Hello makeup dolls!
The beloved Sam and Nic Chapman, stars behind top-rated Youtube channel Pixiwoo, recently came out with a new collection of brushes, Real Techniques Bold Metal. There’s been a lot of controversy regarding these brushes because of where they are made, how much Sam and Nic are involved, and their price. I’m not here to get into that. I just want to talk about whether you need these brushes in your life! As you may know, their first set of brushes are very affordable. The bold metals line is considered their premium collection. And that they are! These brushes have great curb appeal; they have beautiful packaging and are ultra luxurious. You’ll notice right away that they are pretty heavy which lends to the luxurious feel and optimal control and comfort (great for pros). There are 7 brushes in total, and the purpose of the brushes is distinguished by their color:
Gold(2) – Base brushes
Rose Gold(2) – Finishing brushes
Silver(3) – Eye brushes
All the brushes are synthetic and thus can be used with powder and cream/liquid products. The bristles are very soft and shred proof because they are hand-glued and tied into the barrel. The brushes are tapered at the ends to mimic real hair which allows for effortless blending of product. What makes them really stand out is that unlike other brushes, the handle is not round, it has flat edges which taper at the end. Sam and Nic’s purpose in the design of the handle was to prevent the brushes from rolling off a table or vanity. That is genius! Every time I am doing makeup, at least one brush rolls onto the ground which is always a bummer. Let’s get to the details of each brush, shall we?
100 Arched Powder $25.99
Intended purpose: The domed cut sweeps perfectly across face for flawless application of pressed or loose powders.
My thoughts: This is probably my favorite brush. As stated it’s great for use with powder. The flat shape also allows for light contouring, as well as applying blush or bronzer. It’s not dense so it blends product nicely.
101 Triangle foundation $23.99
Intended purpose: Dual function – flat edge covers large areas of the face and angled edges contour around the eyes and nose.
My thoughts: It does just that! This brush comes to a point so it’s great for getting around the eyes and nose. It takes a little getting used to, but after a few times I think you’ll fall in love with it.
300 Tapered Brush $23.99
Intended Purpose: Specially-designed tip highlights and sculpts across cheeks for seamless finish.
My thoughts: This would not be my go-to brush for applying blush to the cheeks because it’s too small and dense. Therefore, will pack on too much color. What is think this brush is perfect for is contouring and highlighting with powder.
301 Flat Contour $25.99
Intended purpose: A dense head creates shadows and highlights on targeted areas of face to play up favorite features.
My thoughts: This is a beautiful brush, I love it! It picks up color effortlessly and blends out cream products flawlessly. I personally wouldn’t use this brush to contour with powder because it’s densely packed and a bit stiff at the tip essentially causing you to apply to much product. However, for those of you who like a more intense contour, this unique design will do just that. For those of you with the NARS Ita Kabuki brush, I would not consider this a dupe. The NARS brush is not as dense and has longer bristles.
200 Oval Shadow $15.99
Intended purpose: The full, round shape allows for all-over lid application and seamless blending.
My thoughts: Great tool for packing on a lot of shadow color on lids and/or applying a wash of color (ex: setting eyeshadow base or primer). The tapered end can also be used to blend color into the crease as well. I would also use this to apply liquid concealer since the shape really hugs the under eye area.
201 Pointed Crease $15.99
Intended purpose: Densely packed, tapered bristles apply eye shadow for smoky effect.
My thoughts: The bullet tip works well to apply product on the outer corners of the eye.I also think it works great to smudge shadow along the lower lash line as well. However, I personally wouldn’t use it to apply color on the crease because it is so densely packed.
202 Angled Liner $15.99
Intended purpose: The firm, slanted head fits close to lash line for smooth, even application of eyeliner.
My thoughts: For those of you who don’t like to use angled brushes to apply gel liner, I think you’ll like this one. Since it’s so small, you can get really close to the lash line. You can even use it to smudge pencil liner along the las line.
Where to buy
I think these brushes are beautiful, so much so that I almost want to use them as decor! The bristle quality is fantastic and although a bit pricey, it’s worth it. Surely, you do not need every single one, but I think that you will be happy whether you buy a few or all of them.
Here are some links for you if you’d like to see demos of the brushes: