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Real Techniques Bold Metals Full Collection

Thursday, 2 June 2016
Real Techniques Bold Metals Full Collection review how to get them cheaper
The buzz around these Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes when they were first released was absolutely insane and they still pop up on Instagram so much because they are so gosh-darn pretty. I got two brushes when they were first released but honestly the price was what stopped me from picking up the whole collection at the time. Thankfully, they are now available on great discounted sites like iHerb and there are even Australian stores like Makeup and Glow that have them at a discounted price and offer After Pay to make them more accessible. I will be the first to admit that these are expensive, especially compared to the basic Real Techniques collection, but they are exceptional quality and there are some in particular that are 100% worth the splurge.

Real Techniques Bold Metals 100 Arched Powder Brush
Priceline $64.99     Makeup and Glow $49     iHerb $29.95
Real Techniques Bold Metals 100 Arched Powder Brush review
To start off with one of my favourites from the entire collection, this brush is absolutely stunning. It is a perfect large size to dust powder over the entire face. The bristles are so incredibly soft and it is also really dense. The weight and finish of all of these brushes makes them very luxe but this one is particularly so. I also especially like the tapered paddle shape which allows you to apply on a larger area with the side or a more precise area with the tapered tip.

Real Techniques Bold Metals 101 - Triangle Foundation Brush
Priceline $58.99     Makeup and Glow $45     iHerb $26.47
Real Techniques Bold Metals 101 - Triangle Foundation Brush review
When I first reviewed this in the initial post about the first two brushes from this collection I didn't really like it because no matter what I did, I couldn't get the beautiful airbrushed finish of my other foundation buffing brushes. The application was streaky but I find that usually happens with more traditions paddle style foundation brushes. I am honestly not a fan of any of these more traditional brushes and even thought the triangular shape of this one is innovative for getting into tricky places like the side of the nose, it just doesn't get it done for me. I sometimes use it to apply primer but honestly that is just so I get some use out of it. I wouldn't recommend purchasing this brush unless you are like me and just really need the whole set to satisfy your OCD or maybe if you are a fan of traditional paddle foundation brushes and want to try a new variation. There is also a new Triangular Concealer brush that hasn't hit Australia yet but considering my lackluster opinion of the foundation brush, I won't be picking that one up.

Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 Oval Shadow Brush

Priceline $38.99      Makeup and Glow $29     iHerb $18.11
Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 Oval Shadow Brush review
Now I still maintain that this brush is actually to big to use on the eye. I have a fairly large eyelid area but even I still struggle and find it too large. It might be okay for all over shadow but honestly, it is a big eye brush. Alternatively though, I absolutely love using this for more precision detailing on the face. I use it to apply my cream contour before blending, to blend out my foundation in tricky areas and even to blend in my concealer. I think this is a great brush if you completely ignore its intended use. The bristles are very soft and dense and the quality is exceptional.


Real Techniques Bold Metals 201 Pointed Crease Brush
Priceline $38.99     Makeup and Glow $29     iHerb $18.11
Real Techniques Bold Metals 201 Pointed Crease Brush review
Again, this is quite a large eye brush but it is actually very manageable thanks to its tapered shape. It is quite dense and tapers up into a slightly domed point, making it perfect for the crease and outer corner. Because it is so dense, it is still necessary to go over with a fluffier blending brush to achieve a nice look but this is perfect for laying your shadow down. As with all the others, the bristles are very soft and the brush itself is very well made and feels super luxe. If you need something more substantial than your usual pencil definer brush but still in the same shape, this is a great option.


Real Techniques Bold Metals 202 Angled Liner Brush
Priceline $38.99     Makeup and Glow $29     iHerb $18.11
Real Techniques Bold Metals 202 Angled Liner Brush review
I was actually hesitant to buy this one because I really don't apply gel liner very often but I was getting the rest of the collection so I figured why not. I am really glad I picked it up though because it is really does make winged liner easier. The bristles are very soft but still dense and firm enough to build up a thick, opaque line very quickly. The only part i had trouble with was getting a very crisp tip to my wing but I struggle with that on a normal day with a much finer brush and usually just use a cotton tip with Micellar on it to correct it into a sharp point. If you are in the market for a liner brush I would definitely say this one is a great contender and you can even use it for brows as well in a pinch because the bristles are firm enough.


