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real Techniques Stippling Brush

View larger About the Stippling Brush This dual fiber brush is the trade secret for creating airbrushed, high definition results with all types of makeup. About the Brushes Designed with pro makeup artist Samantha Chapman, Real Techniques brushes combine high-tech materials with innovative design to make creating a pixel-perfect look easier than ever. Synthetic bristles are ultra plush and smoother than the hair you’ll find in other brushes. Since our bristles are synthetic, it’s 100% cruelty-free. The soft fibers help create a flawless, high-definition finish in any type of light from sunlight to harsh indoor lighting. The color-coded system corresponds to the key steps of makeup application so you can create a flawless base, enhanced eyes, and the perfect finish like a pro. Each brush head is hand-cut to the perfect shape, allowing for precise application from dense coverage to a soft, delicate finish. The collection is suitable for a wide range of products and every makeup need from powders, creams, and liquids to mineral makeup, highlighter, and shimmer. Brush names on the handles make for easy reference when creating your favorite look. Brush Care Tips We always love sharing our tips on proper brush care, since clean brushes create the best makeup results. We suggest using a brush cleanser to wash them every week if used daily. Here are some step-by-step instructions: Wet the brush with warm water, being careful not to fully immerse the base of the bristles. Place a pea-sized drop of brush cleanser (or any mild cleanser like baby shampoo) in the palm of your hand. Swirl the bristles in the cleanser in a circular motion until the brush is fully lathered. Rinse the bristles, squeezing from the base to the tips to remove excess water. Repeat until the water runs clear and all makeup is removed from the brush. Reshape the bristles to their original form and lay the brush down on a flat surface to dry. You can also gently brush bristles on paper towel to remove buildup. (Tip: Wash brushes at night so they are dry and ready for use in the morning.) Makeup Artist Sam Chapman About Sam Samantha Chapman lives outside London, England and is a mother of two. She is in high demand as a makeup artist and is a top-rated YouTube beauty guru with 170 million hits and counting. The press acknowledges her as an expert in her field; she is frequently quoted and regularly appears in national and regional press. Sam’s makeup artistry has appeared in publications including Harper’s, Tatler, Brides, Elle, and Cosmo. In the last 15 years, she has worked with top photographers including Nick Knight and Lord Snowdon. Sam also works with celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney, Peaches Geldof, Ashley Tisdale, Charlotte Church, and more. Sam is in constant demand by private clients and students seeking training in her Pixiwoo beauty bootcamps.

Key features

  • Hand cut hair design allows for even and streak free application of makeup
  • Synthetic taklon bristles are non-porous and do not trap or absorb product, bacteria and dead skin cells
  • Bristles are less prone to breakage or damage as well as keep clean and maintain
  • Uniquely shaped and color coded aluminum ferrule
  • Online video tutorials at

Honest reviews


The Best Stippling Brush I’ve Ever Used!!!

Like many other women, I was on youtube watching makeup videos and I saw so many people with stippling brushes so I decided to buy one. I had a stippling brush once by E.L.F. but I did not like it. The bristles were far too lose for me. It wasn’t bad… I just prefer a brush with a little more thickness… And that E.L.F. brush was lacking. So I decided maybe a different brand would be better. Now, keep in mind that I have never really heard of this brand or seen anyone on youtube with this brush… I just looked up stippling brush on amazon and I loved the design & color so I took the chance and bought it. Let me tell you, I was so happy with this brush. It has just the right amount of thickness… Doesn’t leave any annoying lines/streaks on my face from my liquid foundation. It buffs like a charm, ladies. I use a liquid foundation as well as a cream stick foundation and it blends so well.. Conceals…An incredible airbrushed look.. I threw all of my other brushes out.. This one exceeds..

