If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that you really can’t trust my local Kmart to stock these brushes, and when they do get them in, you can bet they run off the shelf in a matter of hours. Which of course, only made me want them more, especially considering I needed to get myself a new powder brush. Luckily for me, the Walmart located near my college always seems to always have them in and they were super cheap so I finally got my hands on them to give them a try this week. Which of course, lead me to the thought that it was about time I reviewed some more e.l.f products seeing as it has been a while. As most people would know, I really love this brand. It’s generally trusted by me (at least, though I think it’s a fairly general consensus) to be cheap and of a pretty good quality, which of course makes them ideal if I’m looking for something particular that I might need for a one-time look. These brushes cost me a massive $5 USD in total, and I also picked up a pretty nice pair of tweezers for $1 USD as well, and without giving too much away I’m pretty happy with these, so let’s get into the review:
- e.l.f Powder Brush – $3 USD
There’s a couple of aspects that I like about this brush, I love the number of bristles and how the length varies slightly and I also love the almost flat kabuki style of brush it’s going for, quite similar to the Sigma F80. But aside from those two things if I’m being honest I’d say this one falls somewhere in the middle on my level of brush satisfaction, with the synthetic fibres falling a little flat in terms of their softness and ability to perform their function. While it can do it’s job I’d say it doesn’t do it particularly well which I’d say comes down to the synthetic fibres which really do struggle to pick up the product particularly if it’s pressed quite tightly like say the MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder, then again, neither did the brush that it’s replacing. It works well with my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder which is slightly less tightly packed which I think indicates it’s probably better suited to loose powders.
- e.l.f Professional Eye Crease Brush – $1 USD
I want to start by praising this little brush. It’s soft, there’s plenty of bristles meaning it both picks up the product and smudges it through the crease perfectly, and it’s super cheap! It’s a combination of everything I have wanted in a brush like this ever since I lost my favourite crease brush moving house. It’s not just limited to it’s “set” function either, really no brush it, I use liner brushes to apply lipstick and I think really as far as most makeup things are concerned — you’re really only confined by your creativity and sometimes the actual content of the products (eg. I wouldn’t put liquid or gel eyeliner on my lips for example) — and I really love this brush for packing colour into the corners of my eyes, both inner and outer.
- e.l.f Smudge Brush – $1 USD
For $1 this brush is everything I wanted it to be and more. The shape of this brush, being both half-moon and flat makes it perfect for it’s function. I’ve been using it to sweep colour onto my lower lash line and to smudge shadows through my crease and it really does it’s job well. I also found, being of almost the same fibres as the eye crease brush (though I’d say these are a little softer) it picks up product well and really packs it on nicely and really I cannot say enough nice things about these brushes other than give the crease and smudge brushes a go if you’re looking for some new brushes, particularly as they’re not going to hurt your wallet too much!
To summarize my relatively scattered thoughts on these brushes, I’d say give the e.l.f powder brush a miss, you can actually get the Real Techniques Powder Brush from Walmart for around $10 USD and I’d say that’s actually a better buy in terms of the quality than say, something like this powder brush. On the other hand, the Professional Eye Crease Brush and Smudge Brush were really nice, I think there’s something to be said for the softer synthetic fibres in these brushes which are a lot less “plasticy” than the powder brush and it really shows with how they pick up product and perform their job. They’re a nice addition to any brush collection, particularly at this price point and I’m really happy with the eye brushes even if I wasn’t so happy with my more expensive purchase, which I’d say is something you can really skip over if you’re looking for a new powder brush.
That’s all for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with a review of the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette, in the mean time, let me know your thoughts on any of these brushes (or any e.l.f brushes for that matter!) in the comments section below, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!