Since these beauties were released back at the start of the year I've been engaged in a 'Should I?/Shouldn't I?' I pretty much decided that I was going to leave them after reading some mixed reviews and given the fact that for about £5 more I could get MAC or Bobbi Brown brushes. That was until last week when I wandered into Boots and saw a 25% off tag dangling over them! This brought them down to between £12 and £19, which is the sort of price range I thought these should have been to begin with so I took the plunge. I decided on the Bold Metals Tapered 300 Blush Brush (usually £24, currently £18) and the Bold Metals 100 Arched Powder Brush (usually £25, currently £18.75). I was tempted by the contour brush but felt I'd get more everyday use from these two.
There's no denying that the finish is stunning. They're longer than the standard Real Techniques brushes with the handles tapering to a point. The eye brushes have silver hands, base brushes have gold and finish brushes rose gold. The bristles are white with a slight hint of the handle colour, so you can easily see how much product you've picked up. The bristles are soft but not exceptionally more so than the standard line. As always with Real Techniques, the bristles are synthetic, making them easy to wash. Personally I prefer natural hairs for eye brushes and synthetic for the face, as I feel synthetic works best with my combination skin. This also means the brushes work well with both powder and cream products. Like most of their brushes, these can be used for multiple tasks, not just what the name suggests.
The Arched Powder Brush is large and fluffy, so I find it perfect for bronzer, especially with the tapered shape. It fits into the hollows of my cheeks without being too precise. It's also nice for blending out any harsh edges with your blusher or if you've applied a bit too much and want to soften the look by going over it with powder. I personally find it a bit bulky for face powder or setting powder but I like it for what I use it as. I'd also heard of people using this to apply foundation and I can confirm it applies it amazingly! I do have other foundation brushes though and in the interests of keeping this looking as pristine as possible, I will probably stick to bronzer with this.
The Tapered Blush Brush is a small, fairly precise brush. Though I've tried it with blusher, I found the bristles a little too firm for that. I actually much prefer it for applying highlighter as I find it picks up the perfect amount of product and is exactly the right shape and size for highlighting.
All in all I'm pleased with these brushes but they haven't blown me away or changed my life. I don't have anything like the Arched Powder and it's definitely my favourite of the two but I do feel that if you're after the contour brush, I really like the Zoeva Face Paint, which is £11.50 and can be bought with natural mix or vegan bristles. On closer reflection the Tapered Blush is very similar to my Zoeva Face Focus, which also comes in at £11.50 too.
I don't feel you're getting quality above and beyond the standard Real Techniques line. The standard line is amazing and sets the bar high! I wouldn't pay full price for these but with 25% off I'm reasonably happy with my purchases. If you, like me, just have to try these for yourself, I'd recommend getting them whilst they're still reduced!
Were they worth the hype?: Although I really like the powder brush, ultimately the quality isn't that much better than the standard line so you're essentially paying for the aesthetic. I'm pretty happy for what I paid but I think the full price is way too high for what they are. On this basis, I'm going to say no!
Did you cave into the Bold Metals hype? Did you think they were worth the fuss?