Admittedly, I wasn't blown away when I first caught wind of the Real Techniques Bold Metals range last year. Personally I've always valued the fact that Real Techniques are able to offer such high quality brushes at a reasonable price point and felt like the Bold Metals range really contradicted this idea. However, When I spotted the flat contour brush In a blog sale recently, I wanted to see how these brushes compared to the original line.
The appearance of these products is probably one of the biggest differences between the lines. While the original collection had a pretty standard brush design, the Bold Metals range are unlike anything else on the market and stand out from the crowd, complete with different metal finishes depending on the type of brush.
However while the look of these brushes imply they are somewhat more expensive the quality certainly does not! While you would think a name such as ‘Bold Metals’ would imply that the brush handle is made from some form of metal it is in fact plastic (albeit weighted) and the further towards the point of the handle you get the more hollow it appears.. I almost feel that if you applied the right amount of pressure near the end of one the handle would snap instantly. While the handle quality may be disappointment enough, the brush handles also chip extremely easily making the final look a lot cheaper than the brushes retail price. And the bristles? Dare I say they aren't half as soft as previous Real Techniques brushes.
Now here’s where things get complicated, as despite my many issues with this particular brush I have fallen head over heels for it! Personally I thought that something so small could not possibly be any good at blending but oh my, I was wrong! The dense design of this brush and my Makeuprevolution blush stick in matte Malibu (£5.00, Superdrug) make a dream team. In fact my non-existent contouring skills are suddenly working wonders, my best friend even commented on how slim my face looked recently. I love that the size of this really allows me to work the product into my cheek bone and control where the product is going.
So would I pay £22.00 for this? Surprisingly yes. While the handle is chipping away and I am forever scared that I will somehow snap the plastic handle, nothing has beaten the effect this brush has had on my makeup routine.