It is no secret that I am a BIG fan of the Real Technique brushes. Some of them rate as my very favourite ones. (the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is still my go-to every day foundation brush!) They wash beautifully, stay in shape and don’t fall out.
So when the Bold Metals Collection was released early this year, I knew I had to have them. There were some innovative shapes and they look STUNNING! In Gold, silver and Rose gold, I had to make them mine. (buy them from Priceline!)
It does not take long for the copies to start to appear, and a quick search on Ebay resulted on numerous offers. And it made me curious: I wonder what these Ebay copies are like? Would there be a difference between the $11.95 copies and the Real Thing?
Only one way to find out!
The boxes were nearly similar! The Fakes’ box arrived crumpled and squashed, the colours were a little off and the print was quite faded. But if you wouldn’t have a Real Techniques box to compare it with, you would never know.
The 100 Arched Powder Brush
The first thing I notice when I compare is how much more weight is in the Real Techniques Brush. The bristles are packed and tighter in the ferrule and is far more evenly shaped on the top. The Fake Techniques is very light and the gold looks quite cheap.
Both brushes are very soft, and these brushes are great all rounders. Finishing, powder and blush.
The 300 Tapered Blush Brush
So lovely I don’t really want to dirty them! As you can see the Real Techniques is fluffier. The bristles are more evenly finished and has a more intense ombre from pink to white. Again, the weight is the obvious tell tale sign, and metallic handle are very different.
The 200 Oval Shadow Brush
One of my very favourite eyeshadow brushes. Unfortunately the Fake Techniques arrived squashed in the box and even after washing numerous times, it never really straightened. I much prefer the weight of the Real Techniques, as an eyeshadow brush this makes a huge difference for me when applying and blending in way of comfort and ease of use. The Real Techniques brush has kept its shape after many, many times washing, but the Fake one is still lopsided after many times washing.
If you are a make up addict, a little like myself, you will appreciate the quality of the Real Technique Brushes. Good tools are so important when applying precious make up.
I can definitely tell the difference between the 2 sets. If I had to chose, I would choose the more expensive option because of the quality, the way the bristles pick up make up, the luxurious feel of the weight in your hands and ease of cleaning. It is a far more superior brush set than the fake set.
Saying that, if you prefer something pretty to look at and are not too fussed about the quality, I say go for it. Not everyone can afford a good set of brushes and these are an ok alternative.
I may be biased, but go on and save up a little more to purchase the Real Thing instead. It may be a lot for the initial investment, but you will definitely have these for a very, very long time, even with weekly washing! Copies may be the ultimate form of flattery but in this case you are better off with the Real Techniques set.
Have you tried or purchased any copies and what did you think?
Linking up with the lovely beauty bloggers over at Fabulous Fun Life on Monday X
Til Next Time,