Real Techniques Bold Metals Contour Brush Review

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

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em ford, my pale skin, pale skin, bold metals, real techniques, review, contour brush, flat contour brush, contour

I'm never usually one for buying products on their launch day, but late last year on New Years Eve I headed to my local boots in the hope of having a glimpse at the brand new Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection. However, one thing led to another and I walked out of the store with four of the brushes... as well as a whole heap of other products. 

The Bold Metals flat contour brush retails at £22.00 which is a little eye watering for a single off the shelf brush that you purchase on a whim at boots. 
I understand that Real Techniques are going for a more high end, professional market with these brushes and the new design truly does reflect that. 

It's obvious to look at the design of the brushes that a lot of time, care and attention to detail has going into the new range, They have a gorgeous metallic finish, with soft white bristles and a weighted handle which is designed to help you use the brush to it's full advantage. 

Sadly, there's on thing for me that's letting this brush down, and that's the bristles.When I first saw the shape of the brush, I knew it had the perfect shape for carving out cheekbones and would certainly be useful for recreating that Kimmy K look... But here's the thing - the bristles are just too packed. I find that I have to use an awful lot more product to get it to take on the brush evenly, then on application, I find that the product applies, but in a harsh way.What I mean by that is, it's fairly static. You don't get any natural feathering with the brush and when I used it on a day to day basis, I actually found I needed to swap to a different brush to blend it out.  I also sort of forgot this brush existed after a while. I forgot I bought it, and went back to using a small blush brush to apply my contour and actually got a better result.

If I knew before purchasing it how difficult the bristles would be to work with - I likely would have picked up the Nars Ita Kabuki Brush which is a similar shape but it just has that bit of give to it which naturally feathers out your make up.

I love Sam & Nic and think fantastic at what they do. I just wanted a little more than this brush could give. 

Have you tried any of the Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Let me know in the comments.
Em xxx


  1. I love this brush but have to agree with you that the bristles are way too packed together! I had such high hopes for these brushes :) x

  2. Lovely picture:) These brushes are so stunning to look at but I don't think I'll buy them. I've had my eye on that NARS brush as well, looks amazing!

  3. This brush looks so good, and so worth the money, even if they are a little more expensive, they're so pretty.

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  4. Ohh these Brushes look like they would have such smooth and soft bristles! ^ ^

  5. Gorgeous photography. Lovely post and review too x

  6. it's a shame this brush didn't really work out for you, this was the one brush from the collection i really wanted to try as well! thanks for writing this post otherwise i probably would've gone out and bought it anyway!

    fashion, beauty and an existential crisis

  7. This is such a shame, the bold metals collection is absolutely gorgeous looking and real techniques are fast becoming one of my favourite brush brands. I was really interested in picking this brush up!

    emfranced here

  8. This was the brush in the collection that most caught my eye, but I haven't had chance to see it in store yet and I didn't fancy a blind buy online for that price - such a shame it's a bit too dense! I have one from the Eco Tools travel kit that I use for contouring which is a similar shape, but slightly domed on the top, and not too densely packed for a softer application! :)

  9. I'm not impressed with the Flat Contour brush I keep leaning back towards my Nars ITA.

    1. In all honesty nothing compares to the NARS Ita! I love that brush like no other haha

  10. This was the one brush from this collection I really wanted, but I guess i'll save my money! I want a brush that will blend seamlessly so there doesn't seem any point. The price of NARS one makes me shudder haha, I'll keep hunting for that cheaper alternative...
    georgie on the wall

  11. I love this brush so much! RT has very good quality brushes! :)
    Great post!

    Nikoleta, xoxo.

  12. Such a shame that it didn't live up to your expectations! I really don't like using brushes to be honest. Apart from eye brushes of course. x xx

  13. Such pretty brushes.

  14. What a shame, but thank you for your honesty - I'll be picking up the similarly-shaped Zoeva one that's half the price! This isn't the first review that seems to suggest this range isn't worth the money :( and I agree, seeing them piled up on a stand in Boots with half of them across the floor doesn't entice me to spend so much on a single brush...xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  15. The contour brush is definitely the one that I'm most interested in!

  16. I've wanted this since I saw the launch photos, however if you didn't find the bristles easy to work then I may not anymore!

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  17. I've had the NARS Ita for over 3 months it's truly AMAZING!! I've done a review of it on my blog here's the link:

  18. It's a shame you didn't get along with them. They're so unbelievably pretty, I've been wanting to buy them for months now but I really can't justify the price! I love my original Real Technique brushes though so for now I'll quite happily stick with them. Thanks for such an honest review!

    Roxie ♥

  19. What a shame they don't live up to expectations because the original brushes are so fab! These look so pretty too, I was so tempted to give one of these brushes a go but I don't think I'll bother now! x

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  20. It's a pity that this brush is too packed, especially at the price. Have you tried the RT expert face brush or the Zoeva Face paint brush for contour? I particularly love the Zoeva one

    Dusty Foxes Beauty

  21. Hi ...I agree ,the contour brush lays down the color superbly but then I just can't blend it!!!'s like stuck!!!..and I'm reverting to another brush to blend..mayb someone gas a tip please share if u do xxx

  22. Nice post.

  23. Great post <3 i am in love with theses gorgeous brushes by real techniques ^_^

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  24. Muy buen post, las fotos son geniales. Muchas gracias

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