The Real Techniques Brushes

 Second Image: Core Collection – Buffing Brush, Contour Brush, Small Foundation Brush, Detailer Brush

Third Image: Travel Kit – Multi Tasking Brush, Foundation Brush, Domed Eyeshadow Brush

Fourth Image: Individual Brushes: Power Brush, Blush Brush, Expert Face Brush, Stippling Brush and Setting Brush.

Real Techniques Brushes – where do I even begin? I own a fair few, both a consequence of some of my most sought after brushes coming in sets and being inspired by a fair few youtubers and bloggers who all have their favourite brush.

I’m often asked by people “which brushes do I need?” which is a difficult question to answer as everyone wears different makeup and own different brushes. For example, with the exception of the domed eyeshadow brush, I don’t own any eyeshadow brushes as I already have all the ones I need – shout out to my beloved MAC 217!

So maybe a list of my favourites is in order? Yes? Okay. If you’re a liquid foundation lover like me, the buffing brush is your gal. It blends super fast and flawlessly and is so easy to clean, I used to use the stippling brush which was lovely, but now I have the buffing brush I use the stippling brush for cream cheek products. The powder brush is one of the most lovely brushes I’ve used for a light dusting of powder or bronzer all over the face. The brush is so big that is covers target areas quickly but isn’t too heavy on application. The domed eyeshadow brush is a godsend for concealer, I used to use the setting brush but since switching over recently I haven’t looked back. It’s far easier to concentrate concealer in one place with this one, although if you’re looking for a light application over a slightly larger area then the setting brush is a good’un.

The blusher brush is also a firm favourite of mine, most of my blushes are very pigmented, and this brush gives a nice light application, and is easy to blend colour out with. However, if you’re already planning on buying the travel kit, then the multi-tasking brush is okay for blush, but not as easy to blend with – lovely for sheer blushes though! Finally, the contour brush is great for bringing out those cheekbones you don’t have. I use it with the Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder and I love it, but if you don’t contour – you don’t need.

That just leaves the flat foundation brushes, expert face brushes and detailer brush. Nothing to write home about with these really, but they come in handy when you want to keep spare brushes at your boyfriends house!

Hopefully this post what somewhat useful, and might help you in making your decisions about which brushes you need. You can pick all of these up from Boots, apart from the travel kit, which you can find in Superdrug or online. Happy Brush Shopping!


  1. Maddy
    10 Jan 2013 / 2:35 pm

    I really want to try the Real Techniques brushes, they all sound so good xxx

  2. So-Oh-Phee
    10 Jan 2013 / 3:18 pm

    I adore these brushes, they're amazing! I'm a fellow buffing brush lover too. I don't own the blush brush at the moment, but thats definitely the next on my list, I'm currently using the contour brush for blush which is just not big enough for a nice blended finish.


  3. Jade Dotty Dolly
    10 Jan 2013 / 3:31 pm

    I am SO jealous of your collection! I love real techniques brushes, but i'd also love some MAC brushes too! (If only they weren't so expensive, hey?)

    Lovely post hun!

    Jade xxx

  4. Seana
    10 Jan 2013 / 3:34 pm

    I love all of real techniques brushes as well, but the buffing brush takes the cake for me. Everything i ever wanted in a foundation brush and more haha! I also use the domed eyeshadow brush for concealer and that works amazingly. Lovely post 🙂 x

  5. holly-boots
    10 Jan 2013 / 4:05 pm

    Is it bad that I won't buy any of these brushes because I hate how they look? I'm dying to try some after this post but I just cant hahahha, guess i'll just have to stick to sigma!

  6. Rachael Gibbons
    10 Jan 2013 / 4:12 pm

    I've really wanted to start using this brushes, I've heard great things about them! Always good to know what you use them for aswell as I would be unsure of what to use certain brushes for as I currently have very basic brushes.

  7. Roisin Elizabeth Keats
    10 Jan 2013 / 4:33 pm

    I didn't realise super drug sold them too, need to get Dow there as I really want the travel set – mainly for the domed brush to use for concealer as seen on YouTube :L

  8. Hannah
    10 Jan 2013 / 4:37 pm

    I adore RT brushes, they are the best thing to happen last year haha! My favourite is the buffing brush, but i also love the purple eye brush set, it has a brilliant domed one for concealer! xx

  9. Catherine
    10 Jan 2013 / 4:56 pm

    I have the Core Collection, Starter set, powder brush and I just bought the blush brush yesterday, I can't wait to try it out! xo

  10. kirstyb
    10 Jan 2013 / 5:06 pm

    i really want to try these

  11. Amy-Adores
    10 Jan 2013 / 5:06 pm

    I love the real techniques brushes, I currently have the stippling brush and the powder brush, but I really want to try the domed eyeshadow brush too for applying concealer! xx

  12. Helen Alison
    10 Jan 2013 / 5:15 pm

    Great post! I really need some new brushes, but the sheer amount of varieties baffles me so thanks for the explanations 🙂

  13. Millie
    10 Jan 2013 / 5:22 pm

    Love real technique brushes!! They are so great! 🙂 ♥

  14. mollie
    10 Jan 2013 / 5:28 pm

    I have 3 of the Real Technique Brushes. I swear by the stippling brush, but after reading this I may just give the buffing brush a go:-) ♥

  15. Belinda
    10 Jan 2013 / 7:19 pm

    I love the real techniques brushes! I currently have 3 and I'm really super happy with them all 🙂

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  16. JaguarZinnias
    10 Jan 2013 / 7:56 pm

    I have the blush brush and one of the eye shadow brushes, which I love, so I want to get a few more Real Techniques but I don't feel like buying two kits when I just want one brush in each of them. I really wish they sold the buffing and crease brush individually!

  17. Katherine xo
    10 Jan 2013 / 9:45 pm

    my favourites are definitely the expert face brush and setting brush! 🙂 x

  18. Fern
    10 Jan 2013 / 11:04 pm

    I have most of these brushes but I love hearing someone else talk about them. The buffing brush really is the best thing! x

  19. lily white english rose
    11 Jan 2013 / 5:02 am

    i love the real technique brushes especially the buffing brush!! so want to add the setting brush and blush brush to my collection 😀

  20. Laura Through The Lens
    11 Jan 2013 / 2:05 pm

    Thanks for the review. I really want to try some real techniques brushes, i just can't decide which ones i 'need'!


  21. Visceral Maze
    12 Jan 2013 / 2:27 am

    very informative. thank you!


  22. Sandy @ absolutebeaut
    13 Jan 2013 / 11:15 am

    Love that first pic! I want to try some more Real Techniques so this was really helpful – thanks! I have my eye on the stippling and blusher brush.


  23. Simpli-cita
    22 Jan 2013 / 8:48 pm

    i have the core kit, blush brush, expert face brush and the stippling brush but i really want to get the travel kit.

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