Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Core Collection


213 reviews

88% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$


on 3/25/2012 9:41:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I really like the brushes. and the quality is good.

on 3/25/2012 2:58:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Who would of thought that brushes i got for only 15 dollars would be so amazing. I seriously have started to use only this set. I love how soft they are and how great they move product around. When i bought the set I really didn't think i was going to like or use the detail brush but surprisingly it comes in handy. I use it to clean up my eyeliner to for small spot concealing. The buffing brush is great, i wish it was sold separately so i could buy more. It is so versatile really a must have brush, the small tapered one is also nice, i use it for highlight or blush, sometimes contouring. The only brush that doesn't get much use it the foundation brush, too small but it nice for under eye concealing.

on 3/23/2012 11:47:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I really do love this brush set!

I am a total makeup newbie with basically no brushes and I find this set to be full of high quality brushes that I use on a regular basis.

It includes:
1. The Pointed Foundation Brush - I use this brush to apply concealer around my nose, under my eyes, on my chin, basically just to spread it out rather than to blend.
2. The Buffing Brush - I then take this brush and use it to buff and blend the concealer in, it works amazingly and gives a flawless finish. I also use this brush to apply my translucent powder (pressed) and buff that into my skin. It also works great to buff in too heavy blush or bronzer :)
3. The Contour Brush - I don't contour, but I really love using this brush with a touch of cream highlighter down my cheekbones and to apply and blend cream blush. It is the perfect size for a smaller face!
4. The Concealer/Detail Brush - I don't actually use this for concealer as I try to avoid placing concealer on any blemishes as to not clog them, but it makes a fantastic lip brush with brighter or darker colours :)

I love this set and I need to make a trip back down to the States to try a few more of their brushes!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Other

Eyes: Brown

I absolutely LOVE this brushes! Not only are they super affordable compared to MAC brushes, they apply makeup flawlessly. The buffing brush is by far my most used brush. It applies foundation so smoothly and makes my skin look flawless. The contour blush is works great for blush or contouring. All the brushes are so soft and I have yet to experience any shedding with them. I would definitely recommend that you have these in your makeup stash.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Considering I spent more on one brush from Urban Decay (which I am not keen on) this set is an absolute steal.
Primarily, I wanted a buffing brush as I was recommended at MAC for my face and body foundation. After some experimentation, I have found the buffing brush simply amazing for applying loose powder. I tap it on, then buff into the skin for a flawless look.
The foundation brush I use to apply concealer under my eyes, and it has a lovely soft feel and the angle tip is much better than the one I already have. I confess, I have never really applied my foundation with a brush as I tend to use liquid ones which streak.
The concealer brush is nice. I don't use it a lot, mainly under my eyes to clean up any eyeliner that I feel the foundation brush is too big for.
The contour brush is great. I use it for contouring and blusher, it is a great size as it is not too big. I have a heavy hand with both blush and bronzer so this is good! I do like to apply with this brush, then blend it out with a larger kabuki brush or my Stila all-over blend brush, which while smaller, has a looser texture to it.
I would buy this again and would recommend. The brushes are lovely and soft, but dense, they pick up and distribute colour excellently and 21.99 for four brushes and a carrying case? You really can't go wrong!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 3/14/2012 5:59:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I'm very pleased with this set. I use the foundation brush to pack on eye shadow on the lid, and on it's side and point to create a blurred contour crease. My favorite though is the contour brush. I have a small round head with non-existant cheekbones, and the small size and tapered shape allows me to use blush as dark (I'm NW 20 with dark brown hair) as Nars Sin without looking like a clown.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I love love love the buffing brush. I know this set comes with the pointed foundation brush, but it's crap compared to how the buffing brush applies my foundation. I go between using the RT buffing brush and my Sigma flat top kabuki. The Sigma brush has more bristles, but I like how the RT brush is domed. I think that makes it easier to get in the the crevices.

I also like the contour brush, but I use it for highlighting or applying powder rather than contouring. My fav brush for contouring is still my MAC109.

I gave a "4" as an overall rating since the other brushes in this set were average in my opinion.

on 2/16/2012 4:27:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Grey

The core collection is probably the best Real Techniques set, it includes four brushes that can be used for many different purposes and a case.
I simply adore the ''contour brush'', it is small, has a round and slightly pointed head which makes it perfect for contouring. I don't think i have used any other brush for contouring cheekbones since I got this. Although the two are totally different in shape it reminds me (in size and function) of e.l.f.'s blush brush.
The detailer brush is perfect for concealing, it is similar to e.l.f.'s one dollar concealer brush but this one doesn't fall apart as easily. It could also be used as a lip brush which I haven't tried yet.
I quite like the buffing brush as well but I don't really find a use for it, I prefer other brushes for foundation (although I mostly apply it with fingers) and I don't use powder. I still reach for it when the brushes I use for these purposes are dirty and so far I have not had any problems with it.
I don't use the pointed foundation brush because I don't like (flat) foundation brushes in general but I can tell it's better quality than the e.l.f. and Ecotools ones.
The set comes with a case that can be also used as a stand so I guess that makes it great for traveling but at home I don't really use it.

