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Recently, I bought a whole load of items from Elf (Eyes Lips Face) in one big haul. They had an offer on at the time where you could spend a certain amount of money and get 30% off, plus free postage. As Elf's products are so cheap in the first place, this offer was really worth taking advantage of. I wanted to stock up my brush collection and the fan brush was first on my list. The fan brush that I purchased was £3.75 from their 'studio' range, but there is an Elf basic one I think that is around the £1.50 mark.
When I received this brush I couldn't wait to try it out. My main use for this brush is for applying blusher and bronzer and for feathering out contour lines on my cheeks. I have since found it is very useful for sweeping fallout from eye shadows off of my cheeks.
I have found this brush to be very good quality. A fan brush has a thin handle and splayed out bristles in a thin layer which means it gives a very subtle, natural look to the face. The shape of this brush also lends itself to shedding, but I have to say, I have had no problems whatsoever with this brush shedding. So well done to Elf!
Although the bristles are quite obviously synthetic, they feel very soft and they are not abrasive on my face, which I have found in the past with some cheaper brushes. I have had no trouble with cleaning and drying this brush either. To prevent breakouts and spread of bacteria around my face, I clean them often, just using a little warm water and mild baby shampoo sometimes. This brush dries quickly because of its sparse bristles and is still very soft, even after washing and drying.
I would say, at this price, you can't go wrong with this brush. The quality is a very good standard and I can see this brush being in my collection for a long time.
5 stars from me. I am very much a 'fan' of this brush.
I own a rather large collection of make-up brushes. I have two sets already that I use on a daily basis (Bobby Pin and Ruby & Millie ones) and then I have a few other random brushes that I have picked up from various places over the past couple of months to add to my collection.
I regularly buy products from the e.l.f website which sells a whole array of make up and make up brushes etc at brilliant prices. Add to that I signed up to the website a while ago and regularly get half price offers on things (including the whole sites stuff) and/or free postage and packaging which makes it even more economically sound for me to buy stuff!
The other week I decided that as I already own alot of the make up on sale from the site and rather like it that I would divert my attention to picking up a few new make up brushes and the fan brush wasn't one I owned. On reading the blurp about the brush on the website I was pleased to read how multi tasking this actually was and usually costing only £3.50 I thought that was great value however it only cost me £1.75 on the half price offer I had which was even better!
The Brush In Appearance:
Black plastic handled and rather long and with e.l.f fan brush written on it in white writing the brush on this is fanned out and black and feels soft and like natural hair and is of good length. The fan bit is well fixed in with a gunmetal coloured steel section and the whole thing is very neat and tidy indeed.
What Is The Brush Meant For:
-Unique fan shape blends away makeup mistakes
-Dusts, wipes, and contours powders
-Use to create a soft wash of color over the cheeks, to apply a touch of loose powder to cover shine, or as a blending aid
So multi tasking as I mentioned earlier this really is and this has become a much used brush in my collection!
This is a great quality brush, soft and shiny and thick enough. Although used often I haven't found the brush to malt or do anything adverse at all.
I use this to apply powder foundation and to apply my powder blusher. It blends perfectly and as we are told this is great at helping to gently wipe away any mistakes made. I use this to apply pressed/loose powder too and it feels great on the skin and all!
I wash this out with a little gentle shampoo and allow it to dry naturally which is easy to do so and all in all this is simply a great brush. I like the way it covers a large area of skin and is easy to control and for that reason this gets top marks!
Only available from elf.com
I know this is probably going to sound like a bit of a strange thing to say, but ever since I started wearing make-up (around the age of 12 or 13 I'd guess) I have wanted a fan brush! I don't know why as until quite recently I didn't really know what they were even for, but I know I've always wanted one to add to my ever-growing brush collection!
I already owned quite a few elf brushes when I realised that they made a fan brush. Although the other elf brushes I own come from their basic range, this one is from the slightly more expensive (yet still cheap as chips) studio range. I excitedly added one to my virtual basket and have now owned this brush for the best part of a year.
The brush itself is very much like the picture on the elf website. The handle is a black plastic with 'elf fan brush' printed onto it in white. Despite rather frequent use, I haven't found the white writing to wear off at all, which is pretty impressive. The bristles are also black in colour and feel very soft to the touch. I've also noticed that they are not completely straight -they have an unusual crinkled effect to them which almost makes them appear to have been crimped! The bristles of the brush are actually made from Taklon which is a synthetic fibre, and interestingly the website says that they are anti-bacterial. I would have liked to have known more about this, but very little information is given on the elf website.
As mentioned, it wasn't until a few years ago that I actually found out what a fan brush is used for! In fact, they have multiple uses, which can make them quite a versatile tool to own. The uses for this brush as listed on the elf website, are as follows:
*Unique fan shape blends away make-up mistakes
*Dusts, Wipes and contours powders
*Use to create a soft wash of colour over the cheeks, to apply a touch of loose powder to cover shine, or as a blending aid.
My main use for the brush is to sweep away any eye shadow that falls onto my cheeks. I always apply foundation first and there's nothing worse than having your foundation ruined by fallout from powder eye shadow, meaning you have to start your make-up all over again. You may think, as I did before using the brush, that it would simply streak the colour across your cheeks...well not so. A gentle sweep of the brush simply picks up any fallen powder and gets rid of it, making applying my make-up a much quicker process - especially when applying messy loose powder shadows.
Having very dry skin, the only powder I ever use is blusher, as face powder tends to cake and cling to any dry patches. I have tried using this brush on a couple of occasions to apply blusher and I find that it is good for giving quite a subtle amount of colour to the skin. I must admit though, I prefer applying blusher with my usual blusher brush to this one, as the fan shape makes it difficult to pick the product up onto the brush.
I don't find this needs to be cleaned all that often, but I usually use elf brush shampoo once a fortnight and it washes well with no obvious adverse effects to the bristles.
An elf studio fan brush will set you back just £3.50 and at the moment can only be purchased online. The website is www.eyeslipsface.co.uk.
Overall I am very pleased with this brush and glad I got around to buying the fan brush I had always wanted! I don't think it's an essential make-up brush to have in your collection but if you have problems with fallout from eye shadow, it is definitely one that I would recommend trying.