So recently the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collections brushes have been blowing up with very similar dupes all over eBay, I personally already own the Bold Metals Blush Brush ‘300’ and Love it, although not for blush but at the hefty $40.00+ price tag they are not the best option on the brush front. This being said I was very tempted to give the dupe versions a go to see how they compare.
I purchased mine from an eBay seller that was recommended to me because the dupes they were offering were very close to the originals, unfortunately aesthetically mine are not. While the original brushes are a heavy metal at the top and a metal coated plastic through to the tail of the brush the dupes are not, rather being a lighter metal and with a plastic handle that has just been painted in a metallic finish. The other major aesthetic difference is the colours of the paint which really don’t hit the mark, the Silver is pretty close to the original but the rose and yellow golds are just not quite right!
Now moving onto the important things, the brush heads. As I only own one of the originals I cannot completely compare the whole lot but there are a few differences with the ‘300’ brush between the dupe and the real thing, the main being that the bristles are slightly thinner and fluffier on the dupe, this makes for a less precise application, these same bristles appear to be on all of the brushes excepts for the ‘foundation’ and ‘eyeliner’ brushes which are much smoother. The other main difference appears to be the absorption and application of powders, to be frank the brushes hold onto a lot of product, a lot more then any of my other brushes. This has both its pro’s and con’s. The con’s being wasteful with products which is something I generally want to avoid and that the application isn’t always super precise. The Pro’s are getting a soft, well blended application that makes blending the crease very easy.
Overall I am happy that I spent the $7.99 I did on them as I do use the brushes in the daily routine, namely the ‘Contour’ and two ‘Eyeshadow’ brushes. I do not think these brushes match to the quality of the originals, while I will use them I still am tempted in getting a few others from the Bold Metals collection as I find myself reaching for the shape of the dupes for certain tasks.
Let me know what your experience has been like with the dupe brushes and if you have any recommendations of other dupes I should try let me know.