I’m growing quite fond of the Real Techniques brushes and recently added the Stippling Brush to my small collection.  The taklon bristles of each brush are exquisitely soft and work equally well for powders and liquids.  I’m even beginning to prefer the synthetic taklon to natural bristles, making me wonder if I should invest in the Starter Set despite the larger number of eye makeup brushes I already own.  Although I’m also intrigued by how perfect the Too Faced Shadow Brushes Essential 3 trio looks so I’ll hold off for now.  Has anyone tried those?  Bonus points for all of them being cruelty free!  Moving on…

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation has been my go-to base for a couple weeks now and I decided to experiment with other brushes, though my experiment got cut very very short.  Originally, I was using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush which I love for face products.  But then I decided to try my Sonia Kashuk Duo Fibre Brush and loved how it looked.  However, the Sonia Kashuk brush is rather large and I wanted something a bit softer that would also cover better around my nose and inner eyes.  Enter the Real Techniques Stippling Brush.

The angel choirs are singing.  She’s so purdy!  The shape of that handle couldn’t be any more perfect.  Neither could the lightweight aluminum construction.

Okay, so I admit the above photo isn’t the best.  But who wouldn’t want to remind the world that Samantha Chapman made it big?

I love how this brush is neither too dense nor two sparse.  Some larger stippling brushes also sport longer bristles, but I feel they fan out too far and the effect is a flimsy brush head without enough contact with each stroke.

Initially, I was surprised by the diameter of the brush (compared to a MAC lipstick above).  However, the small size really let’s the brush move product in the harder to reach areas.  I haven’t yet felt the need to follow up with a separate brush for buffing, but that would be where the…Buffing Brush… would come in handy for those who like a more dense applicator.

I might yet try the ecoTools Bamboo Finishing Kabuki Brush with Urban Decay Naked Skin as I haven’t used it in a very long time and I love it for extra-liquidy foundations.  But for now, I’m very happy with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush for it’s size, beautiful application, and simpler name!

What are you top two brushes for liquid foundations?  Have you fallen in love with synthetic taklon yet?