Real Techniques: Core Collection & Starter Kit

For my birthday back in August, I received the Core Collection set and Starter Kit. RealTechniques is a favourite of mine and many other beauty bloggers. If you want to see my first RealTechniques post you can here. I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the brushes as I use them every single day, and now have a use for every single one instead of just most of them!

When I first got the kit I used the Contour Brush for blush as I decided it was the right shape to deposit just the right amount on your cheeks. However, after using the brush for 8 months, I have started using it for it’s intended purpose. Contouring. It’s quite good actually. I am usually rubbish at contouring however this makes it a lot easier for me. The tapered brush, fits into the hollows of your cheeks really well, letting people, like me, distribute the right amount of product. I think you could still use it as a blush brush as it is good for dusting your cheekbones with product, however, it doesn’t allow for precise application, like other brushes.

The Pointed Foundation Brush is probably my least favourite brush out of all the RealTechniques brushes I own. It’s meant to be used for foundation, but I cannot see how this works. I tried it once but I wasn’t a fan of it being used for foundation. I found that the size of the brush really let it down, as it’s surface area is small, it cannot pick up as much product as other brushes. I also find you end up using more product because you are not sure how much the brush actually picks up. Therefore I found it was the perfect highlighter brush. The top of the brush can apply a precisely the right amount of highlighter to define the face.

The Deatailer Brush is a lot like the Foundation brush just a third of the size, making it perfect for concealer and lipstick/gloss. I mainly use this for concealer, twinned with the Deluxe Crease Brush. It is really good for pin pointing spots and blemishes because of it’s shape. I have also used it for lip products. Lipsticks and lip gloss applicators cannot define like a brush, and if your lip shape needs defining this really helps.

The last brush in the Core Collection is the Buffing Brush. It has a domed top and up and till a week or two ago, I was only using this for powder. I have since seen people using it for liquid foundation, and it is brilliant for that use. I do find that using this for foundation will use up more product than my beauty blender type sponge. This is only because you are buffing the product onto the skin instead of ‘bouncing’ it. I have to admit though, this is so much better as a foundation brush than powder.

The Deluxe Crease Brush is one that I had no idea how to use it as it’s intended for the crease. However, due the the huge size of the brush it just didn’t fit properly in my crease! I then looked for how other people used the brush, and found the majority used it for under eye concealer. It is brilliant for this use. This is the best friend of my Detailer Brush. I apply the concealer with my Detailer Brush and buff it into the skin with the Deluxe Crease Brush, and then use a powder to set the concealer, with the same brush! Honestly I couldn’t live without this brush.

The Base Shadow Brush, is pretty self explanatory. It is a base shadow brush. I mainly use this for base shadow. However, it is also really good for blending through the crease. It is the perfect size for all these things!

The Detailer Brush is the cutest little brush I have ever seen. Its stiff fibres make it the perfect brush to smudge black eye shadow into the lash line. I also find it useful to use in my crease to place shadow, before blending out. But my favourite use if for highlighting my inner corner. It allows an even spread of product.

The Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush is not my cup of tea for doing eyeliner, I find it is too thick to get my favourite type of liner. However I do find it useful for ‘precision highlighting,’ Down my nose etc… If RealTechniques did a set without this brush I would definitely buy a whole other set.

The Brow Brush would be great for me if I had any idea how to fill in my blonde brows… But alas I don’t have any idea how. (Help would be graciously accepted!) Instead I use the brush for eyeliner! I can actually manage a good angled liner with this, the only brush ever to have helped me do this!


  1. Amy Barden
    January 15, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    Lovely post hun, and a lovely blog! I love Real Techniques brushes, they're amazing 🙂 And great pics too 🙂 Followed!

    • Beth/MissCosmeticBlogger
      January 30, 2014 / 5:52 pm

      Thanks for the follow! I love your blog 🙂 x

  2. Jennifer cheetham
    January 16, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    Love the RT brushes 🙂 Jenn Barely There Beauty | UK Beauty Blogxx

  3. Scottish Stef's Nails
    January 22, 2014 / 6:23 pm

    i just got the core collection for christmas and i agree, i don't like the flat foundation brush much at leaves lines on your face-the buffing brush is def much better for foundation:) I'm now following your blog girlie:)xx

  4. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt
    January 26, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    I love the RT brushes, especially the shading brushes, they're so pliable and light on the skin :o) XxMakeup by Candlelight

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