The Best Real Techniques Brushes

YouTubers Sam and Nic Chapman are the face of Real Techniques whose makeup brushes are often talked about in the beauty world. When I started blogging and purchased some of the brushes myself I could see why. The brushes are not only affordable, they have the quality to match. Brushes are categorised by colour in regards to their function; base brushes are orange, finishing/setting brushes are pink and eye brushes are purple.

I purchased all of my Real Techniques brushes from iHerb as the prices were a lot lower than New Zealand stores. I have never experienced any issues with bristles shedding and coming away from the ferrule. I treat my brushes with care and when I clean them they wash up like new. The majority have synthetic bristles which is one of the reasons they wash up so well.

I have had my brushes for a couple of years now and wanted to share my favourites and most used with you.

This post is not sponsored by Real Techniques. All opinions are my own and all brushes were purchased by me.

1. Expert Face Brush

This brush definitely gets used the most and is my favourite beauty tool to apply foundation. I have used it to buff concealer into the skin and apply bronzer in the hollows of the cheeks so it does have multiple uses! The bristles are quite dense but the brush doesn’t eat up foundation and gives nice, even coverage. The brush is small enough that it can get around the eyes and nose but large enough that it doesn’t take an age to blend out product on the cheeks and forehead. I prefer the finish this gives compared to a beauty sponge or my fingers.

2. Blush Brush

Again, another multi purpose brush! I probably use this for blush the least but it does give a lovely smattering of colour due to the tapered bristles which are also super soft. I love this brush for bronzing up my cheeks. I also use it to apply translucent powder on days I feel extra dewy or want a matte look. Sweeping motions and a light hand will make this brush your friend.

3. Shading Brush

If you want an eye brush that can blend, pack on colour and is a good size to get into the crease you will love the shading brush. If you opt for simple, everyday looks and use one or two shadows you can do it all with this one brush. Or if you prefer creating dramatic, smoky looks you can use this brush to apply your main lid shade and then go in with it again for the socket/crease work. The shades will blend together, completing the eye look.

4. Base Shadow Brush

This brush does what it says on the tin. It’s fluffy so it applies shadow evenly and quickly – you wouldn’t use this brush if you want precision. Being a base shadow brush and not venturing outside the cream/light brown territory very often, it lasts longer between washes as it doesn’t get dipped into as many colours. This brush is not sold separately like the previous three and comes as part of the Starter Set. Apart from the base shadow brush and deluxe crease brush (not mentioned in this post), I don’t reach for the remaining brushes in the set.


Have you tried Real Techniques brushes? What are your thoughts?

Writing this post led me to browse iHerb where I placed an order containing four brushes from the Bold Metals collection: three eye brushes and one face brush. My favourites could change/expand very soon.

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20 thoughts on “The Best Real Techniques Brushes

    • Chanelle says:

      I purchased an eye set a while back but there’s two now. I got the starter set and unless you want and eyeliner and a slanted eyebrow brush the set isn’t worthwhile in all honesty. I’m not sure what brushes are in the other set, Enhanced Eyes I think it’s called but that might be better to go for! 😊

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  1. stashy says:

    I purchased my first RT brushes off iHerb too! There were no stores selling them a while back but now there are quite a few stores that sell them.
    My favourite RT brush is definitely the Blush Brush – such an awesome fluffy brush to apply a diffused layer of pigmented blush.
    I’ve found that I don’t love synthetic brushes for eye shadows – just a personal preference, I just don’t find they blend as well. So I stick to the RT face brushes. The Contour brush is great too.

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    • Chanelle says:

      iHerb are far cheaper than stores over here 😝 The blush brush is so nice, lots of people seem to be a fan! I don’t contour but I want to try it, I’ll start with bronzer and the tools I have before looking into a separate brush lol

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