I’d been searching for a flat-top contour brush for awhile, but (of course) I was being picky: I wanted a brush that could apply contour precisely, but could also blend it out seamlessly. Every brush I found was either too flat, had edges that were too sharp, or had bristles that were too short or long. Finally, I found what I think could be a perfect fit: Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour Brush ($26). It’s the Goldilocks of contour brushes!
This brush is part of the Bold Metals collection, a more upscale offshoot of the standard Real Techniques line (which I am not a fan of). The quality, in my opinion (judging by this brush) is higher, and that is reflected in the price. The bristles are very densely-packed, and work for blending, too.
To start, the brush is very well-constructed. It’s weighted, which is nice when you’re working in the curves and edges of the face. The rose gold handle is beautiful. The bristles are synthetic, so they work with powder and cream products, and they are so soft against the skin. They really make this brush a dream to use.
To start, I contoured with powder (Anastasia’s Contour Kit). First lesson I learned: dip this brush with a light hand. The dense bristles pick up a lot of product. It takes a little getting used to. I used the flat head to create the contour lines under my cheekbones, and across my forehead, temples, and jawline. I then used the brush to blend by sweeping the brush upward where I applied product (on my jawline, I swept the product down onto my neck). You can also use circular motions to buff the product out. This brush both laid down and blended contour powder effortlessly and gorgeously.
I wasn’t expecting to be too impressed with this brush, but I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve also been using it to apply powder and cream highlighters, and it’s fantastic for that, too. The construction and quality is on par with some of my pricier brushes (MAC, It Cosmetics Velvet Luxe line), yet the price isn’t quite as high as those other brands. It’s a happy medium! Goldilocks would be thrilled.Have you tried any of the brushes from the Bold Metals line? I’d love to hear what you think!