Real Techniques is a name the vast majority of beauty bloggers are well aware of. The distinctly recognizable Brush handles and design makes them stand out from the crowd, and of course who could forget the amazing Miracle Complexion sponges ?
As I'm only really just starting out with beauty entries on Blooming Fiction, it has taken me a little longer to discover the beauty ( pun completely intended! ) of these great Brushes. But now that I have I will absolutely not be parted with them! So what makes these brushes better than many other brands you see floating in stores?
For starters Real Techniques do not test their products on animals. A first class hit in my opinion! I steer clear of companies who harm animals so grabbing a bunch of Real Techniques brushes is the best way to keep your face and complexion cruelty free. In addition to the kind nature of the products, the creation of the brand comes from a long line of excellence in makeup artistry so you are guaranteed to get brushes that really work. And they do!
If you're only just starting to get into makeup, or are looking into buying your first set of Real Techniques brushes ... keep on reading as I show you three amazing sets of brushes you can buy to start off your collection.
*Before we start I'm just going to point out that this is not a sponsored blog post. I just really love these brushes!
Real Techniques Core Collection
The Real Techniques Core Collection was the first set of brushes I picked up and I think they should be your starter set too. Before expanding on to other areas of makeup application I wanted to at least try to master the base first. With four makeup brushes to use, you can easily achieve a beautiful flawless base which gives you the perfect setup to apply the rest of your makeup.
In the Core Collection you get:
Pointed Foundation Brush - for liquid foundation
Buffing Brush - for powder and mineral foundations
Contour Brush - for applying highlighter for contouring or achieving an amazing finish
Detailer Brush - applicator for concealing problem areas
My favourite out of the Core Collection if the Buffing Brush. Although designed to work with powder and mineral foundations, I use it with my Urban Decay Naked Skin liquid foundation and it comes up a real treat. It picks up product easily and gives an even distribution across your skin. The finish you can achieve is close to immaculate.
To finish off my base, I like to use the Pointed Foundation Brush for my concealer. I get big dark circles because I'm not a heavy sleeper so this brush gives me more to work with when blending in triangles of concealer underneath my eyes. In combination with the Pointed Foundation Brush, I use the Detailer Brush to work on other imperfections across my face as needed.
An extra bonus, with some of the Real Techniques sets you also get a travel case for your brushes. When I travel I do take the majority of my brushes so I use my own Longchamp cosmetic bag. However, the case you do receive in the kits is handy and very flexible in that you can turn it in to a freestanding stand for your brushes.
Real Techniques Eye Makeup Brush Starter Set
Moving on to the eyes, the Real Techniques Eye Makeup Brush Starter Set has five brushes to give you everything you need to create stunning and attractive masterpieces on your eyelids. This was my second set of makeup brushes from the brand so I already knew the quality I was going to receive. Although I'm still trying to master various eye makeup looks these brushes have brought me on leaps and bounds to creating amazing looks with minimal effort.
In the Eye Makeup Brush Starter Set you get:
Base Shadow Brush - used to apply a smooth base of colour
Brow Brush - defines eyebrows
Deluxe Crease Brush - contours product into the crease of your eye socket
Accent Brush - used to achieve precise detailing, smudging and highlighting
Fine Liner Brush - applies liquid or cream eyeliner with precision and maximum control
My best picks out of the Eye Makeup Brush Starter Set are the Base Shadow Brush and the Brow Brush. The Base Shadow Brush is effortless at picking up product and it creates a flawless base of colour ready for you to build up on it. I mainly use this brush with gentle shimmer shades from my W7 Smokin palette and it works perfectly. Followed up by using the Deluxe Crease Brush it's super easy to create some really good looks, even if you're a beginner or learning like me.
The Brow Brush very quickly became one of my favourites out of this set of brushes as it isn't as flimsy as some eyebrow brushes I've used before. Gently dabbing the brush into product it picks up all you need to accentuate your eyebrows and help define the natural shape.
The Accent Brush and Fine Liner Brush are still two brushes I'm learning to use but so far they have been impeccable. I'm not a huge wearer of eyeliner but when I apply it with these brushes it is so easy it make me want to apply it more often. Panda eyes are a thing of the past!
Real Techniques Sculpting Set
Finally, my most recent pickup is the Real Techniques Sculpting Set. After achieving a flawless base and amazing eyes, it's only right you finish the job and get the perfect finish to your look. The Sculpting Set gives you three brushes to use which work together to create something beautiful.
In the Sculpting Set you get:
Fan Brush - blends and layers products for a photoshop finish
Finishing Brush - an angled brush to allow to achieve contoured and sculpted looks
Setting Brush - used for highlighting and setting powders
My pick of the litter for the Sculpting Set is without a doubt the Finishing Brush. The angled brush is easy to work with and gives great results when using bronzers and blushers for contouring. Depending on the look I'm going for, I also use the Contour Brush from the Core Collection to get a warm glow from my blusher or for gentle sweeps of bronzer.
I'm not a big user of the Setting Brush at the moment as I use a makeup setting spray and YSL Touche Eclat to finish my looks. However, I intend to buy a powder highlighter to mix up my look and then use with the Setting Brush. Just before applying my highlighter and setting spray I use the Fan Brush to sweep away any fallen product from my eyes and any excess from the rest of my face.
So that's the three sets you need to start off your Real Techniques collection!! Have you tried any other brushes from the range?