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Recently having a 50% offer off anything on the e.l.f (e.l.f.com) which is a cosmetic site known for cheapness and usually decent quality items I was unable to resist treating myself to a few new items. I have joined the site which means I often get emails with special offers on them (thankfully!) and I order alot from them and although delivery (unless you get a free option of that) is £3.50 that applies no matter how much I order so I think its brilliant! I ordered some make-up on my last visit but decided to invest in a few new make-up brushes as well. I use makeup brushes on a daily basis and mislay them and stuff from time to time so these brushes mainly at £1.50 each (but now costing me 75p each!) seemed ideal for me! A lip brush isn't something that I use usually though to be honest. I own one already that sits in a case and where as all my other brushes appear used it looks as good as the day i bought it. However I bought this purely as I said earlier, I bought other make up brushes from elf and wanted it basically to match the rest and make a set of tools up! The brush came in a see though reusable pouch which I think is a great idea meaning its easy to wipe it and pop it in that and into a handbag or whatever to keep it clean, dust and dirt free. The brush itself is long and mainly white in colour with elf, lip defining brush written down the side of it and is lightweight and nicely shaped so easy to handle. The brush/hairs/bristles are set firm to one end of it with a point to the centre of it and its well set into the handle via a long shiny silver section so the whole thing looks really smart. However the brush section in my opinion although smooth and rich brownish and reddish in colour is far too firm in my opinion. If you wipe this over a lipstick or into a pot of gloss or something like that it pokes the colour rather than wipes it and for the first few uses as well I found the hairs to come out though through wiping/washing it (wash with a little mild shampoo or something similar) the shredding did stop and it made no real difference to the brush and how it works really. Once you get used to dealing with the brush it does work well enough. Its small enough to define the lips. I can create a nice bow to the top of my lips with this and blend colour into my lips pigmenting the colour in so that it lasts longer. However the quality of the brush, in my opinion simply isn't all that great and I'm wary now when using it that a hair pops out! It looks nice, it works ok but it really is only worth the £1.50 at full price you will pay for it and no more. Such a let down this one and I'm back to not using a lip brush once again cos its easier! Only available from e.l.f.com
Anyone who uses brushes to apply make up will know what I mean when I say you find a brush you love and use it until it's completely worn out before grudgingly replacing it and the replacement rarely lives up to the original. My defining eye brush was ancient and I loved it, it seemed to have been made especially for my eye socket shape and did a great job for all the years I used it however a few months ago I couldn't deny the fact it was on its way out and needing replacing. I buy a few items here and there from E.L.F (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) and saw their defining brush at £1.50 so decided to give it a go. The brush is about 6 inches long with a round white wooden handle that starts off very slim then gets fatter about an inch above the brush end before tapering in again. It tells us on the brush it is an eye defining brush and comes in a nice plastic wallet. Some people may keep the wallet to store it in but I'm alot more haphazard than that and immediately threw it in my make up bag along with everything else I need to look human. The bristles are a red-brown colour and cut on a diagonal which makes it good for defining in the socket area which is where I would be using it. For a while the brush didn't see the light of day because I couldn't bring myself to get rid of old faithful and carried on using it regardless of the fact it really needed to be binned. Eventually however I found myself with the new brush in my hands eyeing it up and ready to give it a try. The first time I tried this brush I admit it was a disaster. The bristles were very rigid and made the results too defining by looking like I'd drawn a dark line in my eye socket. No amount of trying to blend with another brush was shifting this line and I hated the E.L.F brush! The next time the same thing happened and I'd have to start from scratch with my make up. The third time however I softened the bristles before use by pressing them into my hand and moving the brush from side to side, that's what this brush needs to become a good defining brush. After that things drastically improved and I found the new softer bristles worked brilliantly to define but not go overboard. The handle is very comfortable to hold and the brush does a great job. I use this brush every day now and can honestly say my old faithful I loved pales in comparison now I've softened the bristles and got used to this one. It works excellently in the eye socket and also to shade in the eye lids and I've got no complaints anymore. It can be washed gently in warm soapy water and once dry the bristles should again be softened. I can't fault its performance now the bristles are pliable enough to let it do the job it should and I've no doubt this one will be with me for years too and at only £1.50 it's a complete bargain. Even though it does need some bristle softening before use I'm giving it 5 stars as it's turned out to be both soft and gentle on my eyes but extremely good at defining in the process. Highly recommended but soften those bristles first!
