Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Core Collection Brush Set ~ Photos and Review


I shared with you back in January that Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman (Pixiwoo) had finally arrived in Canada. I have been testing out the Core Collection and I’m delighted to share my thoughts on these brushes along with the exciting news that they have hit the shelves at Wamart!

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The Core Collection ($18 US/ $27.99 CAD) set includes four full size brushes and a stand/case.

  • 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


The bristles are made of synthetic Taklon and are 100% cruelty free. They are super soft and blend and apply products beautifully. I had very high hopes for these brushes given their cult status in the beauty world and they did not disappoint. I haven’t found much use for the Pointed Foundation Brush but the Contour Brush has made it into my daily routine as my brush of choice for highlighter application. I have really enjoyed applying liquid foundation with the Buffing Brush and also using it for applying powder foundation, blushes, and bronzer. It is another brush from the set getting almost daily use. The Detailer Brush is indeed perfect for precise concealer and lipstick application. I love this multitask brush. I can’t wait to try more brushes from the Real Techniques line now that they have arrived in Canada. I will be picking up another  one of these sets for my pro kit as well.


The Real Techniques Core Collection, Starter, and Travel Essentials Sets are available in Canada now through FarleyCo Canada and at Walmart!

Product provided for my consideration. All reviews are always my own honest and unbiased opinions.

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  • The Procrastinator
    February 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I’m about to get these! I’ve heard so many amazing things about the buffer brush that I need to try it, even though I already purchased the Expert Face brush. That one’s also brilliant for foundation/mineral powder!
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  • vickyhoang
    February 27, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    i love these brushes <3 so lucky that they sent you these 🙂

  • Kelly
    March 8, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    These brushes are amazing! Do you know which Walmart in Toronto has them? I’ve tried calling some locations and the cosmetics dept has no clue or are out of stock 🙁 The only other place is Designer Cosmetics at Holt Renfrew, but they sell the sets and individuals for almost double the price.

    • Christa
      March 8, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      I’m sorry I don’t know which ones. Hopefully they get more stock soon. You can always order from FarleyCo directly. They are selling the individual brushes now too!

  • luckesha
    March 13, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    tis cheaper to order from Farley


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