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NOT fake - do your research.
on 23 May 2016
A lot of people are mistakenly saying that these brushes are fake, because the colour of the handles are bright orange rather than gold and the brush holder/stand is grey instead of black. This isn't true - I have NO idea why but the Real Techniques people decided to make these changes and that's exactly how they're sold on the official website (I've also spotted this updated version in store in Superdrug). It's definitely a shame, the colour is a fairly offensive shade of tangerine, but nonetheless it detracts nothing from the quality of the brushes. As far as i can tell the actual construction of the brushes hasn't changed, mine look different because they're years old and because of the way i've shaped them after washing, but they looked exactly like the new set when i first bought them.
Overall these brushes are fantastic. The large buffing brush and the "contour brush" (which i actually use for under eye concealer) get the most use, although the others come in handy too. The buffing brush is the single best foundation brush i have ever used - forget the expert face brush because it's too dense and small, and opt for this set instead (i own both and NEVER reach for the latter, not for years). The taklon bristles are incredibly high quality and last a long time. The ferrule is very long which helps when you're cleaning them by preventing the water and soap leaking into the glued barrel and loosening it.
For the price point of just under £14 this is great, especially when they're sold in boots for upwards of £20. Those two old brushes i've photographed with the new set are YEARS old and have served me very well. I genuinely can't remember when I bought them which is very odd because usually I'm the type of person who replaces things quite frequently, even if they're still working fine, just for the novelty of using something brand new. Occasionally i will switch up my routine and apply foundation with a beauty blender, or my make up geek and e.l.f. foundation brushes but honestly, i keep coming back to the buffing brush.
I just have to take a point off for the colour though. I just don't understand why it has to be so ugly! I'll probably try to spray paint them and accidentally ruin them in the process.
EDIT: Okay, i did a little bit more researching and had a look at the Real Techniques youtube channel (NOT the pixiwoo one) and saw a video of Sam introducing the new brow set along with the new packaging. Here's what she said: "You might also notice that the brushes have got a slightly different feel about them. From now on, they're going to have brighter, punchier colours and the logo will look different - as will the packaging. We hope you're going to love it as much as we do." see the video here: [...]
I can only assume that this has something to do with the release of their "Bold Metals" collection of brushes, which come in gold, rose gold and platinum. I guess they didn't want their core collection and their "luxury" brushes looking too similar and maybe encourage people to buy the ones with prettier styling? I don't know. It seems like a mad move to go from gold and black packaging to a garish orange, grey and white - they just look SO ugly and even if i did decide to buy the bold metals, they would totally clash with the core. Bad marketing move i think. I wonder how much this has affected their sales? There certainly seems to be a fair amount of confusion here online. Rest assured that these orange eyesores are the real and most up to date versions of the product. They do the exact same job, but they just look different.