On the hunt for a new contour brush I was torn between splurging on a high end brush or sticking to a more budget friendly brush. In the end I went with my gut instinct and picked up the brand new 301 Flat Contour brush from the Real Techniques bold metals collection in boots.

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301 Flat Contour Brush: Boots
The reason behind this was not just down to the stunning rose gold design and soft bristles, but the fact I’be grown to have such positive results from my RT brushes that the money really does go a long way. My core collection has lasted me years and I still use it to this very day! That’s why I knew this was the right decision, to invest in a good high quality brush that lasts. The brushes in the Bold Metals collection are made from ultimate high grade bristles and they’re just so soft against the skin and easy to use and rotate for a professional finish. Another great aspect about this brush is the fact you can use it with powder or cream based formulas for a natural finish, and they’re also super easy to clean and maintain. 
How I would use this is by dipping the flat end of the brush into my Anastasia Beverly Hills contour powder palette and stroke the brush up the underside of my cheek bone to really define and enhance this area. I will then glide the brush under the jaw line to add definition and slim the face, for a more sharper, chizzled appearance. After this I will then focus on my forehead next to the hair line to add colour to my face and make my forehead appear shorter. If you want to or have the time to define more you could also contour the sides of your nose for a much slimmer appearance, a great technique if you have a larger nose. 
After applying the product I will then go back in with the brush over the areas I’ve contoured, to blend in the product for a more natural finish and to remove harsh lines. I like to pull upwards with the brush when blending into the cheek bones and down wards for the neck line, as it gives a much nicer appearance. Not only can this brush be used to contour but you can also use it to highlight, making your money go much further if your thinking about taking the plunge like me to get one of these beautiful brushes in your collection. 
What’s your thought’s on this brush? 
xo, Jenny
  • Chic and Alluring

    I think how the bristles are arranged (“skinny” instead of all fluffed out) makes the brush perfect for contouring, because it doesn’t cover such a large area at a time. :o) I contour with a Sonia Kashuk brush (it’s in square shape and flat, so it’s perfect for creating sharp/dramatic angles).


  • Samileen

    I’m not a huge contour person, but its so so pretty that I need this in my makeup brush collection, But it’s always sold out at my local boots 🙁

    Sam|| Beautydetour

  • Bernadette

    my my how I’ve had my eye on this brush! It looks amazing!

  • Rachael Naidu

    That brush is honestly so attractive. I don’t really contour but I have the urge to buy this brush even if I won’t use it. I’ve invested in Real Techniques brushes as my very first high quality brushes. I LOVE them to bits!! Thanks for frequently visiting my blog hun. I had to subscribe to yours!

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  • I agree with the longevity of the brushes! I’ve own the core brush set for many years toO~~~

    This looks sooo beautiful! I will need to try and get my hands on it ~ 😀

    Korean Beauty and Makeup Blog

  • Cristina

    I never contour so I don’t use contour brushes unless I apply my bronzer and normally I use a blush brush but I just press it to look like a contour brush… hashtag beauty hack?? HAHAHAHA. Anyway, it does look AMAZING and it’s such a BEAUTIFUL brush. I would buy it just to look at it, no joke…

    My Cup of Tea xx

  • I haven’t got a clue how to contour but this rose gold brush is lovely!

  • This looks amazing. Would love to try it
    Have a wonderful week!

    xx Girl in the Bunny Ears

  • I want this brush so badly! It looks gorgeous!


  • They are so gorgeous I can’t believe I haven’t made a purchase yet! I am glad to hear they work as well as look pretty too! xxx

  • GORGEOUS!! I’ve never seen these rose gold brushes before?! I love Real Techniques stuff, these would be a lovely upgrade!! xx


  • Sarah

    This sounds like a really good brush!



