Despite the entire Real Techniques collection being on my wish list from the release and reading constant reviews online I hadn't yet invested. By my surprise the Core Collection appeared in my stack of Christmas presents. The underlining on my list and constant babbling paid off. Over the past 3 weeks I've used these brushes every day, along with many deep cleaning sessions... there's something about new brushes that always gets me back into a strict brush washing routine.
The Core Collection consists of four brushes (all with cruelty free taklon bristles) and one panoramic case, retailing for just £21.99. Two more brush sets are available along with many separate brushes from various worldwide online retailers and selected Boots stores for those in the UK. The four brushes are all intended for use of creating the perfect base following the Real Techniques colour coded system on the extended aluminium ferrules and clear usage labels/names. Orange brushes as seen here are used for creating the perfect base (foundation, concealer and powder), Pink brushes have been designed for those perfect finishing touches (blush and powder), while the purple are all eye brushes (shadows, liner and brows). The panoramic case you receive with every set is a nice touch, though I'm unsure how much use I'll get from it due to owning the sigma cases/brush holders. Although the toggle and Velcro secure the case shut, brushes aren't completely shut away from all other products or items you may travel with. Individually sold brushes have been designed to free stand on your dressing table.
Buffing Brush | The brush that makes everyone buy the collection purely for itself due to not being sold separately. I can honestly agree that for once a hype really is true, it applies Estee Lauder's Invisible Fluid, Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid and L'oreal True Match Foundation like a dream. I avoid powder use with this brush due to having dry skin, I already have enough coverage to keep those freckles hidden with my liquids.
Contour Brush | I love this brush more than the Buffing brush, it fits the hollows of my cheekbones perfectly. I then blend with the sides. This brush has made me love bronzers I hated such as the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer, I can actually pick product up. It's also a brilliant accomplice for Lush's Charisma.
Pointed Foundation Brush | This brush is fairly small compared to other foundation brushes so I tend to use it with concealer, though with more time on your hands you can certainly build the perfect finish.
Detailer Brush | This is a concealer brush for me, mainly used for blemishes and around my nose, where the buffing brush is a little too big to cover. It's also great for highlighting your cupids bow.
I've been impressed with how easy and how quick all four brushes clean. I had visions of the Buffing brush being incredibly annoying to wash, along with the longest to dry but out of ALL the brushes I own these really do dry incredible fast, use very little product to clean.
note - I'll fix bloggers silly game tomorrow. There shouldn't be such a huge gap!!