If you haven’t heard of Real Techniques before, I’ll give you a quick background; Sam & Nic Chapman are sisters and make up artists who started a YouTube channel (Pixiwoo) and released their own make up brush brand called Real Techniques. The packaging of all of these brushes they advertise their YouTube channel where they do loads of demos and tutorials. Recently it was the 5th birthday of Real Techniques, so in recognition of this, I decided to do a review/feature on my Real Techniques brush collection.
Real Techniques brushes are all synthetic bristles, they are 100% cruelty free and are produced by Paris Presents which has a very eco friendly initiative.
I’ve done a lot of research, and without going into too much detail, I was surprised at how many brands use private labelling on other brands brushes. Whereas Real Techniques are a very unique design, which gives me more confidence in knowing the time and care has been made with the design, rather than throwing their logo on a cheap generic set already in production.
Talking about the look of the brushes, they have a chunky colourful metallic handle with a flat rubber base; some of the larger brushes will stand up vertically on this base. The handles are colour coded to reflect the primary use of the brush; orange is for base, purple is for eyes and pink is for finishing/sculpting. Also in the range they have a ‘Miracle Complexion Sponge’ which is often hailed as a cheaper alternative to the Beauty Blender.
While the names and colours of the brushes also indicate their primary function, they usually have a variety of possible uses; a lot of the Pixiwoo tutorials give examples of other possible uses, but it’s all down to personal preference.
Recently Real Techniques released a brush cleaning pad and a bush cleaning gel. I personally love the cleaning pad; it’s made from a soft rubbery material, it has a handle that you can put your hand through to secure the pad in place. It then has three different textured surfaces across the top and a lip to stop any spillage. Here’s my demonstration of how the pad works:
I wash my brushes regularly, they always come up good as new and I have never experienced them shedding. This cleaning pad is a great tool to make washing quicker and easier, and it is a lot cheaper then some others I have seen out there.
I had a stippling brush that must have been faulty because the entire head of bristles came out of the handle when I was using it. I contacted Real Techniques via their Facebook page, they got me in touch with the right person, assured me this wasn’t a common fault. I hadn’t purchased this particular brush from their website, so they were unable to send me a new one, but they did give me a generous discount code so I could order a replacement. This tells me they care about their customer satisfaction and have faith in their product quality. I’ve not has any issues with any of the other brushes.
The only other negative experience I have had is that the rubber at the base of the handles on some of my brushes has started to peel. I wanted to mention this to be fair in my review, however this doesn’t really bother me as it does not affect the use of the brush.
There are some that I definitely reach for more than others; my favourites are the two big fluffy brushes (Powder and Blush), the larger of the eye shadow ranges (base, crease, shading and smudge) and the slanted brow set. I also use the sponge almost daily!
Price-wise, Real Techniques are relatively one of the more affordable ranges. A lot of the brushes are available to buy individually, but they also sell lots of sets, most of which come with their own little case that can be used to protect and carry the brushes, or to use as a display stand for them. Here in New Zealand, they average at around $15-$30 per brush, with sets coming in at around $45-60.
Farmers and at a lot of pharmacies in New Zealand stock Real Techniques in store. You can also buy them directly from the Real Techniques website, which is probably the most secure way if anything were to go wrong, as they keep a record of your orders. The cheapest option for New Zealand shoppers (I’m not sure how the price compares for other countries) is via iherb.com, but they usually take around three weeks to arrive.
Overall I love these brushes, I think they look good, they work great, and they are a lot more affordable then Mac, It Cosmetics, Sigma etc, so I would recommend them if you want to build a quality brush collection with quality brushes, without splashing out on the more expensive brands.