Product Type: ELF makeup
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E.L.F.Studio Complexion Brush
Member Name: prettypolly40
E.L.F.Studio Complexion Brush
Advantages: Price, good quality brush, cleans well, great for all powder cosmetics
***Why I want the product***
After using the same complexion brush for years for my mineral foundation, I cannot grumble at it as it was a cheap brush from eBay that did the job for a long time without any quarrels from me. However, endless amounts of powder application and endless amounts of cleaning have taken its toll. My brush started to resemble my cat when she is moulting, not a good look on your face when you are trying to get a good makeup application. My brush was 'scratching' my face even with the lightest of brush strokes, which made my all ready sensitive skin itchy and red, which took awhile to subside.
While browsing ELF Cosmetics website I decided to have a look at their Studio range of brushes, to which I found a lovely brush called Complexion Brush for a very reasonable price.
***About the brush***
On the website this complexion brush looks soft, delicate with dense bristles that would be great for my mineral foundation. ELF boasts this brush is anti-bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush. It can be used wet or dry. Complexion brush helps to create a natural finish to your makeup, can be used with all powder cosmetics, foundation, blush, bronzer etc.
***So what is Taklon?***
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 Complexion Brush comes in standard packaging really, 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 that ends at the handle. The bristles feel super quality for the small amount of money I paid. The black matte handle measures from bottom to base five inches with elf Cosmetics 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 just less than two inches from base to tip. The rounded tip is easy for powder cosmetics to be swirled into the bristles for an easy to use and natural finish to your makeup.
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 product***
Simply use this brush like you would any other, for mineral foundations dip the brush into foundation, swirl and tap off excess, afterwards gently buff the brush and product into your skin.
For blushers, tap the brush into the product and apply as desired, this goes with all other powder cosmetics.
***How well does this brush work with mineral foundations?***
On first application of use I found I had to swirl the brush into my minerals a few times for the product to be absorbed into the brush for easy application, as soon as the brush touched my face I knew it would be a joy to use. The bristles are very soft, that glided over my face with ease with no scratching or irritation what so ever. Once I had done my swirl, tap technique and buffed the bristles into my face I was able to achieve a beautiful smooth, flawless look in seconds.
***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 absolutely surprised at how much foundation comes out of the bristles even though I clean it every other week. This 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. Don't 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.
***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 £3.50.
***What I think about it/do I like it?***
This really is a lovely brush from ELF Cosmetics. I really cannot fault most of their Studio range and their brushes are one of them. Superb quality at very affordable prices, you cannot go wrong.
Summary: Another great product from ELF Cosmetics