Monday, 13 May 2013

Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman

Once I had decided that I would be doing my own wedding makeup I knew that I may have to splash out on some slightly expensive items to achieve the same finish as a professional makeover.

Top Right-Powder Brush & Core Collection, Bottom Left-Starter Kit, Bottom Right-Foundation Brush & Stippling Brush

One of the products I was willing to spend a little extra on was a decent foundation due to my skin insecurities but after a couple of disastrous colour matching sessions with both Clinique and Dior which left me more than a little reminiscent of an Oompa Loompa I settled for my old trusted favourite, Maybelline's Super Stay 24 Hour Foundation.
The other thing I was willing to spend a bit more money on was makeup brushes, something I had never really used before. An artist is only as good as his/her tools right? I think I read that somewhere. But until I looked in to it I hadn't realised just how expensive they could be!

I had heard fantastic things about Mac brushes but £17 for an eyeshadow brush alone?! Cmon! That did not meet my budget. One brand that did catch my attention was the Real Techniques range by Pixiwoo sister Samantha Chapman, not only for the reasonable prices but also for the endless amount of positive reviews I found online.

I started with the Core Collection set and was so impressed I just haven't been able to stop buying them since! The Core Collection includes the Buffing Brush, Contour Brush, Detailer Brush and Pointed Foundation Brush. I love the Buffing Brush for foundation as it gives a lovely natural finish and good coverage, and this made me curious about the Foundation Brush which is sold seperately, so this was next on my list.

Then I started to hear great things about the Stippling Brush, particularly for cream blusher so that one was next, followed closely by the Powder Brush (quite possibly the softest brush I have ever felt). Last but not least (and probably not actually last at all as I already have my eyes on the Blusher Brush) was the Starter Kit, which includes the Deluxe Crease Brush, Base Shadow Brush, Accent Brush, Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush and the Brow Brush, as it was on sale.

I got a little carried away yes. I almost have the whole collection now. I know I said that they were reasonably priced but when you buy this many it does add up! I do kind of see them as an investment buy, if looked after correctly they will last me a very long time and I do use a selection of them everyday so the money won't be wasted. Due to my undying love for them I am being very good and washing them every other week which will hopefully help them to last.

The ones I use everyday are the Buffing Brush and the Stippling Brush and the ones I use regularly are the Detailer Brush for concealer, the Foundation Brush when I need to build up some extra coverage and the Powder Brush for blusher.

I do like the Starter Kit and have used the eyeshadow brushes a number of times but these are probably the ones I use the least and have been the least impressed with. But apart from the Urban Decay eyeshadow brush that came with the Naked Palette these are the only decent eyeshadow brushes I have and I know I will get a lot of use out of them over the years.

The best buy was definitely the Core Collection which I loved so much I actually bought a set for my sister as a thank you for helping me with my hair and makeup on my wedding day and they were very gratefully received!

So next up on the shopping list are the Blusher Brush and the Expert Face Brush, cmon payday! Oh dear, somebody stop me....

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1 comment:

  1. I recently purchase the Core Collection and realized... I must have them all! I'm relieved to know I'm not the only one who is obsessed.



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