  • This is so gorgeous I need it in my life! I’m a huge fan of RT but I haven’t tried any from the Bold Metals Collection! Great post x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

  • The bold metals collections just looks so stunning, it makes me want to buy the whole range (my wedding budget on the other hand would not be impressed, ha!) Stunning photography lovely, really great post! 🙂


  • Amazing post dear!
    love your blog!♥


  • I love this post wow! You put so much effort in 🙂 I just posted a dewy makeup tutorial, I hope you have a little time to check it out, Kate xo


  • This brush collection looks amazing I bet they’re definitely worth their money

  • It upsets me how expensive these brushes are, they’re stunning.. Want them so bad :(((( x

    Jasmine || blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

  • I`ve been looking for a nice contour pencil for a while now, but now I know that I definitely need to get my hands on this one!


  • Oh very gorgeous brush

  • This brush looks so chic and elegant !! (:

    Nati xx

  • Love the color!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  • Gorgeous brush! Love the color and the fact that not only is it pretty, it’s really good too!

    Reg of heyrocketgirl.com

  • It’s so pretty! I also love your tips on how you would use it!


  • I have been on the hunt for some new brushes for some time now and this one looks amazing!! It’s so pretty too!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  • Rafaela

    The brush is really beautiful!!


  • Cathy Amelia

    Such a pretty brush I wouldn’t want to use it!!


  • Real Techniques is such a great brand for brushes. This really does look the perfect shaped brush for contouring. Such gorgeous packaging too! x x


  • Kirsty Haynes

    I love the look of these brushes! The price is a tiny bit scary haha but do you think this brush could have any other use, such as, for foundation? I prefer rounder, flatter foundation brushes and the new angled foundation brush they have I don’t think I’d enjoy!

    Anyway! Lovely photos, great post! xxx


    • I’m not sure about foundation! I personally wouldn’t use it for this purpose as it’s finely compact making it difficult to use on larger areas. Its great for contouring and highlighting as it deposits the product in one place, making it easy to blend but for the whole face it would be difficult to work with this brush, your best buying one specifically for foundation I’d say xx

  • Kirsty Leigh

    I have been looking at this brush for so long, I’ve read so many different reviews about it it put me off a little, but i think i would love it and with your review it sounds right up my street. xxx

    KirstyLeighx// Bloglovin

  • Lucy Jane

    The way these brushes look sells it for me, they’re so pretty that I probably wouldn’t want to dirty them!

    infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

  • Sophie Jenner

    This brush sounds amazing! I love the rose gold too hehe! My core collection is still going strong also and I’ve never had issues with the bristles shedding like my Mac ones x amazing brushes!
    Sophie Jenner

  • Vina syah

    wow, it’s a new technique brush I’d say.. I absolutely will find something like this.
    thanks for the info my love xo


  • Aishettina

    I really want one of this brushes.. love this collection! But u can buy them only in store!


  • Efflorescent Dream

    This brush looks like the perfect shape for contouring, I want it so much but then I’d probably end up getting more of the collection so I had some other matching brushes haha. I’m sure it’s worth it because as you said, Real Techniques is such a reliable brand!


  • Jackie

    This is such a gorgeous brush and it sounds amazing to use too Jenny.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin’ |

  • Izzy Duff

    Ah its so gorgeous! x

  • This is such a gorgeous contour brush! I have wanted it since it came out, but I have a brush that does the job perfectly and I just can’t seem to bring myself to pay £22!


  • Zelda Hammond

    Oh my god does this brush look gorgeous! It’s so nice to hear that they actually do a good job of application too, it makes the price a little easier to justify haha
    Zelda // OhZelda

  • Malu Swartjes
  • pretty brush !


  • This kind of looks like it would be an excellent, cheaper alternative to the NARS contour brush (that I don’t have). Maybe?

    Great post xx


    • Haha I also have been admiring the Nars brush! Contouring is in now more than ever so maybe I need to check this brush out!

      Chic Dream Jar

  • Bess Oates

    this is the one brush from the collection that i really really want, because i tend not to spend too much on brushes so i’ve been unsure as to whether to make the investment, but i do really want it!

    fashion, beauty and an existential crisis

  • Bárbara Santos

    I need that brush in my life! ♥ xo