Real Techniques Bold Metals 203 Tapered Shadow Brush
Priceline n/a     Makeup and Glow $29     iHerb $18.11
Real Techniques Bold Metals 203 Tapered Shadow Brush review
For the longest time Real Techniques has had a serious gap in their collection with no workhorse small tapered blending brush for the crease and outer corner. Finally they answered our prayers with this brand new addition to the Bold Metals collection. It is the perfect little tapered blending shadow brush in the same vein of competitors like MAC 217 Blending Brush ($37), Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer Brush ($17) and Sigma E25 Blending Brush ($23). The bristles are a heck of a lot softer than the MAC 217 and quite comparable to the Zoeva and Sigma although I think it is a tiny bit smaller and firmer. I do think the Zoeva or even Sigma brush is better value but if you are already placing an order with iHerb and want to go for the admittedly much prettier option, this brush is well worth picking up. 
Real Techniques Bold Metals 203 Tapered Shadow Brush, MAC 217, Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer Brush and Sigma E25 Blending Brush review comparison
Left to right: Real Techniques Bold Metals 203 Tapered Shadow Brush, MAC 217, Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer Brush and Sigma E25 Blending Brush
Real Techniques Bold Metals 300 Tapered Blush Brush
Priceline $58.99     Makeup and Glow $45     iHerb $26.47
Real Techniques Bold Metals 300 Tapered Blush Brush review
Oh, that rose gold! Be still my heart! Seriously though, the rose gold brushes are definitely the visual standout of the entire range and luckily they are also some of the best so you can totally justify splurging on pretty things that are also great quality. This is my new favourite blush brush thanks to the smaller precise size, soft & dense bristles and the tapered paddle shape which gives me way more control. The tapered point also makes it versatile enough to apply highlighter and even contour/bronzer if you are in a jam. This is definitely one of my favourite brushes and at the iHerb price, it is an absolute bargain because good blush brushes can actually be really hard to find. 

Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour Brush
Priceline $64.99     Makeup and Glow $49     iHerb $29.25
 Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour Brush review
This one was particularly popular when it first came out and even now because contouring is a trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. The dense, soft bristles of this brush make it perfect for blending cream contour. I routinely use this to blend out my Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow ($26.40) for the perfect soft contour on my pale skin. The 200 Oval Shadow Brush and this one actually make the perfect duo for applying and blending cream contour. Unfortunately thought, the very thing that makes this brush perfect for cream contouring also makes it unsuitable for powder contouring. In my opinion the bristles are just too dense for powder contour because it just deposits and blends in way too much product. If you are a cream contour fiend or looking to dip your toe in, you absolutely need this brush.

So there you (finally) have my full run down of the Bold Metals collection. I know it is long but I really wanted to be comprehensive so you could have a better idea of which brushes are worth the money or suit your needs best. My top three would have to be the 100 Arched Powder, 300 Tapered Blush and 203 Tapered Shadow in that order. If you are into cream contouring though, the 301 Flat Contour Brush definitely has to rate in the top as well.


How to get them cheaper!

If anything, this blog post should have shown you that the Australian RRP of these brushes is bat shit insane ridiculously prohibitive. Even with the occasional 20% off Priceline has occasionally, they are still way over priced. The best value option is to purchase these from iHerb which actually makes them pretty affordable and only a tiny step up from what we pay for a regular drugstore brush here. If you are a first time customer of iHerb you can even use the code CAK747 to get an additional $5 off your order and the shipping is really affordable and free on orders over $40 USD (about $55 AUD)! As if that wasn't enough, you can also get an additional 20% off as part of their store wide promotion until Wednesday the 8th of June. That means you can buy every brush I have mentioned here and have them delivered for $140.16 as apposed to the $325.94 Australian RRP price tag which doesn't even include the 203 Tapered Shadow because you can't get it here. Crazy right?

As another option, Makeup and Glow offers AfterPay which is a fairly new check out option that is beginning to pop up on more and more online stores. Basically it is a interest free checkout option that allows you to split your total over 4 fortnightly installments. Even though they are more expensive than iHerb at Makeup and Glow, you get this very flexible payment option and they are still cheaper than the Australian RRP.

I hope you enjoyed this review and it helped you purchase these at a much cheaper price if you have been lusting after them for a while. If you shop smart, this range can actually be totally affordable! Let me know if you already love Bold Metal brushes or will be placing an order after reading this review.
2 comments on "Real Techniques Bold Metals Full Collection"
  1. They're so damn pretty! Do they fingerprint easy though? I feel like I would never want to use them and just have them on display! haha

    Tahana <3
    www.tahanalee.com

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    1. Honestly it isn't too bad. I don't really notice it more than my other brushes, especially the ones with the glossy black finish. They are certainly a lot better than my matte black handles Nars brushes when it comes to fingerprints.

      Emma | Rosy Disposition

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