22 October 2012

Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman • Make-Up Brush Line

Those of you that read beauty blogs or watch YouTube shall probably already know about Real Techniques make-up brush line but for those of you who don't then I shall tell you a little more. I purchased a set of brushes last month whilst in the UK after hearing rave reviews and after only a few days of absolutely loving them, I bought the whole line (give or take a few) from iHerb.com as these brushes are fantastic! (Keep reading for a discount code I have for you!).

Real Techniques Brushes ... 
Real Technique's brush line was created by Samantha Chapman who is one half of the well known sister duo 'Pixiwoo' both very experienced, successful make-up artists. As a pair the sisters have had major internet success through YouTube where they have millions of subscribers to their online make-up tutorials, me being one of them. As working make-up artists, Sam created this line of brushes to combine high-tech materials with innovative design to make creating a pixel-perfect look easier than ever but keeping them most importantly affordable. The brushes are all made from taklon bristles are ultra plush and smoother than the hair you'll find in other brushes. Since taklon is synthetic, it's 100% cruelty-free. The soft fibers help create a flawless, high-definition finish in any type of light, from sunlight to harsh indoor lighting. The collection is suitable for a wide range of products and every make-up need from powders, creams, and liquids to mineral make-up, highlighter, and shimmer. 

Good  quality make-up brushes are usually very expensive to buy but are the most important tool to your make-up application and each and every one of us should all own a good set of brushes as they are what helps create air-brushed, long lasting make-up looks. They are very much worth the investment as if taken care of the right way, they shall last you a lifetime. So let me show you the brushes that I purchased ...

The Core Collection (set of 4 brushes)
Contour brush: Delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish.
Buffing brush: Ideal for full coverage application of powder, liquid and mineral foundations.
Pointed foundation brush: Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage. 
Detailer brush: Precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas or use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition.

The Core Collection, real techniques
My favourite brush of them all is the buffing brush as I love using it to apply liquid foundation as it gives a very polished, flawless finish. As I said before use the brushes for the task that suits you not just what the description states! I use the detailer brush to highlight with under my brow bone with a cream highlight as it gives you precise control to really define your brows. The foundation brush is actually better for concealer in my opinion as works a treat to blend under the eyes. 

Real Techniques Core Collection
The set comes in this 2-in-1 case stand and these brushes are all flat bottomed allowing them to stand up freely whilst working with them. They are all labelled on the handles in case you forget!

The Powder Brush

This brush applies powders and mineral foundations for a smooth, natural finish. This is a great brush to apply your setting powder with or to tone down shine on the t-zone. It is so soft, you shall just want to stroke it.

Real Techniques Powder brush
The Expert Face Brush

Ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation. The density and shape of the brush allows you to get right into all contours of the face like around the corners of the nose, around the eyes and just blends your make-up seamlessly doing all the work for you.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
The Blush Brush 

Contour and define your cheeks for flawless blended results. The dome shape of this blush brush is brilliant at applying just the perfect amount of blush to the apple of the cheek and blends out smoothly. I use this brush for bronzer too when adding some contour and warmth into my face as does this with ease.

Real Techniques Blush brush
The Stippling Brush

This dual-fibre brush is the trade secret for creating airbrushed looks with all types of make-up. I love to use a stippling brush for applying cream blushers as creams can be very highly pigmented so this applies just the right amount at one time as the fibres are densely packed making it very precise in its application.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush
The Setting Brush 

This is great for setting your under eye concealer with powder as its so tiny it applies just the correct amount without making the skin look dry. It is perfect in applying highlighter to cheeks, brows, cupids bow, bridge of nose etc 

Real Techniques Setting Brush
The Starter Set (set of 5 brushes)
Base shadow brush: Applies a smooth, flawless foundation of colour.
Deluxe crease brush: Soft, oversized design for effortless contouring.
Accent brush: Designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting, and smudging.
Pixel-point eyeliner brush: Tapered cut is ideal for dense or fine eyeliner application.
Brow brush: Distinctive shape easily defines eyebrows.

The set like the Core Collection comes in a panoramic brush case which is a 2-in-1 case and stand.

The base shadow brush is not only great for applying an all over base colour but great for applying a highlight under the brow too as it softly places just the right amount of colour under the brow and blends it at the same time. Such a multi tasking brush that I use a lot!

The deluxe crease brush makes contouring the eyes effortless and is great for blending in your cream or liquid concealer under the eye, which is mainly what I use it for.

The accent brush is very similar to the detailer brush from the core collection and I use them more or less in the same way. 

The liner brush is great for creating liner flicks and precise lines but may be tricky to use of you are not so confident when applying liquid or gel liners. You may need to practice a little or use for pin point concealing instead!

The brow brush is extremely soft and not at all like those horrid bristle ones you can get. I use this with my HD brow palette and it actually applies the powders very softly giving a more natural finished brow look.

Real Techniques Starter Set
You may have noticed ... colour coding!
The colour-coded brush system corresponds to the key steps of make-up application so you can create a flawless base, enhanced eyes, and the perfect finish with ease! 

The real techniques brushes are a great way to start up your collection or add to your collection as are all very multi-purpose saving you money on having to buy separates.  Remember you can use one make-up brush for whatever purpose you feel it does well, not just what the name states it should be used for, after all they are your tools! I highly recommend these brushes as they are great quality and super affordable as brushes are not cheap, not good ones anyway. They would also make a great gift for someone wanting to progress in make-up or start up a collection. 

I purchased my brushes online from a fantastic website called iHerb who are a US company stocking only organic and natural products which includes a variety of things from make-up to vitamins. I got an amazing deal from a current offer and delivery was FREE! They deliver to just about everywhere but indeed all of Europe and the USA. The dollar conversion rate saved me a fortune. Not only that but I also got a free gift too, some tea and a pencil sharpener, which was a nice little touch I thought.

Visit iHerb and enter COUPON CODE CFG886  to receive an instant $10 off your first order of $40 or more or $5 off on smaller orders. You may even get a further 10% off you order for being a new customer and free delivery (just check out the link above).

Also available online at Boots.com and Feel unique.com!

Let me know if you love them too!



  1. I really want to try these! :)


    1. You really should! If you love brushes you shall love these. K xx

  2. thank you for the discount quote! :)

    1. Your more than welcome! Hope you enjoy your goods! K ;-)


Blogger Template Created by pipdig