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’ve 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 of 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 cheekbone to really define and enhance this area. I will then glide the brush under the jawline 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 hairline 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 cheekbones and downwards for the neckline, 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


  1. Samileen
    15th May 2015 / 5:01 PM

    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

  2. Bernadette
    16th April 2015 / 1:23 PM

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

  3. Guest
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  4. 6th April 2015 / 4:28 AM

    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

  5. Cristina
    5th April 2015 / 9:55 PM

    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

  6. 5th April 2015 / 3:10 PM

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

  7. 4th April 2015 / 9:01 PM

    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

  8. 4th April 2015 / 8:17 PM

    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! 🙂


  9. 3rd April 2015 / 7:29 PM

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

    Jasmine || blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

  10. 3rd April 2015 / 7:26 PM

    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!


  11. 3rd April 2015 / 7:14 PM

    Oh very gorgeous brush

  12. 3rd April 2015 / 7:03 PM

    This brush looks so chic and elegant !! (:

    Nati xx

  13. 3rd April 2015 / 6:04 PM

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

    Reg of heyrocketgirl.com

  14. 3rd April 2015 / 3:01 PM

    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! 🙂


  15. Kirsty Haynes
    3rd April 2015 / 12:58 PM

    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


    • 3rd April 2015 / 1:02 PM

      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

  16. Kirsty Leigh
    3rd April 2015 / 12:28 PM

    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

  17. Lucy Jane
    2nd April 2015 / 10:33 PM

    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

  18. Sophie Jenner
    2nd April 2015 / 7:02 PM

    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

  19. Vina syah
    2nd April 2015 / 5:48 PM

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


  20. Jackie
    2nd April 2015 / 3:11 PM

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

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin’ |

  21. 2nd April 2015 / 11:11 AM

    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!


  22. Zelda Hammond
    2nd April 2015 / 10:55 AM

    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

  23. 2nd April 2015 / 3:15 AM

    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