Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Brushes (Review)

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Brushes

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Brushes*, £10 – £25 / $15.99 – $25.99 Boots (UK) | Ulta (US)

Pretty brushes are like a magnet for a beauty junkie like me, so when I heard about the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection, it was difficult to resist such prettiness. I was lucky enough to receive two brushes from the collection, so I thought I would give you my thoughts on them.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Brushes

The first thing that caught my eye was the shape of these brushes; they are much longer than an average makeup brush, with a pointed end that kind of looks like a weapon. The metallic finish is sophisticated and they look very beautiful on my dressing table. Saying that, I do think that they are a tad too long and heavy for my taste; the long handle does get in the way when applying makeup, and they also don’t fit in my usual travel makeup bag, which is a bit annoying.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Brushes

The entire collection currently comprises 7 brushes in metallic gold, silver and rose gold. There are 2 base brushes, 3 eye brushes and 2 finish brushes. The Base brushes are the 100 Arched Powder and the 101 Triangle Foundation; the Eye brushes are the 200 Oval Shadow, the 201 Pointed Crease and the 202 Angled Liner; the Finish brushes are the 300 Tapered Blush and the 301 Flat Contour. I have 200 and 201, but I must say 101 and 301 look amazing and different from everything I’ve tried before.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection 200 Oval Shadow Brush

The Real Techniques 200 Oval Shadow Brush is a round shape brush for all-over the lid application and blending. The bristles are dense and sturdy, but really soft as well; if the Real Techniques Setting Brush and the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush had a baby, this would be it. As an eye brush, it is pretty useless to me, as I have small eye lids, and this brush is literally as big as my whole eye, but I have found it useful to contour and blend the sides of my nose.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection 201 Pointed Crease Brush

The Real Techniques 201 Pointed Crease Brush is a densely packed tapered brush to apply eye shadow for a smokey effect. Again, I think this brush was designed with people who have bigger eye lids in mind because there’s no way I could ever use it comfortably on my tiny lids. I think the Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush is a much better size for applying and blending shadows on the outer corner of the eye. My preferred use for the 201 is to blend concealer around my nose or on other specific areas of my face.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Brushes

Overall, I think the Bold Metals Collection is beautiful but I wasn’t blown away by the brushes I’ve tried so far and I much prefer the original Real Techniques collection, which I own and love pretty much all of them. For the price, I was expecting a lot more from the Bold Metals Collection than just pretty packaging, and even though they are good quality brushes, I was underwhelmed by the lack of functionality, portability and the use for the purpose which they were created. Basically, they are not for everyone; if you have small eye lids like me, the eye brushes will probably end up as face brushes for you, so that’s something to take into account before parting with your hard-earned money.

It’s been quite a brush-focused month for me, so in case you missed my recent review of the Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Sets, you can read it here.


Have you been tempted to try any of the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection brushes? What are your thoughts on them?

  • Product: Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Brushes
  • Price: £10 – £25 / $15.99 – $25.99
  • Where in the UKBoots
  • Where in the USUlta

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8 Comments

  1. Sonia
    26 February 2015 / 4:13 pm

    It is great to read such a post … I really do not not which one to try first! Both, Zoeva and real techniques are tentative! X

    • 26 February 2015 / 4:24 pm

      I would recommend the Zoeva ones first, as the Real Techniques Bold Metals ones are beautiful but not as useful and functional. Alternatively, you could also try the original Real Techniques ones, which are amazing too! :) x

      • Sonia
        26 February 2015 / 4:28 pm

        Thank you for your recommendation! I may do that as probably Zoeva would be available soon in the Netherlands. You look great by the way!!! :) x

  2. catherine ♡
    26 February 2015 / 9:39 pm

    I’ve heard similar thoughts about these brushes from other blogs! Think I will try out Zoeva next, their brushes all seem amazing! x

    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

  3. 26 February 2015 / 9:43 pm

    These look amazing, but I think I’ll stick with my Zoeva brushes. I definitely do not need any more anytime soon x

    FARFROMPERFECTIONXO

  4. 6 March 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Good review. Its ashame these brushes are pretty but not really functional or practical. I would like to try these brushes but they are way too expensive: almost high end with the prices. ..

  5. 12 March 2015 / 9:44 am

    I really want to try the oval eye brush!! It looks so soft and pretty!

    Neelam // neelamjayna.blogspot.co.uk x

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