I’m huge fan of Real Techniques brushes and have been eyeing their bold metals collection for a while now. These brushes do come with a heftier price tag than their other brushes so I always found away to talk myself out of purchasing a few. A couple of weeks ago they ran a BOGO sale on Ulta.com, making it the perfect time for me to pick up a few. Since I’ve been able to use them and the diamond sponge for a couple of weeks now, I figured it was the perfect time to review them for others wondering how the quality compares to their other brushes.
These brushes run from $12.99 to $20.99. The collection also includes a sponge shaped like a diamond costing $9.99. The brushes are color coordinated for which step in the make-up application process they are used for. The gold handles are for base products, the silver handle for the eyes and the rose gold handle for finishing products. These brushes are marketed as their ‘softest bristles ever’ and have weighted handles for ‘balance, control and comfort’.
I picked up three of the silver handle eye brushes. From left to right: 200 Oval Shadow brush, 201 Pointed Crease brush, and 203 Tapered Shadow brush. All of the brushes have super soft bristles and make applying product super easy. I have really enjoyed using these brushes for applying my eye shadow, I use 200 for my all over lid color, 201 with darker colors in the crease or outer corner, and 203 as a blending brush. I believe you can never have enough blending brushes and actually picked up two of these. The only negative thing I have to say about these brushes is they are pretty basic shapes so you most likely already have similar brushes in your collection. All three of these brushes are $12.99.
The only rose gold handle brush I purchased was the 300 Tapered Blush Brush. At first I was a little turned off as this brush was a lot smaller than I thought it’d be. It seemed to be a perfect brush to blend out contour but I put it to the test and used it for my blush. After multiple applications I did get used to the brush shape and absolutely love it now. The bristles are super soft and make blending out blushes so easy. I love the long handle and the fact that its weighted makes it feel luxurious. This brush retails for $18.99.
The last brush I picked up was a gold handle brush, 100 Arched Powder brush. Originally I used this as a regular powder brush to set my foundation. Although the bristles were soft, much like all the other brushes, I just wasn’t wowed by it. I usually use flat top brushes to set my foundation and this just didn’t compare. I put it down for a couple of days and then decided to use it with my bronzer. Now I love this brush and it’s the only brush I enjoy using with my all over face bronzer. Again, like the other brushes, it applies the product so beautiful and flawless. Out of all the brushes I think I would recommend this one the most as I didn’t have a similar brush in my large brush collection. The other brushes could be easily duped but for this one I can’t think of a similar brush. This brush runs for $20.99.
The last thing I purchased was the Miracle Diamond Sponge which I was unaware was a part of their Bold Metals collection until I saw the packaging. I’ve also tried their Miracle Complexion Sponge which I’m a huge fan of for the price. This sponge has such a unique shape which I think makes it sort of gimmicky. Although the sponge is beyond cute and stands out from all the other sponges in my collection, the shape does not benefit this sponge at all. I like the flat surface on top but that’s about the only part of this sponge I can use. The multiple edges provide no added benefits for application. I tried the pointed side numerous times to blend out my concealer under my eyes but it’s so slim that it makes that side sort of flimsy and hard to get control over. This sponge is super unique and pretty but I would definitely pass, it’s not something I would repurchase. This sponge retails for $9.99.
Altogether I thought this was a great collection and really steps up Real Techniques brushes. The bristles live up to their claim of being softer than their original brushes and the weighted handles help the brushes feel great in your hand which adds control. This collection feels like higher end brushes but they do come with a higher price tag than their normal brushes. Luckily this brand usually has sales going on at Ulta (I think right now if you buy two products you get one free).