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Save or Splurge: Real Techniques 301 Bold Metals vs Makeup Revolution Ultra Metals Contour Brush

7th August 2017 in Brushes, Makeup, Save or Splurge - 4 Comments - 3 min read

Save or Splurge: Real Techniques 301 Bold Metals vs Makeup Revolution Ultra Metals Contour Brush

7th August 2017 in Brushes, Makeup, Save or Splurge - 4 Comments - 3 min read >/div>

Hey Beauties!

I feel like its been so long since i have done a Save or Splurge post. When i was in superdrug recently I found out that the Real Techniques 301 Bold Metals and the Makeup Revolution Ultra Metals Contour Brush look pretty much the same…..but do they perform the same?

Save or Splurge: Real Techniques 301 Bold Metals vs Makeup Revolution Ultra Metals Contour Brush

Both brushes are what is called a flat top contour brush, these basically give you a really defined contour because the brush itself is really densely packed.
I like the fact that both look very high end and feel very luxe in the hand i do feel the Real Techniques one is a nicer to use because of the shape of the brush not to mention its weighted really well where as the Makeup Revolution has got quite a chunky handle and is quite heavy.

I have to be that stereotypical blogger for a moment and admit that i do love the colour of the brush as well, the rose gold is gorgeous i just think in general this brush is simply beautiful.

Save or Splurge: Real Techniques 301 Bold Metals vs Makeup Revolution Ultra Metals Contour Brush

First, we have the Real Techniques 301 Bold Metals Brush which is part of the luxe range of brushes that Sam and Nic Chapman do. These are created with higher quality materials like the metals for the brush, the bristles etc.
I really like the 301 Brush as it picks up product with minimal effort, applies it and blends it well without the contour looking to stripey. This works with both cream and powder. The bristles on the brush are beyond soft its one of those brushes that can’t stop touching because it’s so soft.

Save or Splurge: Real Techniques 301 Bold Metals vs Makeup Revolution Ultra Metals Contour Brush

Next we have the Makeup Revolution Ultra Metals Contour Brush, this can be found in Superdrug. I honestly feel that this brush might have been created as an affordable dupe for the Bold Metals Brushes because even the name sounds similar.
While the brushes do look similar they are quite different, this brush is really good for blending out your contour but its not really suitable for applying product. When ive used it before ive found that it applies a ton of product to one specific area so it makes it hard to move product around and blend but if you apply product with another brush and use this to blend you get a gorgeous finish. I think this might be due to the fact that this is so super densely packed even more so than the Real Techniques brush. This brush is also a little bit more bulky and weighty but to be fair for only Β£10 its a good contender in the drug store because i feel like a contour brush is something quite hard to get right.

Save or Splurge: Real Techniques 301 Bold Metals vs Makeup Revolution Ultra Metals Contour Brush

Overall i prefer the Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush as i feel there is less messing about and i can do everything with this brush rather than just blend.
You can find these brushes in Boots and Superdrug online and instore.

Which is your favourite?
Real Techniques or Makeup Revolution
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