Finally! The Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection brushes have hit Australian stores. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Melbourne launch, so I have the whole collection to review.
There are seven brushes in the collection and, just like the original RT brushes, these are broken down into face brushes (gold), eye brushes (silver) and finishing brushes (rose gold). Of course these are just guides on how to use the brushes and you can use them however you want.
I will talk about each brush individually and then talk about the overall design and my thoughts.
The first brushes are the 100 Arched Powder Brush (AU$65) and the 101 Triangle Foundation Brush (AU$59). The 100 is a beautifully soft tapered powder brush that works beautifully at applying loose or pressed powder. Since this is a large brush and it isn't very densely packed it would only really suit applying powder products to large areas. It is a very luxurious brush and the taper allows you to apply powder under the eyes and around the nose easily.
The 101 is a very awesome looking foundation brush that is set in a triangle shape (see the photo below). I am going to be completely honest and say that this is more a display brush for me... I personally don't like flat foundation brushes (I much prefer buffing type brushes) and this is just a fancy looking flat foundation brush. The shape is supposed to help get around the nose and contours of the face but I don't think it provides any great benefit. I personally would skip this brush unless you love flat foundation brushes.
The eye brushes all retail for AU$39 each. There is the 200 Oval Shadow Brush, the 201 Pointed Crease Brush and the 202 Angled Liner Brush. When I first started using these brushes I was a little unimpressed that you can't do a whole eye look using these brushes, but as I have been using them more and more I have found some great uses for them.
The 200 is a very large soft tapered fluffy brush that claims to be able to apply shadow to the lid. I find that this is too big to do that, but it is great at blending out shadow and what I have been really loving it for is applying a cream base to the lid. This picks up and blends cream product beautifully and it has become a staple in my daily routine! I haven't used this for concealer, but I can imagine it to blend in concealer very well too.
The 201 is a very large dense domed pencil brush. This claims to be for working product into the crease but I think this works best for smudging eye shadow onto the lower or upper lash line for a smokey effect. I think this would also be great for applying a highlight to the inner corner since it has a tapered point, and it would be great at applying concealer onto spots.
The 202 is a very small dense angled liner brush and it allows you to have a lot of control. I have been using this with a gel liner and loving it. Allows for a very simple and quick liner application.
Then we have the 300 Tapered Blush Brush ($59) and the 301 Flat Contour Brush ($65) and these are my two favourites of the range. The 300 is a great versatile brush that can work for blush, contour, highligher and setting powder. The size and the tapered tip makes this such a fantastic brush, and if I were to recommend any one one brush from the range, this is the one I would recommend.
The 301 is a little less versatile and is pretty much designed mainly for contouring and highlighting. I have only used this for contouring and I originally thought that this was a bit of a gimmick, but I actually love it! This soft dense brush applies product really well and the shape allows you to really carve out a cheek contour. To blend out the contour I turn the brush to the side it blends the line out really well.
These brushes are very impressive to look at and to use. A lot of effort has been put into the design of these brushes and you can see and feel the quality instantly. The bristles are synthetic but are ridiculously soft. The hombre coloured bristles have also been glued and tied into the ferrule which should help prevent any shedding. The brushes are also very heavy and feel nicely weighted when you are holding them. The brush handle is squared to prevent the brushes from rolling and then it tapers to a diamond shaped point. I love that the handles are very thin because it makes it really east to store these brushes in a small cup or container.
Overall I think these brushes are fantastic quality and I understand why they cost so much money (although I would still recommend waiting for a sale). Even though I would recommend this range overall, I do have my favourites and I would definitely recommend the 300, 301 and 100. The eye brushes for me are in the middle and even though I think they are good quality brushes, they aren't brushes that I need in my collection and I don't think you can successfully get a whole eye look just using these brushes. The one brush that I wouldn't recommend is the 101, and I would only recommend this brush if you love using flat foundation brushes or if you wanted to buy it to complete the set.