I’m always a bit wary of ‘blogger designed’ products. Brands see the huge numbers of social media followers the popular vloggers are pulling, and put their name on any old tat they think these ‘influencers’ can persuade people to buy. They do it of course, because it works!
One definite exception to the rule though, is the range of Real Techniques make up brushes by Sam Chapman (one half of Pixiwoo).
Originally, I didn’t take much notice of the glowing reviews online because the top beauty You Tube gurus all know each other and gush over each other’s products. But, after using the 4 piece core collection of coverage essentials set (bought in August on a half price promo – £10.99 at Boots) daily for 3 months, it’s obvious that these are high quality brushes which have been beautifully designed and researched by Sam.
Never mind that the brushes look gorgeous with their shiny orange metallic handles, they are slightly weighted at the end for balance and have a black matt rubber-esque end section for easy grip.
They feel comfortable in the hand and they are the perfect length for easy application, although they are a couple of cms shorter than my Mac brushes.
The synthetic bristles are good quality, even tugging at them doesn’t loosen the hair. They’re the right side of firm, not overly fluffy. All the brushes works equally well with liquid, mineral, cream and powder formulations. They also dry quickly after washing.
Create a perfect canvas with our core collection of coverage essentials. Made with taklon bristles (artist quality), Real Techniques brushes are ultra plush and smooth and 100% cruelty-free.
From left to right below:
Delicately applies highlighter to the cheekbones for a sheer, soft-focus contour.
This brush has the softest bristles of the four. It works well as a contour (especially along the jaw line), and highlighting brush, but is also perfect for blusher as it’s not too big, so you have a little more control. It’s great for blending too.
POINTED FOUNDATION BRUSH
Unique cut for use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage.
A unique cut for Barbie perhaps, otherwise it’s far too small. It would take a couple of weeks to cover your face with foundation using this brush. However, as a concealer brush, it’s fantastic! It has firm, smooth bristles and the point fits nicely into inner eye contours and around the nose. I use this brush every day.
Precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition.
This is a delicate, but firm bristled brush. Best used to spot conceal blemishes, fill in eyebrows and apply eyeshadow along the lower lash line. I found it a little too big to use on my lips.
Ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.
The QUEEN of buffer brushes! Dense bristles with the just the right amount of firmness. It holds its shape and doesn’t splay after use, no matter how vigorously you blend in product. This is the only buffer brush that’s ever worked for me, I’m a convert.
Dual carrier and stand keeps brushes organised on your counter or on the go. Also perfect for drying brushes upside-down.
I binned this, I know it’s probably my fault, but I couldn’t get on with this at all. It wouldn’t stand up for me and it felt a bit cheap and plasticky.
These high quality brushes are incredible value for money. All the brushes feel lovely on the skin and in the hand. There are no duds, even if you don’t use them as described on the official packaging, each one is perfect in its own way.
There’s also a handy video with Sam demonstrating how to use the brushes.
This set usually retails at between £20-21.99.
It’s worth shopping around and keeping an eye on Boots for one of their regular promotions – it’s great value at £20.00 for four brushes, but it’s an absolute steal for £10.99!