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



  1. Christina Braccia

    April 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    That stinks that your brush kept breaking. I don’t apply foundation often but when I do I use the beauty blender!

    1. Em

      April 16, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      I figured the beauty blender is what I’d get recommended – is it worth the money you reckon?

      1. Christina Braccia

        April 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm

        It is quite pricey but it does work really well. The good thing about sephora is you can give it a try, if you hate it, return it.

        1. Em

          April 16, 2015 at 9:43 pm

          I wish we had Sephora over here. 🙁

          1. Christina Braccia

            April 16, 2015 at 9:44 pm

            Awe that stinks that you don’t! I’m sorry!!!! Just check your stores policy I’m sure they are similar and you can bring it back!

  2. mrsstrawberryblonde

    April 19, 2015 at 10:37 am

    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. Em

      April 19, 2015 at 10:40 am

      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!

      1. mrsstrawberryblonde

        April 19, 2015 at 10:45 am

        Liquid… yes, try the Poundland foundation brush. I’ve stocked up on blush and eyeshadow brushes because they’re so great. Incredible value, really. 🙂

        1. Em

          April 19, 2015 at 10:46 am

          Thanks! I love finding a good beauty bargain!

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