Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes Review

When I won $100 in credit to Real Techniques for taking a survey, I knew it was a sign from above that it was time for me to try the Bold Metals line. I’d been wanting to try them for a while but their price tag was causing me to hold off. I also love Real Techniques’ original brush line so much and certainly don’t feel that it’s lacking in any way. However, look at these. I mean, they’re like the fanciest brushes I’ve seen in a long time. It’s like the brushes themselves are wearing jewelry. So I filled my online shopping cart and waited by the door for the UPS man.
rt-boldmetalsFrom left to right: Arched Powder Brush, Tapered Blush Brush, Triangle Concealer Brush, Tapered Shadow Brush

The Bold Metals line expands upon Real Techniques core line of  brushes. These beauties boast weighted brass handles, soft synthetic bristles and higher price tags than what you’re used to from Real Techniques. I’ll be comparing these fancy princesses to Real Techniques’ original core line of brushes.

Bold Metals Collection 100 Arched Powder Brush vs. Real Techniques Powder Brush: Bold Metals wins here. The paddle shape of this brush makes it great for tapping and pressing setting powder over foundation. I like the original powder brush a lot but it’s almost too big and not great for precise powder application.

Bold Metals 300 Tapered Blush Brush vs. Real Techniques Blush Brush: The original Blush Brush wins by a mile. The Bold Metals version is small, awkward and too dense to diffuse blush naturally. It’s better suited to applying highlighter or setting powder atop under eye concealer.

Bold Metals 102 Triangle Concealer Brush vs. Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush: I use the Pointed Foundation Brush for concealer placement as it’s far too tiny for foundation. It wins big time here. The Bold Metals brush is more of a 3D triangle, with too many bristles with minimal flex. It’s not super gentle and has poor ratings on Ulta’s website. It’s not nearly as handy as I had hoped and it’s strange shape really doesn’t seem to add much.

Bold Metals 203 Tapered Shadow Brush There is no comparable in the core line. I enjoy this brush. It’s a perfect shape for blending and you can see how much pigment you pick up instantly due to the white bristles. Though synthetic blending brushes will never quite work like natural hair ones, this is a really nice brush to have in your eye brush arsenal.

Bold Metals 201 Brush Pointed Crease There is no comparable brush to this in the core line really but let me just cut to the chase with this one and say NO. It’s not a crease brush. It’s far too dense to create a soft, diffuse crease application. I’ve used it for dotting concealer onto blemishes. Because it’s dense, you have to work to clean it properly. When doing so, the bristles get pushed up into the ferule! When I tried to retrieve them, the entire shaft of bristles pulled out.

To sum it all up, the Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes are far more attractive than effective. I hate that it proves the theory that you can’t have it all! I still love the Real Techniques original brushes best because you truly cannot beat the quality at that price point. In my experience, the Bold Metals Brushes are not worth the price. I’d rather you spend your dolla dolla bills y’all on brushes with better functionality.


  1. Mandy

    04/26/2016 at 5:26 AM

    I just watched your video and subscribed. I like honest youtubers, really hard to find lately. I saw a video with tanya burr using the arched powder brush for foundation, which i thought interesting. I scrubbed my pounted crease brush on my sigma matt when i 1st got as reviews mentioned it was stiff but mine didnt do what yours did. It might be worthwhile returning it. Once again appreciated the honest review!

    1. Ivy Boyd

      04/26/2016 at 8:26 AM

      Thanks so much for reading and watching, Mandy! That is super interesting about using the powder brush for foundation. I’m totally going to try that. I feel like the blush brush would work for that too! Yeah, I don’t know what the heck happened with that pointed crease brush but it’s just silly!

      1. Mandy

        04/27/2016 at 9:24 PM

        The blush brush for applying foundation sounds like a great idea. Should give a fuller coverage.

  2. Kiran

    04/26/2016 at 8:34 AM

    I actually really like the Bold Metals Brushes, the only brushes that I think are worth it are the powder brush (it works really well, for me, with loose powder, as I set my whole face); the blush brush is great for applying liquid foundation when you want a slightly heavier coverage (if I am skipping concealer); and the larger eyeshadow brush is nice too. The contour brush is easily dupable and the triangular foundation and concealer brushes I don’t use at all. Great, honest review, nevertheless, there are so many other brushes out there for less money and with more uses so I completely understand your point. Their original collection is better.

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    1. Ivy Boyd

      04/26/2016 at 8:36 AM

      Hi Kiran! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these! I was just discussing using the blush brush for foundation with another reader! Now it’s a must-try! I appreciate you reading 🙂 <3

  3. Joyce Belfort

    07/06/2016 at 1:57 PM

    Thank you for this review. It was physically impossible to find any non-“OMG, I love them” reviews out there. It is psychotic that EVERYONE on youtube loves them, which I find very unbelievable and unrealistic. It is so scary that you could pull the hair out of that crease brush O_o Thank goodness I’ve let the RT sale slide. So glad that I didn’t buy that.

    1. Ivy Boyd

      07/11/2016 at 10:39 AM

      I’m so glad it was helpful! Thanks, Joyce! I try to keep it real for sure 🙂

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