realTechniques Stippling Brush vs Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Multipurpose Brush

Hello again! It might seem like my blog is turning into a beauty blog, but I promise, it isn’t. It will be a little of everything. After all. I love makeup! Now, I don’t like wearing makeup every single day, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it.

I recently decided to try a new stippling brush. I had been using the Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush from Target for a while. Now, I love this brush, however wanted to try other ones out there. So, on my Ulta shopping trip a few weeks ago I spotted the new realTechniques Stippling Brush and considered getting it. However, as always I like to read my reviews first. I did a little review online and jumped the gun! I purchase mine here. I LOVE the realTechniques Brush! I love that my foundation goes on flawless. It’s quick! Personally, I don’t like using the foundation brush because I feel it leaves streaks. I don’t like that. If I am not using a stippling brush or beauty blender, I will use my finger! After all they are FREE! Just make sure when you use your hands, they are CLEAN! This is important so you don’t get bacteria on your face that can later cause breakouts. Okay, so here are my pros and cons.

Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush:

Pros – Bristles are very soft. I haven’t noticed any bristles fall off when washing.

Cons – Price is a bit on the high side for being sold at Target (around $15). One thing I noticed and didn’t like was that it soaks up too much of my liquid foundation. This isn’t good when you pay a lot of cash for good foundation. I still love this brush, but will use it for other purposes.

realTechniques Stippling Brush:

Pros – Blends liquid foundation very well! I haven’t noticed any bristles fall off when washing or cleansing my brush. Price is very affordable. I bought mine for under $10 on Amazon. Best part was it didn’t soak up my foundation, which meant a little goes a long way!!! That’s good enough for me!

So for me, the realTechniques Brush was the winner!

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Beauty Blender vs Ulta Brand Beauty Sponge

A few weeks ago I decided to try the Ulta Brand Beauty Sponge for the first time. I had heard of the Beauty Blender, but wanted to try a cheaper (around $5) alternative. After trying the Ulta brand sponge, I wanted to buy the original beauty blender to see the difference. So these are my thoughts on it…

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Ulta Beauty Sponge:
Pros: It’s only around $5 plus tax.
Cons: The Ulta brand sponge is tougher and more like rubber texture. This makes it harder to blend, but wasn’t a reason to make it not usable.

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Beauty Blender:
Pros: Very soft. Easy to blend makeup and easy to get in those tight areas like under eyes and around nose.
Cons: Price $38.00

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Note: I also bought the double pack with the cleaner. I have noticed though that my sponges did stain when I used it with my BB cream. I tried washing it twice. Not sure why… You can find this here.

Since I bought my Beauty Blender Sponge, I have used only that. I prefer the original Beauty Blender. If you don’t want to spend that much on makeup applicator, try the Ulta brand or one of the other drug store brand. You never know, you might just love it!