Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set

A few years ago, I barely had makeup. I had concealer, lip stain and loose powder in my bag. Yes, hard to believe... I know.
I got into makeup when I was in my last year of college because it was a requirement if you're in the hospitality industry. I didn't even use brow products then (which I super regret right now. I didn't realize I basically have no brows hahaha.) I used concealer for eyebags, lipstick, blush and powder for our flights. After college and after watching dozens of YouTube videos that summer, that's when my love for makeup began. Well, it escalated quickly as you can see haha.

The first thing that came to my mind were brushes. I needed to invest in good quality brushes. Remember, your makeup brushes will be used everyday. It will last you years if you take care of them properly. It doesn't necessarily have to be expensive, but it has to be of quality. I needed brushes that can be used by newbies since I was just getting into it. After researching, Real Techniques was the only way to go. It's not too expensive and it came in sets which gives you more bang for your buck.

I was supposed to get the Real Techniques Core Collection brushes but then, Sam released her exclusive Sam's Picks. I thought okay, let me get that first since it was "limited edition" haha. After getting a feel of what Real Techniques brushes were, I then realized what kinds of brushes I liked and what I needed to purchase. These brushes will be your guideline on what good and bad brushes are.

The Core Collection set comes with four brushes and a case/stand. 
  • Detailer brush - Precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition.
  • Pointed foundation brush - Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage.
  • Buffing brush - Ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.
  • Contour brush - delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish.

Buffing Brush

This is my number one foundation brush. Great for mineral, powder, liquid foundations and even BBcreams and I even use this for buffing concealers. This brush is very soft and dense and it blends my foundation really well. I was never a fan of those flat foundation brushes because they leaves streaks and foundation lines on the skin. But with this buffing brush, it properly blends my base products and I can opt to have lighter coverage or heavy coverage. It would just depend on how much I buff the product in. 

I now have two buffing brushes and the older one is like two years old already. I loved it then, I still love it now. You can also use this brush for cream blushes. This is a must-have.

Pointed Foundation Brush

When I first saw this brush, I thought it's too small for the whole face and this can never be used for foundation. What I actually use it for would be applying and blending concealer. It's the best brush for thick concealers and building full coverage. P.S., it doesn't really leave streaks especially when you blend it well. 

I love using this brush on my problem areas such as blemishes since it has a "slip" and also for cleaning the eyebrow area when I apply too much brow gel. I don't apply eye concealer with this brush as I find it glides on too much and it's also not that soft for the delicate under eyes. Best for flat and hard to reach areas on the face.

I now have two pointed foundation brushes. The older one I've been using for two years, already has dents since I keep dropping it but it still works great. 

Contour Brush

I never thought I'd like this brush but I do. I'm used to seeing contour brushes as flat and angled but this brush is quite round and tapered. The packaging says that this brush delicately applies contour and highlight which I couldn't agree more. It's super soft but it definitely applies the product very lightly which is great especially if you have a heavy hand. 

It doesn't matter if your highlighter or contour is cream, liquid or powder. This brush can be used for all those formulas. I've also noticed that you can really achieve a natural finish using this brush. I own the Real Techniques sculpting brush and I'd prefer this contour brush over it any time, any day. This is so much easier to use, so much softer and you can build up products very well.

Detailer Brush

This is a brush I haven't fully explored. But I see a lot of people use this to apply concealer over their acne and blemishes on YouTube haha. Other people use this to for their lip areas to clean smudges and others (like myself) use this to clean the brow area and sweep off brow powders or gels. Other people use this to highlight the inner corners of their eyes which I have yet to do. It seems like this is a multi-tasking brush. Just like the name, it's a detailer. 

It's quite stiff but soft at the same time and it's really good for "cleaning" the brow area especially if you want precise and on point makeup. If you prefer a more natural finish, you can use this or the pointed foundation brush to sweep off excess brow powders.

Overall, I think this brush set is really the way to go. It's perfect if you're just going to buy your first makeup brushes. Like I said, I've had my Real Techniques brushes for two years now, and they still have a long life to live. Quality without the steep price. This is why it's one of the most used makeup brushes in the world.

Where to find Real Techniques in the Philippines? Get it from @all_about_authentic on Instagram. They have the sets, the single brushes and even the Bold Metals Collection.


I finally found a great way to utilize the detailer brush from Real Techniques and this was while I was applying Colourpop LBB. I over lined my lips and kind of smudged it -- and because this was a very pigmented dark lipstick color, I was scared that if I used my fingers, I would just smudge it even more.

I opted to use the detailer brush and the concealer from Bobbie to cover up the mess and it worked so great I couldn't even believe it. Haha. The brush did not mix the concealer and the lippie color (which I was scared of) and instead, it layered the concealer over it and covered the color perfectly. I then just carefully put a little bit of powder over the concealer and voila, it was set the whole day.

Detailer brush, you saved me from a day of being late at work. Thank you so much!.

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