Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes – Review

Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes – Review

Saturday, July 27, 2013 Sara Hassan , 20 Comments

Finally a review on the much-admired makeup brushes!

Core Collection
Create a perfect canvas with this collection of coverage essentials:

includes 4 full-size brushes + case:
  • detailer brush: precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition
  • pointed foundation brush: Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage
  • buffing brush: ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation
  • contour brush: delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish
Panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand. Look pixel-perfect even in harsh light. Ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free. Extended aluminum handles are light and easy to use.

Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes
Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes
My thoughts
I am a huge fan of Sigma synthetic brush line and nothing comes close to F80 which is my absolute favorite. After trying these, I've gotta say, I am very pleased. For starters, it comes in a nice travel-friendly case and contains four brushes with synthetic bristles – the kinda ones Sigma does. The brushes are all soft and don’t feel harsh against my skin. Not to mention, the handle on these feel light and sturdy which makes them quite comfortable to use. Even though they aren't as dense as I would like them to be but that doesn’t affect their performance. On the bright side, these dry real quick as opposed to my Sigma brushes which take a whole day to dry. Moreover, I haven't noticed any shedding or splaying so far.

Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes - Buffing brush

I am extremely happy with the Buffing brush. It’s excellent for applying liquid foundation, BB cream and powder foundation. I love the way it blends makeup and creates a flawless base. It’s not as good as F80 but it’s incredibly close. I love using this to blend my BB cream or put powder foundation. It’s a must-have!

Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes - Contour brush

The Contour brush is my second favorite from the collection. I like that it’s little round and pointed at the tip as it helps create that precise contour in a matter of seconds. But if you don’t like a sharp look, you can easily blend your bronzer or contouring powder for a diffused effect. I also use it to highlight parts on my face like cheekbones and nose. Apparently, it looks small but it's very precise in its application which allows for controlled lines so you're never at the risk of overdoing which is great.
Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes - Pointed Foundation brush

To be honest, I am disappointed with the Pointed Foundation brush because I find it too small for foundation application. It’s been sitting in my stash just like that. But you could still use it to apply your liquid foundation on those hard-to-reach areas like around the nose and mouth. It could also double up as a concealer brush to hide those nasty spots or dark circles and it works really well that way.

Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes - Detailer brush

The Detailer brush is good. I like to use it as a lip brush. You could also highlight your cupid’s bow or the inner corner of your eyes with it.

Overall, I think the Core Collection is fantastic for makeup newbies and budget-conscious girls. I find these brushes pretty versatile; you can use one brush in so many different ways. I highly recommend!

My rating 

Real Techniques Core Collection is priced at PKR 2800 and can be purchased online from Rouge which is a NEW online Pakistani store on Facebook. Be sure to check it out! Folks abroad can purchase it online from

What do you think about the brushes? Have you tried it yet?

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  1. This is my favt brush set never tried but heard alot i really want to try thanks for sharing ;)

  2. Awesome review! The Core Collection is always sold out. x

  3. i was just staring at this set online and wondering if it was good enough.I already own one by sigma but your description of the contour brush makes me wanna go get it.great review.thx for sharing <3

  4. I love Real techni brushes.. Great review Sara :)

  5. Oh these are my favorite brushes. They are SUPER soft. You should try blush and stippling brush too. x

  6. Expert Face Brush by RT is my absolute favourite, I have my eyes on this brush set now! Great clicks as always. xx

  7. I haven't tried this set but all the single brushes I've tried so far have swept me off my feet! Real Techniques is amazing!

  8. I've been lusting after these for quite some time now. Definitely want to try the buffing and contour brushes! :) x

  9. Love this set. Hasn't shed even after a year of use.

  10. Loving this set badly, Nice review now i added this set on my wishlist and put it on top priority.

  11. I still need to get my hands on this set. Great review!

  12. Real Techniques brushes are great I always love them when I get them, xo

  13. real techniques are great and cheaper than sigma too

  14. Great review sarah. These brushes were buy on and get other half off on ulta last month i was soo tempted to buy this set but i end up buying the single ones and i have absolutly been loving them :)

  15. Hey sara you do great reviews! Can someone tell me about tge Kryolan brushes? Gotta get my hands on affordable brushes? !

  16. The buffing brush is my absolute favorite!! btw a very helpful review :)


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