Real Techniques | Core Collection

I finally picked up the Real Techniques Core collection! I'm so late hopping on this bandwagon. I've been meaning to get them for a while, but logistics made me hesitant.

So here's the kicker... Guess where I found it? Walmart! I'm sure all my Canadian ladies are as excited about this news as I was. The price is reasonable, $18.97 (plus tax), and I've only seen the sets in store (for now?).

It wasn't impossible for us Canadians to pick up these brushes. There were online choices (Amazon or iHerb) and they've also been popping up in independent boutiques. But the fact that they're now available at Walmart, kind of a big deal right?

So, more on these brushes, even though most of you already own them or know what they're all about.

They're made of talkon bristles, which means they're soft, durable, and synthetic (aka, 100% cruelty free). I haven't experienced any shedding with these brushes and the handles feel great in the hand.

The Core Collection comes with four brushes & a sturdy case. It's the perfect set to create a flawless face. They have their suggested uses, but what I love about these brushes is that they're multi-purpose.

This is my favourite brush in the collection. I love the tulip shape of the bristles. It's perfect for bronzer (it really gets into the hallows of your cheeks), highlighter, and blush. You can also use it for buffing out concealer, or applying other powders. It's also quite soft, softer than a few natural hair brushes I own.

Products in this picture (clockwise): NYC Sunny, Benefit Dandelion, Benefit Coralista, Benefit Sugarbomb, MAC Blushbaby, Dior Amber Diamond

This is my least used brush because I don't really wear foundation & I don't have a lot of face products that I would use a brush to apply. I was a little skeptical about the size of this brush (it's a little smaller than typical paddle foundation brushes), but it's actually quite easy to maneuver. The pointed tip gets into all the nooks of your face and makes it easy to apply product. I've used it with tinted moisturizer and concealer.

Products in this picture (clockwise): Chantecaille Just Skin in Wheat, Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller in Medium, Revlon Whipped Foundation in Natural Tan

This is such a cute brush. It's small and it offers precise application. I use it mostly for concealer. It blends under eye concealer beautifully, and it's also perfect for spot concealing. This brush applies product exactly where you need it. I've also used this as a lip brush. It packs on the colour with precision.

Products in this picture (clockwise): Chanel Rouge Allure in Kensington, Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller in Medium, Giorgio Armani Master Corrector #2, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer #3

This is a great brush for a lot of different things. You can use it for powder or liquid foundation, loose or pressed powder, buffing in concealer, and even applying a little blush. The bristles are soft and have a reasonable give to them, which makes it really quick and easy to apply (or buff out) any kind of product.

Products in this picture (clockwise): PUR Minerals 4-in-1 in Tan, YSL Touch Éclat #3, Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Beige

As soon as I get my hands on another one of these sets (they sell out rather quickly in the Toronto), I will be giving one away. Stay tuned :).

Do you own any Real Techniques brushes? x


  1. OMG! I've been living under a rock! SO excited! I'm going to check out my walmart tonight!

    1. Hahaha that's OK, it's pretty recent news! Hope you get the ones you want :) x

  2. I just saw these at London Drugs (not all of them though, but I'm sure they'll eventually catch up) so that's another place to look for us Canadians. I, however, couldn't wait and ordered mine from iherb. It just arrived yesterday and I got the same kit that you're showing here. Can't wait to put them to the test!

    1. Thanks for letting me know! We don't have a London Drugs in Toronto (or in Ontario, I think). I was always tempted to order them online, like I did for a couple individual brushes, but I didn't want to pay the shipping! Hahaha I can be really stingy sometimes :) x

  3. I got the traveler's set a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised to see them there. I just wish they would have more individual brushes for sale instead of the set.

    1. Yes, I agree! I wish the individual brushes were available! There are still a couple I want to pick up :) x

  4. I haven't seen them at Walmart yet but I hope they get them in! I've been wanting these brushes since they came out!

  5. Thank you for this! I'm so excited to pick mine up!

    Adventures in Procrastination

  6. Great review! I have the Core Collection, Eye Starter Kit and the Blush Brush I love them! I'd have to say my favorites are the Buffing Brush for my BB cream, the Contour Brush for bronzer and highlight, and the Blush Brush is amazing! If you're looking for another brush to add to your collection, I'd say definitely try the Blush Brush if you can find it. :)

    Style. Love. Repeat.

  7. I love love love my Real Tecniques brushes. They're perfect :) xo

  8. YES! Hoping to see them in Quebec Wal-Marts as well, it will be much easier to acquire them. I'm really interesting in the contour brush.

  9. they are so pretty, i really wanna try them

  10. I want that contour brush!
    They all look super soft, I need to see them in person :p
    Your YouTube video won't load for me for some reason :(
    been trying to watch it the past 2 days -.-

  11. Which Walmart did you get these at? I was at my local Walmart and they didn't have it…

  12. I absolutely love the Real Techniques brushes! I have the Core Collection too and my favourite brush is definitely the Buffing brush- it is so soft on the skin and really airbrushes your face (when using liquid foundation). I find that the pointed foundation brush to be too small for applying foundation but I like it as a concealer brush. The contour brush is also a treat to use to accentuate the cheekbones with some bronzer :)

  13. Thanks for sharing! I will have to go to Walmart and pick one up :)!

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