I usually only ever apply lipstick directly from the tube, but when I bought a couple of make-up palettes containing lip glosses I realised I would need a new lip brush. I did have a retractable Ruby and Millie lip brush, but it fell apart some time ago, so I turned to elf. Elf (which stands for eyes lips face) is a budget brand and I own quite a lot of their brushes already. I find them generally to be good quality for the price and as I didn't think this would be used all that regularly, a cheaper option seemed the way to go. At the moment elf products are only available online in the UK (from www.eyeslipsface.com), which is where I ordered this from. It arrives in a clear plastic pouch, which will keep it hygienic and for reasons I don't quite know, I've kept the pouch, despite the fact I keep the brush in a holder on my dressing table. The brush is white with the name printed on the side in silver. The bristles of the brush are very soft and tapered for precise application of lip colour. When I first got the brush it did seem to shed a hair or two, but now I've had it for a while it's fine. I find that the brush picks up and transfers colour to the lips incredibly well. As the point of the brush is quite slim, I find that lip colour -whether it be straight from a lipstick or from a lip palette - can be applied precisely and the bristles do not splay when pressure is applied. This means that you can get right into the cupids bow and the corners of the lips with this brush to give an all over, even coverage. The handle is slim and comfortable to hold and manoeuvre. Due to the fact lip colours tend to be moist, I do find that the bristles can become quite sticky and they can retain colour. This does mean I have to wash this brush more regularly than some of my others. I actually buy my brush cleaner from elf itself - both the elf brush shampoo and the elf daily brush cleanser, bring this brush up well, and despite washing it relatively frequently, it does not seem to have affected the quality of the bristles at all. The brush is incredibly cheap at just £1.50. This is about £5 cheaper than my Ruby and Millie brush I previously owned, but this one shows no signs of falling apart. Even if it did, for this price, I would not be too disappointed. For the price, I feel this is an excellent brush. It applies well, is comfortable to hold and fairly decent quality for the price. If you're looking for a brush that doesn't cost the earth I would strongly recommend giving this a try. *review also posted on ELF under username pink_champagne
I bought one of these brushes some time ago as part of my Elf experiment - can their products really be any good even though they're £1.50 each? Well, for the most part yes! However, even though I love some of their other brushes, this particular purchase was not a good one. The lip defining brush is the same design as all of Elf's brushes - a plain white handle stating what type of brush it is and bristles held in place by a metal band. Simple and practical rather than high class, but that's the kind of gal I am! Like many lip brushes, it had a stiff point when I got it. (Note the word "had", it will crop up later). I tried it out with a gloss from my Too Faced Quickie Chronicle palette. To be honest these are the only glosses I own that either don't have an applicator or aren't really suitable for applying with a finger. As I like them, I thought £1.50 wasn't a lot even if it was for a brush dedicated just to them. The brush was okay, not great, the point did tend to gauge holes in the product but it applied it so that's the main thing. The bristles are exactly like an artist's paintbrush, but personally I'd prefer water/gloss/gunk-friendly bristles more like a concealer brush. Turns out I was right to think that. Remember that nice point I mentioned the brush once having? Well, being a product that is going to get messed up and sticky with lip products, then put directly on your mouth, you would kind of expect to wash it, wouldn't you? However when I did, the glue moulding the point together came undone and left it a shapeless, sad-looking thing. Okay, I'll be honest, I wasn't heartbroken. I didn't really realise that lip brushes were even SUPPOSED to be pointy. The point dug in my glosses and left little craters, and made it hard to pick up any product. If anything, the brush had done me a favour in its demise. But if you want your lip defining brush to actually behave like one, £1.50 suddenly seems quite expensive for a disposable! I still use the new-look brush for glosses and it works okay but I really don't like how sticky the bristles feel after use, they seem too soft and delicate to be associated with tacky-feeling products and as a result it always feels gross and dirty. After a good wash I did discover that it now works quite well for applying a light/highlight colour around the inner corner of the eye, although I must admit the bristles were a tad hard and uncomfortable! So, not the greatest of experiments if I'm honest, but at least not a costly one! Like all of Elf's products (besides their new mineral makeup, which I really want to try!), this costs £1.50 and is available from eyeslipsface.co.uk. They do have some great brushes, but this is not one of them!