles and they are quite tightly packed together at the base of the brush but they disperse well at the top of this brush - making this brush fantastic for blending/buffing products, such as powder, onto the skin. I find that this brush, for me, is not great for apply and blending foundation on its own as it can make my foundation have a lighter/sheerer coverage which is not what I personally want. Although, I find that this brush and the pointed foundation brush work really well together. For example, I will apply my foundation with the pointed foundation brush in streaks across my face with more foundation where I need it and less where I don't. I will then take this brush and buffing over the foundation to blend it into my skin and it works really well this way as I find that this brush is not good for applying foundation, in my opinion. I have also used this brush to apply my rimmel pressed powder over my foundation and this brush is just fantastic for applying powder to the skin, especially as the bristles are incredibly soft - this softness of the real techniques brushes blow the MAC brushes out of the water! I will not buying another MAC or high end brush as long as real techniques/Samantha Chapman keeps making these fantastic brushes. I also think that this brush would be great for blush as it is incredibly soft and smooth and the skin and it is fantastic with powder and cream products. Overall, I really like this brush, even though I have not been using it as much as I thought I would. I find that the quality of this brush far surpasses my mac, eco tools and Clinique brushes! I will rate this product 4/5!
- Contour Brush
"Delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer soft-focus finish."
Out of all of the brushes in this set, this is the one I have been using almost constantly and it is my favourite brush in the set, which is a bit surprising as I didn't really think too much about this brush when I bought the set. I have been using this brush to apply my Benefit hula bronzer as my contour almost every single day since I bought this set. I use Benefits hula bronzer as it is a fantastic contour shade for my pale skin and it makes my cheek bones look more defined and more prominent. The bristles of this brush as like the buffing brush - incredibly soft, smooth and gentle on the skin which is fantastic and it shows the high quality of the real techniques brushes and how well the brushes are made. I love this brush for applying for benefit hula bronzer, as a contour, as the brush is tapered the tip of the bristles apply the product in a streak then the bristles around blend the product to make it appear really quite seamless and natural on the skin, which is what I want in a contour. I also think that this brush would be great for applying and blending highlighter to the top of the cheek bones and I think this brush be great for apply pressed/loose face powder to specific small areas of the face. Overall I think is brush is fantastic and incredibly soft on the skin and as it is really soft it does not pull my skin. I will rate this product 5/5!
- Panoramic case/stand
"Dual carrier and stand keeps brushes organized on your counter or on the go."
As with the starter set, previously reviewed (on ciao) you get a case/stand with the brush set. This one has four elasticated slot for the four brushes and it is the same size as the case/stand for the starter set. I find that I do not really use this product as a stand for this brush, but I do for the eye brushes in the starter set. I find that the brushes are a bit too big in this set to use as a stand really, for me anyway. I use this as a case to store the brushes in so that they are protected and they do not get dust on them. The case is great but I have found one little problem with it, which only applies to these brush as they are bigger than the starter set brushes. I find that the toggle attached to this case to make it into a stand presses into the brush nearest the middle of the case and bends the bristles so I keep the two smaller brush - the detailer brush and the pointed foundation brush neatest the middle of the case to protect the two larger brushes. Overall, I think that this product works fantastically as a brush case and I will definitely be using this case when I go on holiday in the summer. I will rate this product 4/5!
- Overall positives
The overall positives of this product in my opinion are as follows: none of the brushes pull/tug the skin, especially the contour brush and buffing brush, as they are so incredibly smooth and soft. All of the brushes are fantastic and work really well and there are only really minor negatives for a couple of the brushes. The case is fantastic for storing to brushes and I think the case will be fantastic for traveling with this brushes. The brushes are all really easy to wash/clean and they dry fairly quickly too. The price for the set is also great as it works out to be about £5.49 per brush which I think is amazing value as the brushes work really well and they are made to a really high standard.
- Overall negatives
The overall negatives of this product in my opinion are as follows: the buffing brush is not very good at applying foundation so I just use the pointed foundation brush to apply my foundation and then I use the buffing brush to blend my foundation. The toggle on the case/stand can bend the bristles of the brush nearest to the middle of the case.
- Price and availability
I bought this brush set along with the starter brush set from boots.com a few months ago now and I have been using both sets almost constantly, so they are definitely worth the money, in my opinion. This set is priced at £21.99 on the boots website and it can also be purchased in stores. Overall I think that the real techniques brushes are fantastic and I now have my eye on the new real techniques expert face brush which is supposed to be fantastic for foundation application. I highly recommend this set and the real techniques brushes overall!
*Really easy to use and these brushes, as with the ones from the starter set, are really easy to clean
*The bristles are incredibly soft, smooth and gentle on the skin - especially the buffing brush and the contour brush
*The brushes work really well for a number of different products/purposes
*A great value set, in my opinion
*Brushes are made to a really high standard and the bristles are synthetic taklon fibres - so they are cruelty free
*The case is fantastic for storing and protecting the brushes - and it would be great for traveling in my opinion
*The toggle bends the bristles
*The buffing brush is not very good for applying foundation - but it is great for blending foundation
Thank you for reading my review - this review is posted on ciao under my username labellavita1992
Create a perfect canvas with this collection of coverage essentials: Kit Includes 4 full-size brushes + case: -Ddetailer 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