Friday, 11 May 2012

Real Techniques Review

Hi all!

Time for another review, and this time its the Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Brushes.I've been using these brushes for about a month now so I've properly tested them so I can give you a detailed review.

Brushes I have

Core collection

Stippling Brush

Powder Brush

Where to buy and how much

You can buy these brushes from Boots (click here) which is where I got mine from, or they are available online at (click here).

I do believe that these brushes are all reasonably priced when compared to other brushes available on the market, I'm looking at you Mac! lol The brushes are cheaper on the website compared to Boots but only by £1 or £2, but I would suggest waiting for an offer like Boots 3 for 2. I got mine with this offer which made them even better value.


So let's start with how these brushes feel on the skin, because I don't know about any of you but I hate scratchy brushes, especially on my sensitive skin!

- All brushes are lovely and soft and feel great on the skin
- The powder brush is the softest
- The rubberised handle makes the brushes easy to hold so they don't slip out of your fingers (it's happened to me a few times!)


I love the whole concept behind the look of the brushes. The handles are different colours depending on what stage in the makeup process they are supposed to be used. I think this is such a simple but fab idea.

The bottom of the most of the handles are flat so that you can stand the brushes up, which I love. The way my make-up is set up the brushes always get lost in the back so with this I can stand them all up at the front of my makeup drawer. Great!


Core Collection

Buffing Brush
This is the best brush from the whole set, it really does make foundation go on so quickly, its perfect in the mornings when I'm half asleep trying to do my makeup. This brush give a great finish on the skin, there are no streaks or obvious foundation lines it really does buff the foundation into the skin. It works wonders when I'm using a heavy duty foundation like my Double Wear which normally takes ages to blend in but the time is halved with this brush!

Contour Brush
A lovely brush, great for people that use bronzer on a daily basis. I personally don't use bronzer and I rarely contour but I have done to test this out and its quite good. The size is just perfect to fit under the cheek bones to sculpt them and the brush nicely blends out the bronzer too.

Pointed Foundation Brush
I have actually been using this for applying concealer under my eyes! I have quite dark circles around my eyes and this brush perfectly fits around them which makes applying concealer easier and quicker.

Detailer Brush
I've just been using this to apply lipstick and its a bog standard lip brush nothing special but not bad either.

Powder Brush

I love using this brush for applying my powder, mostly because it feels so soft on the skin but also because its massive! It makes applying powder very quick and easy...simple!

Stippling Brush

I have used this brush with all different types of foundation: cream, liquid, mineral and it works wonderfully with each one. The finish it gives the skin is amazing it really makes you look like you have flawless skin which is perfect for someone like me who doesn't have perfect skin. The fact it is quite small means you can really work the foundation into the skin and though it takes longer then the buffing brush it really is worth the extra time to get the 'pefect look'.


I wash all my brushes the same way, with some baby shampoo. I've read some other reviews saying that these brushes dry really fast but I didn't find that. They dried at the same speed as all of my other brushes which is fine. I always wash them in the evening and they are all dry by the morning so its never a problem.

My Favourite

I love all of these brushes but the one I tend to reach for most days and the one that works the best with all different types of foundations has to be...

The Stippling Brush!!!

I would say if you only had to pick one of these brushes go for this one, its guaranteed to give you a natural yet flawless base which will get you complements! ;-)

I hope this review has been helpful, do let me know your thoughts.

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  1. I have got the Core Collection and the buffing brush is just amazing!

    1. I agree, I've stopped using all my other brushes!

  2. I LOVE the buffing brush, best thing to apply foundation i have used. I really want to get the stippling brush next :) xx

    1. Both brushes are amazing, the stippling brush just won because it gives such a flawless finish when I have more time to do my foundation xx

  3. I love it!!


  4. Very interested in that stippling brush but I have sooo many brushes already, lol!

    1. It's well worth the money, its only £12 which i think is very reasonable x

  5. Nice review hun, I've been really warring to try these out they look really good x :-)

    1. they really are great, i highly recomment them x