Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Real Techniques iHerb

Hey everyone, I thought I'd share my favourite bargain of last month that I completely forgot to review. I read on the lovely vipxo's blog that she found an amazing discount from a company called iHerb. I'd never heard of them previously, they're based in the States and specialise in herbs (obviously), vitamins, supplements and Real Techniques thankfully! Since I already owned quite a few, I thought I'd go for the 2 collections I didn't have, the On Location Travel Essentials, the Your Base/Flawless Foundation brush and Your Eyes/Enhanced Eyes Starter Set. Oh and a cheeky lip balm we can't get in the UK (that turned out to be horrible!!)

It came to $45.42 with the lip balm being $1.45. On your first order, you get $10 off which is already a massive bargain. Convert that into £ and I jumped at the chance. The only downside, like anything being imported it takes a while to arrive. It took about 3 weeks for me but it depends where you live. Shipping was $6 to the UK which isn't too bad considering the distance. I'd definitely use iHerb again though. I heard some people had to pay customs charges but I got lucky and didn't!

Real Techniques Travel Essentials Brushes (L-R | Essential Foundation Brush | Domed Shadow Brush | Multi Task Brush) - RRP £20.99 Feelunique/Beauty Chamber or $17.99 on iHerb (£12.02)
Anyway, the brushes themselves...well. The Travel Essentials was my favourite out of all that I bought. The best brush is the one on the right of the final picture, the Multi Task Brush. I have been using this for blusher, bronzer, highlighter or even powder if I forget other brushes. I wouldn't use it for any sort of foundation personally though. I've been using the middle brush for concealer which is my new go to brush, although I have also used it for shadow too a couple of times. The foundation brush isn't my favourite. I've accumulated  3 flat Real Techniques foundation brushes and I'm not quite sure how...I prefer the RT Buffing Brush - it's amazing for blending liquid foundation perfectly!

Real Techniques Flawless Brush - RRP £8.99 Feelunique/Beauty Chamber  or $7.99 on iHerb (£5.32)
The RT Angled Foundation Brush is better than the one in the Travel Essentials set however I haven't really used this much. I find it really streaky so I've used the Buffing Brush after using this from time to time, to make sure I don't get any foundation death lines (aka orange line of death). It's generally quite a nice brush but I won't really use it enough to warrant the price. I added this just to make up the $40 on iHerb so all is not lost in my eyes!

Real Techniques Your Eyes/Enhanced Starter Set - RRP £21.99 Boots | $17.99 iHerb (£11.98)
Last but not least is the Your Eyes/Enhanced Starter Set which I wanted to try the most. There are a few good brushes, a few not so good. Again it was a massive bargain at £11.98 for the set! The Base Shadow Brush isn't that great for applying the shadow onto my lid and I find a lot of fall out but maybe I'm just not used to using it yet! The Deluxe Crease Brush is a good size for concealer or blending the crease. It's not as fluffy as I'd like though for blending but I make it work. I've not tried the Accent Brush yet or the Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush so I can't comment on those. The Brow Brush is really good, the size is handy for doing the brows (obviously) and it picks up product well. The 2 sets come with a handy case that also acts as a stand too.

Overall I'm pretty impressed with iHerb and I love Real Techniques brushes but if I was to choose I'd definitely recommend the Core Collection and the Travel Essentials sets.

Have you used iHerb before? What's your favourite make-up brushes?

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  1. I've heard of iherb before for supplements and stuff but not RT. I want to invest in the eye set so much! i have a £10 boots voucher though so I think it will still be boots.

  2. Amazing discounts! I really want the foundation brush!

    http://hannahrebekahcampbell.blogspot.com xx

  3. The RT eyes starter set was a bit hit and miss with me too, but I love love love my RT buffing brush!
    Use it daily :)

    Emily x - prettypleaseprettyplease.blogspot.com

  4. I really want to try the pointed foundation brush! This set looks fab!

  5. Apparently their new duo fibre set is going to be on iHerb so i'll be looking when that comes out!

    Jade | Beauty Butterfly Blog

  6. wanted to try real techniques for ages! must invest xo

  7. I have not tried any Real Techniques brushes. I keep seeing great reviews, so I'm not sure why I haven't. It looks like you did get a pretty good deal!

  8. Love Real Techniques brushes, for the price they're amazing! :) ♥


  9. i bought practically all of their individual brushes from iherb and i adore them! they're so good for the price

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  10. These are some amazing discounts, I'm going to have to check out their website!! XX

    Hannah; Glitter And Sparkle

  11. I have bought some of my real techniques brushes from iherb and some from the US Amazon site and they are very affordable. I recently ordered the travel set and am excited for that to arrive!


  12. I have been hearing amazing things about these brushes! Thanks for sharing, great post!!




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