Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Starter Set


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Designed with pro makeup artist samantha chapman, real techniques brushes combine high-tech materials with innovative design to make creating a pixel-perfect look easier than ever: taklon bristles (synthetic, 100% cruelty-free) are ultra plush, non-porous and smoother than the hair you'll find in other brushes. The soft fibers are less prone to breakage and help create a flawless, high-definition finish in any type of light, from sunlight to harsh indoor lighting. The color-coded system corresponds to the key steps of makeup application so you can create a flawless base (copper), enhanced eyes (purple), and the perfect finish like a... see more...

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  • "This is another set by Sam Chapman that goes really well with the core set. This set retails for about $17.99 at Ulta and comes with 5 brushes in an awesome convertible case. The brushes includes are a deluxe crease brush, base shadow brush, accent brush, pixel-point eyeliner brush, and an eyebrow brush. Like the core set these are usable in both cream, liquid, and dry products and are super soft. Also like the core set these can be switched up and used on other parts of the face quite easily. For example, the deluxe crease brush (which is rounded) works really well for blending concealer and the eyebrow brush does really well with eyeliner due to it's slanted nature. Again, like the core set, the case has extra loops on the left hand side that can hold extra brushes, it folds close and has Velcro closure that keeps the brushes protected (when it's folded closed there's a little rope-type handle, it also folds backward to form a stand. " in 96 reviews
  • "I don't use the crease brush in my crease I actually use it for blending out my crease shade and it is perfect for this." in 25 reviews
  • "I Love these brushes the only only downfall is the one eyeshadow shadow brush that is ovalish doesn't give me good product to come off " in 12 reviews
  • "The liner brush is def for a more dramatic liner and the crease brush is said to be used for contour which I will use it for because it's way to big for my actual eye crease but over all I love the brushes great deal." in 11 reviews
  • "The brow brush is amazing for create strong brows, the base shadow brush easily applies product and the deluxe crease brush fits perfectly in your crease and blends well." in 8 reviews
Kim M.
336 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
I got this set maybe 6 months ago at TJ Maxx because I have tried a few Real Techniques brushes and enjoy them, so trying their eye brushes for $7.99 was a no brainer. The set pictured is the one I have (although my stand is white faux leather) and I primarily use the “base shadow brush”, “accent brush”, and “deluxe crease brush”. The angled liner brush I got is very thick (much thicker than I would wear my liner) and isn’t straight, the angle has a curve to it. I have used it to smudge shadows and it is okay, but I’m just not a big fan of angled brushes. The “fine liner brush” is also a bit thicker than I’d like and it has a blunt tip instead of a pointed one, so you can’t really get a precise line or cat eye with it. I also don’t use the stand because I have quite a few eye brushes and for simplicity and space I store them in a pencil cup on my desk. Like I said, I really do enjoy the other three brushes though. The base shadow brush is a pretty basic shadow brush that can either blend or apply product and is nearly the same size and shape as e.l.f. Cosmetics Studio Blending Brush, although I prefer the RT one a bit. The deluxe crease brush is a bit large for me to use in my crease, but I like it for blending sharp edges, doing a one shadow look, applying transition shades or brow bone highlights, or blending out ColourPop Super Shock Eye Shadow Collection, which can be hard to find a brush that will work well with that formula. It also seems like it would work well for under eye concealer but I haven’t tried it. The accent brush is perfect for applying shadow as liner or smudging a shadow on my lower lashline. I have a few brushes with this general shape but this is the best. These brushes hold up well over time, wash up easily, are easy to work with, and one of the best drugstore brush lines, although they can be a little on the pricey side so I suggest waiting until a sale or using a coupon, or finding them at TJ Maxx. I wouldn’t be happy if I bought this at full price since I don’t use half of this set, but I do like the other half quite a bit. I was disappointed to see that the two liner brushes seemed flawed, but they may have addressed that in the new version of this kit that comes with the metal lash comb
Kristen F.
Los Angeles
89 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I own a lot of brushes, but I tend to reach for my Real Techniques brushes the most. This is a really nice beginner's eye set.

They are all made with synthetic bristles which work really well with cream products. They will work with powder products too but truly shine with cream or liquids. 

All of the brushes have densely packed bristles that are very soft, even on sensitive areas like around my eyes. 

