Real Techniques Stippling Brush – mini review (ish)

About 18 months ago I was introduced to a stippling brush by a girl at work.

My foundation brush was creating annoying streaks and she told me that I’d get a much better result with a stippling brush as it gets the foundation really into your skin and doesn’t leave any nasty streaks. She recommended the Real Techniques one which I bought and loved.

Until it had to go in the bin. Less than a year later.

I was good and regularly cleaned it but while I was away on holiday (the worst time for a make up brush to break) it decided to start shedding big time. After applying my foundation I looked like a yeti.

Back on UK soil I diligently bought another one as although it hadn’t lasted all that long in my book, it was a good brush and really, I had no idea what the ideal shelf life of a make up brush was.

And then it broke.


I’d had it less than six months when the top just fell out during use one day.

I didn’t have time to research an alternative so nipped to Boots at lunch one day and picked up my third in less than two years. This will be my last one for definite. I’ve had some No7 brushes longer than I care to tell you that are still in perfect working condition yet I’m on my third one of these?  The brush itself is very good but I refuse to keep buying these only for them to last short periods of time. So this is where you guys come in. I’ll be doing my own research in preparation for an alternative but I’d love to know what you all swear by for perfect foundation application. Fingers? Beauty Blender? Normal foundation brush? Please let me know in the comments!

Have you used this brush? Has yours lasted longer than 9 months?

Em x

11 thoughts on “Real Techniques Stippling Brush – mini review (ish)

  1. Too bad the brushes keep breaking. 😦
    In terms of what tool is the best to apply make-up – I’d say it depends on the foundation you use. I use Max Factor Pan Stik foundation which is rich and creamy and, in my opnion, is best applied with fingers and then blended out with a make-up wedge.

    But other tools might be more effective for liquid, mineral oder mousse foundations.

    By the way, Poundland has a new collection of nice make-up brushes. I am in love with their blush brush and their eyeshadow brushes. They’re amazing. They also do a foundation brush – for £1. You might want to give that one a try – if you don’t like it, at least it would not be a huge financial loss. Good luck!

    1. Ooh fab thank you for all that! ☺️

      I’m a liquid girl, currently going between a Smashbox and a Clarins one.

      I’d heard about the Poundland brushes but not from anyone who had used them, I’ll go check them out as we’ve had a big new one open up near me. Thanks again!

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