Myrna Newfield, NJ

Huge Disappointment

I bought this brush and other Real Techniques brushes as I’m a big fan of Sam Chapman, and believe she would only bring to market a great quality product. I own many high end brushes: mostly MAC and Nars, but also Hourglass, Shu Uemura,and Chanel. I also own some drugstore brand brushes, but have to say, for the most part, you get what you pay for. The high end brushes, in my experience, outperform their cheaper counterparts (although EcoTools does make some good, low cost brushes). I wear full-on makeup everyday, so I need a stable of good brushes.So back to Sam Chapman’s Stippling Brush….I have owned this brush for nine months, but have only used it a handful of times. I tried using it for foundation application, cream and powder blush and highlighter. It did not deliver good results, despite my best efforts.The bristles are not as soft as some of the other brushes in the Real Techniques line… this brush is a little on the scratchy side. The brush does shed. It does not wash well — I wash my brushes after every use, and this brush does not hold up. The bristles became rougher and some hairs fall out during washing (I use a mild brush cleaner made either by MAC or Beauty Blender)The size and weight of the brush are just fine. the flat handle, does make it awkward to store if you use a stand-up jar. The black matte plastic handle is prone to pick-up fingerprints and get messy. Aesthetically, the brush is not my cup of tea (ugly metal candy-colored ferrules and cheap looking plastic handle).I seem to be the only reviewer that does not like this brush. I’ll put the brush in a drawer of products that I am not loving, but not ready to toss.

Robin Knoxville, IL

Love this brush and use it often

Let me preface my review with this caveat: this is the only stippling brush I have ever owned. So I’m not an expert on how this is, compared to the zillion other stipplers out there.I bought the Core Collection of Real Techniques brushes because I had read great things from others, It did not hurt that there was a sale on them to entice me to try them! From there I added several of their other brushes to my stash. With few exceptions I have been very, very happy with these brushes! I have mostly Smashbox and Laura Mercier brushes, with some Sephora and Ulta brushes in the mix.This brush is the best brush I’ve found to apply the MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation. If I’m going to use a brush, I prefer the stippler (mild to heavy coverage, depending on how you use it). I only stipple, I do not ‘buff’ with it after stippling like most of the Youtube Beauty Gurus do! If you have dry skin anywhere on your face, using this stippler to ‘buff’ is going to roughen up those areas and make them glaringly obvious. It’s a little more firm and it will lift the dry areas easily.For experimentation, I also used this with my NARS cream blush, and it looked great! It gave very precise application right where I put it. Since I did not have dry skin on that area of my face, I ‘buffed’ with the brush to blend the blush more and it looked very natural.I have never had shedding in this brush, and I use it several times a week. I use MAC brush cleaner on it every time I use it (a wipe-on product) and I deep clean with brush shampoo once a week. This brush ALWAYS bounces back to the shape and texture that it started out with. You just can’t go wrong with this one, and the price is hard to beat.UPDATE: I just purchased (and returned) a MAC short Duo Fiber skunk stippler (from MAC so I know it’s not fake) and it was not as nice as this brush. It was $42.00, and it left pieces of black hairs in my face. You know what people think when they see bits of black hairs on your face? Not, “Oh her makeup brush shed this morning!” no, no ladies, they see those and think, “Dayyyim she needs to pluck her whiskers!” It was bad enough to have my husband pick one out of my makeup as he asked, “Did you miss tweezing?” But when a customer leaned over and peered at my face as she reached for it, FORGET IT. The Real Techniques doesn’t shed, it has a nice feel to it, it’s very substantial and a smooth application. I’ve used it for foundation, liquid BB Cream, solid BB Cream (MAC brand), and cream blush. This is a lot of brush value for your money!

Elise Windermere, FL

A great bargain

Ive struggled to find good quality brushes that are also affordable, and I have to say Im really pleased with this new line. This brush has so many different uses that im asking for more! I use it to apply my liquid foundation and it leaves it flawless. I also use it for bronzers, luminizing powder and for cream blushes, all with excellent results. Im definitely buying the whole line

Verna Williamsburg, PA


Firstly I’d like to state that I bought this brush from an external site which I think that it is the official site but I am pleased to repeat posting my review here because I also bought some of those brushes from I really Cant say enough about the Real Techniques Brushes. First, my sister introduced them to me; (Based on some tutorials on YouTube for a girl who owns the real technique brushes line) My sis was impressed of how much these brushes are stunning and how you would easily achieve the perfect look and how they help you to get a professional Technique of a makeup artist, So yes I decided to buy some of them and I then gifted her. She was like touching the sky with this gift. But what I’ve noticed afterwards is that perfect, neat, skillful make up application on her face. Literally; wiped off all her imperfection. So I decided this time to buy them for myself, I bought most of them and in my way to buy the rest. I am very Happy with those Brushes and I’m really enjoying that feeling of professionalism when using them. This girl who stand on manufacturing those gorgeous brushes is not Joking!! She knows well what she is doing and what we need for achieving the perfect make up!! “I tip my hat to her” I think her nickname is (Pixiwoo) if I am not wrong

Georgina Woodridge, IL

Not happy!

