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I first discovered elf from these american so called 'makeup gurus' on you tube, so I was excited to find this brush on the UK version of the elf store. Most of the youtube girls promote MAC brushes 24/7, but elf seems to be an exception to this. I have never used a MAC product in my life, but I would say this elf brush does a pretty darn good job! Its bristles are soft and it had a good clean round edge to the brush which makes applying in particular sports easier. Although obviously for the incredibly cheap price (£1.50) the bristles are synthetic, they have remained soft and plyable through washing and constant use.
The awesome price is something really worth celebrating the elf essentials line of products for. They can be a little hit and miss, but this eyeshadow brush is excellent value for money, probably the best in the makeup world at the moment! Not only have the bristles remained of an excellent, soft standard, there has been very little shedding, and there is no sign of the glue holding the brush together becoming loose. An excellent product from an excellent company!
As a recent convert to the E.L.F. website, one of my recent purchases was an array of makeup brushes, one buy being this eye shadow brush. Although I like to wear makeup, I rarely buy brushes tending instead to use the fiddly little foam applicators that come in eye shadow compacts, however, on this occasion I thought the £1.50 cost more than justified this extra purchase.
The brush comes neatly packaged in a translucent plastic wrapper. Once taken out, it looks pretty standard in size and shape to any other eye shadow brush. The brush measures just under 14cm from end to the tip of the bristles and features a soft pearlescent white body which is imprinted in silver text with the words; "e.l.f. Professional Eye Shadow Brush". The body of the brush is very smooth in texture and slightly tapered towards the end. On the tip of the brush is a silver end with which to hold the bristles in place and this is capped with a soft bristle brush which is a light brown in colour. The size of this brush makes it perfect in my opinion for applying eye shadow as the splayed bristles measure around 14mm which means that they adequately cover my eye lid in a single sweep.
An important factor when buying any makeup brushes in my opinion is the softness of the bristles, as I personally wouldn't want anything too harsh being rubbed across my delicate facial area, especially around the eyes. On the odd occasion that I do buy makeup brushes, I do generally like to rub them on my skin before I buy to check that they feel soft, and therefore as E.L.F. are an online company I was taking a gamble with this brush in assuming it would be soft enough. Fortunately the gamble paid off. The bristles on this brush are incredibly soft and smooth across my skin and spread my eye shadow easily onto the eye area with little pressure or drag.
Using this brush is quite simply a case of dipping the bristles into the desired pot of eye shadow and then simply sweeping across the eyelid. In my case I prefer to use this brush for lighter tones of eye shadow as oppose to dark as I like to apply a liberal dusting of a light shade right up to the brow bone and then dab in hints of dark to make my eyes stand out. This brush is perfect for larger areas, however it wouldn't be my brush of choice for adding in deeper shades as the brush head would be too large for such detail. The bristles adequately capture the eye shadow dust and transfer the makeup form pot to eye very sufficiently in my opinion.
Once I have been using makeup brushes for a few weeks I do like to give them a wash in some warm soapy water to ensure that they are clean between uses. With this brush it is easy to wash and the bristles dry in a matter of hours making it ready to use again.
I do love using this brush, and as a result I will probably be buying a few more brushes from E.L.F. in the future. The low costs of their brushes make them a sensible buy in my opinion as they do not cost as much as some more expensive brands and yet are more than adequate for my daily makeup needs. This brush in particular costs £1.50 and can be purchased through the E.L.F. website.
As a result of the above, this brush scores an excellent five stars from me and comes highly recommended.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I do love my eye-shadows, and so a good eye-shadow brush is a bit of an essential for me. Although the sponge applicators that you tend to get with most eye-shadows do the job I find a nice soft brush specially designed for eye-shadow is a great tool to have. I also have quite a few pots of loose eye-shadow so a good eye-shadow brush is essential for dipping into these!
