Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Core Collection: Real Techniques love


Guess what arrived in the mail today?!

Long-awaited, much-hyped, and very brightly coloured: these need no introduction. Samantha Chapman did a great job with her brush line, and the blogosphere nods its head in agreement. 

Thus, after reading reviews that positively DAZZLE with praise, I made myself an owner of the Core Collection from Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman.
I ordered mine from iHerb.com for $17.99 + $6 postage&handling, but I did see them at Priceline for $44. They did take two weeks to arrive, so if you'd prefer to buy them instore and have them immediately, they ARE (finally!) available on Australian soil, albeit at a very high mark-up. If you're not willing to pay the extra $20 and you're in no hurry to own some MAKE-UP BRUSHES (talk about first world problems), there's always iHerb!


You've probably read and watched and heard a tonne of praise for these brushes, but I must tell you more!

The Core Collection contains the Contour Brush, the Pointed Foundation Brush, the Detailer Brush and the Buffing Brush. They are ALL supersupersupersoft. L.O.V.E.
Like most owners of the Core Collection, the standout of this set and the instigator of my add-to-cart adventure pertaining to this purchase was the Buffing Brush. I've gathered that it was designed for powder foundation, namely mineral and pressed, while the Pointed Foundation Brush was intended to cater to those using liquid foundation. Comments on RealTechniques' Youtube channel from the RealTechniques team recommend the Stippling Brush/Expert Face Brush/Foundation Brush for liquid foundation, but contrary to the producers' claim, the majority of consumers/buyers/owners of this set sing joyous melodies about the Buffing Brush's ability to apply liquid foundation flawlessly.

The Contour Brush is a lot smaller than I'd made it out to be, but then again, when I saw the brushes at Priceline on Friday (the day of their release! I had no idea and just stumbled upon them while browsing with friends. An embarrassing spaz attack ensued. I was with three male friends and they ridiculed me about "the brushes!" for the rest of the day) I was surprised to find that they were smaller than I had thought they would be. I don't wear bronzer, and I don't contour, so the only way I can imagine me using this brush is possibly for highlighter. But if/when I get into the technicalities of contouring, I'll have a brush for it?

The Detailer Brush is satisfactory. I can see myself finding a use for it applying concealer over hyperpigmentation, or applying lipstick (despite the fact that I hardly wear lipstick out, I prefer my Korres lip butters infinitely!). 

Lastly, the Pointed Foundation Brush. I don't like this brush. I may even despise it to the extent of hate. I think I got a bad one. Look at it in the close-up above. The shape is weird, there's a single strand going rogue on the side; it's a dud. It's been cut unevenly and it's rounded on one side and jagged on the other. Eugh. This one is going to sit in my birthday present Penguin Classics Jane Eyre mug on my dresser, neglected and forced to witness the delight its friends/cousins/colleagues will bring to my makeup routine. 

I do love (most of) these brushes and I do like the case it comes in, Essiebutton highlighted its good qualities in her Travel Makeup Bag video, which I love watching. I washed them after opening the package, and I basically gave them a deep-clean and they dried in about 4 hours, which is much faster than I expected, and they didn't shed at all. The Buffing Brush was the trickiest to clean, because the dense bristles caught a lot of the shampoo and were stubborn when rinsing out. But overall, extremely happy with them. Definitely recommend them.


I also picked up the Barbados nail polish in Let's Go Scuba Diving from Face of Australia, which I lamented when it evaded me a few weeks ago. I found it at another Kmart, so YAY. It's such a gorgeous turquoise.

Alrighty, well thanks for reading, take care and God bless! xx

10 comments:

  1. oooh they look nice! I wouldn't pay $44 for them though :/ although I do need a flat-top brush for my foundation.

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    1. They're lovely! But honestly, no informed person should pay that mark-up. If you can order them from iHerb, I highly recommend it. xx

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  2. I don't think I could bring myself to pay the marked up price! It's ridiculous! But they are lovely brushes, I have the eye set myself I can see where the foundation brush looks a bit off... I think they've just cut it wrong! Such a shame when that happens :(

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    1. I know, I was so disappointed when I saw the defective brush. And the mark-up is horrendous- I would never pay that much! xx

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  3. I have this set!! Grr, high markups in Australia suck. I didn't think I'd be using the pointed foundation brush at all, but I actually do for large areas that need concealing in dire times when my skin is suffering. xx

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    1. It's an awesome set! And agreed about the markups. That seems like a good use for the pointed foundation brush! I don't have enough brushes in my collection to the point of neglecting some, I'd probably find a use for the pointed foundation brush, but it hasn't been cut properly! D: Oh well. :) xx

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  4. $44 is obscene! I bought mine from this shop in the city late last year for about $27 I think? It was definitely under $30, and I thought the price was reasonable. Marked up, but not insanely so. I'm so glad for iHerb and the affordable shipping and American pricing (and strong Aussie dollar) :p Yayyy the set arrived! The buffing brush is simply the best for liquid foundation, period. Sorry to hear that you got a dud for the pointed foundation brush :S But I never use mine anyway. I like the contour brush for highlighting, though it seems like it'd be good for blush and bronzer as well (especially more targeted work). I like the detailer brush for inner corner highlight, though it could be used as a lip brush (I just never have). Enjoy them! :)

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    1. That's a reasonable price, considering you get them on the spot, and you don't have to run the risk of the parcel getting lost. I wish Priceline would have a sale- I'd like to get the Stippling Brush and the Expert Face Brush (though I'm not sure they stock the EF brush- I didn't see it), and I don't want to order online if I can get it locally. I liked the sound of the Contour brush, and when I get into the workforce I'll probably find more use for it than when I'm going to class and studying :p That's a good use for the detailer brush- I detest using my fingers to highlight the inner corners because I never get enough control. Poor dud foundation brush. All in all, a good investment! xx

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  5. I just dont understand why our prices are marked up so much! Ive just ordered mine on iherb as well! Can't wait to receive them!!

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    1. Hope you like them! The buffing brush alone is worth it. :) And agreed about the markup. xx

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