It's not often that I fall hard enough for a makeup brush that I actually go and repurchase it, but that's exactly what happened with the Stipple Brush by E.L.F. I'm not all that clued up on E.L.F as a brand and I actually think this brush is one of only two purchases I've ever made from them, but it's soon crept up to be one of my favourites in my entire collection.
Once used to stipple on my foundation, I now tend to whack this brush out when applying creme blusher or bronzer to my cheeks or as a contour. The brush itself is fairly wide, making way for a vast distribution of colour as the bristles fan over my cheeks. It's a synthetic brush but it doesn't feel harsh or brittle against my skin; something which I was kind of expecting to start with considering the price tag. One I've stippled my chosen product to the desired area (the blush shown is Revlon's Photoready Creme Blush in 'Coral Reef' which you can find a review of here) I blend it out a little using the same brush. Obviously the product itself plays a massive part in the outcome but I'm a firm believer in the saying 'a workman is only as good as his tools' and I aim a fair amount of gratification towards this brush when I'm using creme blush. A quick stipple here and a buff there leaves me with a natural, even flush of colour that doesn't look like I've just raided a clowns dressing up box (at least I hope it doesn't...)
One downside of this is that because the quality isn't superb the bristles don't take too kindly to being washed. I clean my makeup brushes using a very gentle shampoo and warm water; a method that works fine for my other brushes. This one however has a tendency to splay out a bit and never really seems to spring back to it's natural shape, hence me having to purchase another one. For such a low price though you really can't complain and I have no issues with getting a new one every now and then, it's more hygienic after all!
E.L.F Stipple Brush - £3.75 (eyeslipsface)