It’s safe to say, i love Real Techniques. I have been a huge fan of the original line since it launched a few years back and once i saw pictures of the NEW Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Brushes i just knew it would only be a matter of time until i had to splurge and treat myself to a couple of those pretty metal look brushes! I decided to opt for one brush out of each of the ‘groups’ I went for the 200 Oval Shadow, 100 Arched Powder and the 301 Flat Contour. One of the main things i love about Real Techniques is how they make buying brushes really easy and simple as they use a colour coded system to make easy for more inexperienced brush buyers. The system works as: Gold = Base Brushes, Silver = Eye Brushes & Rose Gold = Finishing Brushes, the collection (so far) is made up of 7 brushes in total, 2 base brushes, 3 eye brushes and 2 finishing brushes.
The Bold Metals Collection is far more expensive than the original Real Techniques line, but the brushes are marketed at being a more luxe line, at first the price did put me off buying, they range from £10-£25 a little more than i was expecting to spend on Real Technique Brushes, but obviously i popped into boots on a weak moment and… I caved! As i said earlier i went for 3 brushes, 1 out of each category, one thing i did notice was the fact each of these brushes also comes with a number, which to me hints that we can probably expect more brushes to be added to this line in the future! (fingers crossed!) The brushes are also weighted, which means they sit really comfortably in your hand when applying makeup, the end of the brushes are also tapered coming to a point, which stops the brushes from rolling & i also believe is so they slide in and out of pro brush belts real easy.
Onto the brushes themselves:
200 Oval Shadow: This is probably the brush i was most disappointed in, coming in at £15 for me this brush just isn’t my favourite – The bristles are really soft which is a good thing but i just find it the completely wrong shape for an eye brush, it’s really big and kind of flat and for that reason i much prefer to use it as a concealer brush, maybe i need to change my technique in order to love this brush! (i will continue to try!)
100 Arched Powder: Again the bristles are super soft, this dome shaped brush makes applying pressed or loose powder effortless, the shape of this brush makes you think more about where you are applying your powder and what technique you are using instead of just throwing the powder on all over with a huge powder brush. I would say the 100 Arched Powder brush gives a more of a precise and more concentrated application, coming in at £25.301 Flar Contour: At £22 this is probably my favourite brush from the collection (out of the ones I’ve tried) and probably the most unique. The bristles are really dense yet still super soft which helps hold a lot of product while you create shadows & highlight where your face needs!
Overall i am glad i decided to splurge and pick up a couple of the brushes as lets face it … they are beautiful brushes! Yes they are more expensive than the original line and probably more aimed towards more advanced makeup users. The stand out for me has got to be the 301 Flat Contour Brush if you wanted to try just one i would save my pennies up for that one! Real Techniques Bold Metals can be found in the UK at Boots & Ulta for the US.
Have you tried any of the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection? Which brush do you like the look of?