Real Techniques Brush Dupes

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

I, like many others, had been longing for some Real Techniques brushes for a while. Now, I'd never actually used proper makeup brushes before (shock, horror!) Well, what I mean is I'd always just settled for the odd brush I had lying around from a 5 year old christmas gift set. I'd never actually invested in some good quality tools and never saw the need. My slightly bristly and uneven brushes (with a tendency to leave hairs embedded on my face) had always done the job so I never thought to replace. That was until I got into blogging and discovered the holy grail of makeup brushes:...Real Techniques. I saw the results they achieved (and how down right soft they looked!) and realised that my terrible excuse for a 'makeup brush' really didn't bear any resemblance to these super-soft miracle sticks. I knew I needed to get my paws on some and was super excited to have some new toys to play with until I realised how much they cost. I obviously needed a full collection of brushes and at around £10 a pop, I realised I may need to take out a small loan to cover the cost! In my usual style, I began to hunt for a cheaper option and eventually stumbled across these Real Techniques dupes on eBay after spotting them on a blog. (By the way, I didn't have time to wash them before taking photos so you can see my foundation/bronzer on them! Sorry!)

I waited and waited for them to arrive (they were being shipped from Hong Kong) and when a parcel eventually dropped through the post box, I literally jumped on them. I ripped opened the packaging and OH MY GOD could not believe how soft they were. It seriously put my other brushes to shame and I couldn't believe I had been using them for so long! I had picked a contour brush, blush brush and stippling brush as I thought these were essentials to start off my new collection and I think I made a good choice. All 3 have fit in perfectly with my existing products and give amazing results.

In terms of looks, they are pretty much identical to the Real Techniques brushes, obviously minus the logo. While they're sitting in a pot or in a makeup bag, you really wouldn't tell the difference.
Now as I've already said, these are supersoft! I seriously can't express how impressed I was when i first touched them as I know eBay isn't the most reliable shopping location but it's definitely come up trumps on this occasion! Now, I can't really compare the quality or feel of the brush to the Real Techniques versions as I've never owned one, but I've seen photos of each side-by-side and it looks near-on impossible to tell the difference. I find it hard to believe a brush could actually be any softer so I'd be impressed if I was proved wrong!

I've been using each for around a week now and have experience barely any fallout (maybe one or two bristles all together), a supersoft makeup application (always preferable) and brilliant results. The stippling brush distributes my foundation perfectly and gives such a noticeably flawless finish while the blush and contour brushes fit perfectly into the areas of my face (you know what i mean?). Now for the best bit...the price. So, Real Techniques brushes retail for around £10 a brush. The dupes? £1.79 each. So I bought all 3 brushes for £5.37 delivered. It's definitely up there with my best ever bargains and I'll be adding the other 2 to my set very soon!

The brushes I bought can be found here but there are many alternatives on eBay if you have a little look.


  1. I can't believe how cheap they are! I've never had a proper brush set either

  2. Cant believe how cheap these ones are..*heads to ebay to purchase*

    Hannah Heartss xxx

  3. I never knew you got dupes they are ever so cheap too! might have to get some ;D x
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  4. Hey Abi! I have these in my pro makeup kit and anybody who reads this, they are fab! Seriously invest in some, as I couldn't be without mine! xxx

  5. These look amazing! Such a cheaper option too :)

    The British Teen // fashion, beauty, lifestyle

    Heidi ♡

  6. Oh wow I didn't even know there were dupes of these! May have to buy x

  7. I've been wanting to try these brushes for a while now as I find a lot of brushes (especially MAC) lose their bristles terribly, they shed all over my face! Thanks for sharing lovely.

    Elizabeth x

  8. everyone's raving about these! They do look great!

    Also, I currently have a MAC lipstick giveaway over on my blog that I'd love for you to check out and enter if you're interested :)

    Sophie xxx

  9. lovely post, will need to check these ones out!

  10. Oooh this sounds really good! I have a few Real Techniques brushes and I really want a few new ones so I might just pick up these dupes instead! :) x Laura