Monday, August 6, 2012

My Review: Real Techniques Stippling Brush

What is It? 

The packaging of the Real Techniques Stippling Brush states that "a final step is a perfect finish. This dual-fiber brush is the trade secret for creating airbrushed, high-definition results with all types of makeup."


  • Look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • Ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • Self-standing for easy storage
  • Extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use

Product Link:


Dupe For:    

MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush

    Things to Rave About:

    1) Soft and Defined Bristles: The brush hairs are very flexible and bendable, containing individualy defined bristles that create a bouncy and gentle touch on the skin. The feel is just right, as it is not too soft where the bristles collapse in contact with the skin, meanwhile the fibers do not feel rough or prickly. The distinctly separated bristles prove to be great for fine tuning and finishing touches.

    2) Durable: The skunk-white fibers at the tip of the brush head remain spotless after numerous uses, displaying no signs of any foundation stains. No bleeding or shedding has occurred, and the bristles wash not only entirely clean, but easily, and dry quick due to the synthetic material.

    3) Reaches into Contours/Crevices: The head of this stipple brush is much smaller and stouter than the typical stippling brush due to this brush's short hairs and the small surface area covered. These features allow the brush to maneuver with exceptional control around the face and fit into smaller spaces and crevices.

    4) Multipurpose: This brush's smaller head with the short bristles permit makeup application to occur with a much lighter and controlled hand, because you are working with less amount of fibers that also are much shorter than the norm. The ability to use a lighter hand, a feature very rare for a foundation brush, allows flawless blush, bronzer, and highlighter application.

    Things to Rant About:

    1) Not Dense Enough to Buff: This brush does not contain the required amount of bristles to create a "solid" looking head that powerfully buffs and blends foundation into the skin.
    2) Demands More Time: Due to the smaller size and surface area of the brush head, less area of skin will be covered with each blending effort.

    Is it For You?  

    Yes, if you will allow the extended time and effort to stipple or lightly bounce the foundation onto the face to achieve an airbrushed finish. No, if you prefer to get foundation on as fast as possible by forceful buffing.


    • Price: 9/10
    • Performance: 8/10 
    • Packaging/Applicator: 8/10 
    • Durability: 10/10 
    • Repurchase? Yes

    Have you tried this brush? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


    1. I bought this as soon as Real Techniques were available in Boots. Since then I've not touched either of my 2 MAC stipple brushes nor my Jemma Kidd one.
      You're spot on with your comment about being able to use a lighter hand for flawless finish.
      I use this brush for both liquid and creme foundation for light coverage and also to build up to medium cover. All Real Techniques brushes I've tried work equally well with liquid, creme, and gel. The stipple brush plus the buffing brush or expert face brush are all you ever need for foundation.

      1. I just started using the stippling brush to apply my face primer! I always aim at getting a really light finish with primer, and this works perfectly! And I absolutely agree that the expert face brush is all you need! I am obsessed with that brush :)

    2. absolutely love this brush :) The first time i used it i was so impressed because i'm really fussy with how my foundation or tinted moisturiser is applied :) Since purchasing this i've got their Shading Brush and it's just as good :) Can't wait to get their core kit :D


      1. I want to venture out and try their eye shadow/liner brushes, see if their just as good as the face brushes! :)

    3. really want to try this out soon:) i found your blog through the BBU Blog Hop:) would love if you could follow my blog, im following yours:) xx

      1. I will absolutely follow your blog girl! Thank you for following mine :)

    4. I've been considering purchasing this brush for a while as I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with foundation brushes. Your review has helped clarify a few things so thank you :)

      I found your blog on the bbloggers unite bloghop & I'm now following you on GFC.

      1. Good luck finding that perfect brush! I'm still trying to find it myself :)

        Thank you for following!

    5. Enjoyed reading your review. I reviewed this brush as well and it has become my "go to" brush lately because it is so multipurpose.

      1. Thank you for reading! Hoping to purchase a few more Real Techniques Brushes to test out and review :)

    6. I got my Real Techniques brush sets from and used a discount code and got free shipping! You can use discount code QIH951 (no expiration!) and get $10 off your entire purchase!=)

      1. How did you get the free shipping? I can only get the 5 dollar off :(

    7. Real Techniques brushes are great! I got mine at, If anyone's interested to get some, I have a discount code for first time customers, use QER242 to get a $10 off your entire purchase.:) I always look for discount codes when I buy something online so, I hope this helps.:)

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