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I have been trying to bulk up my brush collection, so that I am able to reach for the right brush to match whatever beauty product I am using that day. This powder brush was £1.50 on the Elf website. + How does it look? + This brush has a pearly white handle. It is chunky and has the Elf logo on the side of the handle. The top of the brush is thick with bristles, which I really like. + Good Things + I really like the way this brush picks up powder/blusher products. It picks up a lot of the product, even in harder set powders it manages to gather a lot of the powder. It also has a lot of bristles which means it only takes seconds to cover my whole face. The handle is really easy to grip and hold onto. It is also a good length so that I can adjust the amount of pressure on my face depending on how I hold the brush. I think the main advantage about this product is the price. There aren't many places where you can get hold of brushes for £1.50. I haven't had any problems with this brush shedding it's bristles at all either which is awesome. + Bad Things + The only bad thing I have to say about this brush is that the bristles are a little rough. I find that when I use cheaper, synthetic brushes like this one, the cut of the bristles can tend to be quite blunt. This means that sometimes it feels a little scratchy on my face. However, even though it isn't the softest brush I have ever used, for £1.50 I do think it is great value for money. + Verdict + I would buy more of these brushes, I think the quality is good, but for my everyday brushes I prefer something softer so I normally keep these ones for my back ups. If you are looking for brushes on a budget then these are for you because of the price, but they are not as soft as I would have liked.
As many will know by now I got most of my E.L.F products during 50% sales and this is no exception. I had never really used brushes before and was given a brush set that turned out to be rubbish but I found it so much easier to apply my make up and so when i saw E.L.F had a 50% sale and previously used their brands and had been impressed I decided to give a few of their brushes a go with this being the one I have since used most often. The brush comes from the budget line where items are £1.50 each or as I paid 75p which is pretty good, even at full price this is much cheaper than other brands out there. The brush came cased in a transparent plastic wrap which you can use to store the brush but admittedly I don't and prefer to just keep it loose. The brush has a really thick handle, around the size of a paintbrush handle but is round so easy to hold and grip. The base is white and surprisingly has stayed clean over the last year despite daily use. Around halfway up the length is a silver holder which has the bristles poking out of the end. The bristles are lovely and long as well as being extremely full which is perfect for applying make up. Overall the brush doesn't look overly expensive but for the price I really couldn't complain. I use the brush to apply a face powder and have also used it for mineral make up and found the bristles hold onto the powder well, I dip or swirl over the powder once and sweep it over my face in circular motions. The brush feels lovely and soft against my skin whilst the powder transfers well from the brush onto my skin very easily. This blends face powder well but I think it's just too big to effectively apply blusher or eyeshadow with, I also think the bristles are too soft to make a difference anyway and I have separate brushes for those purposes. Despite being in use a year now the brush still retains all the bristles and it's softness despite daily use. They are also still straight and haven't become misshapen in any way which I think is excellent especially for the price. To wash you simply use warm water with a slight soap to it or use a brush cleaner but honestly I have never had to do this and it still works perfectly well and isn't dirty in any way this is probably because I only use it for face powder or mineral foundation which is also a powder so there has been no switching of products which has probably helped. Overall I think that this is an excellent brush and I'm not even sure what I done before I had this brush. My make up looks so much more natural now and is less intense than what it was using sponge applicators. It doesn't work well for precision work but for a full on face it works perfectly, if I ever had to replace it i definitely would even at full price it is not expensive and as I say a year of constant use and it's still in perfect condition is really worth it.
I needed to replace some of my makeup brushes on a budget. Last year i'd been trying out E.L.F cosmetics and more importantly had managed to get all my products 50% off during a promotion. The total face brush retails through the E.L.F (eyeslipsface) website for £1.50 making this bargain basement in terms of makeup brushes. I know some girls will spend a fortune on premium brushes by companies like MAC but I wanted to see whether E.L.F could compete. They certainly can on price! The Total face brush has a wooden handle with a metal top holding the bristles which are nice and soft as well as being a nice big brush. This brush is perfect for applying facial powders such as E.L.F's high definition powder as well as bronzing powders. Would I give this brush full marks? Well no, not quite. This brush doesn't feel quality, but then for £1.50 I don't really expect it to be anything too amazing. I've also another of E.L.F's makeup brushes which fell apart very quickly which was of a similar design to the Total face brush and therefore I am supposing this brush will fall apart in the same way. All in all this is a good budget brush, but don't be surprised if it doesn't last long - although I will say that if you replaced this 2-3 times a year it would still be cheaper than buying a top quality high end brush!
