Real Techniques Bold Metals makeup brushes review

I've been a fan of Real Techniques brushes for a long time - they've always been great value, high quality and part of my every day makeup bag.

The launch of the new Bold Metals collection* sees them branching out a little into more of a premium market, creating a capsule range of brushes with luxurious finishes, innovative shapes and some seriously good game in terms of quality.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Arched Powder, Flat Contour and Pointed Crease brushes
Real Techniques Bold Metals Arched Powder, Flat Contour and Pointed Crease
Real Techniques Bold Metals Arched Powder, Flat Contour and Pointed Crease brushes

Real Techniques Bold Metals Arched Powder, Flat Contour and Pointed Crease brushes close up

There are seven brushes in total in the range - three for eyes and four for the face. I've been testing out three of the brushes and have to admit I've been impressed. 

The Flat Contour Brush is a must have if you're a fan of contouring, especially if you use cream products to do it. The shape is quite unusual but has been perfectly crafted to work with the hollow of your cheekbones to make getting a sculpted look really simple.

The Arched Powder Brush is large, fluffy and ridiculously soft, making it perfect for setting your makeup with a gentle wash of powder or alternatively for an all over glow with a touch of bronzer or highlighter.

One brush I'd definitely like to add to my collection is the Triangle Foundation Brush which has an unusual diamond shape that seems to be perfect for moulding to the shape of your face for a flawless foundation finish.

Like all Real Techniques brushes these are cruelty free and made from high quality synthetic fibres which wash up and wear incredibly well. However, unlike Real Techniques' previous collections, Bold Metals all feature high-shine metallic handles, that have been coloured coded in different colours for different purposes. This definitely makes them look a lot more luxe, but I was a little disappointed to find out that the handles themselves are still plastic - it would've been nice to see something a little more sturdy given the increase in price.

This range is definitely more of an investment - the Flat Contour Brush costs £22 on its own and I think this might put off a lot of their original market as that's the same price as the entire Real Techniques face or eye collection.

I'd definitely recommend picking up some of the more unusually shaped brushes from this range as I think they've really hit the mark with these, however I think some of them are easy to find cheaper dupes, albeit without the lovely metallic finish.

The Bold Metals collection can be found online and in store at Boots and ranges in price from £10 for the Angled Liner Brush to £25 for the Arched Powder Brush.

What do you think of this new collection from Real Techniques?

*PR samples


  1. I love them, especially the Arched Powder brush x

  2. love them! All of them are in my wishlist!

  3. I have to admit when the new range launched I didn't know If I would be prepared to pay £22 for one brush but now I own the contour brush I couldn't be without it! xo

  4. These look beautiful I am desperate to get my hands on them!


  5. These Brushes have such sleek and stylish handles! ^ u ^


  6. I'm tempted to pick a couple of these up. They look gorgeous and I love that they're weighted too.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

  7. I really want to try the contour brush!

    Emily x // EmGrace

  8. So expensive for me as a teenager but they are stunning!

  9. Those look beautiful!! I need to pick up a couple of these.

  10. It's a shame about the price, I liked that they were so affordable especially as a set. I do like the look of the contour brush.


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