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***Why I want the product***
From experience I know ELF Cosmetics makeup brushes to be really good quality, especially in the Studio line.
I love my mineral foundation and use it mostly every day with my facial kabuki brush, although a brilliant brush in itself it just was not giving me the coverage I desire and with mineral foundation companies saying you need to swirl the brush into the product, tap of excess and buff into the skin. I found a lot of the time and more so when I had a bad skin day that this application method was just not working for me, which meant me applying more concealer underneath to get the desired effect I wanted or applying layers and layers of mineral foundation.
I knew I needed something more, something that could provide me with more coverage, yet easy to achieve. I had seen on other occasions on YouTube makeup videos and the person behind the camera would use a flat top brush to apply their liquid foundation with, which gave me a thought. If you can buff liquid foundation in with a flat top brush, why can't I do the same for mineral foundations?
***About the brush***
ELF Powder Brush was just what I was looking for. This brush is synthetic haired with Taklon technology. The brush is soft and absorbent of wet or dry products. You can use this brush with all wet and dry makeup products for the face that can help you achieve full coverage natural looking makeup. ELF also state this brush is anti-bacterial.
***So what is Taklon technology?***
Taklon is a name commonly used to describe synthetic fiber. Taklon is smooth, soft and fragile polyester. It is used in cosmetic industries as a green, vegan and allergy free. A synthetic alternative to animal hair brushes.
Taklon are more hygienic than other hair brushes and are easier to clean trapped in cosmetics at the base of the brush.
***Can a brush really be anti-bacterial?***
Yes, cutting edge technology have created anti-bacterial products such as brushes that guard against harmful bacteria, fungus and mold. All this bacteria breads on your brush, which can lead to more spots, blocked pores or skin infections. This brush will bring you the utmost hygiene and help in creating a germ-free environment. All the materials used in the anti-bacterial process are non-toxic and safe to the environment.
ELF's Powder Brush comes in standard packaging, the brush is held in a transparent plastic flexible rectangle wallet which is opened via the flap at the top. There is cardboard inside that the brush lays on, this tells you a little about the brush, directions for use etc.
The bristles are protected with a plastic sleeve/guard that ends at the handle. The bristles feel super quality for the small amount of money I paid compared to a lot of other brushes and brands on the market today.
The black matte handle measures from bottom to base just over 6.5 inches or 15.5cms with elf Powder Brush written in white on the side of the handle. The bristles are held securely into the shiny black casing, which is strong and durable. The bristles themselves measures 1.3 inches or 3cms length from base to tip, the width is 1.5 inches or 4cms. The perfectly straight top is easy for powder cosmetics.
The bristles themselves are very soft to the touch and remind me of much more expensive brands on the market today.
***How to use this brush***
You can use this brush in different ways, if you use mineral foundation you can do the usual swirl the brush into the product, tap off the excess and buff the brush into the skin for a light coverage or you can do what I do and find it works best for me is to literally dip the brush into the minerals and tap the product onto my face with light motions. I have found this way for me to achieve full coverage if needed without looking like I have a lot of makeup on at all. I never look powdery either, more of an airbrushed finish once the foundation has adjusted to my skin.
You can also use this product to buff in liquid foundation, which I have also tried but found this application not to go down to well.
***How well does this brush work with mineral foundations?***
I found this application a breeze and a simple way for me to achieve full coverage without all the buffing, swirling that you normally have to do. Simply dipping the brush into the minerals the brush picks up enough product to be applied on a part of the face for example left cheek. There will be times where I need to go back and pick more minerals up and apply over the same area but the area even if I apply three application on the same area never looks cakey or the dreaded powdery look that you can sometimes get when using minerals.
Because the minerals are on the surface of the brush then tapped onto the skin, there is not much product waste as I am not swirling the product inside the brush.
Tapping the brush onto my face it is not scratchy as you would think it would be tapping it onto the skin as if to brushing it along the skin. I have never got any irritation from this application. The bristles are soft yet densely tightly packed in so the bristles do not flop when being pushed.
***How well does this brush work with liquid foundations?***
I have tried this technique twice just to make sure it was not me who could not do it properly. Because the bristles are soft, tightly packed together I find whether you apply the liquid foundation onto the bristles or tap the bristles into the liquid it does not apply to the skin well at all. I found you cannot tap liquid foundation onto the skin as it looks very heavy, very unnatural and very caked in makeup. You have to buff the liquid in, which meant for me every time I buffed it in my skin it also buffed right off. The bristle marks were visible, the application was not even or natural looking. Some parts of my face had more liquid foundation on than other parts, which made me look uneven. Buffing it all out made it look worse and again buffed the foundation right off again.
