Sunday, 14 February 2016

Real Techniques Core Collection - Flawless Base set

I bought this lovely brush set when it was on offer for just £9.99 on Amazon a while ago, despite owning a million brushes already.  My reasoning was that aside from a dual-haired stippling brush, and a number of traditional flat foundation brushes, I don't really own many face brushes.  Many.  Ahem.

Anyway, from left to right on the photo above, you'll see that the set contains a contour brush, a slim flat foundation brush, a small detail brush, and a buffing brush.  The flat foundation brush is the least useful - it's a bit small to use as a traditional foundation brush, unless you're happy to spend quite a while on your base.  It is pretty good at quickly blending foundation around the eyes and nose, though.  The detail brush is very small - the packaging suggests you can use it for lips or concealer - and whilst it's again a bit too small to make blending undereye concealer quick and easy, it's the perfect size for concealing blemishes.

Both the buffing brush and the contour brush have become my favourites from the set - the buffing brush is billed for use with mineral or powder foundations, but I find it gives a wonderfully smooth finish when used to buff liquid foundation in.  The contour brush is well shaped for getting right into the hollows of your cheekbones, and the tapered shape lets you apply either bronzer, blush or highlighter precisely.

At £9.99 this set was an incredible bargain, but even at the regular price of around £20, it represents great value - the brushes have grippable handles, soft hairs, and good durability - the hairs have all remained in place even after a couple of washes.  If you're a serial brush collector, you'll find the dual-purpose case/stand included with the set a bit superfluous, but if you're starting a collection or looking to travel, you'll love it.  Find the Real Techniques Core Collection at Amazon, where they're currently a bargain-tastic £15.30.

Disclosure:  Bought by me

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  1. I do like real techniques brushes. I bought their duo fibre set before christmas on amazon, they're brilliant for applying blusher lightly or setting powder just over the central areas of the face.

    1. I've not tried their duo fibres - maybe my next purchase!


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