I am sure you are all aware of Real Technique’s brushes which are in my opinion, the best quality, highly affordable makeup brushes in the market. Well, Real Techniques recently released their “luxury” line of brushes. The “Bold Metals” collection consists of 7 brushes. Every brush is color coded according to their function. The golden brushes are base makeup brushes, Rose Gold are finishing brushes and silver are eye brushes. I got 3 of these brushes and this review will be on the 101 Triangle foundation brush, which is my least favorite of the ones that I have.
Real Techniques Bold Metals 101 Triangle Foundation Brush was uniquely designed with 3 different sides for a flawless coverage. This never-before-seen design will revolutionize your foundation application. The largest of the three sides is ideal to cover large areas of the face. Use the cross-hatching technique to blend the product into the skin for full coverage. The 2 angled sides can be used for full coverage under eye, and for blending seamlessly around the nose. The pointed tip is an added bonus for spot coverage. Since the brush has 3 sides you can use 3 colors, and still blend flawlessly.
- Bristles: Softer than ever for the most luxe feel to date. White bristles show exactly how much makeup is on the brush before application.
- Ferrules: Premium quality brass ferrules for maximum durability.
- Handles: The brushes are weighted for perfect in-hand balance, optimal control, and comfort. Unique geometric handles help brushes stay still on your dressing table without rolling away. Handles taper to a diamond tip that easily slides out of pro brush belts.
- Cuts: Refined, hand crafted artistry cuts offer high performance for ultimate application of makeup.
- Tips: Individually tapered, synthetic tips allow for advanced product pickup and a buildable, pristine finish.
- Ideal for: Liquid and cream foundation.
- Coverage: Medium to full coverage.
- Primary use: Foundation.
- Secondary use: Sculpting, contouring, and concealer products.
My Experience with Real Techniques Bold Metals 101 Triangle Foundation Brush:
I was most intrigued by this brush for the novel concept and the triangle shape. In the past, I have used flat foundation brushes, my favorite being the MAC 190, but nowadays, I prefer my Beauty Blender over any other brush.
These brushes are considerably expensive than their regular line, but they also have key features which makes these brushes very different. The main one being the design of the brushes which is very luxurious looking and they are weighted which makes them sit comfortably in the hands whereas the original collection was hollow. They are also designed in such a way that the brushes will not roll when put on a flat surface. I do find both this features to be true to the claims.
They are also marketed as having much softer bristles than the regular line. I find this claim to be untrue, particularly for this brush. All these brushes have synthetic bristles hence are completely cruelty free, just like their original collection. The bristles on this foundation brush feel very synthetic and more plastic than the other two which I own. Moreover, the end of the brushes have been cut in such a way that they literally poke my skin. I feel I am jabbing myself with tiny needles whenever the ends of the bristles touch my face.
Another unique concept about this brush is the shape – the back side which is flat end can be used to apply foundation to full face and you can turn it around to the other end to get to the crevices of the nose and under eye area. This brush does apply foundation evenly and smoothly. I feel like I cannot go light with this brush and that I do need too much foundation for it to apply without streaks. Hence I almost get a medium to full coverage using this brush which is not what I like on an everyday basis. Also, the bristles are quite dense, hence I feel like a lot of product seeps into the brush through the bristles hence a lot of foundation seems wasted, which is not at all what I would prefer with my high-end foundations.
I did find this brush difficult to clean since the foundation seeps into the bristles. I need more thorough rubbing and cleaning to get every bit of foundation out. Also, the white bristles are prone to staining.
Also worth mentioning is that these brushes have bristles which are not only glued but also tied inside the ferrule. I did not find a single hair shedding issue.
Overall, as I have mentioned earlier, this is my least favorite of the 3 brushes that I got from this line. I did not have the same experience with the other brushes (those reviews will also be coming your way soon). So for now, I would not recommend this particular brush.
Pros of Real Techniques Bold Metals 101 Triangle Foundation Brush:
- Very unique design.
- Applies foundation smoothly and without streaks.
- I can easily get into the cervices of my nose and under eye area with the flip of the brush just like how it was intended to use.
- Luxurious looking.
Cons of Real Techniques Bold Metals 101 Triangle Foundation Brush:
- The bristles feel very plastic like.
- The ends are very prickly. They literally hurt my face.
- The foundation seeps into the dense bristles which causes a lot of foundation wastage and also it’s a bit difficult while cleaning the brush.
IMBB Rating: 2.5/5
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