“ Type: Brushes / Brand: ELF / What it does: Bronzes, „
In the same predicament as my last ELF brush review I had a face brush in my basket but needed something smaller for more precision blusher applying and so I stuck in a blusher brush to my ELF order during a 50% sale taking this from it's already tiny £1.50 down to a miniscule 75p which I think is excellent value. I had nothing to loose by trying it to see if it worked for me. Previously I used a smaller rounded brush which was okay but didn't give as much definition to my cheek bones and looked as if I had applied a stripe along my cheek bone which wasn't very natural at all.
When it arrived (quickly and safely as always packaged in a rectangular box that can fit through the letterbox) I couldn't wait to try it out. The brush came packaged with a transparent plastic case which you can use to keep the brush in but I haven't as I found it too fiddly and annoying trying to get it back in but the option is there. The brush is a good length and has a nice thick handle although not as wide as the full face brush it's still large enough to easily grip and move around to create the effect I'm looking for. The handle is white with ELF written in silver. I thought it may get discoloured over time but a year on and it's still going strong in it's white colour which I think is very good given it sit in my make up box alongside everything else I own. About two thirds of the way down is a silver metal piece which is used to hold the bristles in place with these sticking out the top. The bristles are soft and yet full with one end long which tapers downwards at an angle which is good for getting a small amount of blusher over the cheekbones.
I used this with ELF's budget blusher and have since used it for their studio blush and bronzer compact. The brush picks up the powder okay but it does need quite a lot of swirling to get it on there however once it's on it does stick well. When applying to my cheek I rub it over the apples of my cheek and follow my cheekbone up towards my temple (not sure what to call the bit of my head about an inch below my temple so we'll call it my temple). The brush feels soft against my skin and transfers the product onto my skin well, I do find however that I need to go over the compact twice to get enough to cover the area I apply which is fine but I think if the bristles were a little tougher it wouldn't take quite as much time to apply my blusher.
I haven't washed this brush but you can do in either soapy water or with a brush cleaner which is handy to know. I also have to point out that after a year's daily use the bristles are starting to misshape slightly with the ends slightly starting to bend at the ends, I think this is from having to press down firmly to get product onto the brush and to apply it onto my cheeks. In saying that if you did have to replace this brush every year £1.50 is a bargain for a year.
Overall I think this brush is very good, it allows me to apply my blush with a bit more precision than a rounded end brush does, it lasts well and it stays clean. Apart from slightly misshaping and the bristles being a little too soft it does the job I need it to and it makes my blush have a much more natural look to it.
I bought this due to its angled shape, in hope I could use it for contouring.
This brush is soft now that it has been washed, but initially it was slightly scratchy, and very easy to hold and use. I would not recommend using this for contouring, mainly because it is not dense enough and product will go everywhere but instead to apply blush or highlighter to a specific area. I would then recommend to blend using a denser brush or a kabuki.
The brush is affordable at £1.50 from Eyeslipsface.co.uk so will not break the bank. I would recommend though that you pay £2 more and try the Studio Line instead as the brushes are better quality.
If you want a light flush of colour or want to powder yourself with a light coverage then this is great, however if you are hoping for a higher coverage then this is not for you.
As for shedding, so far so good. This has been washed a handful of times and there has been no hair fallout.
I usually buy my eyeshadow primer from E.L.F and so on my most recent visit to the online shop I thought i'd buy some makeup brushes, at only £1.50, thought i'd give it a try. I went for this particular brush because I noticed the way the brush was designed at an angle, I thought this would be perfect for contouring my bronzer and blusher.
When I first received the brush I was excited to use it, it was the perfect size and the angled brush looked just as it does on the website. The product came in a plastic case which I thought was good as it could be kept clean in the plastic cover within my makeup bag. The brush feels very soft, almost too soft. I thought the product would be perfect when applying my bronzer underneath my cheekbone, as the angled brush would allow me to follow the lines of my cheekbone perfectly. When I attempted to use the product for this purpose however, I was very disappointed, the brushes were just too soft to pick up any of my bronzer onto it, when sweeping the brush across my bronzer then onto my face, no product was being applied to my face as it just wan''t being picked up. I find the brush to be very pointless when trying to apply cosmetics which are quite hard based...on the other hand if you apply loose powder or loose blusher with this brush it works fine as then the brush can pick up the colour.
To be honest I don't use this product, there is no point in having an angled brush when it wont pick up the cosmetics you wish to use. I already have a big brush to apply my powder. It is cheap quality, matching it's cheap price. I give this item 2 stars....only because it comes with a plastic case, is cheap and is good for applying loose blusher if that's what you use (unlike me who uses harder based products - for which the brush is not effective).