Review: Real Techniques Bold Metals makeup brushes


There was a lot of talk about the Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes. The main one was pricing, followed by their sheer prettiness. But how do they do the job?

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Review: Vera Mona Color Switch Duo

Vera Mona Colour Switch Duo

Eyeshadow lovers all over will agree that it is indeed a pain when you are using multiple colours on your lids and need to either clean the brush or use another one.

Vera Mona Color Switch is a handy little tin that helps us with that. The Duo version, apart from cleaning the brush for the next colour, also has a “wet spot” in the middle, for wet eyeshadow application.

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Product review: Beauty Boxes make up brushes

Oh, I was delighted to receive a set of make up brushes from Beauty Boxes. Yes, you remember right, they are the people responsible for that gorgeous Genoa beauty box I can call mine (by the way, we are so happy together).

I got the set that comes in a lovely pouch and comes with 9 brushes: 3 face (duo fibre, blusher and foundation), 5 eye (shading, blending, crease, small shader and angled brushes) and lip liner. It also come with a soft powder puff.  In addition to that, I got the angled contour, the flat powder, a normal powder and a cute kabuki brush in a pouch.

The quality of this brushes is very good, they are all very soft on the skin. All brushes have the brand and also their function printed on – which is excellent for beginners!

Starting with the face, I found the powder and blusher really soft! They pick up product well, and distribute evenly. The foundation brush is also soft but firm enough, also with even distribution. The flat powder and the angled contour are precise. I love the flat powder to apply finishing/setting powder and the angled to chisel cheekbones!  The kabuki performs really well, love it for buffing and blending powders. The only one I wasn’t too keen on was the duo fibre; I use this type of brush to apply serum and then primer. Somehow this one didn’t work as well for me as my current one – but that might be because I am so used to mine. All the others however, are fantastic!

The eye brushes are also great. The shader have the right texture – not too soft, not too hard. The crease and blending ones are fluffy to do the job right and the angled liner is precise. I created this festive gold look using some of them.

The lip brush is also good, although I think it can double up as an eye liner and I don’t line my lips with a brush – I use a pencil!

The set of 9 brushes retails for £71.45 – that is great value at under £8 per brush – really recommend this set, it is a really reliable all rounder. The other four brushes are sold individually and cost between £19.45 and £29.95 and they do free delivery!

For more information on the Beauty Boxes brushes (plus other goods) and to buy online, click here.

This post contains PR samples, however, this review is based on my own true experience with the products and reflects my honest opinion on them.

My staple make up brushes

There was a time in my life I used to apply make up with my hands, and use shapeless foam applicators for my eye shadow. I was fifteen and those days are well and truly over.

Discovering make up brushes opened a whole new world of make up for me: they make application even, save product and are the tools that give me precision to create great make up and truly enhance my features. I then became brush-crazy and started slowly building up a collection.

All my brushes are from MAC; after having had bad brushes before, theirs was the first good brush I got that made a difference, so I stuck with them! I have about 17 brushes for face, eye and lip make up, but there are 10 of them I cannot live without and I use on a daily basis:


190 Foundation brush – Really changed my life! Applies evenly, makes a small amount of foundation go a long way!

187 Duo Fibre brush – I love to use it to buff blusher and bronzer, sometimes I use it for foundation too.

129 Powder brush –  I use it for powder application and bronzer – I really love this brush!

168 Large Angled contour brush– I use this one mainly for blusher, applying on the apples of my cheek, but also under the cheekbone, to give contour that makes your face really stand out!

eye and lip

318 Retractable lip brush – I love this brush, I can really see the difference on lipstick applied with a brush, especially if they are red or other dark colour! 

208 Angled brow brush – another one I love, and use it to fill my eyebrows, which have a lovely shape, but are a bit sparse. Its hard bristles really get in there!

231 Small shader brush – Great for shading lines, but also for applying eye shadow as eye liner when a smokey effect is desired!

217 Blending brush – One of my favourites, this brush is made to go in your crease and blend – I love creating smokey eyes with it!!!

263 Small angle brush – Great for liners – super handy for corners!

239 Eye shader brush– I use this everyday, to apply eye shadow evenly on the lid.

Most of them come from brush bags MAC launches every year, mainly around Christmas, others I replaced by the full sized (and full priced!) brush or bought after seeing it being used on me during a make over at MAC. I do prefer the smaller special editions ones, as it is easier to carry them in my make up bag.

I usually clean them with brush cleaner (I’ve been using the MAC one, and I am very happy with it, it lasted a long time!) and warm soapy (or even detergent!) water. A good trick I read about, on my make up bible Make Up: The Ultimate Guide, by Rae Morris, is to use a white plate and rub the brush on it, until you can see the water running clear, so that you know your brush is clean! Good tip!

Some of them have been stained by pigments, others, have seen better days and I am looking forward to buying one of their sets soon to replace the oldies!

What about you? Do you have favourite brushes and brands?

MAC Packed to go = ♥

MAC packed to go promo imageI can barely contain my excitement since I opened the newsletter from MAC this morning and saw their Packed to go collection,  with a dozen beautiful compact product packages.

All very portable, what I find great about this range is that it covers a fair bit: from isolated areas (eyes or lips) to full face and looks in a box – and even brushes (although this is not news – every year MAC launches sets of make-up bag size versions of their brushes; I have two!).

My very favourites have to be the eye shadows, the Cool and Warm Smokey sets  – 6 shades for under £30, good value, if you, like me, is used to paying around £11.50 for one MAC eye shadow colour. The colours are very up-to-date, with 2 lighter shades, which are always a good all round base colours and rich greens, browns and dark reds.

The all black three assorted eye liners, which promise “versatility (which) lies in the application and the graphic quality of the line”, also intrigue me.

The Cinematic collection, offering lips kits and brushes, also caught my eye. I simply adore the colourful brushes!

I am in love (again!) and it is going to be very hard not to grossly overspend this weekend, as I have a make-over booked with them!

Wish me luck resisting!