This brush is great, I'm not one to buy MAC brushes, or any expensive brushes for that matter. I went on a trip to my beloved targe planning on breaking down and paying $15 for the sonia kashuk (sp?) brush...which they happened to be out of. However, in wondering around I've found that my target and actually all targets in my area have added an ELF section. Low and behold they had a stippling brush for $3...I can afford that! I was skeptical at first because I had tried the $1 powder brush and it shredded like no other (maybe I got a bum one idk). This brush is great! I miz estee lauder double wear with neurogena 3 in 1 on my hand get a little on the brush and dap the brush all over my face then buff it in. Set my T-zone w maybelline dream matte powder and my face is set to go allday!!!
I bought this stipple brush with the intention of using it to apply liquid foundation or highly pigmented blush, (as some reviewers suggested in their enthusiastic reviews) and it disappointed me in this respect. The bristles are far too soft and sort of placticky to apply liquids, and even worse at blending. Also quite hard to apply blush as the soft and smooth bristles glide on the blush without picking it at all.
But, on the positive side this is the best brush I have to apply MAC cremeblend blush. The consistency of this blush is just right for this brush! Also the size of the brush matches the diameter of the pan. SO - a perfect match. If I buy another cremeblend blush, I'll get another ELF stipple brush for sure.
I'd never tried a stippling brush before this one so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I've tried it a few different ways in the past week.
I can't get it to work for stippling liquid foundation, the bristles don't apply quite enough pressure for me to get it to work. I much prefer the E.L.F. Studio powder brush for liquid foundation now.
However, I LOVE this brush for applying blush. I'm a complete newbie with blush, and this makes it so easy. I tap the brush into the pan, press it on my cheek once or twice, then buff the excess and blend with another brush (lately it's E.L.F. Studio face kabuki). I also like this brush for highlighter on the cheekbones, again it's very easy to use.
The brush is very high quality and sturdy, I haven't seen any problems with it. I have to take off one lippie since I was unable to use it with liquid foundation and that was the advertised purpose. I got it for half-off from the E.L.F. website, so it's a fantastic deal. If you've never tried a stippling brush before, I found this one a good one to start with.
I got this ready to compare to the MAC 187.
Compared to the MAC 187 - this brush is only... ok - When only stippling, it does poke the skin a bit. So those with sensitive skin, you might want to skip this, because it can cause irritation.
The MAC 187 is a lot softer and a lot gentler on the skin, it doesn't poke at all unlike this brush. This is just flimsy and kind of rough.
(If you buff your foundation with this brush, then it wont poke - in that case, it feels very soft. But this is a stippling brush. Buffing your foundation with a stippling brush completely ruins the texture/finish the brush is originally intended to produce. So if you do buff, it might be better to just get a flat top brush instead. You'd get better results)
When it comes to blush, this does a great job, it gives you a greatly blended look without much effort. Picks up an even amount of blush every time - Even with the brightest/pigmented blushes, it's hard to mess up with this brush.
For blush, I HIGHLY recommend it, but if you want this for foundation, you might want to skip.
Would not repurchase
I rarely wear foundation as I can't find a good enough shade anywhere, not one perfect enough for daytime wear anyway. I used this to apply the one foundation I do have and I really don't like this for that purpose. I don't think it can beat the ELF studio powder brush, it doesn't come close in my opinion.
Instead on wearing foundation, I use BB's touch up stick on blemishes and set it with the ELF mineral booster. I usually use the ELF studio kabuki for setting the concealer but it can sometimes remove the concealer even when I just pat the powder on very lightly. I find the the stipple brush does a good job of allowing me to very lightly dust the mineral booster over the concealer without ruining my blending and revealing the blemish underneath.
I am also very heavy handed with blush! I find this is very useful to combat my heavy hand as it allows me to slowly build up the colour and again, it enables me to apply blush without disturbing my concealer.
I was a little shocked at how small this is. I wish it was slightly bigger but never mind.
For the price of $3.00 this is a great buy!
Over all it's a pretty decent brush. It does a good job at stippling and allows for enough pressure to blend liquid foundations. I haven't experienced Any shedding or bleeding of dye. I like the all black sleek look to it. My only complaint is that no matter what, I just can't get the white of the brush back to white or even remotely close to white. During a cleaning the water runs clear so I know it's clean, but it looks as if I Just used it. Eh, that's something I can deal with as long as the brush is indeed clean.
Wow, I love this so much! I also have the MAC stipple and I think this is just as good for a fraction of the cost. I'm so glad ELF got this back in stock, and I hope it stays that way because everyone NEEDS this brush! Don't let the dirt cheap price fool you. A good brush is not always $40. Give this a try if you are interested....you won't be sorry!
I own the entire line of Elf Studio brushes and bought this one to try, since I'd heard raves about stipple brushes and had never tried one. I am generally a powder foundation or tinted moisturizer girl, and I admit I did have to watch a couple of YouTube tutorials beforehand - but once I tried it, I am very impressed with this brush. The brush itself: handle is long, bristles are sparse and not stiff, but it works perfectly for stippling on liquid foundation. It picks up the perfect amount of foundation, doesn't absorb it into the bristles, and deposits it perfectly. Stippling is done with a very light hand, so you don't need or want a stiff or dense brush or your coverage will end up super heavy. You just barely tap the ends of the bristles onto your face rapidly. I mist my face prior to application with MAC Fix+, then stipple on my liquid foundation, working quickly, then for a final step, blend with long downward strokes of the brush. Takes me about 1.5 minutes as opposed to my normal foundation application of maybe 1 minute. When stippling, you do have to work quickly so the foundation doesn't dry out on your face. Stippling with this brush gives a flawless, airbrushed look. I will say that stippling tends to give medium to heavy coverage - I generally go for sheer or light, but it would be perfect for an evening out, photo shoot, or anyone who wants slightly heavier coverage. You do need to wash or clean the brush after every use as it does hold some foundation. Again, the results from this brush are stunning, flawless, and I'm very glad I purchased 2 of them!
Edited 12/5/11: I am currently in the process of "upgrading" most of my brushes to MAC, but this is one I'll be keeping. I own the MAC 187, but I still like this ELF brush for stippling foundation or for cream blushes & bronzers. The 187 is more dense and slightly more stiff, but for the price tag, the ELF stipple is a nice alternative.
I actually use this to apply my highlighter, it picks up just the right amount of product giving my skin a pretty natural glow, the bristles are flimsy but I think that's the reason it can gives just a veil of color. UPDATE: 6.5.2012 - probably the best bronzer brush, I use with creme bronzer and in conjunction with this brush, my bronzer looks natural and gives a lit within color.
The white bristles are too stiff, the ones that are supposed to be very soft and gentle to give a light application. The black bristles could be fuller too.
I cannot use this to stipple anything on my face, because the stiffness of the bristles, they feel like needles.