How to spot fake Real Techniques Brushes

Mar 3, 2016 //

HOW TO SPOT THE FAKE SERIES

Brush set bargains everywhere in Divisoria. It's like our local eBay slash Ali express for PH's nearby Asian Countries mostly from China goodies. The place was able to copy all kinds of Real Technique brushes as well as all their collections. But still, differences are still noticeable with the brushes. For this post, I bought some brushes genuine and some replica ones. I currently have 1 set of a real techniques brush set. These would be the brushes I'll be discussing:

GENUINE: Sam's Pick Collection
FAKE: RT Powder & Blush Brush

Check out the differences on how you can spot the fake Real Technique Brushes from the genuine ones.

FERRULE

Ferrule of Fake Real Techniques feels sharp and edgy, genuine Real Techniques has a smooth even edge on its top ferrule
Genuine- Left
Fake - Right

Rubber Handle

Like as well the Ferrule part, fake Real Techniques feels edgy and sharp here. The rubber handles of genuine brushes feel more sticky than fake ones, hello more dirt for my Auth's handle. I'm staying in a humid country and I can't help it even I'm already using an acrylic storage for my brushes.
Fake - middle
Genuine- bottom

See a closeup of the handle and rubber, space is noticeable in between for the fake RT.
Fake - top
Genuine- bottom

Logo/Brand Print

Fake was able to copy the right fonts here but they fail the spacing and letter size.
Fake - top
Genuine- bottom

Other Details

  • Brush names - well-printed brush names for the genuine Brushes. Fake ones look faded even I just newly bought the brushes not more than a month for these photos. (Taken December 2015)
  • Handle and Rubber - noticeable space
  • Handle - aside from mentioned earlier, the fake handle also shows a matte thin rubber than the genuine 

Bristles

Sad to say, it's really hard to say the difference when it comes to the Real Techniques Bristles. Both are synthetic and super soft. Both brushes create flawless looks. It doesn't fall off even I wash it.

PRICE

Fake costs almost half the price of the real set or probably 30-40% of the Genuine RT Brush
But beware of sellers claiming they sell the original. It's worth knowing the real thing if you're planning to buy your makeup brushes specially with the online sellers right now who offer the brushes with the same price as the genuine ones. Business is business - right, but overpricing + claiming it as the real brand? a big no. :(

My genuine RT set is more than a year already - going 2 years, my Fake RT bought Nov 2015. Photos as of Dec 2015. I just created the blog post after 4 months Mar 2016 considering for a review. After several washes, bristles of the fake RT are still intact and no shedding, as well as the whole brush itself. Shape  Fake ones got their hand print texts fading after few months.

As far as application goes, I can't personally tell the difference because of the bristles.

PS: These brushes are bought intendedly for this blogpost. The author do not advise her readers to support counterfeit goods.
Update: I just check that early this year, Real Techniques released a new logo design for their brushes. If planning to buy, go for the latest packaging of the genuine brand ^_^
Update 07/2016: I went to Divisoria and saw the the newest released brush copy. These fake RT Expert brushes with the newest packaging release.
Fake RT brushes in newest design print
Fake RT brushes in newest design print
Fake RT brushes in newest design print
New photo comparison for the print. Sorry for the poor light below. Authentic shows an embossed print for both sides. Fake looks flat and can be scratched over easily

So I hope you guys find the post useful & interesting! 

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30 comments :

  1. thanks for sharing this,now i know that the one i bought onlie is fake :(

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  2. thank you for sharing..now i have an idea if i plan to buy like this.

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  3. Thanks for sharing, now i know that I bought fakes from boots a year ago 😳

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    1. If you bought them from boots surely they're real they wouldn't sell fake ones you should report it oherwise

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    2. If from boots isn't it likely to be real usually they're only fake online... You should report it otherwise cos boots is a classified shop

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  4. I almost got scammed by an online seller who claimed that her RT brushes are "guaranteed authentic from US".

    Good thing I was really keen to details. The telltale signs of fake brushes that you mentioned here are evident in the brush she sent me. When I raised my concern to her, she was quick to give me a refund. "Too quick" in my opinion. Hashtag guilty? ✌

    Would also like to add some details to take note of when verifying if your RT brush is authentic:

    Authentic RT brushes from the older design have an embossed "S" at the base of the rubber matte handle, parallel to the brush name.

    The authentic individually sold brushes do have an edgy rubber matte base. The flat edgy base was designed for them to stand on their own. The brushes that come from sets have rounded edges.

    Hope this helps!

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    1. Hi Nixx!
      Thanks for the additional information. I hope more sellers would be fair enough with their products claims.

      Take care!

