I've only added stippling brushes to my growing brush collection in the last couple of months. I have two currently, the ELF Studio Stipple Brush (£3.75) and the Real Techniques Stippling Brush (£11.99). I bought the ELF brush first and loved it so much that I decided I needed another (but this brush is almost always sold out when I try to buy one!) I'd read so many good things about the Real Techniques brushes and saw them all over YouTube that I was easily swayed into making an impulse purchase. I've had time to test them both where I use them daily and thought I'd share my views.
Top: Real Techniques Stippling Brush Bottom: ELF Studio Stipple Brush
The first time I tried the Real Techniques Stippling Brush admittedly I was disappointed. It felt rougher than the ELF brush and I didn't get that airbrushed coverage I'd read about. The second time around, after watching a few random YouTube videos and some from Samantha Chapman on the Real Techniques website, my experience was very different. Call me a novice, but somehow I must have been using the brush wrong. The second time coverage was even (though not flawless due to my current bout of mild acne) and better than if I applied with one of my flat foundation brushes. Application has been pretty much the same since.
A huge plus with this brush is the bristles are much closer together than the ELF version which means you don't have to pile on a lot of product. I've only really used this brush with my MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation and my KIKO Pure Pleasure Creamy Blush but with both it works so well. I love how versatile these kinds of brushes are - you can use them with creams, liquids or powders.
Left: ELF Studio Stipple Brush Right: Real Techniques Stippling Brush