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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 UK: Boots
- Where in the US: Ulta