I dont like this brush..It doesnt work for me..When I uses it for my blush(for a more natural look)before it even touch my face all the powder are falling(it doesnt stick to the brush)I didnt tried this on my liquid foundation though(I uses my beauty blender,that works amazing!)for now its just setting in one of my collection’s…

Annie Quinn, SD

it fell apart in a month

HERE’s WHAT I THOUGHT OF THE BRUSH AT FIRST, SEE BELOW FOR UPDATED REVIEW:I bought this after seeing a vlogger’s tutorial. I use it to apply both liquid and cream foundations. It seems to make the cream makeup go farther, but tends to soak up the liquid foundation. I either spritz it with Skindinavia’s setting spray or wet it a little to prevent the soak-up factor, and to thin out the cream makeup a little. I apply it in circular motions all over, which gives me a sheer-to-medium finish. I then go back in (after it’s dried/soaked in after a minute) and stipple cream foundation anywhere I have discoloration problems (acne, sun spots, etc) and lightly go back over that with a circular motion. I even use this brush to apply powder blush after I finish my foundation (and before washing the brush). I tap a little powder blush into my palm, pick a little up with the brush by tapping it gently into my hand, and apply. Some blush I own looks better if I buff it in gently with circular motions and other blush (the light colors with shimmer) look better if I just stipple it on over the foundation. If you stipple, it won’t disturb your foundation one bit!. Awesome brush. It’s super soft, yet firm and does not shed. I even clean it daily with alcohol (dip it right on in!) and it seems to stand up to that kind of abuse!UPDATE:About a month later, after a few washings w/gentle soap, this brush just fell apart. 🙁 And not a little at at a time either…it was losing hair all over my face (not just a few here and there) and when I inspected the brush the entire clump of remaining bristles came out in my hand. Somehow the glue softened up and released from the handle. Too bad, cause it was a nice brush.

Iva East Stone Gap, VA

Waste of money !

This brush is hard to work with, hurts the skin as it touches it since it is not as soft as most brushes and isn’t as amazing as everyone says it is! :/ It was sad to realize I had just wasted 9 bucks on a "whatever" brush that truly did almost NOTHING. DONT RECOMMEND.

Claudia Chagrin Falls, OH

Brush sheds

I’ve had this brush over a month, since mid-January and the brush is almost totally bald. I use it maybe twice per week and I wash my brushes after every use with MAC brush cleaner. The brush sheds so badly there’s hardly any bristles left. This was a total waste of my money. I ended up throwing it out as it became useless.Although its not as soft as my sigma or mac brushes I still expected to get more use out of it. Maybe the one I receive is defective because I bought this based on the customer review which is usually very helpful in my decision making. I don’t think I’d recommend it to anyone based on my experience. Unfortunately it’s too late to return it.

Debora Hopewell Junction, NY


Mine got used up badly and it became dirty quickly!! `(BUT THAT’S JUST ME BEING DUMB WITH MY BRUSHES NOT CARING FOR THEM DAILY ) 😛 ANYWAYS i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee hoooowww it smooths on my makeup WOOT will buy again very reasonable price SHIPPING SOOOO FREAKING FASSSTTT LOL I LOVE IT i was like :O!!! hahahaha I recommend thissss (tip stipplee not brush on face lol unsless u want streaks ) <_< >_>

Roxie Long Lake, NY

Works just fine.

UPDATE: I love this brush now! I use it EVERYDAY to apply cream blush. I am still concerned about the quality but it works the best for stippling and blending cream blush.Perfectly good stippling brush. My problem with Real Techniques is the quality. The names of the brushes are just printed on the side. For the same price (maybe a couple dollars difference) you can buy Sigma brushes which are better quality. However, this brush is perfectly fine and I haven’t had any problems with it.The brush is a stand alone brush. Which means you can stand it on your counter or vanity which is a nice feature. But I like to keep all my brushes in a little container with sand. This stand alone base to the brush is a little cumbersome when storing it the way that I do.The bristles are very soft. It is easy to use. And very easy to clean.

