Make Up And Hair (MUAH) - Real Techniques Core Collection

by - February 23, 2014

Sometimes, the key to perfect, flawless makeup looks is the use of the right tools.  Do you agree that it's totally fine to invest on makeup brushes?  Well, I'm not saying that we have to splurge on luxury brands.  You can find high-quality brushes that are really worth every cent.  Take this one for example.

Thanks to Kris for giving me this awesome Christmas gift.  This set is called Core Collection, created specifically for creating a flawless canvass.  I chose this because of the good price, around 900 for 4 brushes!  I'm not sure if each could be bought individually, but they offer other types of brushes - sold per piece.  It's around 500 pesos each.  So with that, I recommend buying a set first if you like to give this brand a try.  Really a great value for money!

We bought this from an online shop, an official distributor of Real Techniques here in Philippines - Kalm Cosmetics.  There are a lot of shop on Facebook and Instagram, so better check them out.  

A short background first.  These innovative brushes are created by two famous and pro makeup artists, Sam and Nic Chapman.  They are also the creative minds behind the successful beauty and makeup Youtube Channel, Pixiwoo.  They have a lot of tutorials you can follow, but I think most of the looks are hard to achieve if you have small lids or Asian eyes. :)

Core Collection is composed of 4 face brushes and each set includes a panoramic holder-case in 1.  You can turn it like so.  You can add 3 more here.  

What a nice idea!  

I'm still using my ELF brushes.  Here's the C brush.  I also like their blending brush.  HIHI!

If you want to display your brushes, just bend it and pull the cord.  But I prefer it as a case.

These are synthetic brushes.  The bristles are really smooth and soft.  They are also color coded.  Orange for face brushes, purple for eye brushes and pink for finishing brushes.  

I think the combination in the Core Collection is just right.  You already have the basics in one set.  If they add a stippling brush, that would be awesome!  Face makeup application all covered!

They are all very dense and there's a white part at the top.  It's useful that way because you'll know if there's leftover makeup.  In other words, if they need some cleaning already.

I love the aluminum body.  It's very sleek and fits perfectly in my hand.  It looks very sturdy too.  Noticed the black rubber ends?  It's for that extra grip.  The design is just adorable.  Ooh, the name of each brush is also printed on the body.  Well, practically, you don't identify a brush by it's name when you're doing your makeup, but instead by it's look.

It's time to get to know more about each of these face brushes.  All of them can be used with any type of makeup - mineral, powder, cream, liquid, etc.

Detailer Brush

Best Use: spot concealing, as a lip brush

Can Also Be Used: in highlighting the inner corners of the eyes, patting cream eye shadow on lids, blending on lower lashes

Buffing Brush

Best Use: setting powder

Can Also Be Used: blending liquid foundation/BB cream (apply with your fingers first - use it after to even out some areas), applying blush 

This is the most abused from the set.  HAHA!  

Pointed Foundation Brush

Best Use: creating "V" on the under-eyes, applying concealer, blending on the sides of the nose

Can Also Be Used: applying foundation

Contour Brush

Best Use: perfectly fits the hollows of the cheeks, applying highlighter on the cheek bones, blending bronzer and blush, 

Can Also Be Used: setting under eye makeup/concealer with powder

Each brush gets the most amount of product and transfers it well.  My 2 faves are the buffing and contour brush.  

I already tried giving these babies a shower and so far, I haven't encountered any fall-out.  The bristles seem to be intact and attached well.  The way these are tapered is really great.  

I'm planning to get an eye brush set but from another brand.  Maybe Ecotools this time?  

What do you think?

Visit Real Techniques website for more information.  They offer a lot more individual brushes and sets.

Great value, multiple use, perfect grip and high quality.  If you're looking for a new set of face brush or a replacement to what you currently have, then I recommend trying this out.

Good luck!

your sweetest drug,

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