***How well does the brush take to cleaning?***
I always clean my makeup brushes with baby shampoo, personally I think brush shampoo is a waste of money when baby shampoo do just as good at cleaning without damaging the brush. Wetting the bristles, taking care not to get any excess water into the base. Taking a small amount of shampoo, swirling the bristles into the palm of my hand I am surprised at how little foundation comes out of the brush because I am not swirling the brush into the product, thus trapping excess product (waste) into the bristles. However, it is always a good idea to clean brushes regulary as excess makeup over time builds up bacteria, which leads to blocked pores, spots and even infections so a good cleansing routine for your brushes are essential.
To make sure your brush doesn't dry out of shape is to shake or blot off the excess water and lay the brush on a flat surface in the way the bristles once were and left preferably over night. Do not stand your brush in a brush holder as the excess moisture will sink into the base of the brush, which will eventually lead your brush to damage. I have also left my brush on the radiator to dry, which works perfectly. I would not use a hair dryer to dry brushes due to the possibility of damaging/burning delicate hairs.
***The morning after***
The morning after I cleaned my brush the bristles are just the same, soft and in good condition. I have cleaned my brush now at least four times and am glad to say the brush is still in very good condition and will be for a while to come.
This is a great brush that I am very happy with, but with more brushes to choose from on ELF's website it is hard to just use one.
***Price and availability***
As ever you can purchase this brush from www.eyeslipsface.co.uk for a lovely, purse friendly £3.75.
***What I think about it/do I like it?***
ELF Powder Brush is a perfect brush for me, mineral foundation and to get the desirable coverage I want.
I have never known this brush to shed hair at all even when washing; however what I have noticed to happen is some of the hairs inside the brush come undone slightly and stick up from the rest of the brush. Even when pulling the hair they still do not come free so I cut them to sit flat with the other bristles.
I came across E.L.F products about a year ago. I was very pleased to have found such good quality products for such a low price. As a teen I find it very hard to afford high end makeup products such as MAC and Urban Decay - although lovely brands , very pricey! E.L.F are just as good quality wise and are affordable so I suggest giving their products a go if you are on a budget like me!
THE STUDIO RANGE
E.L.F have two ranges, their 'own' range where everything is no more than £1.50 and then they have their Studio Range which is from £3.50 and up. Their studio range is very professional looking and has a 'makeup artists feel' to it. From their sleek eye shadows to their flawless foundations, the Studio Range is a very good quality range and gives brands like MAC a run for their money! (in my opinion haha).
THE LOOK OF THE BRUSH
The powder brush is a matte black colour with black bristles that are synthetic. On the side of the brush is the name of the brush which is 'E.L.F Powder Brush' and the handle of the brush is easy to grip and fits nicely in the palm of your hand. The brush is soft and thick which allows a nice application.
APPLICATION AND PERFORMANCE
The brush is considered as an anti bacterial brush. Because the bristles are soft, it absorbs both wet and dry products well, which allows a flawless coverage - which is where the 'makeup artists feel' comes into it. The bristles are well stuck onto the brush as I have owned both this brush and the other ranges powder brush and this one performs a lot better than the other as the bristles last longer and are a lot better at gripping powders and liquids!
The brush comes very well packed and protected. It comes in a clear plastic sleeve and then when you take the brush out it has a clear plastic brush guard which you can use to protect the brush when you aren't using it. The brush guard keeps the bristles in place and dust free.
The price of this brush is £3.50 which in my opinion is a fantastic price! The brush is good quality and really does give you a flawless finish!
Overall I recommend this brush as it is good quality, cheap and the performance of it is faultless. E.L.F continue to 'Wow' me with their products and this product in particular is one worth buying!!
E.l.f Studio Powder Brush
The e.l.f studio powder brush is a very professional quality make up brush, it looks professional and works professionally!! it's the best powder brush I have ever owned and best of all I bought mine when they had a 50% off code, elf often have offers on so keep an eye open for them!
