10 February 2012

e.l.f. Studio Brush Set Review

I guess you can say I have a minor makeup brush obsession. I can't even really say why, I'm no makeup artist. I just like them and wanted a brush for every job that I might want to do to my face. Typically, I'm an avid user of BareEscentuals brushes and I have a few other randoms. About a week a go I snatched up this e.l.f. Cosmetics Studio Brush Set in one of the MYHABIT flash sales for $20 (normal retail value $30) and I couldn't be more pleased.

Though I've read good things about their brand of brushes in general, the Studio Collection are considered e.l.f.'s higher quality brushes, advertised as "ultra luxe" and "professional". And thus far, I can't say I'd argue with that, there appears to be no sacrifice of quality over price. The brushes are made of antibacterial, synthetic Taklon hair and are super soft and smooth against the skin. I haven't washed them yet, but if I have bad results, I'll be sure to post about it!

In the 11 piece set you receive: 

Eyeshadow "C" Brush
Complexion Brush
Small Angled Brush
Small Smudge Brush
Fan Brush
Powder Brush
Angled Foundation Brush
Concealer Brush
Small Precision Brush
Blush Brush
Contouring Brush

A water resistant case was also included with the set, but it's rather flimsy and cheap feeling. Though it would definitely serve it's purpose if you're not a hardcore makeup maven and just need a way to stash and carry your brushes, but I prefer to use my BareEscentuals brush roll. 

Of the set, my favorites are:

"C" brush

Can be used wet or dry, this is a great dense brush for picking up a lot of pigment and applying to the outer corner and crease of the eye.

Flat powder brush

Let me just say that I love, love, love this brush! I guess it's typically used for applying finishing powder, but I use it to apply my mineral makeup foundation. I think it picks up more color and applies evenly, providing me with deeper coverage (for those bad skin days). And its soooo soft! I think I'm going to buy another just because I adore it so much.

Blush Brush
This is a soft, fluffy brush with a domed head, which I do use for applying blush, particularly the lighter shades. It picks up and holds color well and the shape of the brush allows for controlled application to the apples of the cheeks, giving you that giddy, flushed look.

There are always great coupons available for this site and their prices are really affordable (single Studio Collection brushes retail between $3 - $8), visit e.l.f Cosmetics to see more.
UPDATE: I actually did end up ordering another flat powder brush shortly after posting this review, and good thing I did. Though the brushes wash fabulously with no shedding and returning to their original shape, the flat powder brush takes twice as long as all my other brushes to dry. The brush head is denser and needs longer to thoroughly dry out, so my routine is to rotate them out after washing/drying, which I do about every two weeks. And it works perfect for me.
The opinions expressed in this post are purely my own and I received no compensation for it.

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