Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush £22 - Link
Real Techniques have really took the beauty world by storm since its debut in 2011 by the Pixiwoo sisters. So naturally when they announced the arrival of their 'Bold Metals Collection', their premium luxury range of brushes, I knew I had to get my hands on at least one brush. The Bold Metals range consists of seven new brushes split into three metallic shades: gold, rose gold and silver, each colour coded for your base, eyes and finishing just like the original line.
The Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush is designed with a dense head to create shadows and highlights on targeted areas of the face to add dimension to your features, allowing you to buff cream or powder makeup into the contours of your face.
Now honestly this was the brush I couldn't wait to pick up when the collection launched last month as it is so unique and don't own anything like this within my collection. I've found that this brush helps make the blending of my bronzer a lot easier, but I have to admit I'm still on the fence a little bit. While it picks up product really well I can't say it did much different to my normal Real Techniques blusher brush (which I use for bronzer and the slight contouring). This does work better on liquid products as opposed to powder, but I tend to prefer powder contouring products. Saying that it does blend my bronzer really easily and I love the finished look it gives, removing any dreaded bronzer line.
I feel like I have to take a moment to talk about how beautiful the rose gold handle is, and I couldn't resist something that looks as stunning as this does. The brush has been cut in a way that stops it rolling off surfaces when placed down, which for me is a big bonus as I'm always losing my brushes to the dreaded rolling off the surface. It's weighted also which means that when you use the brush it sits naturally in the hand pulling your hand down to give the perfect application. I love the addition of the ombred bristles - it's the little things and is so densely packed which is always a bonus as no one likes a lacklustre brush.
Now for the bitter part of this review, the brush retails for £22.00 which is a lot more expensive than their regular range. Whilst the brush is very densely packed and soft I don't think the bristles are what make this brush so expensive I think a lot of the price increase is due to the handle, from the addition of the weight and metal finish.
Overall I think that this is a lovely brush, worth the price because of its uniqueness - or until Real Technique add their sculpting brush to their regular line. But part of me still gripes that this is a high street brand and I could venture into high end for the same price meaning that I won't be trying out any of the other collection until maybe I win the lottery! I think if you are a big contour fan than this is the brush for you, but if you're the occasional contour'er or just apply bronzer than you can probably get a cheaper alternative elsewhere.
Will you be splurging on any of the new Real Techniques brushes?