The elf powder brush is anti bacterial, with synthetic hairs made from Taklon I find this brush is so very soft yet very dense, I bought two of these brushes, I use one for liquid foundation which I use to dab my foundation into my skin to fill any open pores and fine lines then I buff the foundation in using small circular motions with the same brush that way I get the best coverage with an even application. The brush feels so delightful on the skin it is in not in anyway scratchy like you can get with other brushes this brush is normally £3.50 but like I say keep your eye open for offers which they regularly have on!
The powder brush washes really well I used a mild shampoo on mine, normally I would use a little of my face wash but at the time shampoo was all I had to hand, it dries as good as new and keeps its shape,
Ideal for professionals, cosmetic make up students, for presents for friends family and most importantly yourself, and at affordable prices too
Just recently I had a 50% off all items from elf.com which is an online cosmetic company offering make up and literally anything to do with make-up at really cheap prices for usually very good quality and in fact I make an awful lot of purchases from the site in confidence far too much really lol!
Recently with that 50% off (and I got free postage and packaging which is only ever £3.50 no matter how many items you order and this is because I joined them and get regular emails) I decided that I didn't need very much make up as I have plenty at the moment but that I wouldn't mind a few new make up brushes and this usually costing £3.50 a brush meant with my 50% off it only cost me £1.75 and a brush such as this is something that I use very often indeed so I thought why not!
The Brush Itself:
The brush comes in a reusable see through packet, handy for keeping it clean in a handbag or whatever. In appearance this brush is really, really smart and looks rather expensive. With a long black handle (about 8 inches long in total) with elf Studio Powder Brush written down the side of it in white lettering this has a stout thick black brush securely put into the handle via a shiny black plastic section and the brush is black so it really does as I have said look smart.
This is an anti bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush and really soft and smooth. I like the thickness and length of the brush head on this and it can be used for we/moist/dry products that you wish to apply to the face. I personally have used this to apply liquid foundation with and powders of all kind and all I can say is that these are fantastic!
This is great for 'painting' on foundation and liquids cling on really very well indeed to it and I find less product needs to be used in general than with just applying it another way. With powders this is also brilliant and to be fair this is what I use this brush for most often. Again powders cling on till being applied without flicking off everywhere and I can go for all over face coverage or use this for sculpting with bronzers and blushers and the likes.
I like the feel of this brush in every aspect. I like the softness and the looks I can create with it and for me this is simply a must buy.....I'm well impressed with this brush and even feel that its worth far more than £3.50 (at full price) that we are paying but sshhh about that lol.
Forget spending £20 on a foundation brush! ELF have an amazing Studio line in which I found my life-saving foundation brush. It is soft and dense, which combination is often rare! It is great for powder and liquid products and allows you to blend easily into the skin leaving you looking flawless.
I have previously used my fingers or a standard flat foundation brush. Never again. This leaves your foundation looking more flawless than your fingers could ever leave it.
This brush also makes make up application easier and quicker and also less messy, which is what most of us want anyway. Most of us find a standard foundation brush hard to use but this would be easy for anyone.
This make-up brush has not shed in the 6 months I have had it and build up is also less common than you would have with the flat foundation brush.
Dare to try and ELF Studio brush. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
I got this powder brush last year (late october) and ordered it from the ELF (Eyes lips face) website - as far as i am aware this is the only place it is available. It was extremely cheap at just £3.50 and i love it! The brush has a sleek, versatile design and is long, reasonably thin compared to some powder brushes, and elegant in appearence and definetly looks professional. It's black, made out of lightweight plastic and has 'elf powder brush' written on it. It has a round bit around the top which is discreet and acts in keeping the bristles protected and in shape.
The handle is designed brilliantly and is the perfect size in my opinion! It can be used lightly or pressed harder, it's really versatile. This is quite a dense brush and successfully applies full coverage make up. I use this with my powder foundation and i personally love the effect the brush gives - it makes the finish look very professional and discreet. This does not leave any streaking marks or patchiness and the brush gives brilliantly even coverage. Aswell as this, it also blends very nicely and is extremely simple to use.
I use this by dabbing it into my foundation pallete, swishing it about in a circular motion (while been careful not to over do it!), tap off the excess to avoid the possibility of streaking and also not to waste my foundation, and i then apply onto my face. I start near my hairline and work inward, as instructed by ELF. I then blend and this technique is spot on, giving even coverage.
This is also a good brush to blend blush and can also be used with liquid, however be sure to wash straight after to avoid the bristles sticking together. On that note, i've just realised i've forgotten to mention the bristles! They're really soft for a synthetic brush and they hold the powder well without getting clogged and yucky. It's a light feeling brush which gives flawlessly good coverage.
