Any long-time readers of this blog will know what a huge fan I am of the Real Techniques brush collections. From my very first favourite – the buffing brush – to my more recent purchases – the duo fibre collection – it’s been true love all the way.
So when I heard that there was a new set of Real Techniques brushes on the block, they were almost automatically added to my wish list. When I found out that said new brush collection was actually a selection of sleek metallic brushes? Boy was I sold.
Enter the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection, a higher-end capsule collection of brushes that – to my mind at least – are completely unlike anything that the brand has ever released before. And I know that there has been a fair amount of debate among bloggers and beauty lovers alike about whether the price hike applied to these brushes, in comparison with their predecessors, is really justified. In other words, do they live up to the incredibly high standards set by the premium price tag?
Well, while you should never judge a book by its cover etc, upon first appearances, everything about these brushes is so much more luxurious than any other brushes this brand has released. They have such a lovely weight to them, which makes them easy to use, and they just look superior to almost every other brush that I own…
But, does the quality live up to the looks? I’m happy to say – yes. At least for the brushes that I bought.
Starting with the only eye brush of the bunch, the Oval Shadow Brush ($15.99). I bought this because I wanted a big fluffy brush that would be good for blending out eyeshadow, something a bit bigger than the MAC 217, which is what I use for most of my shadow application. Well, big is what I got. Now, I’m thrilled with that, it’s exactly why I bought the brush in the first place. But if you’re not looking for something that is quite a bit bigger than your average blending brush, this might not be the one for you.
Quality-wise, however, it is superb. Super soft, fluffy and works beautifully when it comes to blending out my eyeshadow. Big thumbs up.
Onto the face brushes, and I picked up two rose gold beauties. Y’all know how I feel about rose gold. First, the Tapered Blush Brush ($23.99), which is in my eyes one of those multi purpose brushes that can be used for all manner of things, from applying blush – it’s a good cheek apples hugger – to picking up the perfect amount of setting powder. And for every task I’ve used it for, it’s picked up the perfect amount of product, applied it smoothly and hasn’t shed a single hair. Another winner.
Last up, the Flat Contour Brush ($25.99). Now this is the one that I was probably most excited – and scared – about. Contouring is not my strong suit; I’m certainly no Kim Kardashian when it comes to creating cheek bones. And this brush is unlike anything else that I’ve ever used to contour. But, determined to embrace the challenge, I immediately put it to the test, the second it popped through the post box. Now, I’ll be honest, it took a couple of tries, and a fair few make up wipes, but I feel like I’ve finally got the knack of it.
Be warned though, this brush packs one heck of a punch and will help you to create a contour like never before. Just be sure and use a light hand ladies…!
What do you guys think of the new collection?