Real Techniques bold metals collection review

Back in July I was lucky enough to attend the Melbourne launch event for the Real Techniques bold metals collection.

Real techniques bold metalsIt may seem fairly late that I am only just doing my review of the brushes now, but I wanted to wait until they were available in Priceline and when I used them a bit. I can’t really do a review if I haven’t tried them out for myself!

Real Techniques brushes are great quality brushes that are moderately priced, but with the bold Metals collection the price is more what you expect to pay for brushes from a high-end brand. The overall quality and craftsmanship reflects this.

The synthetic brush fibers are not only glued into the ferrule, but also hand tied with string, making sure the brushes will last longer and have minimal, or no shedding (I haven’t used them long enough to see if they will shed at all). The handles are heavier than regular brushes and have flat edges, so you are able to put them down on a table/vanity without worrying about them rolling off onto the floor.

The brushes are colour coded depending on their intended use. Gold: Base (triangle foundation & arched powder), Rose Gold: Finish (flat contour & tapered blush), Silver: Eyes (oval shadow, pointed crease & angled liner).

Real Techniques bold metals*100 Arched Powder- This brush was designed to use with pressed or loose powder. I have used this brush with loose translucent powder to set my make up. It is so soft and holds product well, I like to tap off excess powder before applying it to my face, so it doesn’t appear too caked on.

real techniques bold metals*101 Triangle Foundation- Designed with flat sides to cover large areas of the face and angled edges to contour around eyes and nose. This was my least favourite brush from the collection. I tried using it to apply my foundation, but I normally buff in or stipple my foundation with a rounded brush. It was great for applying where round brushes have trouble reaching around my nose and eyes though.


Real techniques bold metals*200 Oval Shadow- Designed for all-over lid application and blending. This brush applies shadow well and picks up product well, I used it to blend my crease too.

Real techniques bold metals*201 Pointed Crease- Designed for achieving the perfect smoky eye and applying shadow to the crease of your eye lids. I haven’t tried creating a smoky eye look with this brush yet, but I have used it to apply a darker eye shadow shade to the outer crease, to create some definition. I like that it’s pointed because you can get right in the crease without the shadow getting all over your lids. With it’s small tip, it would also be great to use with concealer to cover any blemishes you may have.

real techniques bold metals*202 Angled Liner- designed to apply liner close to lash line. Most of the time I use liquid liners, but I do like to sometimes use gel liner also. This brush is great for getting in close to your last line and for applying a little gel liner between each lash to make your lashes appear fuller. It could also be used to add highlighter to your cupid’s bow (above the middle of your lips)…obviously you would clean it thoroughly before using it near your lips.


real techniques bold metals*300 Tapered Blush- Designed for highlighting cheeks. I intend on trying this with highlighter, but so far I have just used it for blending my blush. This was a great brush to buff out my blush so it wasn’t so harsh after applying it.

real techniques bold metals*301 Flat Contour- Designed to contour and shade, with it’s flat and narrow head. I have never actually contoured my face before, apart from some highlighter. I have used this with highlighter on the top of my cheek bones and it’s great for applying blush (before blending with the Tapered Blush brush)…I will definitely give contouring/shading a go with it soon! To be honest, I’m scared my face will end up looking like I have mud on it! Haha

Overall I am pleased with the quality of the brushes. However if I had purchased them myself, I would have only invested in the brushes that are different to what I already own or need. My picks are the pointed crease brush, tapered blush brush and the arched powder brush.

The Real Techniques bold metals collection is quite pricey in Australia, RRP $39-$65 so I suggest only buying brushes that you will think you will get the most use out of. They can be purchased from the Aussie Real Techniques site or from Priceline. (Priceline sometimes has a sale on RT)

Have you tried any of the Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes? what do you think?



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Rimmel Provocalips review + My Celebrity kiss list

It has been a while since I’ve written a blog post, but I am getting back in to the swing of things with a Rimmel Provocalips review!

One of the newest lip products to hit Aussie shelves is the Rimmel Provocalips 16hr Kiss proof lip colour. They come in 8 shades and retail for $17.95 each. Before I get into my review, I thought I would share my top 5 Celebrities, that I think are totally kissable

Rimmel’s latest campaign for Provocalips, ‘My Celebrity kiss list’ is creating quite the buzz among bloggers and beauty lovers! You can share yours too by heading to to create your Celebrity Kiss List. Upload and share to Instagram using @Rimmellondonau, #Mykisslist, for your chance to win a daily $100 ASOS voucher (Australian residents only)

My Celebrity Kiss List

rimmel provocalips review

In no particular order-1. Adam Levine 2. Ian Somerhalder 3. Justin Timberlake 4. Ian Harding 5. Hugh Jackman

I was pretty disappointed that the king of late night, Mr. Jimmy Fallon was not on Rimmel’s drop-down list…so I think he deserves a mention here!

rimmel provocalips review

Jimmy Fallon- Is he not handsome enough, people at Rimmel?? Just look at that face… he’s more than just a handsome face though! he’s funny, charming and an all ’round nice guy! Have I convinced you yet?

Oh…right, the review. I was distracted by handsome celebrity men on blog for a moment there…

Rimmel provocalips review

L-R: 110 Dare to Pink, 200 I’ll Call You, 310 Little Minx, 500 Kiss Me You Fool

I have done the swatches like this because these lipsticks are tough to remove and it would have taken me forever to swatch all 8 on my lips. I would imagine my lips would be quite chapped after it too!

Rimmel Provocalips review

L-R: 700 Skinny Dipping, 730 Make Your Move, 230 Kiss Fatal, 550 Play With Fire

The whole long wear lipstick with a gloss/balm over the top isn’t a new concept and can be a little hit and miss, but I was pleasantly surprised with the Rimmel Provocalips.

I applied one at 9 am and it lasted almost 10 solid hours, before it started to crack/’peel’ off…and that was even after breakfast, lunch and cold and hot drinks, throughout the day!

The clear ‘gloss coat’ is not sticky at all! I think the texture is more like petroleum jelly and it feels more comfortable on the lips!

Final Verdict:

What I liked:

  • These lipsticks certainly go the distance! I was impressed with how long they stayed on without fading/peeling.
  • Great pigmentation and colour range.
  •  Feels comfortable with the gloss over the top, I almost forgot I was wearing it!
  • convenient applicator sponges. I have always favored doe-foot applicators (for liquid lipstick) than I have with brushes or straight from a tube. Less messy and you’re able to get a more even coverage.

What I didn’t like:

  • Could have been a lighter ‘nude’ shade, skinny dipping is more of a Latte colour.
  • Unfortunately when the ‘gloss’ wore off, it was a little uncomfortable on the lips, drying and you could really feel that you had something on your lips. This wasn’t a big problem because I would keep the lipstick in my bag, so I could reapply the gloss anyway.
  • They are very tough to get off and can be abrasive with trying to remove them with makeup wipes. Next time I will try an oil based makeup remover or my Micellar cleansing water and see how that works.

Don’t forget to share your Celebrity Kiss List! there only a few more chances to win an ASOS voucher (for $100)!