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Core Collection

Item #: 2229998

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Real TechniquesCore Collection
 
4.7

(based on 943 reviews)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (544)
  • Soft bristles (491)
  • Functional (462)
  • Great design (423)
  • Compact (244)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (25)
  • Hard to use (7)
  • Poor quality (5)
  • Sheds (5)
  • Stains easily (5)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (505)
  • Travel (332)
  • Going out (310)
  • Daily use (179)
  • Oily skin (64)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Natural style (275), Classic style (249), Trendy style (168), Budget shopper (35), Brand buyer (19)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 30 minutes (37), 10 minutes (12), 1+ hour (9)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium (98), Fair (73), Deep (11)

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4.0

great brushes for cheap!!

By sal

from orlando, Florida

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Foundations And Concealers

    Comments about Real Techniques Core Collection:

    love this set so much, only downside is that the smallest brush is kind of useless to me. love putting on my foundation and concealer with the buffing and pointed foundation brush, and setting my makeup with the contouring brush. highly recommend to anyone!!!

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    3.0

    Good Deal

    By dumb

    from Katy, TX

    About Me Natural Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Real Techniques Core Collection:

        This was a good deal, but I really only needed one brush out of the set; while I don't really think it compared to the Kabuki brush, it was a good brush for a fraction of the cost.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        5.0

        LOVE these brushes!!

        By Brina

        from Modesto, CA

        About Me Natural Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about Real Techniques Core Collection:

          I wanted the buffing brush so bad so I had no choice but to buy this pack. I'm so glad I did. I love these brushes so much. I use them daily!

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          5.0

          I love how it leaves my skin

          By jenn

          from los Angeles , ca

          About Me Natural Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about Real Techniques Core Collection:

            Love love love it

            • Skin Tone:
            • Fair
             
            4.0

            Must have brushes

            By Yaz

            from NYC

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Value
            • Long Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about Real Techniques Core Collection:

              I love all my real techniques brushes and use them all the time. they are a great value and would recommend picking up atleast the core collection which has many purposes. These are a great addition to your current collection or even if you are just starting out.

               
              5.0

              Overall Excellent pack of brushes!

              By KRogers

              from KY, United States

              Comments about Real Techniques Core Collection:

              My fav brush in this pack is the buffing brush. I use it for my liquid foundation and it puts it on so smoothly and without streaking. Great size, great density, love this brush. The contour brush is also great! perfect size for right in the cheeks, but you can also use the sides to contour your forehead. The foundation brush is not one I use often, I agree with most users that it is really too small to put foundation on my entire face, its more like a slightly large concealer brush. Its also kind of pokey? Since it is pointed, the bristles tend to poke my face a little when I use it. And I use it mainly for under eye concealer. The detailed brush is super tiny!!! I cant find much use for it particularly. But overall, I love this pack and have only had one complaint as far as use. I cleaned my brushes after 2 weeks of use and I was careful not to get water up in the brush as to not ruin the glue. After cleaning and drying, I fond bits of make up deeper in my buffing brush. So it will take a little more cleaning than usual, but I also don't want to get water too far up in the brush tube. so Just be careful and thorough when cleaning that one.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              brushes

              By lee

              from ct

              About Me Natural Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bendable
              • Soft

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Real Techniques Core Collection:

                  Best affordable brushes out there love love love

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Fair
                   
                  5.0

                  Love

                  By Coco Chantel

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Trendy Style

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Apply
                  • Good Pigmentation
                  • Good Value
                  • Long Lasting
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Stains Easily

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Dry Skin
                  • Normal Skin
                  • Oily Skin
                  • Sensitive Skin
                  • Special Occasions

                  Comments about Real Techniques Core Collection:

                  I use daily for makeup application

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium
                   
                  5.0

                  excellent brush set

                  By QnPinkbows

                  from Apache Junction, AZ

                  About Me Trendy Style

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Apply
                  • Good Value
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about Real Techniques Core Collection:

                    This brush set is amazing. Very easy to apply. Doesn't take rocket science on the use of the brushes.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Medium
                     
                    5.0

                    BEST BRUSHES EVER ;)

                    By ap234

                    from Scotland, United Kingdom

                    Comments about Real Techniques Core Collection:

                    I got given these as a gift a couple of weeks ago after wanting them for ages. I held myself back as instead of getting brushes I wanted new clothes. I cannot explain how happy I am to get these, they make drugstore products which I thought were bad look amazing. It really has made my look stunning and will definitely be purchasing more in the future. Also can't wait to try the bold metals. Recommend to everyone reading the reviews, don't hold back just get them because you'll love them

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                    • Q:

                      can the buffing brush be sold on its own?
                      Asked on 3/6/2015 by Melllll from Chicago

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        The Buffing Brush is not sold individually. The most similar brush that is sold individually is the Expert Face Brush:
                        http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4260015&skuId=2244502

                        The bristles are just as dense and will allow for great pickup/application, and it is meant to be used in the same way as the Buffing Brush in terms of applying product on your face. The difference is that the length of the bristles is much shorter. That allows more targeted application and slightly more coverage.

