Real Techniques Brush Collection


Real Techniques brushes *long sigh*, aren’t they stunning? My RT collections consists of thirteen brushes (unlucky for some). I’ve never actually counted, and that odd number is bugging me now. But these are probably my favourite brushes of all time. I feel I’ve tried and tested so many other brands and I just keep going back to RT. I have to say, Sigma are on par, but I still reach for my trusty Real Techniques more. They have such a variety and you can always be reassured that they’re purse friendly (something we all love). I’ve never had a bad experience with these brushes. I’ve seen some comments of people experiencing fallout, but i’ve honestly never had that issue.

(From left to right) Fine Liner Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush, Accent Brush, Brow Brush, Base Shadow Brush

These five brushes are from the ‘Starter Set’, and were actually the first I ever bought when I was just starting out with makeup (quite fitting really). I still constantly reach for them. They’re so luxuriously soft, although, that goes for all Real Techniques brushes. The most loved are the Deluxe Crease Brush and Base Shadow Brush, they’re so unique to anything else i’ve ever used and because they’re synthetic hair, they really pack the pigment on the lid.

Fine Liner Brush – the ultimate tool for precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner
Deluxe Crease Brush – soft, oversized design for effortless contouring
Accent Brush – designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting, and smudging
Brow Brush – distinctive shape easily defines eyebrows
Base Shadow Brush – apply a smooth, flawless foundation of colour

Shop the Starter Set


(From left to right) Retractable Kabuki Brush, Stippling Brush, Sculpting Brush, Setting Brush, Blush Brush

These face brushes are all sold separately, and have become additions to my collection over the past two years. My all time favourite brush is the Setting Brush. I love it because it can be used for almost anything, whether it be applying concealer and powdered highlights, for cream highlights and contours, blending shadows out, the list goes on. It’s the only brush I would ever buy two of, because I use it so much and as a result it’s dirty almost all of the time. I’m not one for cleaning my brushes after every use, is anyone? The Blush Brush is the best for, (you guessed it) applying blush. It’s tapered shape really helps to packs the product on precisely and blends it out beautifully. And it’s actually won multiple awards! I love to use the Stippling Brush to apply my foundation in the Spring or Summer months. It’s a dual-fiber brush and as a result gives my foundation a much more natural and sheer finish rather than full coverage and matte.

Retractable Kabuki Brush – angled cut for allover application or targeted contouring
Stippling Brush – creates airbrushed, high-definition results with all types of makeup
Sculpting Brush – features a flat, wide head specifically designed to help create defined contours
Setting Brush – perfectly controlled dusting of product, ideal for setting powders or highlighting powders/creams
Blush Brush – custom-cut to contour and define cheeks for flawlessly blended, high definition results


Powder Brush

I love to use this pretty mahoosive brush for all over powder application. It’s great for applying the product evenly and quickly (I always love a time saver for those early mornings when I’m in a zombie like state).

Powder Brush – apply powders and mineral foundations for smooth, high-definition results


(From left to right) 201 Pointed Crease, 301 Flat Contour

How beautiful are these brushes from the Bold Metals Collection? Aaaaaah, I’m dead. I actually gave a set of these away in a giveaway and I had to have some for myself so I nipped out to Boots to grab some. They are a tad more pricey than their standard brushes, but can you see why? The bristles on both brushes are the softest I have ever felt. I love to use the Pointed Crease for precise application of eyeshadow, particularly on the outer corner of the lid. It’s also amazing for blending out shadows and liner for a smokey effect. Going against the Flat Contours actual purpose, I love to use it to bake with (not the yummy kind). I like to apply a translucent powder across the jaw line to sharper up my contour. It’s quite a similar shape to the famous NARS Ita Kabuki brush, and produces similar effects.

201 Pointed Crease – densely packed, tapered bristles apply eye shadow for smokey effect
301 Flat Contour – a dense head creates shadows and highlights on targeted areas of face to play up favourite features

You may have noticed the different colouring of the brushes, this is obviously no accident. They’re colour-coded depending on the intention of the brush and the key steps of makeup application.
Purple = Enhanced Eyes
Pink = Perfect Finish
Orange = Flawless Base

Most of the brushes are shaped so the base increases in size. They have been created like that with the purpose of people being able to stand them upright to store. I personally don’t like to do this because they clutter up a space and are prone to falling over. Also, the bulkiness means they’re tricky to store in my makeup brush holder.

