I was looking for a stippling brush when I saw this at Walgreens. It costs $7-8, so I picked it up. When I first opened it, I was disappointed by the really sparse hairs. I thought of returning it, but then I tried using it to apply my powder blush. It gave a great finish! It looked so blended with my skin, so natural-looking.. It is a little too big, tho, so I stopped using it for that.
Now, I use this brush to buff my foundation (I apply the foundation w/ fingers first since this brush is not dense enough to pick up the foundation). It evens out the application and gives smooth finish. I also use this to apply my finishing powder (I like it better than using my powder brushes because this one doesn't pick up too much product).
I love it! Will definitely buy again, well, I need to, so that I can have one for each use :)
It is really soft, like all other Ecotools brushes. The handle is perfect on hand, it can stand on its own too, so it's great for storing.
SO EFING SOFT AND AMAZING. Ecotools has yet to disappoint me, they also came out with a new pencil brush and a retractable round foundation brush, which are both amazingggg. if you do not own ecotools, you are soooo missing out.
First off, let me start by saying I own MAC'S 187 Stippling Brush. At $40+ it was definitely an investment. The stippling effect gives a nice airbrushed glow to my skin. However, MAC's 187 shed like crazy. Normally I wouldn't mind, but I paid a good chunk of money for it. And it's super annoying to have to pick out small hairs from your already done makeup. I ran across Ecotools version of the 187 at Walgreens for a little over $7. It is listed as a Kabuki brush, but I beg to differ. This works just as good, if not better than MAC's $40 brush. No shedding. Easier to wash. Ergonomic handle. And the price! This brush is awesome. I would 100% recommend getting this brush before looking at any of MAC, Sephora, Ulta etc.'s stippling brushes. Biggest pro is that Ecotools is cruelty free and environmentally friendly. You can't beat that!
Ecotool's Finishing Kabuki is not what I think of when I think "kabuki," but it's still a great finishing brush. I tend to think of kabukis as dense and rounded, and perhaps that's my mistake. This one is really a skunk brush that's quite a bit bigger than MAC 187 and other popular skunk brushes. It's really good for a loose application of finishing powder, powder primer, very diffused light blush or bronzer applications, and highlighter. I had an Ecotools skunk that came with the Alicia Silverstone set, and I think this one is softer than the set's brush. It's got a stubby wood handle that is designed well to fit in the hand. I love it for powders and highlighters and would repurchase.
You're better off buying the analogous brush from the Real Techniques line. It's really a better product.