Real Techniques Makeup Brushes Review

real techniques brushes reviewsWe love the Real Techniques collection of makeup brushes, and we’re not the only ones. Around the world, Real Techniques brushes are some of the most popular makeup brushes available. And that’s for good reason: the brushes are labeled and color-coded (gold for foundation, purple for eyes, and pink for finishing), they are hand-cut to achieve the perfect shape, they stand on their own so you can display them easily on your vanity, and they have wonderful soft yet synthetic bristles, which means they are cruelty-free. One of the best aspects is that the brushes are also very affordable without sacrificing quality. The only problem is that they offer so many great makeup brushes it’s hard to know where to start! That’s why we’ve created our own Real Techniques makeup brushes review so that you know exactly which brushes to choose and for what purposes.


First up in our Real Techniques makeup brushes review is the great brush collections they offer. The amazing thing about these sets is that they contain different brushes than the brushes sold individually, so start here and later expand your collection with the more specialized brushes.

real techniques makeup brush setReal Techniques Core Collection Set

Four brushes in one elegant case – this set might be all you need to create a fantastic overall look. Start with the Pointed Foundation Brush to build your liquid foundation into perfect coverage. Move on to the Buffing Brush to smooth your powder and mineral foundation evenly into your skin. Use the Contour Brush to highlight and contour your face or even to add blush. Finish with the Detailer Brush to conceal or as a lip brush.

real techniques starter setReal Techniques Starter Set

The Starter Set comes with five brushes, which are all essential for your eyes. Put on your first layer of shadow with the Base Shadow Brush then add definition with the Accent Brush. The Deluxe Crease Brush is great for contouring and blending, and can be used for powder and cream makeups. Line your eyes flawlessly with the Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush, and complete your look with the Brow Brush to define your eyebrows.

Base brushes

Real Techniques Powder Brush

This brush is big. It’s also wonderfully soft, and is perfect for applying your powder and mineral foundations. It picks up just the right amount of powder to create a flawless base with excellent coverage. Your skin will look clean and beautiful with the help of this brush.

Real Techniques Foundation Brush

The Foundation Brush is angled so that you can build your coverage just the way you want it. You can use cream and liquid foundations, concealers, and powders with this brush. The angled design is perfect for applying makeup around your nose and under your eyes, as well as over the rest of your face. This brush will never let your makeup get cakey, and you will look like you’ve had an airbrushed application.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

If you want to get to an expert level of foundation application, try this soft yet firm face brush. You’ll want the Expert Face Brush both to apply and blend your cream or liquid foundations. The bristles are non-porous which means that they’re easy to clean and won’t waste any of your liquid or cream – it will all go on your face and not soak into your brush. This brush will make your pores vanish.

Eye brushes

Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush

This unique “brush” is actually a single piece of silicone. Unlike a liner brush, this thin and angled silicone will never create a ragged or frayed line. It’s flexible yet firm, and is perfect for your gel, cream, or cake eyeliner. The use of silicone also makes it very easy to clean. You’ll finally be able to apply your liner as precisely as you want it.

Real Techniques Lash Brow Groomer

The two-sided Lash Brow Groomer comes with Real Technique’s famous synthetic bristles to keep your eyebrows in order and a precision metal comb to separate your eyelashes. Unlike normal plastic combs, the metal teeth of this comb won’t break off easily and won’t get gummed up after contact with your mascara. The metal teeth are quite sharp, but the brush comes with a cap so that you can easily store the comb without fear of poking yourself.

Real Techniques Shading Brush

Apply your eye shadow effortlessly with this great shading brush. The brush is small, so it’s perfect for precision. It’s a great brush for placing color on your inner, mid, and outer lid, and can blend and soften color as well. The brush holds it shape well even after years of usage and washing.

Finishing brushes

Real Techniques Setting Brush

If we had to choose the MVP of all makeup brushes, it would be this Setting Brush. Use it for contouring, highlighting, applying base foundation to your eyelids, and setting makeup under your eyes and around your nose. It handles blushes, powders, and creams equally well. This Setting Brush might just become the most important tool in your makeup kit.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush

If you want your daily makeup to look like it’s professionally done, get this wonderful Stippling Brush. Unlike buffing, you’ll want to pick up just a small amount of foundation in the white tips of the brush and dot your face gently. You will get a beautiful, clean finish that, while looking airbrushed, will never look heavy.

Real Techniques Blush Brush

We love this big and soft Blush Brush. It’s nicely tapered, which makes it comfortable and easy to swipe on color without any fuss. If you want to apply more precise and specific color you might want a smaller brush, but this Blush Brush is for those of us who want the job done quickly, and done right.

We hope that this Real Techniques Makeup Brushes review has helped you decide which of their many wonderful brushes to work with. We’re sure you will love the brushes, and, since they never shed, are quick and easy to clean, and keep their shape, they will stay in your makeup kit for years in perfect condition. Check out Real Techniques founder Sam Chapman’s awesome makeup tutorials on YouTube for extra guidance.