The Real Techniques Starter Kit


I’m sure that every beauty lover out there will have heard of Real Techniques. Before the wonderful ladies from Pixiwoo brought out their fabulous range, to get a decent makeup brush, you really had to go high-end. Unless you went to somewhere like MAC or Bobbi Brown, you could be sure that your brush would end up shedding little hairs all over your face, clumping together after its first wash, or just generally being a bit rubbish. No wonder I only really started using them when I was about 19!

The Real Techniques brushes, on the other hand, are affordable, amazing quality, and very stylish to look at. After buying my first kit, I was completely hooked. So if you haven’t paid a visit to Boots yet and picked some up, I thoroughly encourage you to do so now! But the question is, which do I recommend??… With some difficulty, I’ve put together my four favourites from the collection, and the four that I recommend purchasing if you’re new to the brush world…

The Stippling Brush: A stippling brush looks kind of like a flat broom! It’s made up ofΒ closelyΒ compactedΒ hairs making a flat, circular top, and is used to create a flawlessly airbrushed base. I reach for this to apply any base products (foundation, bb/cc cream) by lightly blending it into my skin in small, circular motions. It’s also great for blending out concealer or bronzer after contouring.

The Blush Brush: Ok, so even though this is technically intended for applying blusher on to cheekbones, it actually works amazingly with any powder-based product! I use it for dusting on some setting powder (like my Guerlain Meteorites Perles), bronzer (Clarins Aquatic Treasures Bronzer) and my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. Basically, anything which doesn’t need too much precision, this is ideal for.

The Setting Brush: This brush has achieved a sort of cult status in the makeup world, and I can completely see why! The small, fluffy shape of the brush makes it perfect for really precise application. Think a touch of highlighter across your cheekbones and below the brow bone, touching up your under eye with some light setting powder, or even dotting a bit of concealer onto any pesky blemishes. This brush does everything. And when it’s summer and you’re going for a more dewy makeup look, use this to apply powder in the places where you actually want it, instead of all over. Seriously, this brush needs to be in your collection.

The Shading Brush: Recently I did a post called my 9 Makeup Tips for Hooded Eyes, and number 6 was “Invest in a bloody good crease brush“. This shading brush is the only one I’ve found which actually enables me to create some sort of visible crease. It’s also amazing for blending out eyeshadow, and is just generally a very versatile brush (some have said it’s a dupe for the famous MAC 217). If you find your eye makeup never looks quite right, then this could be the brush you’re looking for!

So there you have my top 4 recommendations from the Real Techniques collection… What do you guys think? Have you used any of these brushes? And do you have any other brands/brushes to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

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Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx


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Hi, I'm Jo. A marketing girl with a love of bold lips, luxury skincare, delicious food, and travelling to new places. Continuing to blog all my adventures...

67 thoughts on “The Real Techniques Starter Kit

  1. Love Real Techniques brushes! πŸ™‚ At the moment in Boots they have the core collectin (detailer brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing brush, contour brush and panoramic case for half price – 10.99 i think instead of 21.99 or something πŸ™‚ just incase anyones looking to buy some brushes πŸ™‚ x

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  2. This post is perfect for people like me who are clueless when it comes to makeup brushes. I’ve been thinking about purchasing a Real Techniques brush but I’m so used to doing everything with my fingers lol x

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  3. The blush brush is one of my al time favourites, so great for bronzer too! I really want to pick up the stippling and setting brush next, you’ve got a great collection!

    Jasmine |

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  4. The blush brush is MASSIVE so I too, use it for powder rather than blush (unless you want blush covering your full cheek!)
    Your picks are all of my favourites from RT too. I also like the Buffing brush – great for foundation or cream blushes.

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  5. I love RT brushes, all of my brushes are RT actually! I love the buffing brush for applying foundation and the expert face brush for applying cream blush. Love the brushes you have picked out too – setting brush is an absolute winner! xoxo

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  6. Oh my goodness, you take such beautiful pictures 😍
    I’m so glad you’ve made a post like this, I’ve been planning on buying some RT brushes recently, but was so overwhelmed by the variety, this post has simplified things so much for me, and now I know which brushes to target, so thank you πŸ™‚ xx

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  7. My most used brush is the setting brush, it really is a must have brush in anyone’s collection. I use it to set my concealer, to apply a base nude eye shadow all over the lids, to highlight the cheekbones, down my nose, cupid’s bow and the center of my forehead, the list is endless, lol.

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