Mia Hernshaw, WV

Great Multi-Purpose Bruch

You can use this for high lighter powder or blush, even bronze. I use it for high lighter powder, it nicely dabs the area and leaves a soft natural effect on the skin. Highly recommended.

Eliza Mardela Springs, MD


I am very disappointed with this stippling brush. After using it only a few times (honestly less than 5) the bristles are falling out. I have watched the tutorials on how to use a stippling brush so I do not believe it is technique or improper use. I have only used it with tinted moisturizer. Each time I did the problem got worse. One of the things that persuaded me to purchase the Real Techniques brushes were the reviews about how the bristles didn’t fall out. Today I had several left on my face and upon lightly tugging on the bristles an entire section became dislodged from the handle. I wonder if it is defective because I also purchased several other Real Techniques brushes ( including the foundation brush which gets a lot more of a workout than the stippling) and after weeks of almost daily use they are still in great shape and I absolutely love them. Sad because I really liked the idea of applying my tinted moisturizer with this brush and being able to add more coverage where I need it with a flawless finish.

Clarissa Oyster, VA

I expected more from this brush…

Not dense enough for heavy or light foundations & it will leave lines. I ended up using it for cream blushes or if I want a lighter application of powder.

Rhea Olmstedville, NY

i REALLY liked it!

After hearing about Real Techniques over and over again, i decided to finally purchase it.I use the stippling brush to apply my foundation and it makes it look wonderful! Not cakey or anything like that, i love the way it applies it on my face 🙂 I’m definitely going to purchase more brushes from real Techniques.

Kathleen Sunray, TX

like it

very nicegreat qualityno sheddingeasy to wash, dry and useworked very good in puffing the foundation however, it is much smaller than what I expected to be takes time to finish the whole face .. I use it to apply my cream contour or cream blush will work perfectly for thisthe hair shorter than mac or sigma stribiling brush makes this brush feels more dense

Imelda Henryetta, OK

Gives an air brushed look to pancake foundation

My mother painted in oils and i’ve watched her many times take a "stippler" to the sky to make clouds look fluffy. This does exactly that on my face. I use it with a pouncing motion around my eyes and lips to get an air brushed effect. Just wait till you’re done to apply lipstick or liner. Highly recommend.

Haley Fifield, WI

I love it

I’ve been a fan of Real Technique brushes for a while now, and decided to take the plunge on this Stippling brush. WOW – I wasn’t disappointed. This brush is amazing quality and is so soft! I tend to use this more for my foundation if my Real Techniques Foundation brush needs cleaning / if I’m waiting for it to dry – You get great coverage when using this brush. It’s very easy to clean and maintains it’s shape which has been a real problem for me with other brushes purchased in the past. This brush dries quickly too – I leave this to air dry and it’s good to use again within 2-3 hours. Excellent buy – I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this brush to others and the complete Real Techniques range.

Amy Boykin, AL

very nice foundation brush

Full-disclosure: I don’t use this as a stippling brush. I realize this is going to irritate some people who insist that brushes be used only for what they’re made to be used for. Stippling IS what I bought it for, and I watched multiple tutorials on youtube about how to stipple foundation. But upon receiving this brush, I discovered I just don’t like that technique. (Or maybe it’s the brush, or maybe I’m doing it wrong, I don’t know–all I know is it took forever to do and then my foundation looked cakey at the end.) But this brush IS good as a plain old buff/swirl foundation brush. I used to apply my liquid foundation with my fingers, but I have large pores and acne scarring, and this brush does a better job on those issues. I still use my fingers to roughly apply foundation to one section of my face at a time–just a quick pass over the area to kind of warm up and distribute the product. Then I switch to this brush and swirl it in, using both clockwise and counterclockwise motions. This helps to work the product in to disguise (as much as you can, anyway) my pores and scars. It’s not a miracle or anything, but if you suffer from the same problems, you know that any little improvement matters when it comes to how you feel about your face every day. This brush washes up beautifully, and I’ve noticed no shedding whatsoever. Excellent quality, and it’s pretty too!

Dee Turtle Lake, WI

Fantastic brushes!

