Friday, 26 July 2013

Real Techniques-alike Brushes

Ebay Makeup Brushes - £12.99 for the set (+£1.99 postage)

I've been needing to buy some new makeup brushes for a while now, mainly after watching a few too many makeup collection videos and realising my brush collection is just a little bit laughable compared to most. I was also lusting after a contouring brush and basically felt the need to peruse Ebay, of all places, for makeup brushes. Why Ebay, I hear you ask? Well, I'd exhausted my options, basically. Real Techniques brushes are gorgeous but for the amount I wanted just not realistic (too pricey), I'd searched high and low on Amazon for Real Techniques brushes a bit cheaper but no luck, so I opted for Ebay instead. When I stumbled across this set of brushes, it took me about the whole of five seconds to click 'Buy Now'. 

No, they're not by Real Techniques, but after a little look at the description (synthetic hair, check) and seeing just how incredibly similar they look to Real Techniques, I thought why the hell not?! This set of five face brushes cost £12.99, plus £1.99 postage. Now, forgive me if I'm wrong, but I find Real Techniques brushes to be at least a tenner each to buy, so I bit the bullet and bought these, in the hope they would be similar to, if not as good as, the real thing. 

They arrived a few days later (the seller is UK-based, yay!) and although there was no fancy case or anything exciting to write home about, the brushes were individually wrapped and each of them looked a really good quality. When I opened them up and felt just how soft they were, I think I might have gasped a little - these are so so so soft. When it comes to makeup brushes, in my opinion, the softer the better, and these definitely tick that box. I've been using them for a month or so now and I can't quite believe I've been doing my makeup without them for so long - they are really, really good brushes. I'd definitely say they're on par with the Real Techniques brushes I own. My two favourites have to be the angled contouring brush (perfect for contouring, obvs) and the one in the middle, which I use to buff in my foundation. They give you a flawless coverage and I would 100% recommend them. 

I absolutely adore these brushes and I'm SO glad I got them. They're all for using on the face, so for foundation application, blush, bronzer, powder etc., and unfortunately it doesn't look like the seller sells eye brushes at the minute (sob!) although if they did I would be in there like a shot. Ebay can be a bit hit and miss at times, but when you find beauties like this you really can't complain! They're available in pink, gold and blue as well, I opted for blue so I don't mix them up with my Real Techniques ones! 
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  1. They look sooo like RT brushes! I really love the colour too :) Might have to have a look, especially at the price :) xxx

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  2. Wow, these look practically identical to RT brushes (apart from the colour). I wish I'd seen these before I bought mine... I really don't find RT to be as soft as what everyone makes out :(! xx

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  3. Great post, really helpful! Will keep in mind when I'm thinking of buying more! I agree, if they sold eye shadow brushes I would be there buying them up as we speak! x

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  4. So cool, I like the rose gold ones. Have to look into them :)

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  5. I have Real Techniques brushes and thought these were a new set of them! They really are like twin brushes. I love the colour of these too.
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  6. I've had these in my watch basket for a good couple of months but I've never taken the plunge and bought them in case they were awful, but now I'm going to buy them after seeing this review :)

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  7. These look absolutely amazing! I need to pick some of these up, so cheap and affordable but sound like such good quality too! xx

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  8. I literally just put down the Real Technique brushes in Boots today because I can't take the plunge and buy them every time I go in there though I want them so much! I'm glad I didn't, because like you, I can't spend that money. And I seriously need some brushes because mine are rubbish!

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  9. I have these & think they are just as good as the Real Technique brushes! Such a bargain xx

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  10. These look lovely, if i didn't already have the RT brushes i'd definitely opt for these instead! They look so similar. x

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  11. These sound amazing!! As much I love my RT brushes I agree they are overpriced, it's always great to find a cheaper alternative! Xx

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  12. I'd feel bad buying these, they're clearly ripped off from the RT brushes, and I feel like I should support Sam, especially as she started of as a little blogger like us lot!

    I do however wish some of her brushes were this blue, they're cute!!

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    1. I agree, I'm not a fan of products that are such blatent rip offs, I guess that's the only way they can catch people's attention and sell any but it's like RT did all the hard work and make a name for themselves and this brand just jumped on the bandwagon.

      Of course absolutely nothing against you or anyone else who does buy them, it's probably just the makeup artist in me, I'd feel like I was cheating on the real brands.

      It will be interesting to hear how these brushes last for you, if they shed or lose their softness, RT were quite unique in their softness being synthetic and I think their prices are really reasonable for the quality, but if other companies are able to produce brushes just as good for half the price they're going to start to struggle and become far less unique. Keep us updated lovely!! :D


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  13. Whaaaaat, now I really want these! They look so much like RTs :)

    Annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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  14. These look pretty impressive! I already have most of the RT brushes but these look perfect as a spare set.

    Katie x and-katie.com

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  15. Wow these look incredibly!!! I nearly £21 something for my little kit that contained four brushes, now I wish I waited until this review! I'll definitely be giving these a purchase in the future as they look absolutely amazing. I prefer the colour of these brushes as opposed to the orange that real techniques have. Lovely post and lovely blog! :)

    fleurdanielle.blogspot.co.uk :) xx

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  16. These look so good!
    love the blue colour of them aswell!
    do they shed atall? xx

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  17. These look amazing! So alike to the RT Brushes xo

    Be sure to check out my latest post on the brand new Body Shop lipsticks:)

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  18. Wow, they look so much like Real Techniques! x

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  19. Wow, they look so much like the RT brushes! I may have to try these :) Thanks for the review!

    Kristina @ Beauty With Compassion

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  20. Woah, these look amazing, I just bought my first real techniques brushes today in the core collection and now I wish I bought these instead! Great post, you're featuring in a post of mine going up on Sunday if you'd like to check it out??

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  21. I brought one of these and I really like it I've never used RT so I can't compare but for me too RT are just completely out of my price range so a cheaper alternative is always welcome with me :)

    Jamie-Lee | Glitter Infatuation | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog!

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  22. These seem great! I have the core collection by RT and I'm not blown over by them!
    Thinking of giving these a buy though :)

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  23. Wow, these are so cheap! I ended up giving in to the Real Techniques hype and bought the face / eye kits and I barely even use half of them! The buffing brush and blending eye brush are great but all the others go unused + I was SO disappointed with the contour brush :( considering how cheap these are I definitely think I'll try them out!
    Lydia Rose
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  24. What a bargain! I wish they did a set of smaller ones for eye makeup though!
    x
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  25. Oooh these look great! If I needed anymore brushes then these would definitely be the ones I'd go for. They look amazing!
    xxx

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  26. been using these for about 4 months now and I see no difference in quality from the RT brushes, live this post

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  27. I wish I had seen this before I bought a range of Real Techniques ones... they look great!

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  28. Ahh! These look like a good shout for when you're in a pinch :) I really like the colour as well.

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  29. I've been peeking at real techniques brushes for months, but they're a tad expensive for me :(
    I've just bought these, I hope I like them as much as you do :)

    Thank you for this post

    laura
    xx

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  30. OOOh i have to check them outttttttt!!

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  31. can you link me to where you got them? i cant seem to find a set of them from the uk, they're all from hong kong! xx

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  32. The cheapest RT brush you can get ladies!!!! I got my Real Techniques brush sets from iHerb.com and used a discount code! You can use my discount code JGS688 (no expiration!) and get $10 off your entire purchase! They do ship worldwide for only $4 =)

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  33. Wish I'd have got these instead.
    Not overly happy with my RT ones.

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