Real Techniques Sculpting Brush £9.99 - Link
Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour £22.00 - Link
As contouring is having a major beauty moment as of late, it's no wonder that contouring brushes are a big hit. The introduction of the Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour brush caused quite a stir in the beauty world, however the brush itself is rather pricey so it was only natural that something similar would be released into their normal line - the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. So I thought I'd do a little comparison post to see how they compare.
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. I did a full review on this brush here.
The Real Techniques Sculpting Brush is described as a wide, angled head brush, specifically designed to help create defined contours or enhance your natural features. This is designed to be used with both cream or powdered bronzers to define and contour the hollows of the cheeks. You can check out my full review here.
On first glances it's obvious to see how similar both brushes look, featuring unique wide headed synthetic bristles. With the only differences being that the Sculpting brush features an angled head brush, which I find fits into the hollows of my cheeks a little easier, and the design of the handles. The Flat Contour brush features a weighted handle for optimal control and comfort whilst applying product whereas the Sculpting brush features the signature Real Techniques coloured handles.
When it comes to application I find that the Flat Contour brush is a lot denser in comparison to the Sculpting brush, however I still find that both work well with cream and powder products picking up product really well. I do find that because the 301 brush is slightly thinner I find that this gives a more defined contour which does require a little more effort, but is perfect for a strong contour whereas the Sculpting Brush is great for a natural everyday contour. Both contain short bristles which allow for easy application and blending, smoothing any harsh contour lines.
One thing I will note is I've noticed how the Sculpting brush is more of a multi use product, I've found this not only works wonders with contouring but also makes a great alternative to the Buffing brush thanks to the angled head, helping apply foundation in those pesky hard to reach areas.
The price point is where the brushes differ significantly, the Flat Contour brush retails for £22.00 which leaves a little sour taste in my mouth each time I say it, as you can get luxury brands for not a lot more. Whereas the Sculpting brush will only set you back a much more purse friendly £9.99, and to be honest I think I'd rather have two of these than one Bold Metals brush.
Since getting both brushes I have to admit I've been reaching for the Sculpting brush daily, as I find it's quicker to work with and just generally easier in comparison. I feel bad for neglecting my other when I think about how much I paid for it, however if I'm contouring on a night and want something a little more distinctive this is my go to brush.
Overall I've found that since Real Techniques launched their Sculpting brush I've found that their Contour brush has lost its unique factor - the main reason for my original purchase. I think if I had personally purchased the Sculpting brush first I wouldn't have ventured into their Bold Metals range, as I've found both brushes are very similar in terms of application. I think if you are a seasoned contouring expert you'd enjoy the Flat Contour Brush as opposed to the Sculpting, but for those wanting to venture into the world of contouring the Sculpting Brush is a cheaper way to achieve sculpted cheekbones with ease.
Would you spend or splurge on the Real Techniques contouring brushes?