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Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection

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It was only this week that I posted about my most favourite brushes. So doing another brush post soon after seems a bit excessive – however there is a lot of speculation and question about the new Real Techniques bold metal collection, so when I got my hands on these I thought I would give a quick ‘first impressions’ because that’s all I can really do at this point.

I didn’t buy these, my husband brought them after I was moaning how expensive they were. He’s cool like that.

The Real Technique bold metal collection is a new, premium line introduced by the ever successful Nic and Sam Chapman. It’s an extension to their affordable collection. It very quickly becomes obvious that the Real Techniques Bold Metal collection were intended to be premium, the price-point makes it clear. They’re designed for those who want the higher quality synthetic brush or want a set of core make-up brushes for a professional use. And I completely understand that. The original line is great and is awesome for those who are getting into make-up. I mean if we sit down to really think about it, apart from Real Techniques there are very few affordable, good quality, reputable brushes in the market at the moment. However like anything in the world, Real Techniques were ready to progress and be hold Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection.

There are a total of 7 new brushes, all colour coded. Gold is for finishes, Rose Gold is for blush/highlighting and Silver is for eyes.

I own three, the rose gold collection (300 & 301) and an eye-shadow blending brush (200)

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Aesthetically these are stunning and definitely weighty. Pixiwoo sisters explained in their YT video that the edges of the brushes are a diamond shape which are designed to prevent the brushes from rolling off the table. 300, 301 didn’t roll off a flat surface, however 200, the eye-blending one was definitely rolling off.

All three are extremely fluffy and extremely soft. There’s also a nice hold to them – this obviously is due to the weighted brush.

300 (£24.00) has a tapered head, extremely fluffy but small compared to your average blush brush. It seems as if 200 was designed to give extreme precision. I feel like I will most likely use this for highlighting on the cheekbones as opposed for a blush use.

Out of the two rose gold ones my favourite one is 301 (£22.00) it has a nice firm edge to create a perfectly contoured cheekbone. I’ve mentioned in my favourites YT video that I am consistently trialling contouring methods and I think this will for sure help me achieve those chiselled cheek bones.

The one I’m slightly confused and curious about is the eye blender brush, 200. I love my MAC 217 and I don’t think anything will ever compare. The Real Techniques previous eye collection was slightly disappointing so I was intrigued to see what   200 (£15.00)  eye-blending brush was all about. It’s much fluffier than the MAC 217 with more bristles compacted together. Initially I like the shape of the brush head, but I don’t think I will use it for blending to be honest – I do see myself reaching for this concealing though. More on this in due course.

All brushes are extremely soft and the quality is very similar to my higher quality brushes so the price-point definitely matches there. They’re stunning to look at. I don’t however like the fact after a few moments of holding the brush, the handle is left with my finger prints, without me even using it with any product. That doesn’t look too professional now does it? And I really don’t have time to sit their and polish my brush handle for hours.

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Boots in Oxford Street had them in stock and they’re on 3 for 2 in store if you’re interested right now. An advantage of these brushes being available in Boots is that there’s always some form of offer, so if you do want them but think they’re on the pricier side, I’m pretty sure they’ll be discounted. There tends to be a 1/3 off on make-up tools every so often. Also if you manage to save enough points you could end up getting one for free? I will do a more detailed review once I’ve had a real play but I just wanted to give a heads up on what they’re like. Do you think you’ll be getting one of the Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection brush any time soon?

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Anastasia Contour kit

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Last year I spent most of my make-up time trying to perfect the art of contouring. It’s a technique which has been around for a while I just late to the party, as per usual. I did a whole NARS contouring post here. The notion of contouring cream sticks which I think are awesome, worked well but you need to be quite heavy handed and blend a lot to avoid harsh lines! However Anastasia Contour kit had been on my radar for a while and I finally caved in and invested in one from Cult Beauty. I sometimes fear that with powders I’ll end up getting it everywhere. However the Anastasia Contour kit is finely milled that you get just the right amount of product to become your very own contouring expert. I use a tapered brush with this product, the Charlotte Tilbury blush brush work well together. I use my Becca Shimmering Skin perfector in Opal just finishes off a contoured look – you can’t have a contour without a highlighter, and Becca is crème de le crème.

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contour1Okay back to the Anastasia contour kit. The top three highlighting shades, not really sure what to do with them. They’re quite light and won’t really work on their own with the bags I carry under my eyes. Maybe paired on top of concealer? The bottom three shades however are amazing.  I use the one on the right on my cheek bones and the one in the middle on the temples of my forehead. And the one to the left is used on the bridges of my nose. Anastasia contour kit is one of those sets you think about for a while whether or not it’s worth it – but it’s like having a staple pair of black jeans, or a white t-shirt, you.just.need.it.