Product Rave : Real Techniques Brushes!


The Real Techniques Brushes are just the BEST brushes I’ve used (so far!). I own the Expert Face Brush (great for foundation), Contour Brush (for contouring, highlighting and blush), the Buffing Brush (multi tasker), Pointed Foundation brush and the Detailer Brush. If you’ve never heard of these before, these are created by Samantha Chapman who is one of the Pixiwoo sisters duo who are makeup artists and run an amazing Youtube Channel (Pixiwoo).


Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman
Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman


Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman
Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman





Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman
Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman


I first got these brushes through Christina (The Makeup Train) from the US. I got the Core Collection which contains the Buffing Brush, the Contour brush, the Pointed Foundation brush and the Detailer brush. The set of 4 costs $18 and it is amazing quality for the price! The  brushes are dense and have soft bristles. I don’t particularly love the last 2 but the Buffing and Contour brush are absolutely fantastic!!

I liked these so much that I wanted to try more of these. I ordered the 5 piece eye makeup brush set along with the Expert Face Brush from While I was happy with the 5 day delivery from US to India and the affordable shipping charges, they messed up the order and sent me the Core Collection (which I already had!). I wrote to them and they refunded the amount but I couldn’t get the eye makeup brush set (yet!). So my experience with these brushes is only limited to the face brushes.

A little more in detail about each of the brushes and what I use them for –



The Core Collection (Set of 4 brushes) ($18.00) ~



Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman
Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman


Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman
Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman



Brand Description –
– Detailer Brush : Precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition

– Pointed Foundation Brush : Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage

– Buffing Brush : Ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation

– Contour Brush : Delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish

– Panoramic Case : Dual carrier and stand keeps brushes organized on your counter or on the go


The 4 brushes come in a nice black casing which is great for travel! It doubles up as a stand as well!


Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman
Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman



Buffing Brush

The buffing brush is nice dense brush with a little fluffiness to it and because of this, it can be used for application as well as blending of products. I like using it with liquid foundation or after my entire makeup is done – just to buff all the products for a seamless, smooth finish. I think it would be great with powder foundation/mineral powders as well though I haven’t tried that, I’m more of a liquid foundation person. The bristles are soft and I just love how dense it is and yet it doesn’t ‘drink up’ the foundation like brushes do sometimes.  The handles are quite thick and feel nice and sturdy in the hands. MUST-HAVE  brush in my opinion! Rating : 5/5


Contour Brush

Another amazing brush for the face! It is soft, dense yet not rigid and has a dome shaped profile. Its great for cream products in particular and I love using this for cream blush and cream contour/bronzer. It works well with powders too but I like it a little more with liquids and creams. For powders especially very pigmented ones, I prefer using brushes that a little less dense and more fluffy so that they don’t pick up too much product. Because it has a dome shaped profile, its good for working in smaller areas too like highlighting cheekbones etc. Rating : 4.75/5


Pointed Foundation Brush

I don’t love this brush as much as the previous 2 but I still like using it for working in small areas. It has a flat tapered profile and I like using this for under eye concealer. It doesn’t feel as dense and soft as the other brushes which is why its not one of my favorites. I don’t know if its sold separately or just part of the Core Collection kit but if it is, I won’t recommend this. Rating : 3.5/5


Detailer Brush

This is just a regular small brush, good for working concealer into small areas or for lipstick application. I don’t use this often, only for lipstick sometimes. Its useful though. Just like the pointed foundation brush, this doesn’t feel as soft and dense as the first 2 I mentioned. Rating : 3.75/5

 (detailer brush is not pictured below)



Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman
Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman


Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman
Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman


Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman
Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman



Expert Face Brush ($9.00)


Brand description : 

Great looks start with a flawless base.

The expert face brush is ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation:

– look pixel perfect even in harsh light

– ultra plush taklon bristles


This one is sold separately and this is a great brush for foundation! The bristles are very densely packed, feel soft against the skin and it works really well for liquid foundations. Its not perfectly rounded like the buffing brush, its slightly flattened at 2 ends giving it more elliptical profile. It does have a *slight* tendency to absorb product between the bristles because of its density, which I realized when I washed this one for the first time. Because its so dense, it also needs a little extra work to clean as the foundation tends to seep in near the ferrule where the bristles are most tightly bound. That said, its still an amazing AMAZING brush! Its gives a really nice finish to the skin and this has been my go-t0 foundation brush ever since I bought it! MUST-HAVE for liquid foundation fiends like me! Rating : 4.5/5

Because it is VERY dense, I wouldn’t recommend using this with foundations that have a thick, heavy texture as you might end up with a heavy handed application. The Buffing brush would be better for that. 



Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman
Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman


[note color=”#FFE4C4″]If you live abroad, you can probably get these at a store near you. But if you stay in India, you’d need to order these online. My only experience buying these online has been through In case you’re interested in ordering (credit card required for payment), you can use my coupon code WFJ318 to get some discount. A lot of people have recently ordered from and I’ve heard mostly good reviews. I paid $6 for shipping after applying a discount coupon and didn’t have to pay any custom duty on receiving the product. But some people who placed larger orders had to pay a hefty sum on delivery. The best way to get these is to ask a relative/friend/colleague traveling to the US or UK to get these for you 🙂

I LOVE these brushes for my face and I’m going to get the powder/blush brush and the eye makeup brush set soon! Have you tried the Real Techniques brushes? Let me know your experience below! [/note]



  1. Oh yeah I have all these brush and got them from only 🙂 one of the best quality brushes and very reasonably priced! Must have!

  2. If any one wants to order from IHERB.COM, they can also use my coupon LLQ610 to get 10$ discount, it means shipping is free 🙂

  3. Thanks for the review. I am def ordering the face expert brush. Wanted to know whats the difference between a buffing brush and a kabuki brush ?

  4. Did DHL charge an extra 1000 bucks for the customs for you as well? I had to pay INR1131 in addition to shipping charges for 3 brush set that I ordered from 🙁

        1. I don't know Gayatri. Its hard to tell when they'll slap some custom duty on the packages in India. Though the order doesn't seem very big so hopefully there should be no issue.

  5. I want to buy Real techniques Brushes!!!

    🙁 🙁

    But have only credit card payment gateway!!

    Ankita, (or any helper here) could you suggest me any online website to make my purchase?

    Is there any customs ”panga” in India???

    I want to make my parcel deliever in India.

  6. hi ankita this time i need ur help,, m looking a stippling brush (duo fiber brush) to purchase which are easily available in my city,, confused in b/w MAC & Real techniques,,, help me please.. ;(

  7. i want to knw ur comments about Real techniques stippling brush v/s Mac 187 duo finer brush,, well i hv seen the mac one liked it,,, but i hv always found ur comments the best..

    1. Hi, sorry haven't tried the real techniques one. I have the MAC 188 – smaller version of 187 and I totally regret buying it. Too sparse and small for foundation.

      1. thanks for ur reply ,,, on my last visit to MAC the SA applied the foundation by using the MAC 188 brush , may be he knew the technique to use it,, the foundation he applied was totally blended into my skin & i was really impressed ,, to was looking for it,, once again thanks ,,,

      2. hi ankita ,, I m just chking out the available stippling brush options to me,,, I hv read many reviews in past sm days & m very confused ,plz help me,,,
        1. Real Techniques stippling brush has mixed reviews (available on flipkart for Rs 1600)
        2. Colorbar duo fibre brush has given bad experience to many people (available on colorbar shops)
        3. MAC duo fiber brush 187 seems good brush losng lasting one (for Rs 3600 may be)
        4. MAC duo fiber brush 188 is not good option as per ur reviews (may be for Rs 2500-2600)

        these are my views ,, nw help me & give ur comments for MAC duo fiber 187 brush ,,,whether it would be good option for me or not… Plz help me…

        1. Hi Joo, MAC 187 has mixed reviews. My Mum has it and she doesn't like it. Its not very dense and the bristles don't hold up well with time. I'd suggest you go with Real Techniques. And if you have a credit card, buy from instead – you'll save a lot.

          1. Thanks alot for ur suggestions ankita.. Actually I dnt want to waste my money in any way not even a single rupee… If m spending 3500-4000 for a single brush then I want to be fully satisfied with it… Will checkout i-herb site…thanks

  8. hi ankita well first i really want to thank you for giving the RT core collection brushes .. & nw my question is Do you have RT starter kit, expert face brush, blush brush ?? if really have then please review them i really need that ,.. actually currently these are available on on COD .. though the prize is quite high but RT is really amazing to spend over it..

    1. Yes I have these and the powder brush as well. Blush brush is good though a little large in my opinion. But not difficult to use at all. The shape is good and the bristles are quite soft.

          1. I have a couple of brushes I use – Real Techniques Liner brush, Coastal Scents liner brush (from Pearl kit – like this one more than the RT one) and 2 angled brushes – from Colorbar and Sephora.

  9. I have pointed foundation brush,Buffung brush and got them from only
    now i would like to go for expert face brush and thank you so much for sharing this.

  10. Hey, I saw real techniques brushes by Sam & Nic on various sites like amazon etc. Are these same as real techniques brushes by Samantha Chapman?
    If not so,please share the site from where i can get these?

  11. Hi I want to buy RT brushes.. but the there is a huge price difference in nykaa and AMAzon. I m really confused which one is authentic

    1. Go with Nykaa, they only source the products from the brands or their official partners, all the products are genuine.

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