Best Real Techniques Brushes

Y'all--we made it to Friday. I know! Tell me what you're up to this weekend! I've got the super exciting plans of cleaning Casa Sees, finally getting to 400 emails (I know), and washing my makeup brushes. That brings me to today's post, where I'm sharing my favorite Real Techniques brushes. Created by makeup artist (and Youtube star) Sam Chapman, these super affordable brushes can be found online and in stores, like Ulta; Bed, Bath & Beyond; and Wal-Mart. Ulta often does bogo on these, so that can seave you even more money.

Sometimes "affordable" isn't the best quality, but that's not the case here. Brushes start at $6! All brushes are synthetic, soft, self-standing and are cruelty-fee. As always, these are just my opinions. I urge you to try them out for yourself!

So pretty much all of the face brushes are amazing, but I have some definite favorites (can you tell?)
  1. Powder Brush--Nice, fluffy brush great for powder or mineral foundations.
  2. Setting Brush--Great for setting concealer under the eyes or applying highlight along the tops of cheekbones.
  3. Expert Face Brush--Hands down one of my favorites. Love this for blending liquid/cream foundation. Highly suggest getting this one.
  4. Core Collection--I love the buffing, detailer, and contour brushes, plus it comes in a stand-up storage case. I use the contour more for highlight than contouring. The detailer is great for concealing small areas or as a lipstick brush. Highly suggest this set.
  5. Blush Brush--Nice for applying color to the apples of cheeks.
  6. Stippling Brush--I love this for cream blushes or blending out too much blush. Highly suggest this one.
  7. Duo Fiber Collection--A must for those who want a natural or light application of products.
  8. Foundation Brush--I don't like this for foundation, as it feels very inexpensive but it is awesome for applying contour!
  9. Miracle Complexion Sponge--The closest I've found to a Beauty Blender dupe. Read my comparison between the two here.
  • Brushes I don't care for (but you might love):
    • Kabuki--I love that it can fold in half, but it's too big for me. I use mine from ELF more often.
    • Retractable Bronzer and Kubuki Brushes--I like that they're portable, but I just don't care for them. I have others I prefer instead.
    • I don't own the lip brush, so I cannot give a review on that one. Have you tried it?

As much as I love the face brushes, the ones for eyes just aren't my favorite, but I wanted to share with you some options.

  1. Starter Set--I like the base, accent, and crease brushes, and the brow one is okay. I use the liner brush for covering up a pimple. If you have small eyes, you'll love the accent brush. Again, this one comes with a case that can be used to store brushes upright.
  2. Shading Brush--I use this for applying or blending, and even on my concealer.
  3. Lash-Brow Groomer--This is one of the few affordable combs I've seen that is metal and every tooth is the same. Most have thicker ends, making they impossible to use, so I like this one for clumps in mascara. 
  • Other Brushes
    • Fine Liner Brush
    • Silicone Liner Brush
  • OVERALL: I say skip the eye brushes and get the face ones. My fave brushes for eyes can be purchased from Sigma Beauty.

Do you own Real Techniques Brushes? Faves?

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  1. This is so helpful- thank you! I'm starting to play around a little more with makeup and I just bought the Core Collection set. I can't wait to try out the brushes.

  2. Hi Elle, I was thinking of getting some new brushes this week so it was really useful reading about what brush is used for what purpose. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me...Have a great Friday!

  3. i dont own any of those but i'm a fan of Eco Tools!

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  4. I totally agree on the lip brushes - just don't quite get the need for them so I don't use them!! I have a great set from Sephora I got a few years ago, but I need to invest in some new brushes!

  5. I'm seriously obsessed with my kabuki brush! I don't know what I'd do without it. I need tog get some new eye shadow brushes!

