Friday, 27 September 2013

Review: Real Techniques Starter Set

I've been meaning to do this post for ages, ever since blogging about the Core Collection (here) back in January. There are lots of Real Techniques reviews out there, but hopefully there's room for one more! As with the Core Collection, the brushes come with a 2 in 1 case and stand, which is great to keep the brushes in when travelling or going on holiday. The brush bristles are hand cut from synthetic taklon and are cruelty free.

 Left to Right: Base Shadow Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush, Accent Brush, Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush, Brow Brush

Base Shadow Brush
"Applies a smooth, flawless foundation of color"
This is a lovely, soft and fluffy brush. The round, fairly chunky (but not too much) brush head really does make applying an all over base shadow effortless.

Deluxe Crease Brush
"Soft, oversized design for effortless contouring"
This is the brush that I mainly wanted this set for and I'm not disappointed. I'm not the best at eyeshadow application, but having a thinner and slightly more tapered brush head than the Base Shadow Brush, means that applying and blending a second eyeshadow along the crease of the eye and outer corner is a whole lot easier.

Accent Brush
"Designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting, and smudging"
I really underrated the Accent Brush when looking at the set, but as the description states it is a great multi-tasker. I mainly use it for applying a light coloured eyeshadow on the inner corner of my eye and on the brow bone. It's also great to use if you want your eyeshadow to have a more precise winged shape - create a line of eyeshadow using the Accent Brush from the outer corner and blend with the Deluxe Crease Brush.

Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush
"Tapered cut is ideal for dense or fine eyeliner application"
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this brush - I don't think it works well for a fine eyeliner application. I prefer to use the smaller eyeliner brush that came with the Maybelline gel eyeliner. However it's great if you want an instantly thicker line. I also use it to apply eyeshadow as an eyeliner by slightly wetting the end of the brush.

Brow Brush
"Distinctive shape easily defines eyebrows"
The tapered Brow Brush is the perfect size for me and puts my eyebrows back into a nice, tidy shape. I use it to apply the Benefit Brow Zings wax instead of the teeny tiny brush that comes in the set.

In summary, this set covers all the main brushes you need to define your eyes and brows. For someone like me, who only owned a basic eyeshadow brush from E.L.F. prior to this, it's a great value for money way to start out - the perfect Starter Set!

You can buy the Real Techniques Starter Set from Boots for £21.99 here.

Do you own the Starter Set? Which is your favourite brush from the set?

Beauty Bird xx



  1. Just ordered this set from Ulta and I am IN LOVE!!!!

    1. It's a great set and super value for money xx

  2. I love this set! Use the brushes all the time, especially the Deluxe Crease and Brow ones x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

    1. I've been tempted by MAC brushes recently but to be fair these are doing the job just fine :-) xx

  3. I've been debating about buying this for ages, think you just swayed me, roll on payday haha Great post and very informative! Thank you for sharing :)

    Stacey x

    1. So glad you found the post helpful! Let me know if you end up getting it! xx

  4. I really love this set, the only one I don't get is the accent brush, I rarely use it as I find it incredibly scratchy! :(

    1. Oh no that's a shame! It is a great all rounder though xx

  5. This is such a lovely set, I am yet to purchase any RT brushes x

    Beautyqueenuk xx

    1. I would recommend trying them hun, this one and the Core Collection would be great to start with xx

  6. Hey Cutie, I need this set!! I have the Gold set - can't remember its precise title but I wanted the 'purple set' for ages. Got to love RT. Have you tried their miracle complexion sponge yet? I'm more of brush than a sponge but it is very good :) love Laura xxx A Scottish Lass ❤

    1. Definitely got to love them! I really want to try the sponge, I'm so intrigued if it's as good as everyone says! xx


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