For several years I have been using a blusher/powder brush which I bought in H&M of all places, for a couple of quid. As this sort of brush is not one I use regularly, the H&M brush has served me well. This ELF total face brush is actually very similar, the only reason I bought it was that the handle on my H&M brush is quite long, meaning it doesn't fit in my make-up bag and has to be carried around separately. I thought this would make a great spare to carry around in my make up bag and take away with me while travelling as the handle was a more reasonable length. The brush is made by budget brand ELF (which stands for eyes lips face). I own a few make up brushes from this company and find them to be of varying quality. The official description of this, the total face brush is 'Soft, caressing bristles allow for soothing application of facial and bronzing powder. Great for quick full-face touch-ups.' As I have dry skin it's fairly rare I wear powder although I do sometimes give my skin a dusting of the ELF HD powder and I have used this brush to apply blusher and powder highlighter. The handle of the brush is white in colour with silver writing. The writing is showing no signs of wearing off just yet, whereas it has on a couple of the other ELF brushes I own. The handle is around 4.75 inches long, so big enough to hold comfortably but not so long that I can't fit it in my make up bag. When I bought this brush the main problem I had was that it shed bristles. To be honest I'm surprised it's got any left the amount it was shedding... even now when I've picked it up a bristle has come out, so I do expect it will be bald soon! The brush is comfortable to hold but is ever so slightly scratchy against the skin when in use. It's a good size for applying powder and as it's so big it doesn't leave powder or blusher streaky on the skin. I do think the finish this brush gives is quite good - assuming of course it doesn't leave bristles on your face - that's not a good look! The brush is super cheap at just £1.50, although at the moment ELF cosmetics are only available online in the UK so you will have to pay postage charges too. Buy from www.eyeslipsface.co.uk Overall I don't think I would recommend this brush. Whilst it does give a nice, streak free finish to make-up, it's not great quality, which is evident in the fact that it sheds bristles all over the place. I think I would recommend spending a few quid extra to get a decent brush that will last, as I honestly don't think this one will.
Just recently I have stocked up on alot of new Elf products. I often browse this online cosmetic shop and actually do own many of their products but up until recently I didn't own any of their make up brushes. I already own two great collections of brushes so didn't see the point in buying more really. That was until though I received an email from Elf giving me not only 50% off anything from the website but also free postage and packaging (which incidentally is only £3.50 no matter the amount of items you order!) so as I already own a large quantity of make-up already I thought I may as well get some new brushes and I'd get round to using them eventually! Now this face brush from Elf is on sale at £1.50, though like I have said I had a half price deal at the time so this only cost me 75p! It is meant to be used on all of the face. Being called 'Total' you assume its for applying anything on the face of course but it doesn't quite mean that....read review if interested as to why! The Brush Itself: The brush comes in a long transparent plastic case which is great to store it in of course . The brush is quite long, about 8 inches by my estimate, reasonably thick and white in colour with elf Total face Brush written down one side of it. The brush/bristles are a dark rich brown colour and smooth and very well attached to the handle via a bright and shiny silver section so the whole thing looks really tidy and nice! The brush head is quite large and as I have previously mentioned rather thick. Its very soft and I haven't found this brush to malt or do anything adverse at all. I use mine to apply powders such as foundation, loose/pressed powder, bronzer and blushers and its great at picking up powder until I choose to apply it to my face without letting it fly everywhere. It kind of grips hold of the powder till your ready to apply it and because the middle section of the brush is slightly tapered and sheared in appearance its a great tool for blending with and giving a flawless and natural finish. I actually like using this brush as its so easy, it fits in my hand perfectly without my hand slipping and sliding everywhere and feels nice on my skin. To keep this tool clean is simple. I wash mine out with a mild shampoo once a week and let it dry naturally and its kept its natural colour (the brush head) and kept in great condition too. This though is no good for using to apply eyeshadow with, not that I was expecting it to be as the brush head is so large so this really is for larger areas of skin you want to apply make up to! This is a brilliant buy for £1.50, full of good quality looks great and is simple to use. Only available from elf.com
During my recent adventures with E.L.F I bought some mineral face powder which didn't go well and at the same time I bought this face brush. The plan for this brush was to use it with the mineral face powder but as that didn't suit my skin I've since tried it for blending eyeshadow and with normal face powder. The brush cost £1.50 as most things from E.L.F do and came in a plastic case which you could keep and store it in but I didn't bother. The brush has a fairly thick, round handle about 5 inches long including the silver part and the bristles have some really attractive red strands mixed in with the dark brown ones so it looks very nice. On the handle there is silver writing that reads "elf professional total face brush" so we know what this is and where we bought it from! The bristles themselves are very soft. I found this made it perfect for applying face powder, which as a face brush I would think it was intended to do just that, but as for blending eyeshadow it was just too soft to make a difference. I have another face brush that I always use for eyeshadow blending and this has much firmer bristles and does the job very well but this one is just so soft it doesn't change the eyeshadow at all. Any lines you want to be rid of at the edge of the eyeshadow are still very evident after using this but I half suspected this would be the case as I was using the brush and could hardly feel it. I don't often wear blusher, particularly not at this time of year, but I gave it a trial run to see how it fared and it does apply blusher well. Because the bristles are so soft it applies blusher very lightly so it can be built up in layers until you have it how you want it so if you are a blusher fan this will do the job very well without any danger of ending up with eighties style blusher in lines! But it is best for face powder. I use loose powder alot of the time and this picked up the powder well, I blew it to get rid of the excess then applied lightly over the T-zone and it went on evenly and correctly. I've used it several times and so far none of the bristles have fallen out or become misshapen from use. The bristles can of course be washed in warm soapy water whenever necessary and then left to dry somewhere in the sun or on top of a radiator. If any powder or blusher gets onto the handle this can be wiped clean easily with a damp cloth. Overall I'm happy with this brush, it doesn't work for my eyeshadow blending which is a shame because I do that everyday with the other one but it's fine for powder or blusher so it's a handy addition to my brushes. E.L.F is of course found at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk and alot of their items are £1.50 and most are good quality and work well. If you haven't tried any and want budget cosmetics I recommend giving them a try.
For application of facial and bronzing powder /