                        Additionally, the new Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush has a secondary use as a foundation brush:
                        http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod11831013&skuId=2283104

                        It, too, has denser, shorter bristles, but the quality of the bristles on this brush is second to none! Additionally, the weighted handle allows for more control, leading to flawless looking skin.

                        We hope this extra info helps! :-)

                        Answered on 3/12/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Would you say that this set combined with the "starter set" covers all the basics, or are there other brushes that you would advise adding to cover ALL the bases?
                      Asked on 1/26/2015 by CinSation from Chicago

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Yes, absolutely, these two collections work wonderfully together. The Core Collection includes your complexion basics, including brushes for foundation, powder, concealer, and blush/contour, while the Starter Kit (Item #: 2230001) includes your essentials for eye and brow product application.

                        Answered on 1/27/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      can I use the buffing brush for liquid foundation? Will it ruin the brush or bristles?
                      Asked on 1/21/2015 by Evanie from south gate

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Although you can use it for cream or liquid formulas, the Buffing Brush works best to apply pressed and loose powder formulas due to its loosely packed, full bristles. A better method may be to apply your liquid foundation with a brush such as the Foundation Brush (Item #: 2229997), then buff and blend it using the Buffing Brush.

                        Answered on 1/27/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      can I use the buffing brush for liquid foundation? Will it ruin the brush if I do?
                      Asked on 1/20/2015 by Evanie from South Gate

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Although you can use it for cream or liquid formulas, the Buffing Brush works best to apply pressed and loose powder formulas due to its loosely packed, full bristles. A better method may be to apply your liquid foundation with a brush such as the Foundation Brush (Item #: 2229997), then buff and blend it using the Buffing Brush.

                        Answered on 1/26/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Will this work with Tarte's Amazonian clay full coverage powder foundation? And how does it compare to the Airbuki brush from Tarte?
                      Asked on 12/22/2014 by Beth from North Carolina

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        The buffing brush within this set can be used to apply Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. The Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush was specially designed to push into the mesh sifter dispenser of Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation for perfect, mess-free application, though you can certainly use another brush designed to apply loose powder formulas of foundation to apply it.

                        Answered on 12/23/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      I have the pink blush brush and was wondering if the gold handled ones are as soft as the pink handled ones.
                      Asked on 12/8/2014 by CathyB. from Macungie, PA

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Yes, the plush bristles are just as soft!

                        Answered on 12/9/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Do these brushes shed? I'm looking for a good set of brushes that won't shed.
                      Asked on 11/22/2014 by Ann

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        These brushes are high quality and resistant to shedding.

                        Answered on 11/24/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      my daughter requested bare mineral set of makeup brushes. do these compare in quality to these??
                      Asked on 11/20/2014 by mom from port st lucie fl

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Real Techniques Core Collection is our bestselling brush set at ULTA! It is also one of our top rated items - it currently has a 4.7 out 5 star rating with over 800 reviews. The brushes are very high quality and are designed by professional makeup artist Sam Chapman. They feature synthetic bristles rather than goat or pony (most bareMinerals brushes feature cruelty-free natural hair bristles), so they are the perfect option for those who are vegan or who prefer non-animal hair brushes. This set makes a wonderful gift!

                        Answered on 11/24/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      does the pointed foundation brush work well with bb creams? I am new to using brushes with makeup and ordered this kit to make it simple. does the buffing brush also work with bb creams?
                      Asked on 10/27/2014 by gwyn from New Orleans la

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Yes, the pointed foundation brush can be used to apply and blend cream consistency foundations such as BB creams, too, in addition to more fluid liquid foundations. The buffing brush is designed for powder formulas rather than liquid/cream formulas.

                        Answered on 10/29/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Is there a brush in this set that would work well for blush application?
                      Asked on 9/12/2014 by Jennifer from United States

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Yes, use the Contour Brush within this set to perfectly apply blush!

                        Answered on 9/15/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
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