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  5. Yes! Since that incident, I started buying my RT brushes na from authorized distributors. What you said is true, the replicas' quality are really good. It's hard to tell which is authentic and not.

    I have nothing against those people who are 'practical' and would prefer to buy the replicas. In my case lang kasi, I paid the price of an authentic one and got a fake one. Yun yung mali eh. :(

    BTW, correction to my prev comment: Embossed "S" is in line with the brush name rather, not parallel. Sorry :P

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    1. wait, my blush brush have an 'A' embossed and not 'S' like my other brush... is that mean mine's fake?

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  6. Sis. Got mine also from online. Is the embossed "S" really a sign of the brush's authenticity? Can you check the fake ones that you bought if it's without S? I'm really having second thoughts with my newly purchased expert face brush. :( help.

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    1. Hi particularly what part? Techniques or Sam or brush names?

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    2. Sa brush name side sis. Like "expert face brush" at the bottom.

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  7. The handle part. Nixx has mentioned na authentic daw if you get 'S' aligned to the name of the brush. May S din ba sa handle nung fake na you tried checking?

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    1. Ah I see, It would be easier to check authenticity if the name should be embossed and glossy. I'll upload the difference :)

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    2. I don't understand. Do you talk about the little s letter on the handle, the black matte part of the brush? Glenda, PLEASE tell me, is there a 's' on the fake brushes

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    3. @V.L. I'm not sure exactly what she's referring to as I didn't get the new genuine packaging and I didn't saw where Nicola Chapman mentioned about it. I just compared the print of the authentic old VS. the old + new fake versions. Hope you understand. Please refer to photos on the blog for comparisons thanks!

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    4. @Glenda maybe what Nixx's reffering is the little embossed letter on the black handle (maybe just a batch or production code). Not at the bottom round but on the other side (and placed near the bottom round). Mine has an A letter for the new setting brush which i believe is authentic. And i bought in from authorized distributor.

      I have a core collection brush in a good quality but i think is the fake one because the name of the brush can be scratched easily and the top ferrule is edgy and not smooth as the new setting brush. But it has an A letter to at the black handle.

      Can you check yours? Thanks before.
      And can you please give more detail photo for the top ferrule? Because i confuse for my core collection brush. I bought it online from big trusted seller in my country.

      Thank you Glenda

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    5. @Glenda maybe what Nixx's reffering is the little embossed letter on the black handle (maybe just a batch or production code). Not at the bottom round but on the other side (and placed near the bottom round). Mine has an A letter for the new setting brush which i believe is authentic. And i bought in from authorized distributor.

      I have a core collection brush in a good quality but i think is the fake one because the name of the brush can be scratched easily and the top ferrule is edgy and not smooth as the new setting brush. But it has an A letter to at the black handle.

      Can you check yours? Thanks before.
      And can you please give more detail photo for the top ferrule? Because i confuse for my core collection brush. I bought it online from big trusted seller in my country.

      Thank you Glenda

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  8. This was so helpful!! Thank you for sharing this with us. I have just ordered my real techniques brushes and hope I get the real ones 😊

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  9. @Sumayah S I think I accidentally clicked delete instead of publish your comment, sorry doll.

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  10. Thank you for the information! But can you tell me if the newest packiging brush (original) 's letters can be scratched? I bought one but only thing that is wrong with it is that the letters can be scratched. It is that normal?
    Hope u can understand me and reply. Sorry for my English.

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    1. Hi! The fake's print can be easily scratch off than the genuine brush.

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  11. Okay, thanks. My brush letters can be scratch but not so easy.

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  12. I bought the new package RT core and blush brush from offical shop (like sephora). I hate to say that the bristle on new package isn't soft like the old :( also the name printed on the handle is kinda fade. Should I return it or just bad batch? Hmph.

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    1. Hi! Have you tried contacting Real Techniques or the official shop? Let them know what happened. Sorry but I haven't bought the newest genuine RT, since I'm fine with my Old Genuine Sam's Pick Collection for personal use.

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  13. I saw a set RT brushes in Cashcashpinoy, I'm wondering if its fake or not.

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  14. On eBay sellers are saying the brand is real techniques, I asked her, are they real or fake. She said, honest we make them here but the quality is good. Not the point, seller said they were real other sellers with fakes say unbranded. Unbranded are 4$ for a set, fake but branded were 12.99$...

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  15. Hi, I found Sam's Picks brush set on an Online Shop. The brand/logo on this brush is "Real Techniques by Sam & Nic Chapman" and the one you have and the genuine ones is "Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman". I just want to asks you is that brush set that I found is fake or not? Can you please explain it to me? Thanks before.

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