I have a few different eye-shadow brushes, but none that I have any particular loyalty too, so was more than happy to give this a go when I received it with a recent order from E.L.F. For those of you that don't know E.L.F. stands for Eyes Lips Face and is an online-only cosmetics retailer that was launched in the US and is now also available over here. Prices of products start at a wonderfully low £1.50 - and that is exactly what this eye-shadow brush will set you back.
The brush is very simple to look at - it has a white, slightly pearlised, handle with silver metal to attach the brush to the handle. It is slim and easy to handle. The bristles of the brush are very soft to the touch, but it is the way they are shaped that makes this brush ideal for eye-shadow. The bristles are fairly short, and they are rounded so (according to the E.L.F. website) it "contours the eye with natural gliding strokes for easy and accurate eye shadow application".
Sweep it on
This works really well for applying my eye make-up. I can dip the ends of this into my loose eye-shadow pots, and simply sweep this over my eyelid. It feels soft and comfortable on my lids, and enables me to apply eye-shadow nice and evenly. It is very simple and pleasant to use and I have no complaints about the quality of the brush.
My only complaint would be that the metal has come loose from the rest of the brush once or twice - this has been simple to put back together though and is the downside of buying a cheap product I guess!
But for the price this is a great little eye-shadow brush which I would highly recommend.
I find those tiny little applicators that come with some eyeshadows really harsh and uncomfortable on my eyelids as well as being generally too small, I also find that sometimes they can apply too much of the product giving me a much darker colour than I would prefer and so when ELF had their 50% promotion last year I decided to pick this brush up alongside a few others. At just £1.50 regular price this are fantastically cheap however I paid just 75p for an even better bargain.
As always the products came quickly and well packaged to keep them nice and safe in transport. The brush came with a transparent, thick plastic cover that goes over the top of the bristles which you can use to keep the brush in keeping it clean but I don't. The brush is a good size with a nice long handle which is thicker in the middle although it isn't very thick but a little bigger than a pencil. It's white in colour but as I have experienced with my other budget brushes this has stayed white despite being in my case with everything else. Three quarters of the way from the top is a long silver metallic piece which holds the bristles in place with them sticking out from the top. The brush head is very small and rounded which is good for getting right into the corners of my eyes. The bristles are well compacted and lovely and soft against my skin. The brush is very light but I find is the perfect length and thickness to get a nice handle on the brush to apply my eyeshadow.
I have many eyeshadows in many forms but I use the brush only for powders, I simply sweep the brush over the powder which picks it up very quickly and very well. When I apply the product to my eyelids I find that the shadow transfers easily and swiftly and if I want a very slight colouring one sweep is more than enough. The reason i love this brush so much is that you can build on colour rather than just have a block of colour, I also find the brush is perfect for blending two colours to give a nice flow between them rather than the horrendous blue and pink blocks I thought looked good many moons ago. I find that my powders stick well and I'm not left with little flecks all over my cheeks which tends to happen with those cheap applicators you get.
I have had this brush around a year and although I don't use it daily it has had plenty use and still has plenty of life left in it yet, there has been no misshaping of the bristles of balding of the brush which i think is excellent value. You can clean the brush with a specific brush cleaner or in warm soapy water although admittedly I haven't actually done this as I tend to use the same shades so I don't really need to but the option is there and if I were to use a range of colours I'd have no problem in picking up another couple as they really are fantastic value.
Overall I am very impressed with this brush, it works well, blends my eyeshadow well, allows me to build up colour to the strength I want. The bristles are soft and strong without falling out or misshaping over time and it lasts a long time. I would definitely recommend using this brush over any of the more expensive ones as it does exactly the same job at such a smaller price.
One of my favourite cosmetics companies is E.L.F., which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face. They are an online retailer and their UK web store can be reached at this address http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk. They have several different ranges of make-up, including their Basic, Mineral, and Studio lines. I love wearing make-up and have great fun experimenting with colours and different looks. It's nice to have lots of products to play around with but there are always a few items that become must-haves and form the basis of most of my 'faces'. I think E.L.F. is a great way to try out different products at a low cost, and I'm working my way through their items to see which ones I get on with.
