Okay so I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’ve never owned any Real Techniques brushes. Ever.
I think I was one of the only people that didn’t!
Almost all my friends have been telling me for ages that I need to invest in some and a lot of the bloggers I read and watch speak highly of them, so I decided it was time to bite the bullet and give them a go.
It turned out that this was one of the best choices I’ve made in a while as when I looked on Boots.com they were on offer- half price!
Normally they would cost £21.99 but on offer they only cost me £10.99! Now I’m really tight with my money and to me £22 for four brushes is too much. It doesn’t matter if they’re great, I can’t justify spending that much to myself.
However £11 is much better and I was very happy to pay that for the set.
I also decided to pick up the Real Techniques Blush Brush and the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit. I needed a new powder brush and not only did this one look lovely but one of my friends swears by it.
The Contour Kit was a bit of a whim, I’ve seen a lot of bloggers raving about this lately and, since I am absolutely shocking at contouring, I decided to give it a try and see if it is as good as everyone claims!
So first up; the Core Collection Kit. I have to start off by saying that I was a little annoyed when I opened up the packaging and found that the case is a different colour to the one advertised! On the website it shows the travel case is black but the one I got is a grey/blue with white outline, which I really don’t like the look of if I’m being honest. It looks kind of cheap and tacky to me.
The case closes up and has a velcro strap to keep it secure while traveling and can also be used as a stand to display the brushes. Personally I don’t keep them in the case as its not easy to put them back into the little holders and it seems like a lot of hassle for daily use.
However I will be using the case when I’m travelling as it can also fit my Blush Brush inside and keeps everything together and organised so I don’t loose any of them!
This brush is one of the main reasons I wanted to buy the kit as I needed something new to apply my foundation with. Until recently I had been using a damp beauty sponge- also from Real Techniques. Now don’t get me wrong I liked how my makeup looked when I applied it this way but the coverage could be a little patchy and not as full as I would like.
So far I’m liking applying my foundation with this brush, it does mean using a bit more product than with my sponge but it is a lot more full coverage and doesn’t leave any patchy bits or streaks.
This is defiantly one of my favourite brushes that I’ve ever used!
Now I have to be honest (and as I said at the beginning) I’m useless at this contouring malarky so it could just be me doing this wrong, but I found this brush a bit hard to use for creating a contour line. I usually just use my Eco tools one as I’ve kind of got the hang of doing it with that one but I’m persevering with this brush as practice makes perfect as they say!
I do use it for setting under my eyes though, it’s the perfect shape for it! I’ve always struggled getting right up to my eye without poking myself with it and ruining my makeup because my eye starts watering. But this brush is small enough and the right shape to get right into the inner corner!
Now I don’t use these kind of foundation brushes myself, I used to years ago when I first started out with makeup but I never really liked them. Now brushes are personal preference so if you like this style of brush I would get a second opinion from someone else who does too.
For me it would be a bit too small to be practical as a foundation brush but I have been using it for blending out my concealer if I’m using a liquid one or my Watts Up! highlighter as it does both of those pretty well! Its not one I use regularly I’ll be honest but it’s still a good brush to have in my collection in case I need it.
This brush is the only one I’ve really struggled to find a use for: It’s meant to be for concealer or applying lip products, but the only thing I’ve really used it for is if I have a stray bit of lippie on my skin or need to tidy up my lip line.
As I’m writing this I realised it could be good for cleaning up and highlighting my brows and inner corner of my eye too so I’ll have to try that out. Either way its part of the set and technically each brush works out at £2.75 each so even if I only use it a handful of times it’ll still be worth it!
I used to use The Body Shop Face and Body Brush but I never really got on with it, I can’t really explain but it was a bit too soft. It never gave me the coverage I wanted and while it was good for blending things out I much prefer this Real Techniques one! Its solid but still soft and light…if that even makes sense.
I use it for both powder and blush: It’s great with my Rimmel Stay Matte Press Powder on my oily bits and for making sure I don’t have a foundation line (i’m super paranoid about that happening!). Its great for blush too, it doesn’t pick up too much product and distributes it pretty evenly on my cheeks thanks to the shape of it!
As I said, I picked up the Seventeen Contour Kit after hearing so many good things about it and decided to pick it up while ordering my brushes. I love the packaging, its really solid and seems like it would stand up to travelling. It also has a huge mirror with it which is perfect for topping up my makeup on the go.
The thing I love most about this kit is that it comes with instructions!! While I know the basics of conouring from watching Jaclyn Hills vidoes on YouTube I need all the help I can get!
I like this little touch as if the person buying it doesn’t how to contour its a nice added touch, especially for younger people. I got my kit is the lightest shade as I’m super pale and hoped that the highlighter might actually be a highlighter this way….yeah that didn’t work out as planned.
I can’t say I’m that impressed with this kit as much as I would love to be, not for its intended purpose anyway. The contour colour is a bit too orange for my taste, I think a more ashy colour would look better on me with my completion. I use Hoola Bronzer at the moment but I’m on the look out for a new one if anyone has any recommendations?
The highlighter isn’t a highlighter on me at all unfortunately, its no different to my natural skin colour- I’m so pale! Its great for setting under my eyes though as it does brighten them a little, especially if I’ve got dark eyeshadow or liner on. I’ve noticed I’ve had a lot less trouble with my concealer creasing since doing this so the kit was worth buying just for this I think!
Overall I’m loving all of the brushes I bought, even the ones I don’t really have a use for yet. The price while on offer is brilliant value for money and I’m thinking of investing in a few more of them! The contour kit, while not fantastic, is good for what I use it for. I probably wouldn’t buy it again unless it was on offer but its still a nice kit and I’m sure there are people out there (with none vampire like skin) who this would be perfect for.
Do you have any of these brushes? What do you think of them? Let me know if there are any you would recommend for me to add to my collection!