Real Technique Bold Metal Collection: Real Vs Fake/Dupe

I have seen brushes a lot recently, I have seen countless posts on the cheaper options and where to get them (eBay mainly) So out of curiousity I decided I needed to try them, I mean they look beautiful, so they must be good right? And at £5 it was worth a shot.

I have five Bold Metal brushes, all bought from boots, ranging from £12-£20 each, a high price compared to a standard RT Brush, but in my opinion worth the splurge.

So when they arrived a noticed straight away the differences between the real and the dupe, the main difference I found was the weight. The RT Bold metal brushes are uniquely designed and weighted to make applying makeup that much easier, the dupes are hollow, and just don't feel any where near as nice to use.

Next up is the material used. The RT Brushes are dense, which means they pick up product perfectly, it means you can get eyeshadow very opaque and apply powder seamlessly - the main job of any brush. The fake/dupe option hasn't been glued correctly, so some have set squint. The quality of the fibers used is also very poor, they just don't pick up the product as well.

The shape is also an issue, The Real Techniques team i'm sure have spent weeks developing their unique brush shape, but the fake just isnt as good. The eyeshadow brush in perticular is designed to be pointed, it is perfect for crease work.... and the dupe just isn't cut properly. The contour brush isn't as thin, and the brush is too long, so the effect is totally different.. and no where near flawless.

Overall I'm sure you can see these are a total fail when it comes to comparing them next to the real deal, so if you are after a good set of brushes invest your money in the real deal, or go for a cheaper set, the standard RT brushes are so good... don't opt for a fake that just doesn't work as well, no matter how pretty they may be.

I would very highly recommend picking up the 201 "Pointed Crease" Which I use all the time, and their 301 "Flat Contour" which is perfect for cream contouring. You can see their full collection here

Next on my wishlist is their Tapered shadow brush, looks fab :)

Have you ever tried out a fake? What was your thoughts? Have you tried these already? Let me know in the comments below :)

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  1. These have been on my wishlist for so long now! I definitly dont mind spending a little bit more on the real thing, as most fakes are exactly as you said, cheap feeling and flimsy.
    Aam hoping for a three for two at some point in Boots for the brushes, as I'll be stocking up without a doubt. xx

  2. It's quite interesting to see you say this as a lot of people love the cheaper dupes! However the flat contour brush is my all time favourite from their collection I use it daily!
    Charlotte //

  3. Ooo this has made me think I should consider what brushes I buy more. I always opt for the cheap version but maybe I should take the plunge and spend a bit more for a lot better quality! I love how pretty the brushes are too :) xx

    Grab Your Camera x

  4. Great post, I've been eyeing the RT ones for ages! In my opinion if you splurge a little bit more on beauty tools it can completely change the application of your other products, so it's worth it for higher quality items :)

  5. I love the RT Bold Metals, and I know Makeup Revolution does a copy of them. Normally I don't take any stock in dupes but MR tend to have quite good dupes. Have you tried them?

    Sara x

  6. I didn't bother with the RT bold metal collection because they are way overpriced in my mind. Good to know that the dupes are way off, in this case the original is definitely better.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  7. I don't have any RT bold metal brushes, I love how shiny they look but I don't like how big they are. For £5, fake brushes still look good. I once ordered brushes from eBay paying almost the full price thinking they were genuine, however they ended up being fake so not trusting them anymore.

    Ela BellaWorld

  8. I love how 'highend' they look!
    Kathy x

  9. The Bold Metals brushes are just gorgeous, this just goes to show that you do get what you pay for :) I wonder how brands like Makeup Revolution would fall on this comparison?

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  10. I couldn't justify the prices of the Bold Metals when you compare them to the likes of Zoeva, but the dupe set is maybe good for those starting out with makeup xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

  11. It's a shame the dupes didn't live up to expectations! Personally I got a couple of the real Bold Metals and was kind of let down for the price-point :( though they're still very pretty to look at so it's not all bad

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  12. I loved the bold metal RT brushes- I mean they're stunning. However, as I already have the starter kit for face and eyes, I can't justify spending more! An interesting post though as I would've considered fakes before seeing this! Lydia Eve | xx


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