After the brush has been washed after use with liquid, it takes generally 12-24 hours to completely dry and the brush is good as new afterwards, i've washed mine countless times and the bristles are all intact and are still soft.
This is my second favourite powder brush, and it comes very close to my first favourite brush which was more than 3 times the price! Overall it's a good quality, versatile brush and is amazing value - i am shocked this brush is so cheap. A must have in my eyes!
I ordered this brush off the ELF website. Lots of beauty gurus on Youtube rave about ELF and I had never tried it out before, so I decided to give it a go to see if I liked it.
I didn't have many brushes, so I decided to buy the Studio Powder Brush off the website. I went onto the website for the first time and I quite liked the layout of the website. I looked through a few pages and saw that the prices were quite cheap, which was nice because I love good makeup that's nice and cheap.
I looked through the brushes and saw a few that appealed to me but I saw the Studio Powder Brush and thought 'OMG. This HAS to be good.' So I went on Google to look at some reviews and they were all mostly positive, though quite a few mentioned that when they received the package, it was a bit bent, which made me a bit concerned and worried that mine might come bent.
I bought the product and when I received it I was quite happy to see that it wasn't bent, that it was in perfectly good condition.
I tested this brush on two different criteria - the quality and life of the brush, and how well it was applying the product. I washed the brush before I used it, which is what I always do with new brushes. After it dried the brush was still very soft, and kept its shape. I first used it with a normal pressed powder over a foundation. The brush felt quite dense so it picked up a lot of product, which was good.
I tried the brush with a moussy-powdery foundation next. They're generally thicker than pressed powders so I wasn't sure if it would work. But I was happy to see that the brush blended in the product well and it didn't leave any streaks or anything.
I then tried it with a blusher. I wasn't too sure about this one, because the brush picks up a lot of product but I didn't want to use a lot of blush for my cheeks otherwise I might end up looking flushed. And I was right - it picked up too much and put down too much blusher onto my cheeks so I looked like a geisha. And the same happened with the bronzer - I only want a slight tint on my face to show some colour but the result was totally not what I was looking for.
So I suggest not using this product for blushers and bronzers, I would only use it for pressed powders and foundations as it picks up a lot of product and it very dense. The brush is very soft and feels really nice on my skin. I would recommend this to a friend definitely, but I would advise them to steer clear of blushers and bronzers with this brush.
I bought this brush before the winter so it's lasted me quite a while and I'm very very happy that I purchased this.
I ordered an e.l.f. Studio Line Powder Brush from the e.l.f. website for £3.50 as this brush has been getting rave reviews on beauty blogs for years and I have been dying to try it.
I don't have a flat top brush, and apparently the Powder Brush is a very good duplicate of the MAC 187 which is £29. Quite a saving!
My first impression was exasperation, as all 15 items of my e.l.f. order had been packaged in a padded envelope, which was fine for most things but the big Powder Brush had been put in the envelope sideways, and was straining at the sides. It took a bit of a yank to get out, luckily only the plastic packet it was packaged in was a bit bent, but I thought they would have known better. If they'd have packaged it lengthways in the envelope it would have had plenty of room.
Anyway, moving on! The brush is presented in a clear plastic packet with a silver card insert explaining that the Powder brush is an anti-bacterial synthetic Taklon brush and can be used with wet or dry products. It is cruelty-free. It also has a clear plastic brush sheath to help it keep its shape.
This brush is brilliant! It's about 7 inches in length and looks and feels very well made. The bristles are super-soft and are well fixed in, they've hardly shed at all.
I did need to work a few little fibres out of the bristles when I first got it, but that's normal with new brushes. I washed it before I used it as I always do with new brushes. The big test for brushes is washing. I've washed this one three times now and it is still very soft and has kept its shape.
As you can see from the review illustration the brush has a flat top. When I got it there was one long hair sticking out of the top but I just cut it to the same length as the others.
The flat top brush can be used for mineral powder or liquid foundation, light cream blush/bronzer application, really anything you would use a stippling brush for.
I mostly use it for applying my bare escentuals mineral foundation, it just fits in the lid, and it gives excellent coverage.
I would recommend this to anyone who uses make-up. The Powder Brush is the superstar of my e.l.f. order! Whatever budget you have, this is a real gem for your brush collection.