Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes vs Fake

Everyone has been going crazy for the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection brushes. They are so pretty on the vanity, but would you really want to fork out £64 for a set ? I managed to get mine on offer in Boots for £30, and even then I thought it was quite pricey! I know Boots have stopped selling the set now, but for those interested, you can buy it right here from Feel Unique for only £30. For some, £30 is still quite a lot of money to spend on a set of 3 brushes. Why not take the alternative route and cheat a little?


Word in the makeup community is that there was a full set of these brushes – a set of 7 available for under £10 from Ebay. I jumped at the chance because why not? They look like the real deal and you can buy double the amount for a good price. So I ordered through Ebay, and didn’t have to wait too long, I think it was around a week or so.


One thing I did make sure was to thoroughly sanitise and clean the brushes before using them, as they had come from China and they can get quite dusty in transit. That is one thing I recommend you do for all brushes anyway.

I started using these straight away and to my delight they worked really well. In total honesty, if you compare the two brushes (seen below) They are both exactly the same. The only difference is, the fake brushes do not carry the weight of the real ones and are not engraved with the ‘RT’ logo. They sit nicely on my vanity and no one can even tell they aren’t real!

The fake brushes feel so soft against my skin when I’m using them and I really cannot tell the difference.

So let’s see if you can notice any differences..

This is an image of the real set:


Here is an image of the fake set:


This is a fake VS real image. The brush on the left is fake. The only noticeable difference is the colour on the fake brush is a lot more Gold in comparison:


Here is another. The brush on the left is real, you can tell this because it has ‘RT’ engraved onto it and the fake brush has no engraving. The bristles on the fake brush are slightly more pink too. These are very small differences which do not affect application of the brush:


Real VS Fake fully side by side:


Still can’t see the difference right? Neither can I!

I always strongly advise people NOT to buy fake makeup as you don’t know what ingredients are going into the product, but brushes are absolutely fine. Just ensure you clean them first as cleanliness is key.

I’m really happy with my set and will even buy some more to add to my collection as back ups. They look really pretty on the vanity but they are also very good brushes to use.


You can purchase the Ebay brushes right here.



Do you have both sets? Which ones did you prefer? Comment below and let me know xo




  1. July 27, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    I have some fake RT Bold Metals too and they had faked packaging and even have the logo on them. They’re fake as hell though, the brush cuts are off as are yours I notice (especially noticeable with the contouring brush but the fake with its longer bristles is actually a better brush to use interestingly!)

    Kath |

    • July 27, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      Mine didn’t come with any fake packaging, they just came in poly bags. Mine have been surprisingly ok. The durability is obviously not the same as the real thing but the application is really good. Especially the contour brush. I will probably buy more to be honest as I can’t really complain for the price. Plus they look pretty on the vanity 🙂

  2. July 27, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    I just ordered the eBay brush set to try. I really need to stop reading you and Aisha’s stuff else I’m going to end up broke lol.

    • July 27, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      Ahhhh I’m sorry 🙁 but at least it’s under £10 so that’s not too bad right? 😛 x

  3. July 27, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I usually love buying makeup brushes off of amazon or eBay, but even still I like to splurge for the high quality brushes. It’s a pain to deal with the hair fallout after about a months use of them. Nonetheless the dupes look great for a temporary alternative! Also, please check out my latest post when you get the chance, it’d mean a lot xx

    • July 27, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      I’m the same, I like to mix a little of both. I will check out your post xx

  4. July 27, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Literally so hard to tell! If it wasn’t for the logo missing I’d struggle because I wouldn’t notice the colour difference especially if they were not next to each other. Some fakes even have the logo though. I do agree about fakes, I’d never get fake makeup but brushes I wouldn’t mind as long as they’ve been cleaned well like you said. Xxx

    • July 27, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      There’s hardly any difference right? Love these brushes though xxx

  5. November 16, 2016 / 11:39 am

    I actually have the fake set! They’re super soft and pretty to look at too. I deffo don’t regret buying the dupes 🙂

  6. November 29, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    I was debating on buying the fake ones! because I thought the RT brushes are so pricey but I managed to get the core set for just under £12 on LookFantastic on Black Friday and then I’ve bought some fake RT brushes on Amazon because the reviews are really good. 6 brushes for £3.69! May buy some of these fake ones after reading this though lol. I don’t know what’s going on, I seem to have gone make up brush crazy over the weekend!

    • December 1, 2016 / 7:17 am

      That’s an amazing deal! It’s always good to stock up on brushes and a girl can never have too many right 😉 x

  7. December 11, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    I bought the 2 sets from boots at £20 with a total of 7 brushes [with the brush rolls], but after reading this I might go and check out the “fakes”… although I’ve been told that the Makeup Revolution metals collection is a good and cheaper alternative for the RT too x x

    Jamie-Leigh x

    • December 11, 2016 / 11:39 pm

      The dupes are very good copies, but I must say, I also really like the MUR brushes too. I have usually purchased all my bold metals brushes when they’ve been on offer xx

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