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!
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.
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!