Needless to say all brushes are very well made, none of them has shed a single hair in my three months of daily use. They are synthetic so you can use them with cream products as well (I apply Chanel Bronze Universal with the contour brush etc. ). They are really really really soft and nicely shaped plus they are easy to wash. I have experienced some problems with getting MAC Studio finish concealer off the concealer brush but that's probably because I have a crappy brush cleaner.
Anyway, you might not be 100% satisfied with this set if you are used to MAC brushes (or even more expensive ones) but most of my brush collection consists of e.l.f. and Ecotools so this is fantastic quality for the money.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 2/6/2012 6:21:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

The Core Collection includes four beautiful brushes, the Detailer Brush, the Pointed Foundation brush, the Buffing Brush and the Contouring Brush.

Firstly I'm going to talk about the Detailer Brush which is a small brush intended for concealer. But it can also be used as a lip brush. I tend to use it as a lip brush because I think it's better to use my finger to conceal. As a lip brush it is great, it has good shape, softness and size.

Secondly, The Pointed Foundation Brush isn't what I expected of it, I felt a little let down. It's to small for my opinion. I've got a quite large face and it didn't suit me to do my foundation. But it is soft and I like the shape, I sometimes use it for my concealer around my nose because it's angled to get to those areas. So, this brush might suit someone else who might have a smaller face, with more details.

The Buffing Brush is my favorite in this collection! It's so soft and has the perfect shape. The bristles don't break because it just has softer hairs in the end. I absolutely love it. I use it to apply my powder. It can also be used with a mineral foundation.

The Contouring Brush is a lot like the Buffing Brush when you touch it, but the shape is different. It's slimmer and a bit longer. I think it's great to contour my face with it because the shape is perfect for it.

I hope this is helpful if you're interested in buying those brushes :)

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

As a pro makeup artist, I have three sets of these! I seriously can't say enough good things about these brushes! The cost of around $18 for four high quality brushes is an awesome deal!

Buffing brush: I use this for applying liquid/cream foundation, powder foundation, blush, and setting powder. This creates a beautifully blended, seamless finish. The bristles are firm enough to move the product around, yet have enough give to be very gentle on the skin. So soft, feels like a dream.

Foundation brush: This is the flat brush. I find this too small for applying foundation, and personally like using buffer brushes for applying foundation anyway. What this IS great for is applying under eye concealer! Perfect size and shape to get right in there. Plus it's super soft and gentle on that sensitive area.

Contour brush: I LOVE this brush! I use it for both highlighting and contouring, as the small shape fits right into the hollows of the cheek, and the tip of the brush is perfect for hitting the high points of the face.

Detailer brush: This is my least favorite of the set, just because I find less use for it then the rest of the brushes in the set. But it IS a great brush. This can be used for concealing small areas like blemishes, eye shadow (particularly highlighting the inner corner of the eye), lip color, etc... I particularly like this bruush for blending out the concealer highlighter I put under my brows and down my nose. Like the rest of the brushes in the set, it is very soft.

I LOVE the fact that the ferrules are so high that they come up to about a quarter to the end of the brush. This makes washing them much easier, as you don't have to worry so much about getting water in the top of the ferrule, thus ruining you brush (you still have to keep the bristles pointed down under the stream of water though).

The flat shape of the end of the brushes doesn't really bother me on a personal level, but on a professional level, I'd rather have a tapered, less bulky brush handle so that I can fit more brushes into my belt. These take up a LOT of room. I feel no need to set them standing upright in any situation.

I find no use for the case the brushes came in. At home I put my brushes in a cup, and my pro brushes are kept in my belt. Even for travelling, I would use something else that holds ALL the brushes I want to take with me. The little elastic holders on the case are too tight to really fit the flat ends of the brushes into. I find this holder an unneeded part of the set. Maybe if it had a better design, I could see it as a useful tool.

All in all, these are EXCELLENT brushes, and I highly recommend them for personal and professional use.

EDIT: 5/9/13
These stand the test of time for professional use. They have withstood a multitude of makeup applications and rigorous washing's without excessive shedding or falling apart! I HIGHLY recommend these. My only qualm is the large end of the handles. I wish they were smaller or tapered so that I could fit more into my brush belt.

11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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