This Eye Shadow Brush is part of the Basics make-up brush range which offers fantastic value for money with each item costing only £1.50. An eye shadow brush is one of my most essential beauty tools and I like to have several on hand so that I can use them with my different types of make-up and so I always have one ready to use when I need it. I purchased one of these brushes to begin with, but have since stocked up on two more as I like them so much.
Product description: "Specially sheered brush tip absorbs the perfect amount of eye shadow and provides long lasting color saturation. The comfort curved brush contours the eye with natural gliding strokes for easy and accurate eye shadow application.
All e.l.f. professional makeup brushes have been designed and tested by professional makeup artist Scott Vincent Borba. Each brush has been ergonomically designed to fit perfectly into your hand and facilitate a flawless finish with every application."
The brush looks nice and appears well designed, with a minimalist and classy white coloured handle, and a silver metal section to connect the brush head to the handle. It is lightweight and a smooth finish to the handle makes it easy to hold. It came packaged in a clear plastic slip case, which could be useful if you want to keep it clean if the brush is going stored away, or for travelling if you don't have a brush holder already.
I tend to only wear light, natural make-up during a normal day, and then really get creative and have some fun with heavy make-up on special occasions or for nights out. There are different types of eye shadow brushes that all have different purposes and can be used to achieve specific functions for creating the right look. At the heart of every eye make-up look is the base colour. This is usually the bulk of the colour across the eye lid and is always applied first. I like to apply my base colour across the whole of my eye lid using this E.L.F eye shadow brush, and then will add shading and highlighting if necessary with other brushes, or leave with just the one colour if I feel like it. My usual every day neutral is applied using this brush and I simple sweep the brush a little further out from the side of each eye to finish the look.
The brush head is the perfect size - just wide enough and fairly short which means that it takes just the right amount of product to give a good coverage over the eye lid. The bristles of the brush are synthetic and very, very smooth and soft. The brush glides over my skin and is gentle on the delicate eye area. I can get a really good, full coverage with this brush and it works extremely well for laying down a flat base colour and giving an even finish. The bristles are densely packed so I can use it with any of my different types of make-up, including pressed powders and loose mineral eye shadows. The shadow clings well to the bristles and then is easily transferred onto my skin.
I've been using these eye shadow brushes since last summer, and they get used almost every single day. I have never had any problems with any of the bristles coming loose, and they do not seem to shed at all. I do wash my make-up brushes, especially if I've been using a dark eye colour, and they come up brilliantly clean and look good as new. There is no damage at all even with being used so frequently and they have worn well over many months use with plenty of life still in them yet.
E.L.F.'s Basic range has some fantastic items and this is a real bargain compared to the high end cosmetic brand make-up brushes that can cost £20 or more. It does the job that it's intended for, works well, is easy to use, and has not shown any signs of wear or tear after very frequent use. I would definitely recommend this eye shadow brush and always keep at least one in my make-up bag at all times.
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I'm a girl who loves a bargain and E.L.F lets me splash out frivolously without guilt.
I've never really had proper makeup brushes and just tended to use the free little ones that come with various kits. I knew that this wasn't practical, especially as I started to learn what brushes I need more than others.
A lot of girls I know swear by the expensive brand brushes for example Mac. Unfortunately I just can't justify this kind of spending on a makeup brush when I know I won't get my moneys worth.
So along come E.L.F with their fantastically priced makeup brushes!
Too good to be true I thought and decided to go for the basic range eyeshadow brush. Now I am not a heavy makeup user and especially not eyeshadow which I don't wear on a daily basis. After maybe 4 or 5 uses this brush just fell apart. The wooden part of the brush came away with the metal brush part! The brush itself is wooden and at the top the brush is encased in a metal enclosure. This is the part that doesn't seem to be attached particularly well and caused the item to break.
However, the brush itself it more that up to the job, its perfectly sized for applying eyeshadow and has nice soft bristlles.
You do get what you pay for and i'm afraid whilst this brush is ok, it's not quality and probably won't last you long.
