I always pop into Boots and Superdrug to see what's new and check out anything that catches my fancy. I always pop round to the Real Techniques counter/shelves to admire the brushes. I have no business buying any more makeup brushes because I have a loooot of makeup brushes. I also have quite a huge selection of Real Techniques brushes; some of which I purchased myself and the rest were sent to me (not as a PR samples but more as good customer service-find out about it here). However, I still buy more brushes because I am a crazy makeup brush girl. I think the latest set I added to my collection was the Collector's Edition Sculpting Set which I have reviewed here. When the Bold Metals collection was launched, I really wanted to try them but the price tag kept me away. If I lived in the US, I would totally buy them because they seem to be the same figure in dollars as in pounds e.g. a Bold Metal Brush retailing for $18 is also £18 which seems really strange to me. Anyway, I knew one day, one of these brushes will be mine and I waited rather patiently until Boots finally had 25% off the whole collection and it is currently still on offer. I picked up the Bold Metal Pointed Crease Brush 201 because that's the one I wanted the most. The Bold Metal collection is made up of seven brushes in total including 2 Base Brushes (Gold handles), 3 Eye Brushes (Silver handles) and 2 Finishing Brushes (Rose Gold). They are a luxury designed range and come with a luxury price tag to match the amazing aesthetic
I really like the packaging of the Bold Metal Collection because it feels more well made than the regular RT packaging although I am still a huge fan of the regular RT brushes.. The outer packaging is quite long to accommodate the long handle of the brush. The brush in itself is stunning and looks amazing on my dresser and brush holder. It has silver handles with RT logo on one side and the number of the brush (201) on the other side which is useful. I think this is the first time RT are using numbers because it was just names for the other collections. The Bold Metal Pointed Crease Brush is longer than all my other RT brushes and many other brushes in my collection. It's about the same length as my MAC 217 brush for comparison. The handle is weighted which makes it easy to handle and rests the weight evenly as you apply your eyeshadow. It also has a pointed handle which I think makes it look even more cute. I am keen to see how well it would preserve its beautiful aesthetics but I have never had issues with other RT collections so I have high hopes for this collection.
The bristles are made from synthetic bristles/hairs which is the similar to the rest of the RT brushes. They have a beautiful white colour which I like because it makes the brush look pretty when it is clean and you know when it is time to give it a wash. The bristles feel well made and I can tell that none of the hairs will escape from the ferrule. The bristles also have a pointed tip which you would expect from a crease brush and it helps the brush do its job better. I would not say the bristles are very soft or fluffy; they feel firm (but not harsh) and I think that's the best combination to make crease brushes work. If a crease brush is too fluffy then it becomes a blending brush. I feel a crease brush should have a degree of firmness to allow you to precisely deposit colours to the crease.
I have washed it a few times and I have not experienced any shedding at all. I am not surprised because many of my RT brushes have lasted me for years and they have not shed on me. It is relatively easy to wash as well..It also dries really fast which I am pleased with but I did not expect anything less because all my RT brushes dry super fast. The bristles appeared to feel better on my eyelids after a couple of washes which I am pleased about.
How I use it
Crease brushes are designed to deposit colours to the crease and some crease brushes can also be used to blend eyeshadows out. The RT Bold Metal Pointed Crease Brush has a pointed tip which makes me feel it is specifically designed to deposit colour to the crease- the main way I use it. If you have small eyes, you may struggle to get the best technique with this brush because it is quite a large crease brush. However, my eyes are a regular size so it works well for me. I also use this brush to define the outer crease (aka outer V) of my eyes and it does a good job. I am really pleased with using this brush and I am so glad it is finally in my stash.
The regular retail price was £12 but I got it for £9 (hooray!). I just used my Boots loyalty points to get this brush because I have been collecting my points for a long while and I wanted to treat myself. I am not sure where else it is being sold in store in the UK apart from Boots. I think it is exclusive to Boots because it is not sold in Superdrug. I think RT makes exclusive sets for these two stores because Superdrug had the Collector's Edition Sculpting Set exclusive to them. If you live in the US, you can buy it online and also in Ulta.
I really do like this brush mainly because it looks aesthetically pleasing. However, it does a really good job and I would recommend checking it out especially as it is now on sale. I even found that the Core Collection is currently on offer for £10.99 in Boots which is such an amazing offer. I think it is only in-store so this is a good time to try it. I could not help myself and I purchased a back up (mainly because my current RT Buffing Brush is in an absolute state and it is only sold in the Core Collection). Anyway, I am pleased with this brush and I am almost tempted to try the others but I am holding on tightly to my Boots Points and Wallet. That's pretty much it!! Have you tried any brush from the RT Bold Metal Collection?...xx
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