Product Type: ELF makeup
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The brush that's going bald
E.L.F Total Face Brush
Member Name: pink_glitter
E.L.F Total Face Brush
Advantages: gives smooth and even application
Disadvantages: scratchy, loses a lot of bristles
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.
Summary: not worth it - even for £1.50