Budget Brushes – Real Techniques


When I filmed my teen makeup starter kit I was overwhelmed by the requests for a budget brush video. I have a large brush collection but the majority are Sigma and Sedona Lace which aren’t necessarily the cheapest when you consider shipping if you’re outside the US plus a lot of you were looking for something you could just go out and buy, after all if you’re under 18 you may not have the means to shop online. I bought the Real Techniques Starter Kit (all eye brushes) when it first launched two years ago but despite rave reviews was never tempted by the face brushes until MakeupSavvy posted a link to a discount Amazon seller. I decided to ‘complete’ my set with a view to testing them out for a video and having had them for more than a month now I think I’m just about ready..IMG_5676

First of all, the handles – they’re aluminum so lightweight and considerably shorter than your average brushes which makes them just as great for travel as for day to day use. They’re also colour coded depending on what they’re designed to be used for, purple for eyes, orange for face and (I’m guessing) pink for cheeks? Anyone know pink? Another bonus if you’re looking at this brand for your first brush kit but don’t think that means you can’t use a face brush for your eyes.. rules are made to be broken, right? Each brush also has a name printed on it suggesting how it should be used ie: detailer brush which I like.IMG_5673

I’ve never found a brush I love applying my foundation with, I usually use my hands so I can feel where the product needs blending and I prefer the finish but I love the blogger-hyped buffing brush for my finishing powder. The contour is amazing for blush and the pointed foundation brush is my go to for blending my concealer. What I love most about the RT brushes is their unique shape, so many companies just make their own version of the cookie cutter brush set but these are so different and that’s probably why I find myself reaching for them over my others. The stand outs from the eye brushes for me have to be the shading (I think I bought this separately now I come to think of it), the base shadow and the accent, I think I could survive with these three brushes alone for my eyes and given the volume I have to choose from that’s pretty tall talk. All in all this is a very impressive range and you get the feeling that Sam Chapman really did have a hand in it rather than just lending her name.

Although you can’t get quite the awesome deal from the Amazon seller I bought my Core Collection from as you could when Fee posted about it a discount is a discount and you can get the Eye kit for £16.43 here and the Face kit for £17.23 here both with free delivery. I now have my eye on the blush brush too having heard nothing but awesome things and if any of you have any other fab recommendations from the range leave me a comment.. my Sigma brushes are slowly making their way into my surplus brush holder..

Miss BB



  1. 3 June, 2013 / 10:46 am

    Gosh, I’ve been saying it forever but I REALLY need to buy me some of these brushes.

  2. Kathryn Brindley
    3 June, 2013 / 11:33 am

    Its funny hearing about all the different uses people have for these brushes. I personally hate the contour brush for contouring or blush, but won’t use anything else for my concealer its great at blending it in particularly around the eye area. You HAVE to get the blush brush it really is amazing, particularly with really pigmented blushes (Sleek I’m looking at you!) it makes application and blending a breeze! X

  3. Sarah Meehan
    3 June, 2013 / 2:03 pm

    Khila, try iherb.com for real techniques brushes…dollar prices n great discount codes! 🙂

  4. 3 June, 2013 / 2:18 pm

    Have you checked out iherb for these sets? They work out fairly cheap (loads of 5% off discounts and shipping is very cheap) I bought the eye starter kit from them and it worked out at around €15 including delivery

  5. 3 June, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    I Think pink might be for ‘finishing’ brushes but there’s a distinct chance I’m making that up. I could check to verify but that’d feel like cheating.

    The blush brush is rather wonderful. In fact I tend to use these brushes above any others ( I don’t have a massive collection but did have some I loved which no longer get enough attention due to the rt brushes!)

  6. Annie
    3 June, 2013 / 3:18 pm

    You should try the blush brush for contouring… it is AMAZING and makes your contour look very natural (as far as contour can..)!

  7. Annie
    3 June, 2013 / 3:28 pm

    Please could you delete my previous comment.. I didn’t realise my photo came up and I would rather not have it online… Sorry!! I will repost the comment so that the photo does not come up!

  8. Zoie
    3 June, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    You need the real techniques blush brush in your life if your a little heavy handed with the blush. I have a pot full of blush brushes but only ever use my RT one xx


  9. Jodie
    3 June, 2013 / 4:08 pm

    I love the RT brushes. I actually use the pink-handled stippling brush to apply my foundation. I blend it in then stipple over it so it has a more even look. Nothing else compares now.

  10. Beckie
    3 June, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    I recommend you try the stippling brush, it’s great for foundation and cream blushes too!

  11. Stacey
    4 June, 2013 / 8:00 am

    I love Real Techniques brushes and have been paying full price for my little collection, so thanks for the link as it will save me a lot of money x

  12. 4 June, 2013 / 8:57 am

    I totally agree with you that Real Techniques brushes are the way to go and will absolutely recommend to anyone who wants ‘budget’ brushes but still is worth investing in as they get the job done. In fact, their Orange line’s Buffing Brush made it to my May 2013 Favourites! They may not be the cheapest brushes out in the market, but definitely the most affordable and worth it judging from how well they work. 🙂

  13. Emily
    4 June, 2013 / 11:07 am

    I think Pink is for finishing, but I’m not 100% sure 🙂

    I love the real techniques brushes, the dome shadow brush is amazing for concealer 😀

  14. 5 June, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    Thank u so much for this

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  16. 8 September, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    Love this! This may help some of you, you can get the full range of real technique brushes at iherb.com really cheap, and i have a code for upto $10 off!!! : HWT011 : use it at the checkout and only $4/ £2.50 worldwide delivery!!! Hope this helps, they end up being like super cheap! 🙂 .

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