Just a couple of months after we got access to Real Techniques makeup brushes on South African shores, I learnt just last week that we’re also now able to get our grubby paws on the Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes locally.
In case you’re not familiar, Real Techniques brushes are designed by Sam & Nic Chapman – they’re makeup artists that hit the big time on Youtube with their channel, Pixiwoo. I like that they have a no-nonsense approach and that even after 700 videos they’re not too phased about the trimmings – it’s not all fancy editing and fairy lights with these two, but rather quality content.
Anyhoo, back to Bold Metals brushes. I’m a huge fan of Real Techniques brushes as it is – they make up the majority of my brush collection, and aside from my Sigma F80 and MAC217 I could happily chuck all my others if I had to.
The only thing I don’t love about the standard Real Techniques brushes is their look – the bright colours and chunky handles don’t exactly scream sophistication. The Bold Metals brushes are the exact opposite – long, slender handles, metal shades with no colours, and show white bristles. There is a steep price difference when compared to the original RT brushes though so it’s not going to be for everyone – here’s a breakdown of the brushes available:
200 Bold Metals Oval Shadow Brush, R299, is at the top of my shopping list. It’s meant for all-over lid application, and the bristles look luxuriously soft.
I’m so thrilled to have received a 201 Pointed Crease Brush, R299, to test because it’s one I wouldn’t have gotten for myself – I’m a creature of habit, I would have gone for the blending brush. Looking forward to some serious crease action with this one, I’ll report back.
As far as eye brushes go I’m least excited about the 202 Angled Liner Brush, R249. I am aware that good liner brushes are hard to come by, but it’s just not something I use often.
Moving on to face brushes, the one I’m most excited to get my hands on is the 301 Flat Contour Brush, R399. The flat head, the dense bristles – it looks perfect for sculpting some mean cheekbones.
The 300 Tapered Blush Brush, R399 looks particularly fluffy, which is something I’ve been gravitating towards lately – after years of merely applying blusher, I realised how much better it looks when you actually take a second to buff it in.
Lastly there’s the 100 Arched Powder Brush and 101 Triangle Foundation Brush, both R399 – neither are brushes I’m going to spend R400 but hey, it’s not all about me.
The Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes are launching into selected Clicks and Foschini stores in September, and I’m waiting to get confirmation on whether they’re going to be available online from Takealot too. I should be able to update with a proper store list in about two weeks.
If you can’t wait and you’re in Joburg there’s good news – they’ve already had a sneaky launch into Clicks Eastgate.