Real Techniques Core Collection Review

After I loved the Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 Oval Shadow brush (which I reviewed here), I wanted to try out some more of their brushes.

Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes

The Real Techniques Core Collection (£21.99) contains four full-sized synthetic, soft face brushes in a handy black stand/case. There’s a buffing brush, a contour brush, a pointed foundation brush and a detailed brush.

Real Techniques Core Collection Set

The buffing brush is definitely my favourite. It is great for applying both liquid and powder foundation, and really working them into the skin rather than just painting them on. I use this to apply my liquid foundation, as it leaves a very natural finish.

I also really like the contour brush. It is shaped well to get into the hollows of the cheekbones with bronzer, and can also be used to dust on blusher and highlighter powders. I found that it doesn’t pick up too much powder from the pan, and applies lightly too.

Real Techniques Buffer Brush and Contour Brush
L: Buffer Brush         R: Contour Brush

The pointed foundation brush in the set is good for applying concealer. It’s definitely too small to apply foundation with. I found this brush a bit redundant however, as I prefer to just dab concealer on with my finger and then go back in with the buffing brush to blend.

Another of the brushes that I’m not overly keen on, and could do without, is the detailer brush. It is very small, and really only works well as a lip brush. I much prefer my makeup brushes to be multi-purpose.

Have you tried any of these, and can you recommend any other Real Techniques brushes?

You can purchase the Real Techniques Core Collection at Boots stores nationwide, or online at

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