Real Techniques created a frenzy in the beauty world when they launched a few years ago and the hype is apparently still going. Every site selling the brushes has hundreds of reviews and there are plenty of YouTube tutorials and blogger reviews as well. I’ll admit when the brushes first launched I wasn’t interested. Why? Because I thought the handles were ridiculously huge and although it allows the brushes to stand on their own, I like to store mine in jars and these would just take up too much space. May sound silly to some but space is very important to a Beauty Blogger when you’re drowning in beauty products. Anyway, I picked up the Stippling Brush a few months ago to see what all the hype is about.
A Stippling brush is a dual fiber brush that is used to stipple on makeup to create an airbrushed, flawless finish. I typically use mine with liquid foundation but it can be used with all types of makeup including powder foundation and blush. You use a lot less product with this technique allowing your makeup to look more natural, even when layered… no cake face. The Real Techniques Stippling brush is made with hand cut, 100% cruelty free synthetic Taklon fibers. It’s full and dense enough to pick up the perfect amount of product. I pour a quarter sized drop of foundation onto a metal palette, dip the brush in and then stipple the foundation onto my face until it’s completely blended. I go over any areas that may need more coverage and I’m left with a flawless finish.
I saw a fair amount of reviews complaining about shedding or their brush falling apart but I have yet to experience this. I’ve washed it a few times now and haven’t experienced any shedding but I did notice that the foundation gets really caught up in the bristles and I have to give it a thorough shampoo with my Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap to get it completely clean, usually it takes 2-3 washes. I lay it down flat on a drying mat over night to dry and most of the time it’s dry by morning. We will see how it holds up over the next few months. If I experience any issues with major shedding or the brush falling apart I will update this post.
The shape of the brush handle makes it easy to hold and use, and the wide rubber base enables the brush to stand on it’s own for easy storage. If you’re like me and store your brushes in jars than this brush would take up a lot of space. Besides that, I’ve been using the Real Techniques Stippling Brush for the past few weeks and so far I’m totally diggin’ it. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do and it’s pretty inexpensive. If you are on the market for a Stippling brush I would highly recommend this one.