I needed to update my set of makeup brushes, but in the 15 or so years since I bought my MAC set, their prices have gone up exponentially. I needed affordable, great quality brushes that were well designed and didn’t shed. I did my research and Real Techniques kept coming up as a top contender that would meet my needs. Wow, am I ever thrilled with my purchases! Every one of my criteria is met, and more, I bought this brush, as well as the Core Essentials Set, and the Travel Essentials Set, and I could not be happier. I washed them with brush shampoo prior to first use, and I spray them (after every use) daily with brush cleaner and wipe them clean. Not one of these brushes have shed at all, they are beautiful, quality is amazing, and as a bonus, the Real Techniques website offers tutorials on how to use each brush, and how to achieve certain looks. This was helpful, as I really had no idea how to use a Stippling Brush, I just knew it was for foundation and was used to achieve that “airbrushed” look. It really does!! Best of all, you need only about 1/4 of the foundation that you end up using with a traditional flat foundation brush! I’ll be back to get the set for the eyes, I would give this product more stars if I could! I will recommend these brushes and sets to all of my friends and family:)

Jeri Connerville, OK

Nice brush but a kinda small

Bought this brush because I hated the sigma stippling brush I had (it was shedding too much!) I was’t sure about this one but decided to give it a try and it is actually a pretty good brush for the price! It is soft but not to soft and not a lot of shedding so far it does a great job blending in my foundation. Give it 4 stars because I wish it was a little bigger – it is kinda small!

Leta Palm Harbor, FL

Good but did not works for me

quality is very good, nice and smooth, so soft and easy to wash and dry. But it does not suites for my purpose. I was using it for applying my foundation, it is small, my other stippling brush that is bigger works for me more effective way and it took less time. It can works for somebody else so still recommend to buy.

Shirley Stittville, NY

Great brush!

I have used this brush with cream, liquid, and mineral powder foundations. It picks up a lot so use it delicately with the cream. It is perfect for mineral makeup. I heard about this line and searched for reviews. Once I found very positive ones here on Amazon and other sites, I purchase here because Amazon has the best price and free shipping.

Olivia Rock Springs, WI

Great purchase

I wanted to try this brush because I have seen some of Sam’s tutorials on youtube and my makeup brushes are awful now from all of the washing and sanitizing. I fell in love with this brush and use it personally to apply and blend my own foundation, liquid or powder. I love the way it feels on my skin and how it moves the makeup where I want it to go. I would make a purchase.

Lorene Pearcy, AR

Buyer’s remorse…I got sucked in by the YouTube videos.

The chick that sells these has a bunch of YouTube videos about makeup application and I thought oh, I’ve been doing my makeup all wrong, I need a brush to apply liquid makeup…, no. Maybe some brushes are good for applying liquid makeup, but this one just gave me a streaky mess and make all the peach fuzz on my cheeks stand up at attention. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – do your makeup like you have been, if you’re happy, and give this a pass.

Esmeralda Section, AL

Perfect foundation brush!

This is my first stippling brush and I will never go back. It applies my liquid and cream foundations so evenly and with an airbrushed look. One older foundation I thought was terrible is now my favorite because of how this brush applies it. Watch some youtube videos if you need to know how to use this type of brush!

Lynda Glover, MO

Superb quality but small

As with all of the real Techniques brushes (I own about 10 of them) the quality of this brush is excellent. Its the perfect combination for a stippling brush, with the dense black hairs supporting airy white hairs. My only complaint is that the brush is smaller than I expected. The Sonia Kashuk stippling brush is about twice as wide, but much lower quality.Still works beautifully.

Veronica Bella Vista, CA

Not my favorite RT brush

This particular RT brush is not my favorite. It retains its shape very well after washing but doesn’t really apply products TOO well. It’s just an OK brush. I use it for cream blush.

Flossie Stony Brook, NY

Four Stars

Great stippling brush for the money!

Bethany Hillsville, PA

Replacing my last rT Stippling Brush

I purchased this to replace my last rT stippling brush that disintegrated when I cleaned it with myCinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner, 32 oz.. That one lasted about eight months. I’ve never had a brush fall apart like that, so I’m hoping it was just a fluke. I have some brushes that are older than I care to admit and they’ve help up beautifully, so I was surprised when about a third of the bristles fell out of the ferrule.On the positive side, I like how this stippling brush applies my cream foundation without absorbing a ton of product. It’s really easy to blend with this brush and it has just the right thickness to blend everything out evenly. If I could change one thing about it, I wish it were just a little bigger. For $10 this is a great brush… as long as it doesn’t fall apart again.

Caitlin Honokaa, HI