Let's get the obvious out of the way - this collection is beautiful. As soon as Sam and Nic announced the Bold Metals collection in this video shortly after Christmas, I think they were on my wishlist. These brushes look and feel a lot more luxe than the ordinary Real Techniques line we all know and love - the handles are weighted and designed not to roll off your dressing table (love), the bristles are suuuuuper soft and let's face it, we all love the gold, silver and cursory rose gold design, don't we? But is this collection pure style, or is there some substance to these new additions?

Let me get this out there first - I don't think any of this collection is reinventing the wheel, and I don't think Nic and Sam would profess that either. There are cheaper alternatives within their core collection and these are priced considerably higher - the #100 which, granted, is a pretty large brush, is priced at £25 - the most expensive in the collection. Comparable with MAC prices, I had high expectations. And for the most part, I haven't been disappointed at all.

I've used this brush so far for translucent powder, finishing powder, blush and bronzer and it has coped admirably with all three. I think I should bookmark here that what I'm looking for from a powder brush is softness, blending ability and a sheer finish - pretty much what this brush was made for. I got a beautiful finish from my blush which I've been unable to achieve with other brushes, and I think it's down to how sheerly this brush dispenses product. It almost takes any guesswork out of applcation. I know this won't be for everyone but if you are looking for the natural look, this guy has you covered.

That being said, it does drink up a lot of your product. I swirled this in each palette and it did displace a lot of the powder, so go light-handed when picking up powder and build up in layers - I think that's how this one is designed to be used; the little and often rule.

Now let's return back to the superficial - it just looks great. I love the size and weight of the thing, I love how this looks on my dressing table and, whilst I know how redundant that is, I also know that there are blogs (potentially mine included!) that would have you go out and spend £40 on a candle. This is a £25 brush that, whilst extravagant at a glance, is a tool that will work for you. I think a 'luxe option' was the next logical step for Real Techniques and by keeping the collection fairly edited (there's only 7 brushes in this line), I think they've gone for quality and performance.

Crunch time. Do I think it could stand up to a MAC or Bobbi Brown brush? I really do. It's luxe without being extortionate, it's great looking and most importantly it works. I'll be interested to see if this line expands in the near future, because I think the Pixiwoo sisters could be on to something here!

Have you tried any of the Bold Metals collection? What did you think? 


  1. I'm glad you're enjoying this brush! When I first saw the luxe collection, I was like "I NEED THEM" but then I saw the price haha. I do still want to try at least one, I mean, they're SO gorgeous, but perhaps when I can justify it more!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  2. I haven't tried any of the brushes but they are so pretty, I need to invest!
    Rachel Coco


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