Thursday, 26 March 2015

Real Techniques Bold Metal brushes

Real Techniques Bold Metals
Real Techniques Bold Metals

Like the rest of the beauty community, I absolutely love the original Real Techniques brushes.  Affordable, good quality and with a really good range of shapes, some of them quite unique to the cheaper end of brushes.  From the Buffing brush to the Setting brush to the Accent brush, they are great staples to my own collection and to my kit.  I was very interested to see that Real Techniques were bringing out a more premium range, the Bold Metals.  These feature slimline metal-effect handles and are meant to be a lot softer.

100 Arched Powder

I don't have that many powder brushes so I thought this would be great to try, especially as the powder brush in their basic line is just a bit too big for everyday use.  This brush is super soft and feels so smooth on the face.  Since washing I can't get it back to its original shape which was a bit slimmer, this hasn't affected its performance.  You can use the very edge to contour with, and it is smooth enough to blend out with.  I use it for my all-over powdering though.  I still need to get to grips with this brush, the shape of it makes me want to drag it across my face where as usually I pat on my powder so as not to disturb the foundation underneath.  Practice makes perfect.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Arched Powder brush
Real Techniques Bold Metals Arched Powder brush

Real Techniques Bold Metals Arched Powder brush
Real Techniques Bold Metals Arched Powder brush


201 Pointed Crease

I haven't really found a use for this brush if I'm honest.  It's called the Pointed Crease brush but I find the bristles too dense to blend in the crease.  It is also very big so I can't drag the colour under my lower lash line with it  like I would with most pointed crease brushes.  Because the bristles are too dense to budge at all I can't really tell how soft they are.  If you find a use for this brush please let me know!

  Real Techniques Bold Metals Pointed Crease brush
Real Techniques Bold Metals Pointed Crease brush


200 Oval Shadow

I'm a bit undecided on the Oval Shadow brush.  It does feel quite soft but again it's a bit too dense to blend and unusually large for a laying-down sort of brush.  You would need really big eyelids to use this brush to lay just one colour all over and it's definitely too large to lay down anything with precision.  I haven't given up on it yet, it does perform okay for applying highlighter and I plan to try it with concealer as well.


Real Techniques Bold Metals Oval Shadow brush
Real Techniques Bold Metals Oval Shadow brush

Real Techniques Bold Metals Oval Shadow brush
Real Techniques Bold Metals Oval Shadow brush


202 Angled Liner

I really like the Angled Liner brush.  It is much more precise than any of the liner brushes from the basic range.  It is very small and thing so you can get right in to the lash line.  I also like it for filling my eyebrows if I'm using a gel and going for a very precise look.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Angled Liner brush
Real Techniques Bold Metals Angled Liner brush

Real Techniques Bold Metals Angled Liner brush
Real Techniques Bold Metals Angled Liner brush


I would definitely recommend giving the Real Techniques Pointed Crease brush a miss, and possibly the Oval Shadow brush as there are definitely brushes in their basic range that do a better job.  I really like the Arched Powder brush, it is soft and performs wonderfully.  Similarly the Angled Liner is a noticeable step up from their other brushes and has become a go-to.  I would point out that the Bold Metals brushes don't seem to clean as well as the basic range, I can't get the stain out of the three eye brushes, in particular the Angled Liner.  The brushes have a nice heavy feel to them because of the metal ferules.  While the handles look to be made of the same material they are in fact plastic and this cheapens them somewhat when you hold them and realise.

From what I've seen in other reviews I would maybe try the Bold Metals Tapered Blush brush but none of the others appeal to me so far.  I would be interested to see how well these brushes do in the long-run and to see if they add any brushes to the line.  For beginners I would definitely recommend you check out the basic line first as you get great quality for money and they really are some of the best brushes around.  So far I don't think the Bold Metal collection have earned the higher price and I don't think they will be the essentials that the basic collection are.

They range from £10 to £25 and can be bought here.

Have you tried any of the Real Techniques Bold Metal brushes yet?  Do you agree that they don't quite live up to the hype?

Rachel

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