Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman:Make up Brushes

I am sure you have all heard about the new make-up brushes that have been released by Real Techniques and created by Samantha Chapman from Pixiwoo!

Well, as soon as I saw Sam talk about these brushes in a video, I was pretty damn sure I wanted them - a beauty blogger creating make-up brushes meant to me, that they were going to be what we've all wanted in brushes, and boy she didn't disappoint!

This is what the website says about the line:


Designed with pro makeup artist Samantha Chapman, Real Techniques brushes combine high-tech materials with innovative design to make creating a pixel-perfect look easier than ever:
  • 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 color-coded system corresponds to the key steps of makeup application so you can create a flawless baseenhanced eyes,and the perfect finish like a pro.
  • Each brush head is hand-cut to the perfect shape, allowing for precise application from dense coverage to a soft, delicate finish.
  • The collection is suitable for a wide range of products and every makeup need – from powders, creams, and liquids to mineral makeup, highlighter, and shimmer. 
  • Brush names on the handles make for easy reference when creating your favorite look.

With some of my birthday money back in May, I decided to treat myself to the Core Collection and thought I'd share my thoughts with you all after using them pretty much non-stop over the last month!

♥ Contour brush: This is just the perfect size! I am not very big on contouring etc, I've never really done it other than on the odd night out, but I find this brush is just perfect for popping highlighter along the top of the cheekbone and under the eyebrow!

♥ Pointed foundation brush - this is perfect for getting in the creases when applying foundation. I usually use a stippling brush or my fingers when applying foundation - it's what works for me! I've never really tried using a proper foundation brush to be quite honest, but I have used this on nights out when I've wanted my foundation to be flawless to blend in the area's around my nose, mouth and under the eyes and it's just the perfect size!

♥ Detailer brush - again, this is a brilliant small brush! I've used this for when I've applied concealer and I've got niggly little blemishes to hide! This can pick up just enough product for these blemishes and means there is much less blending required!

♥ Buffing brush - I would have to say that this brush is my favourite! I have used this pretty much for everything! For buffing in after I've applied my powder, buffing away after foundation, put on powder, putting on bronzer - it really does work for anything!

Now I will be honest, I did have a slight problem with the buffing brush I originally got - it started to shed slightly and then a huge chunk of bristles came out of it, however I have not heard about anyone else having this problem at all so I think I just got a dud one-I really don't believe it is a reflection on the quality of any of the brushes as all the others are amazing and I've only heard brilliant reviews about them online! Real Techniques have very kindly sent me a replacement and also the Kabuki brush to try too - which I am so excited about!

The kabuki brush looks amaizng! It's a small kabuki brush so will be perfect for travelling and I think best of all, it folds out to give even more coverage!

I would definitely recommend these brushes! I think they are extremely inexpensive, at £18.99 for 4 amazing brushes, MAC should be ashamed of themselves! There are individual brushes available to buy online which start from £6.99, but I think the sets are amazing value for money, and definitely worth it for those who are trying to build up their brush collection or just starting to explore make-up for the first time!

There are so many more that I want to try and I'm pretty sure I will be buying the whole collection over time! Have you tried any of the brushes?


  1. I haven't tried any of these yet, but they look great, and I've read so many great things about them!

  2. Oh they are just lovely - I would definitely recommend them! XX

  3. I couldn't decide between these or some new Sigma brushes but I think these look great :}



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