Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman: Core Collection, and Stippling Brush


I have always been a firm believer that makeup brushes are an essential item for getting the most superb results, when it comes to makeup application. There are a few makeup brushes in my arsenal that are daily staples for me but, I think they may have gotten some competition. These Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman brushes, have undoubtedly exceeded my expectations. Today, I am going to share with you all my thoughts on the Core Collection Set ($17.99), and the Stippling Brush ($9.99).

I have been a longtime fan of Pixiwoo's youtube makeup channel. I think Samantha-along with her sister Nicola, create some of the most stunning makeup tutorials that are always so easy to follow. I appreciate their thorough explanations, and I have learned quite a few tips and tricks from watching them. 

These real techniques brushes are simply brilliant. And, I don't understand why it has taken me until now, to give them a try.

Check it out!


First up, we have the Core Collection brush set. This set includes four face brushes that are all housed in a very handy traveling case. I found all the brushes to be very sturdy and quite useful for many purposes. The taklon bristles feel so soft against my skin, and they help blend product in really well.


Contour Brush: I have tried this brush for blush and contour application, but I much prefer this item for highlighting purposes. It does a great job at that, and it helps me place my highlighter just were I want it.


Pointed Foundation Brush: This brush can be used for applying liquid foundation, but I absolutely love it for the application of concealer on larger areas of the face. It applies and blends in the concealer, like a dream.


Detailer Brush: When I first saw this brush, I gotta admit, I was almost certain that this brush was going to be useless, for me. But man, was I wrong! The smaller size of the brush head makes this brush a trusty candidate for applying concealer on the more precise areas like my broken capillaries, underneath the eyes, and on smaller blemishes and spots.  


Buffing Brush: This brush is wonderful for the application of mineral foundation and setting powders. It blends the powders into my skin, beautifully, resulting in a soft-focused finish. I am constantly reading that many love this brush for applying liquid foundation as well, but I have yet to try it for that purpose. I certainly can't wait to give it a try, though.

Sorry for the look of the brushes. I took this picture after I had used them :( 
As mentioned before, included in the set is a very handy brush case that houses all of the brushes-this is awesome for those who are always traveling and on the go. The material of the case is really soft, and it feels pretty sturdy, as well. There is no doubt in my mind that the case will do a superb job at keeping the brushes safe and out of harm's way, when one is traveling with them. But what I think is really cool about this case is that it doubles as a stand! All you have to do is fold over the case, and tighten the drawstring to hold it in place, so the case stands properly. Such a genius and convenient idea!


I had to save the best for last-the Stippling Brush. Honestly, words can not describe how amazing this taklon bristled, dual fiber brush is. It applies and blends in my liquid foundation effortlessly, and it gives me the most flawless airbrushed finish, every time. I really like the size of the brush head because it not only allows me to easily cover larger areas of my face, but also the smaller ones, as well. The bristles on this brush are super soft and they are comfortably taught and semi firm. Definitely not floppy at all, like other stippling brush bristles can be. 

I love that this stippling brush does not soak up any of the liquid foundation, either. All of the product goes onto my skin, as it should. Another worthy mention is that the bottom of the brush handle has a flat surface, so if it is desired, one could stand the brush upright.

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*I found the cleansing of the brushes to be simple, and they always retain their shape and softness, once they have dried overnight. Also, I have experienced absolutely no shedding, whatsoever! 

Overall, I can't recommend these Real techniques brushes, enough! With these brushes, you are receiving great quality, at an affordable price point. If you are looking to try Real techniques makeup brushes for the first time, I would suggest starting off with the stippling brush. This stippling brush is one of the best I have ever used, for the application of liquid foundation. It's pure love. But, the core collection set is just as amazing. All four of the brushes work wonders for taking care of your base makeup, and you can't forget the case that doubles as a stand. Gotta love that!

Have any of you tried makeup brushes by Real Techniques? Which are your favorites?


Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned above. I purchased the products mentioned above for my personal use.

14 comments:

  1. I'm also a fan of Pixiwoo! I'm dying to give these a try and your post has convinces me to buy these! I'm wondering where they sale them at...hmmm I must do my research. ^_^

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    1. Hey Elizabeth, I am glad you want to try these. I purchased mine on ulta.com. Let me know how you like these when you get them :)

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  2. Great review! I`ll have to check these brushes out. I`ve been hearing such great things about them.

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  3. I have wanted to get some of these. I just can't find a good place to order them from. Ulta.com doesn't ship internationally. Amazon.com I don't particularly like, but they would ship. At the moment I can't remember other places where they sold these. Maybe I should go look into these brushes again. I just tend to get annoyed if something is difficult to find, or someone doesn't ship something internationally.

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    1. I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble obtaining these brushes, Serafia :( Here is a link from the Real Techniques website, in where they showcase the international stores that carry these brushes-http://realtechniques.com/where-to-buy

      I hope this helped, Hun! And I hope you find these brushes soon :)

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  4. I'll try them out soon!:)

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    1. Yay, Aimee! Let me know what you think of them :)

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  5. i LOVE these brushes. excellent post. LV x
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    1. Thank you, Louise! So glad to hear you love them, as well :)

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  6. I love the stippling brush, I have just bought and I look forward to the mornings so I can do my foundation with it. How sad am I? Haha. Great post, I'm definitely going to buy more Real Techniques Brushes :) x

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    1. I totally understand, Nicola! LOL! The stippling brush feels lovely on the face :)

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  7. The powder brush is my absolute favorite from this line! It's super fluffy and dense and picks up the right amount of powder. I got mine at Ulta and it was a little under $10 with my coupon!

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    1. Nice! Gotta love Ulta and their coupons! I can't wait to try the powder brush :)

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