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!



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!

Jess, X

  • 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


    • 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


    • 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

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

      Thanks Charline! Let me know if you do! Xx

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