Recently I decided to treat myself to a few new make-up brushes. Not because I actually needed them but I did think I should have a stock up of them as they are products I use almost daily and the whole reason I was up for spending my cash on e.l.f.com was because I had a 50% off everything on the site at the time (and postage and packaging is only ever £3.50 per order no matter the amount you purchase!).
For anyone who isn't aware of what e.l.f is, its beg the question where have you been? For anyone who wears make-up you should know of it because its an online cosmetic company that is dirt cheap and offers incredible value for money along with quality......well most of the time anyway. Many products such as lipsticks, eye colours, nail polishes and the likes are only £1.50 and if you sign up to receive offers from the site (like me) you'll get half prices offers and free delivery and the likes often. Just popping on the site the promotion today is (it only has a few minutes left of running though!) is £5.00 off every £15.00 or above order that you place and thats open to anyone and purchase using that promotion you automatically get their offers and promotions in the future too!
So what does e.l.f (eyes lips face) sell. Like I have just mentioned a whole array of make up but also cosmetic bags and make up brushes and when I spotted that I could get my hands on their make up brushes for just 75p each (instead of the anyway low price of £1.50!) I was delighted and got ordering!
The Brush Itself:
Well its a long brush about 8 inches long (in my opinion I haven't actually gone as far as getting a ruler or a tape measure out lol) and is white handled with the words e.l.f eyeshadow brush written down one side of it in silver writing. The soft brush tip itself is a brown colour and looks natural and is well fixed into the handle via a silver shiny section. The brush is lightly rounded off, smooth and thick enough and not once when using this have I ever noticed any of the hairs to come out or anything adverse like that at all.
This brush is simply marvelous. Not too flexible it can be used of course with moist and dry eyeshadow colours. I find my product clings well to the brush till I apply it and being a largish brush this isn't so great for precision jobs but for covering large areas and blending with it. It glides over the eyes opposed to dragging the colour over them and feels really comfortable in use as well!
To clean this brush is simple too, just a little gentle shampoo and allow it to dry out naturally which takes a few hours and it doesn't stiffen up or impair the quality at all and although i regularly use this brush and clean it I've never had any issues with it at all.
This for me is a superb brush. The quality is terrific, its really smart looking and makes my make up application really simple and I can highly recommend this one to you.....at only £1.50 a brush its a right bargain as many of their make up brushes actually are!
Only available from e.l.f.com
I only came across the ELF (Eyes Lips Face) website a couple of months ago and i honestly love it! I have stocked up on loads of bargain cosmetics/cosmetic accessories, and this is one of the items that i really like.
These brushes retail at just £1.50 each, which for the quality is insane - £1.50 is a complete and utter bargain! Most shops sell similar brushes which are equal in quality to this for £3/£4 each!
The style of the brush is really good and it doesn't look cheap at all, although it is quite basic. It's plastic with a pearly white handle reading 'elf' in silver writing, with a long metal band keeping the bristles in place. According to the ELF website, it is designed to fit perfectly into your hand - it really does aswell! I can get a perfect grip on it as it's just the right thickness and although it is lightweight is has a tiny bit of weight to it which helps with accurate application in my personal opinion.
Unike most eyeshadow brushes which usually have a foam type applicator, this has gorgeously soft synthetic bristles which picks up colour extremely well and applies it accurately - the accuracy of the brush makes application so much easier.
There is no streaking or blotching with this brush, the brush applies powder/liquid so smoothly and is just the right size to be used on eyelids, however i admit i do use it for my cheeks (blusher/foundation) sometimes too. I do use it for liquid but i wash it immedietly afterwards to avoid the bristles drying out/getting stuck together. It dries really well.
The brush does a brilliant job of picking up loose powders well and spreads and blends it neatly, with liquid it is a bit trickier as it's not really meant for that (i'm a right rebel!) but the application is still neat and easy but a bit more fiddly.
