A Lukewarm Review: Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush

13 March, 2015 A Lukewarm Review: Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush

I don’t think I could ever market myself as a neutral blogger; I typically love a product, or really dislike it, slag it off, and then never talk about it again. In this instance, I am just so ‘meh’ about this product it warranted an explanation.

True, no-one put a gun to my head and forced me to buy the Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour, but I felt a kind of blogging FOMO/curiosity creep up on me that compelled me to add this to a Boots haul a month or two ago.

The Chapman girls and Real Techniques have come up with a new, high-end range featuring MUA-appropriate tools for a precise application and a luxury feel. Whilst I can definitely understand what they were going for, I’m not sure if it quite measures up. Keep scrolling for my thoughts!

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The PROS:

This brush is visually stunning. Real Techniques definitely knocked it out of the park with the branding – the range is all rose and yellow gold and bright silver, and it looks beautiful on my dressing table. They offer a nice assortment of brushes, including a beautiful looking blush brush which I would have bought instead had it not been sold out.The brushes are weighted which is supposed to help deposit a more measured, even amount of pigment, and apparently having a heavier brush helps to keep your hand steady. I love the tapered point at the base and embellished ‘RT’ on the neck of the brush, although I don’t think the brushes look AS luxurious or high-end as Real Techniques and the Chapman sisters intended.

THE CONS:

To be blunt, it isn’t worth £22. If it was priced at £10-15 in the regular Real Techniques line, I’d be a happy bunny, but for the RRP they’ve chosen, it definitely leaves you wanting more. The bristles are decently soft, but on my cheekbones (well, what I can find of them anyway) they sort of punch the product in, rather than gliding the powder or cream softly onto my skin. I have tried this brush with the lightest hand possible, and I always feel like I’m going to end up with a bruise on my cheeks! Maybe I’m just waiting for a brush that will contour my face for me without me having to do anything, but I think this is one to reserve for the professionals who know exactly how to create stunning bone structure.

Unlike a fluffier domed brush, which is quite forgiving in terms of blending out excess product, the Flat Contour doesn’t do a great job at dialling down the intensity of your contour. If you’re a professional, you probably won’t have many mistakes to correct, but for me, this is a ‘one shot’ brush – if there’s even a pinch too much product, I’ll probably look like a clown.


You can buy the Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour Brush here for £22.

This brush is a 6/10 and a nice addition to my collection of brushes, but not good enough to warrant a glowing recommend for you lovely people. Obviously everyone has different opinions on products and I’m hardly experienced with makeup application, so take my advice with a pinch of salt. If you’ve bought it, let me know how you’re using it, and if you haven’t, I’d love to know why!

Have a brilliant weekend!

Jess, X

15 Comments
  • Alessia
    Posted at 19:15h, 26 March Reply

    Very useful and detailed review, nice post!

  • Magpie Jasmine (@jasmineacs)
    Posted at 19:05h, 14 March Reply

    Thank you for your honesty! I’ve heard so many mixed things about these and like you I was getting a bit of FOMO, plus they are beautiful brushes. However I have noticed that all the glowing reviews seem to be from people who were gifted them! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  • iamserenel
    Posted at 17:32h, 14 March Reply

    The packaging is stunning for this but I won’t justify the price for a RT Brush when you can buy the normal RT Brushes for less 🙂 Thanks for a good review!

    Serene xoxo

    http://www.imserenel.wordpress.com

    • Jessica
      Posted at 17:32h, 14 March Reply

      My pleasure lovely girl! Thanks for stopping by! Xx

  • jasmine (@xprincessjas)
    Posted at 17:11h, 14 March Reply

    Aww its a shame you dont love this brush! I really want to get my hands on it!
    xprincessjas | ♥

  • BambiLeigh
    Posted at 21:54h, 13 March Reply

    I think the original RT brushes are quite pricey but since they’re so good I was really considering getting a couple of these new snazzy ones… it’s nice to see an honest review! x

    • Jessica
      Posted at 22:21h, 13 March Reply

      Thanks! I love the original brushes and use them everyday, but these just didn’t cut the mustard for me. Have a great weekend! Xx

  • beautybyburdess
    Posted at 18:28h, 13 March Reply

    Thank you for such an honest review! I was on the fence for buying these brushes but I’m glad to read this.

    • Jessica
      Posted at 22:21h, 13 March Reply

      Thanks lovely! Glad it was helpful! Xx

  • María Alejandra
    Posted at 16:42h, 13 March Reply

    Oh my Gosh, it looks stunning! I love love LOVE rose gold, I guess, I need this brush in my life! Great review, I really enjoyed it! xx

    http://alemint.blogspot.com/

    • Jessica
      Posted at 22:22h, 13 March Reply

      Not sure if you read the review, because I really didn’t like this brush that much! Appreciate you stopping by though! Xx

  • Tasha
    Posted at 14:26h, 13 March Reply

    That’s a shame that this didn’t work out too well for you! Out of all the brushes, I was most tempted by this one, but I must say the price was a turn-off. They don’t seem to be worth the money in my opinion, and they actually haven’t been getting the greatest reviews!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Jessica
      Posted at 22:23h, 13 March Reply

      I’ve not read brilliant reviews (except the usual big-time bloggers who were gifted the entire collection saying how amazing they are).If you have amazing bone structure these will be great, if not, they aren’t that forgiving and £22 is just crazy for a drugstore-style product! Thank you for stopping by Tasha! Xx

  • Charline
    Posted at 08:40h, 13 March Reply

    What a lovely honest review! I would still like to try it out though 😉

    Love, Charline
    http://charlinehasablog.blogspot.com/

    • Jessica
      Posted at 22:24h, 13 March Reply

      Thanks Charline! Let me know if you do! Xx

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