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Real Techniques Bold Metals: Real vs. Fake

Real Techniques Bold Metals Makeup Brushes Beauty Cosmetics Blogger Review

Real Techniques Bold Metals - Real vs. Fake, Bold Metals Collection by Real Techniques Tapered Blush Brush

Real Techniques Bold Metals - Real vs. Fake, Bold Metals Collection by Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour

When the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection was launched early last year, they were the talk of the beauty community. Naturally, they sold out everywhere almost instantly. So, I did what any desperate blogger would do who wanted a pretty, new photo prop, and sourced some very convincing looking fakes from eBay - spoiler: this never, ever works - and waited to see what happened post-hype.

It wasn't until the price over on the Boots - offer now finished - and Amazon websites - £10-£14 per brush - had dropped significantly that I considered purchasing the real thing. But, was it really worth the price difference?

Fake vs. Real

In comparison to the real deal, the fakes were made of coarser bristles that were less densely packed together and prone shedding. As you can see in the photos, the fakes are also bushier and less precisely cut as a result . Though, the main difference isn't something that you can see, it's something that you feel. The brush handle was so much lighter with the fake brushes and the paint started to wear off after a few uses - yes, okay I tried them for the sake of the blog!

The Verdict

After adding the Tapered Blush Brush and Flat Contour Brush to my Christmas list - thank you Santa! - I was so impressed by the feel of the real thing that I went out and purchased the Angled Liner Brush and Oval Shadow Brush, pictured above, both single eye brushes. Which leaves me with a pretty complete everyday makeup brush kit for my contour, blush, highlight, brows and shadow; alongside my Primark P.S Beauty Stippling Brush, which is still my favourite concealer brush to date showing that price point isn't everything.

Have you tried anything from the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection yet? Or did you too purchase the controversial fakes?

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