I have had this particular brush for around the 6 week mark now. It has been used daily, washed, blowdried, etc etc and not a single bristle has strayed! I have a 'The body shop' powder brush which i know is a slightly different product but i can say hand on heart that my ELF brush is softer and more accurate.
Overall i 100% reccomend this product - cheap, lasts well, looks good and is easy to use! I'll definetly be stocking up on a few more within the next few days!
I found out about ELF cosmetics after reading some of my usual beauty blogs and thought I'd give some of their stuff a try, after all the whole range is inexpensive and there are often free delivery codes emailed to you when you sign up to the newsletter.
I decided to buy the eyeshadow brush as I wanted another but at the time couldn't afford to spend lots of money on some of the ones available in the high street stores. At £1.50 I think that this is a very good brush for your basic every day eyeshadow application. You can't really do anything complicated like blending colours with this brush as it just isn't made for that but I got mine about a year ago and it is still in great condition - I use it for simple, light application.
Give it a try damp by smoothing it onto a baby wipe before putting your eyeshadow onto it - this could help you build up colour where the brush falls down.
For years I have been using Ruby and Millie eye shadow brushes as I love them and find them absolutely perfect for my needs. When I lost one of my brushes on holiday I was really annoyed with myself, especially as they now cost about £6 a time to replace. I decided to buy a cheaper brush to take away on trips with me, as well as being there as a back-up for the numerous mornings where I'm rushing around, and inevitably can't remember which make-up bag my brush is in.
I opted for the ELF eye shadow brush for two reasons. The first was simply that it was very cheap and wouldn't break the bank. The second was that I had read lots of positive reviews on it and seen many girls using it in their Youtube tutorials so thought it was worth a shot.
The brush itself is about the length of a Bic biro, is wide in the middle and tapers slightly towards the ends. The handle is a pearly white in colour with the elf logo and name of the brush embossed in silver. I'm not sure what exactly the handle of the brush is made from but I find it very lightweight and comfortable to hold.
The actual bristles of the brush are short and stumpy - much shorter than on my favourite Ruby and Millie brush - and also quite dense. At first I found the brush shed quite a lot of bristles when I used it which was really annoying, but that only happened for the first few uses and I haven't to my recollection lost any since.
When it comes to using the brush I find that the bristles actually feel soft if you are using the flat side of the brush, but if you try to blend by using the edge of the brush they actually feel really scratchy against the eyelid, so I try to avoid doing this now.
As the bristles are short I find they have less flexibility than my normal brush, therefore it's more difficult to achieve a range of looks. For a simple colour wash on the eye this brush is fine - it's when you try to blend for a softer look that this brush seems to fail, so I often have to use two brushes at once to achieve any sort of eye shadow effects.
The brush is easy to clean, I simply wash it in a dab of ELF brush shampoo. The bristles don't seem to have been affected in any way by washing and there are no signs of rust or wear on the metal part of the brush.
As ELF products are only available online in the UK at present (hopefully one of the big stores will start selling their products soon), you can only buy this from www.eyeslipsface.co.uk - unless you intend to visit the states any time soon. The brush costs £1.50 which I think is a bargain price for what it is.
Overall, this is a good brush but not a favourite. At the end of the day at just £1.50 it's a bargain, but it would not be my first choice. I feel the bristles are too short for it to be versatile, however it is good for a basic eye shadow look and if you just want a simple brush and aren't intending to try any unusual eye make-up effects then this is a good brush to go for if you're on a budget.
E.L.F may be a little bit unfamiliar in the UK but it's a pretty popular brand in the US, with most of the items priced $1, and £1.5 in the UK. You can't find them in stores cause they do online store only. I ordered from them a while ago and the experience was good so I would like to share with you guys.
Where to buy and how much?
As I mentioned, most of their items are £1.5, which can be purchased at eyeslipsface.co.uk, order over £30 and get free shipping. Sometimes they do have promotions offering free delivery, be a member and get updated.
The site is well organised and easy to use. However, some items are unavailable (I've noticed for a long time) so it's quite irritating. Orders are dispatched and sent quickly, I got mine 2 days after placing order and it came in a neat box, well packaged.
