Sunday 2 February 2014

New: Retractable Real Techniques Brushes | Review & Giveaway

Have I got something exciting in store for you today!

Thanks to My Pretty Face Place I've had the opportunity to try out two of the newly released make up brushes from Real Techniques in their new retractable line: the Retractable Kabuki Brush* and the Retractable Bronzer Brush*. But, even is better is that I've actually been given two of each brush so that I can give one of each away to you lovely lot! Stay tuned to the end of the post for giveaway deets or purchase information (they seem to be like gold dust at the moment).

Retractable Bronzer Brush - Your Base / Flawless
This duo fibre brush with two different textured bristles is labelled as being perfect for 'creating a natural finish by expertly blending bronzer or finishing powder'. The Bronzer Brush is less dense than the Kabuki but covers a wider area so this would be best suited for the two uses listed by RT; application of a finishing/setting powder, and all over dusting of bronzer. Something light over a large area. 

Retractable Kabuki Brush - Your Finish / Perfected 
The kabuki brush is again intended for use with powder products; blush, bronzer, setting powder; meaning that both brushes essentially have the same use and purpose, but they are versatile in the way in which you can choose to use them. The Kabuki Brush has a smaller and more precise head with tapered bristles, making it more appropriate for precision application of powder blushers, highlights and touch ups of powder.

I would suggest that neither brush is appropriately dense enough to use for application of liquid foundation at all, but the kabuki brush could work okay with cream blush ..I tried it once but it didn't seem to be able to buff it in as well as I would have liked, so I'll just be sticking to powder products with these. 

The standard is high as with all Real Techniques brushes with the bristles completely synthetic, cruelty free and ridicccculously soft! The cap slides up protect the bristles which makes them great for transporting around. I don't often take a brush out and about with me for touch ups because they end up getting grubby and a bit mushed up if you're not careful - scarred for life from the time the zip of a bag mangled up the bristles of my favourite powder brush! A simple plastic cap can alleviate all these issues and make it hygienic and convenient to take one of these compact brushes 'on the go' with you. Plus, they're lightweight, durable, and look pretty cool too! 

One thing I did notice is that these brushes are actually 'by Sam & Nic Chapman', as opposed to the previous branding of 'by Samantha Chapman' - looks like sister #2 has got in on the action this time and lent a helping hand into the design of these new brushes. Along with the Retractable Kabuki Brush and the Retractable Bronzer Brush, other new releases are a Retractable Lip Brush and a Silicone Liner Brush. 

These brushes were apparently released nationwide on 27th January, but I've not seen a trace of them in Boots at all, and they're not on the Boots or Feel Unique websites either.. So, if you're desperate to get your hands on these brushes (or any more from the Real Techniques collection) but you don't fancy your chances in a giveaway then they're all available to buy on who deliver internationally and you can use the code 02cosmeticcrave15 to get 15% off any of your purchases!

Retractable Kabuki Brush - £6.04 on MPFP
Retractable Bronzer Brush - £7.86 on MPFP

As a little treat for reading, you can enter the below giveaway to win one of the two available brushes! It's simple to enter, the only hard part is the choice of Kabuki or Bronzer Brush?!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

- There will be two winners. 
- One will win the Kabuki Brush, the other will win the Bronzer Brush.
- The giveaway prizes were provided by My Pretty Face Place.
- The giveaway is open internationally!
- The winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter and contacted by myself via e-mail on 22.02.14. 
- Entries made using accounts solely for competition purposes will not be valid.

Good luck!
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* The 2 brushes for review purposes and the 2 brushes for the giveaway 
were all provided courtesy of My Pretty Face Place.

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  1. I hadn't heard anything about these until this post, how lovely that they have brought these out. The normal real techniques brushes dont even fit in my makeup bag but i can see these being perfect! Lovely post sweet xx

  2. I haven't been able to find these anywhere, they look lovely though! Great giveaway x

  3. I really like the look of both of them, but the bronzer brush would be my favourite. Fab giveaway! Thanks! X

  4. I haven't been able to find these brushes in stores yet, thanks for doing a giveaway! the Kabuki brush would be my pick of the two, but they both look great!

  5. I haven't heard of these new brushes yet, thanks for sharing your review on them, they look so good and great for travelling! If I don't win one, I'll definitely invest in them :)

    Thank you for a fab giveaway Hannah!

    Laura x

  6. these look great, I love real techniques brushes! Would love to win the Kabuki brush, thanks for the giveaway! x

  7. I've seen the bronzer brush in Boots but not the kabuki, I'm sure it was 13.99 as well so my pretty face place is a bargain x

  8. RT brushes are my fave and I love the whole retractable thing. I'd like to try the Kabuki brush x

  9. I have been thinking about getting myself one of these for my handbag! Perfect for touch ups! I too have a give-away on my blog - would love for you to enter!

  10. I tried to hunt these down yesterday and couldn't find them x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  11. They look great for carrying around in your handbag! I think I will get the kabuki for powder touch ups :).

    Blu Button Box

  12. Ooh wow these look like a great night out or hand bag essential
    Thanks for sharing

  13. That dreaded 'brush caught in makeup bag zip' moment has happened to me! so glad these have been released, they’ll be perfect to take out on nights out too!x

  14. The kabuki looks great. Fab give away, thanks!


    Beth Young Makeup

  15. I love the look of the kabuki brush! I've been looking for brushes to take out for touchups, so these would be brilliant!

    Lauren |

  16. You can always get these from nation wide. Coupon code ZEH931 can get up to $10 off aswell.

  17. The best thing about these is that with the lid it's more hygienic! xo

    Hannah | Glitter and Sparkle

  18. Thank you for this giveaway, I haven't heard about those new brushes until now, and I hope I can get them by winning the giveaway
    kisses (y)

  19. Ahh these look amazing! I've been excited for the new brushes for so long!

  20. Lovely giveaway Hannah :) I adore both brushes! They're so sleek and girly!

  21. hello, I am very happy to participate in this giveaway, hope to win ^ ^.
    a big bye from Italy!

  22. Hannah, thanks for posting about these I hasn't heard about them yet. I love Kabuki brushes so it's a no brainier that I chose Kabuki. Even if I do to win I'm going to get my hands on one because it's be really handy in my handbag for touchups on the go! Thankyou for the giveaway. I'm following you and entered your giveaway. Karen

  23. I'd love to win the Retractable Bronzer brush, the one I use is tiny and useless!

  24. I'd love to win the kabuki brush ^^

    thank you for this amazing giveaway!:D

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