I have multiple sets of the base brushes as well as the setting brushes. They're just really, really nice for the price. Clean up well, never shed, even after years. I think I've had some of my brushes for 5+ years. Only complaint is that as the brushes get older, the black, rubbery bases start to kind of flake or get a bit tacky? Not sure why but it doesn't affect the performance, so I just keep on using them! 

I've bought sets for friends and replaced all of my mom's old brushes with them. Everyone loves them.
Natalie S.
383 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I love this Real Technique’s eyeshadow starter set! It’s the best for doing your eye makeup it has 2 types of blending brushes, 1 is round and rough and it’s kind of hard to blend with that one but it still works it’s just a dense brush and the other one is a tapered blending brush it’s good for blending your crease with more precision. And 1 small detailed brush I love to use it for my inner corner highlight or concealing under my brows, last but not least an eyebrow brush I used it for my brows but, it’s to big and not as sharp as precise brows so it’s best to use it to fill eyebrows in not for sculpting them out! And the little long one for eyeliner I never use at all cuz it feels flimsy and not hard enough to be able to do a firm precise eye liner without looking bad but other than that I still recommend buying this brush set to anyone!
Lindsey M.
153 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I love this set! This is a must have for anyone who does eye makeup! I would recommend to everyone and especially beginners or those who want cruelty free brushes. I use these everyday and wash them once a week with african black soap and water and spot clean with micellar water after every use and they still are like brand new! I have had for months and the performance nor the shape has changed. Would recommend! And it is really affordable and they often are on sale at ulta
Ashley D.
Fort Wayne, IN
56 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I have had this set for over 2 years and I try to wash my brushes on a regular basis, minimum once every two weeks and I have never ever had a problem with these shedding or falling apart at all. The angled brush is nice for my eyebrows, the eyeshadow brushes help blend everything very easily all while picking up pigment, and the case is awesome for travel because it stands up.
Kirin K.
211 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
The real technique sets are a rest way to get comfortable with brushes for beginners. Not only are they great quality and convenient to get but the price points on these sets are really good! If you have a sister, niece or daughter who wants to start wearing makeup or even just play with makeup and you don’t want to spend a lot try lookin at real techniques
Chassity S.
Hinton, WV
66 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
You can never go wrong with any of the real technique brushes ever. This little set is perfect I found mine after Christmas on sale for $6!! It fits perfectly in my purse because well I'm naturally doing my makeup on the go every time. But this set has every brush you need for your eyes and I love the little case so they can stay together in my jumbled bag
Makenna D.
Tallahassee, FL
19 reviews
Real techniques never does me wrong. These brushes have soft bristles and apply eye makeup effortlessly. They give you the perfect array of brush shapes for anyone just starting out with eye makeup or even someone who’s been doing it for a while. I have used these brushes since I started applying makeup in high school and have never stopped.
Chloe S.
41 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I love round crease brush and the flat shadow brush. The angled brush is really poor quality. It’s too thick and doesn’t pick up or put down product well. I never use the second smallest brush and the smallest brush is just smaller than I’d like for a smudge brush. The two biggest brushes are amazing enough to make up for the rest! If you can get just those two, do that.
Lauren M.
Jonesboro, GA
61 reviews
I really love how affordable and useful this set. It comes with five brushes, which are all really soft and durable. Compared to others, they’re a good alternative to the expensive brands and since they’re for a good price it’s easy to replace them. Somethings I’ve noticed are that when I first got them, some of the hairs were a bit uneven, just a few stray hairs sticking out that I simply trimmed. The only brush I don’t actually use much is the brow brush. I don’t do anything with my brows so if I need to draw a crease or create any kind of thick line, I’ll occasionally use the brow brush for it. Overall, it’s a good set for pretty much anyone.
Ana A.
Marlton, NJ
23 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Hey I'm new with eyeshadow and I was wondering if you knew any good affordable brushes I could use? Did you like these ones??
hali C.
38 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Where can I find this?
Gladys C.
Corning, CA
14 reviews
What is the price range on the set? Are they made of real hair?
Kylie M.
192 reviews
Are these brushes good quality? Will they shed?
Alexis R.
292 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I've been looking for makeup brushes. I'm undecided wheater I should go with Real Techniques or Sigma. I want something affordable and that's going to last awhile.. Which one should I buy?

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