For such a price, their make-ups are pretty decent, good for those who shop on a budget or just start to begin using make-up.
Their normal brushes are clean & simple, the handles are white, I think the design is pretty basic & looks fine.
The brush is contained in a clear, plastic case, which can be reused and it protects ur brush.
Their brushes are in good quality. They are so soft, do the job well & have little hair loss.
The eyeshadow brush is one of the best brushes of ELF. I've only heard good things about this brush. It's pretty puffy, tightly packed, really soft, it blends well. The hair doesn't shed, either. It is an excellent brush for packing eye colours. A perfect brush for pigment, eyeshadow. The eyeshadow looks even, smooth and for 1.5 quids, there is nothing to complain about. A lot of brushes costing more but not as half as good.
I can't say enough about how soft the brush is. It still feels so soft after many washes. I also use The Body Shop brushes, and the results are pretty the same, so ELF absolutely gets my vote cause it costs just a fraction of TBS brushes.
Definitely worth checking out, you won't regret buying.
I have placed an order on www.eyeslipsface.co.uk some time ago because I really wanted to try their mineral lipstick. While I was easily surfing trough their lovely website I became tempted on a few other products, as at small prices they wore selling them from I could not resist the temptation in trying on their Eye Shadow Brush.
This company has a complete range of brushes that cost £1.50. They also have another range of brushes from the Studio collection each at £3.50. However the basic elf Eye Shadow Brush really grabbed my attention in particularly due to the bristles shape shown in the picture.
My parcel has arrived really quick from this company and among other lovely products this particular brush came in it's own plastic case. The plastic case is made of a hard kind of transparent plastic but still manoeuvrable. I love the case as it can be reused over and over again to carry the brush with you in the purse or simply store it safely away from dust on my dressing table.
The brush has an highly attractive white handle and it will sure look pretty on the dressing table. It is 14cm long, that is 5.5 inches. The bristles are exceedingly soft which makes it a pleasure in applying eye shadow. Is also very dense and in practice it applies product like no other.
I use it to apply mineral eye shadow pigments onto my lids and is one of my favourite brushes. It packs product evenly.
This brush feels light like a feather both when it comes to application and also weight wise.
I own a MAC 239 brush and also a Body Shop Natures Minerals one and in compare with these 2 the E.L.F. brush feels much softer when it comes to the bristles. So no wander this E.L.F brush is my favourite.
This brush sheds hair sadly from the bristles . I would say every time I wash it sheds one hair but otherwise I have no problem with it when I do my eye make-up as it never lets me down.
I don't know how long it will last but for £1.50 and not to mention it's soft bristles I can easily afford to buy more. Dus to it's softness I will be repurchasing more of them .
Excellent! a fantastic brush- better than any I have tried so far. Particularly good for applying loose eye shadow powders.Brilliant value for money, I recommend this site to any one looking for budget yet quality make up products.
A while ago while browsing through E.L.F's website I found this eyeshadow brush and thought I might "need" one. It cost of course £1.50 as most of the products on eyeslipsface.co.uk do so I popped it into my basket along with a few other items.
Anyone who doesn't know about E.L.F should have a browse to see what they're missing out on, cheap make up that's good quality and in these hard times that's an essential in my mind!
Usually I use a defining brush as I like to put eyeshadow into the socket line but I find a defining brush isn't great for applying eyeshadow to the lid or anywhere else except the socket so I thought this brush would come in handy.
The brush itself is normal size, about 6 inches long, but the handle is slightly fatter than my other brush. It's not particularly bulky but wide enough for you to be able to hold it easily. Apparently the brush has been ergonomically designed to fit in your hand better and I have to say I agree with this, just making the handle a bit rounder than other brushes does make it easier to keep hold of.
The end is rounded, the bristles taper in at either side as in the picture. This allows you to get the right amount of eyeshadow on the brush and should fit the contours of the eye. Not being used to this kind of brush it took me a couple of tries to get the right amount of eyeshadow on the brush and apply it without slipping into a defining routine, which of course this brush isn't designed for.