I highly recommend these brushes. They are great quality and super affordable, brushes that are this high quality are usually not so cheap. They would also make a great gift for someone wanting to progress in makeup or start up a collection.
If you live in the UK like myself, you can pick up Real Techniques brushes at your local Boots or Superdrug. Both often have them on three for two offer.


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0 comments on “Real Techniques Brush Collection”

  1. I love the post, and love RT brushes! They’re comparable to expensive brushes but they only cost half as much! xx

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! They are aren’t they. The two girls that own the company put so much love into the products. They have worked with high end companies too so they obviously had a few ideas from their experience with them 🙂 xx

      1. Definitely! I follow them on YouTube and they’re super talented (and of course, following you too on YT!) 🙂 xx

        1. Clarina says:

          They are! Aww thanks haha. Much appreciated 😊 xx

  2. If you haven’t tried the sponge, you need to!! Couldn’t be without it xoxo

    1. Clarina says:

      I’ve got the beauty blender but not the one from Real Techniques! Wish I’d bought the RT one because it is sooo much cheaper. Xxxx

      1. Aw I couldn’t warrant spending that much on a sponge haha! But yeah the RT one is fab 😃xxxx

        1. Clarina says:

          I know! It’s an outrage… Xxxx

          1. Aha just a bit! Is it good though? 😊 xxxx

          2. Clarina says:

            Yes it is good! I’m just lazy when it comes to making it damp. I sometimes use it dry. I love it for concealer application xxxx

          3. Ah good 😊 that’s the main thing!! Oh haha bless you, yes love sponges for concealer blends seamlessly


  4. Jani V says:

    I only have the expert face but I LOVE it. I have most of these in my amazon wishlist whilst I decide which one to get!

    1. Clarina says:

      I’ve not tied that one! I am also desperate to buy their beauty sponge. Sorry to cause you so much expense haha 🙂

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed. X

  5. Chanelle says:

    Sometimes it makes you wonder how the people who experience fallout with their brushes care for them. If they get dropped, are submerged in hot water or not cleaned properly it no wonder things start going wrong with the brush. Naturally over time there will be wear and tear but not if you look after the brushes 🙂

    1. Clarina says:

      Completely agree! I’ve never had a problem, and I always care for my brushes. The quality of these brushes is that of high end ones. Have you tried them? 🙂

      1. Chanelle says:

        I purchased four last year and like you I’ve never had a problem 🙂 the quality is really impressive x

        1. Clarina says:

          Ah you see 🙂 we look after our brushes haha. Xx

  6. Great post – and beautiful blog by the way! I haven’t tried RT brushes, which is shocking because I feel like I am the last one on the planet who hasn’t hahaha! I just have so many other brushes I am always like…eh do I really need more brushes? But these look great!

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! You should definitely try them. I’d recommend a good all rounder like the Setting Brush first. Then you can get some more if you love it 🙂 you can never have too many brushes! Haha.

      1. I agree with that statement. However, my wallet doesn’t lol! The struggle of wanting to buy everything ever.

        1. Clarina says:

          Aww I know. Sorry to be a bad influence! Haha.

  7. stashmatters says:

    My favourite RT brush is the blush brush – it’s so big and fluffy!

    1. Clarina says:

      I do love the blush brush! So unique to anything I’ve used before 🙂

  8. StaceyT says:

    LOVE these brushes! Especially the price point. x

    1. Clarina says:

      Same! It’s a bonus they’re so affordable. Xx

  9. Lauren says:

    Love the RT brushes! Such good quality for the price!

    1. Clarina says:

      I’m glad! They are aren’t they. They’re the quality of a high end product

  10. I have always love RT Brushes but have yet to purchase any of the bold metals collection, I think I want the flat contour when I do though! Amazing! x

    1. Clarina says:

      Oooh good! I’d highly recommend the bold metal collections (obviously) haha. The flat contour is so handy! Xx

  11. That sounds like a great collection of RT brushes. Cool!

    1. Clarina says:

      Thanks! I do love them very much 😊

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