    <3, Pamela

  6. I could use a new blush brush and I happen to have a Walmart gift card...guess I know what I'm buying with it! :)

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  7. I love Bare Escentuals brushes, but I have been looking for a good eyebrow groomer. Thanks for the tips! Susan

  8. we adore the Sephora's brushes! they're perfection
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    Eva e Valentina The AnarCHIC

  9. I love these brushes! They are really great quality and so affordable! This post makes me want to buy even more! :)

  10. 2, 5 & 6 from the face brushes look like a nice set. They are Bare Escentuals right? I either have that set (but mine has 6 total) or something similar and I love them. I just started using them. But I am very low-maintenance when it comes to makeup actually. I have a gifted set from Sephora I have never used also. That's interesting that you can find nice brushes at Wal Mart. =) Thanks for letting us in the know.

    Enjoy the weekend, Elle. =)

  11. Elle, I'm obsessed with these brushes, even the ones for eyes:) I have three sets from RT that I use every day. I love Sam and Nic, and have been following them in YouTube even before they were famous:)

  12. I just use my Bare essentials brushes, so I love reading about other brands! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Okay I have no idea why I have never tried out brush from Real Techniques. I have heard amazing things about them. Nice post.

  14. I love these brushes too!! The RT brushes were one of my first brush sets I got when I started getting into makeup. I love the stippling brush, and I really need to try that expert face brush. I was thinking about trying the retractable bronzer one and the kabuki, but I think I'll skip out since you don't care for them!

  15. I've heard some great things about the Real Techniques brushes! Currently I have Clinique brushes for my face (probably unnecessary, but I splurged for my birthday one year) and ELF brushes for my eyeshadow.

  16. Never heard of this brand before but now I want all the face brushes! Hope you have a relaxing weekend!

  17. My brushes are in dire need of being replaced...I'm interested in trying these out now!

  18. I have the core collection and use every brush in the kit everyday. I DEF want to buy more! Esp the stipping brush and blush brush.

  19. I love Real Techniques brushes! I have most of the face ones but I've never tried any of the eye ones!

  20. How many brushes would you say you use on a regular basis? I think I use 5 and truly, that's all I have time for. I wish I knew how to contour better.

  21. love these finds! I lost my all time favorite brush set on vacation about a year ago...I am still sad about it lol.

  22. I love RT brushes! I have the starter set, travel set, and the retractable bronzer brush. I just ordered the powder brush and blush brush!

  23. I have a bunch of the RT brushes and I love them! You can't beat the price. Ugh and don't remind me! I need to clean my brushes sooo bad but I hate it so much haha have a great weekend!

  24. Cool post! I still don't own any Real Techniques brushes but I really want to! =)



  25. My favorite real techniques brushes are the powder, blush, brow, and duo fiber brushes. Great review.


  26. i've heard they're really good. i have to get a set.

  27. Great post. I love RT. I totally agree that the face brushes are amazing and better then the eye brushes.I adore all the face brushes that I own. I need to find the duo-fiber brushes!

    xo Ashley

  28. good review, thanks for sharing
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  29. Awesome post Elle !! i love my REAL TECH brushes ... they are awesome :) xx

  30. I have the hardest time finding acceptable brushes. I think I'm going to hang with you when I make it back to Atlanta.

  31. I don't own any of these. I got a set from ELF that I use every once in a while but mostly I just use my fingers. *hides*

  32. I love these brushes. I own two of them already. By the way Elle, I mentioned you on my recent blog post just as a shout out. No obligation to do the tag post at all :-)

  33. Lovely post! Even I am thinking of buying a new set of pro brushes!! Thanks for the amazing post! <3

    Happy sunday!

  34. I've been wanting to get more brushes, so this post is perfect!

  35. My daughter swears by her foundation brush. I couldn't even tell you what it is. She got it at Sephoria. I use brushes only for setting powder and blush, if I ever use it.

  36. I've been looking at these brushes online for the last little bit debating on weather or not I wanted to get them. Thank you for your honest review on them :)

  37. The Expert Face Brush is one of my all time favorite makeup brushes (the price makes it even better). I prefer it to my Beauty Blender!

  38. Great picks, I like the buffer brush, the expert face brush and the contour brush <3

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  39. love this real techniques post. i plan to hit up ulta when they have another sale on them!! they just had one recently and i forgot to order online! i have a brush that looks SUPER similar to the #3 burhs you have listed but its more dense, i forget the name of it!


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