The bristles themselves are quite soft and do pick up alot of eyeshadow when you rub the brush over it, it does require some light blowing to get rid of the excess. The brush comes in a plastic case which you can keep and store it in but I personally just throw all mine in my make up bag and wash them as they need it in warm soapy water.
So how did I get on? Well, the first trial was a disaster! I was in a rush and we all know what that means for make up! I got too much powder on the brush and applied it in such a hurry I looked like I'd got two black eyes! A bit of tidying up with a cotton bud was in order of the day so the next time I used the brush when I wasn't rushing.
I don't think the brush was to blame for this first attempt, if I hurry with make up I tend to get a wobbly hand on. Next time around I took more time over it, blew any excess eyeshadow off the bristles and applied to the eyelid and some in the socket. Much better, I got the right amount on and where I wanted it. I would say though if you aim to define the socket with this brush turn it sideways or you get eyeshadow way too high up and start to look very eighties!
Overall I'm very pleased with it, I use it daily now and having got used to it find it very easy to use. I've washed it once and it washed and dried with no problems. The bristles have stayed soft and user-friendly and like all make up brushes if you change the colour you use a few huffs and a bit of frantic brushing on the back of your hand or a tissue takes the remaining powder out so you can start with a clean brush. It was only £1.50 but is actually better than brushes I've had in the past that cost ten times that amount. E.L.F still gets my vote, I've yet to find a bad product and I've tried several!
I'm well aware that you often DO get what you pay for, especially where makeup is concerned, but having bought a relatively pricey (although I got it discount) Hard Candy brush set I wasn't that happy with, I decided that it would be worth a try to buy some of Elf's cheapo brushes. If they're terrible, I've only lost £1.50 each, after all.
If you're not familiar with Elf, they are a company which has crossed the pond from the States and provides budget makeup essentials for just £1.50 per item. Okay, so we're not getting QUITE as good a deal as our American counterparts, they're even cheaper there, but a good deal I think you'll agree, and worth an experiment.
Not only do Elf sell their brushes individually, they also sell sets, and now that I've tried the quality I'm quite tempted to try those out. The brushes are designed and tested by makeup artist Scott Vincent Sorba. Admittedly I'd never heard of him, but his stamp of approval is nice, I guess!
The shadow brush is not flashy, but it's simple and classy enough - a white plastic handle and metal band holding in the short, slightly curved brown bristles. It's large enough to provide a good coverage but would pop into a handbag or makeup bag without taking up much room. So far, so good.
Where I was really surprised is just how soft the bristles are. You would imagine with a cheap brush that the bristles would feel synthetic and stiff, but they are wonderfully soft and make the brush very comfortable to use. The website doesn't say what they are made of, but they do feel a lot nicer than my Hard Candy brushes, which retail at a lot, lot more.
The bristles are somewhat curved in a semi-circle, so that you can easily apply the shadow to just the right area. They pick up a lot of product so you only really need to do one "sweep", but it seems to absorb into the bristles a little so you don't end up with fallout everywhere.
I find because the bristles are so soft, I am able to use the same brush for blending if I want, which is great if you need to do your makeup on the go and don't want to bring a lot of brushes around. I've found with other brushes that the bristles are almost "springy", which not only means that it's hard to transfer product onto the lid, or in fact pick it up in the first place, but also that blending is near impossible. This seems to get the balance just right.
I've had the brush about five months and barely noticed any shedding, a couple of bristles at most. To be honest, even if that happened, £1.50 is hardly going to break the bank for a replacement!
A great little brush which has encouraged me to try out some more which are on offer at Elf. I also have the foundation brush which I use for concealer (they do have a concealer brush too, actually) and am equally impressed with that.
Check out www.eyeslipsface.co.uk to stock up!
Specially sheered brush tip absorbs the perfect amount of eye shadow and provides long lasting color saturation /