I do love me a bit of the ELF Studio line. A while ago hubby surprised me with this brush set and having tested it out thoroughly (read daily use for 1.5 months) I am pleased to report that it is worth every penny of the £39 he spent on it. You get 11 brushes all packaged up in a black travel case.
The case itself does feel a little cheap but it is perfectly functional and has survived several trips with me already. The brushes themselves are all synthetic (Taklon) so are vegan friendly. The black bristles and handles give them a sleek look which I rather like and the bristles are very soft. Unlike the normal brush line they remain soft despite repeated washing, I had to throw my normal ELF brushes out recently as they had become too scratchy to use! I haven’t had any issues with shedding either though when I first got them a couple of stray hairs needed trimming on the powder brush.
The blush brush it a tapered, smallish fluffy brush. It’s not the most dense blush brush I’ve ever seen but it picks up product well and blends out easily too. It’s small enough to concentrate colour in specific areas too.
The complexion brush is larger and fluffier. I like using this to apply my MAC Studio Fix powder foundation. Again I find the synthetic bristles do pick up powder product really well. Not so much for cream products though.
The foundation brush is very flat and the tapered shape lends itself well to getting in the crevices round your nose and eyes. I personally find that I prefer my Revlon foundation brush though. It blends better and is easier to clean. I find that some foundations cling to the ELF brushes fibres making it a pain in the bum to clean properly.
The powder brush is my favourite brush FULL STOP let alone my favourite ELF brush. It is a flat top buffer brush. Ironically for powder it’s useless as it picks up too much and looks cakey. I love it for liquid foundation and you can really work it into the skin to get a fantastically well blended finish. I’m going to be getting a couple of backups when I next put and ELF order in.
The fan brush is a funny one. It is designed to sweep away fallout from under the eyes or to apply a really light sweep of powder. It isn’t really dense enough though and the bristles are too floppy to effectively move product. I love how it looks in the holder but I wouldn’t bother purchasing it separately.
The concealer brush is one I get a lot of use out of. Its small size is perfect for placing product under the eyes or on problem areas. It is rather thin though so I find it easier to blend with my fingers rather than using this.
The ‘C’ brush is perhaps one of the most well known ELF studio brushes. It is a short, dense eyeshadow brush which is perfect for packing colour all over the lid. It’s wonderful with powder eyeshadows but I don’t personally like it for pigments or cream shadows.
The contour brush is a dense, domed brush. It’s nice and small so if you’re like me and have a really small lid space it’s small enough to get in there and create a crease without depositing product all the way from the lash line to the eyebrow (not that a brush ever did that to me... MAC) It is more stiff than it is fluffy so I like to use it to deposit colour in the crease the use the Revlon Contour brush to blend it out.
The small angled brush it perfect for applying a thicker liner of gel eyeliner or setting liner with powder shadow. For a more precise line I’d use a smaller brush though.
The small precision brush and the small smudge brush are basically the same but the small precision brush is slightly more pointed. Both are good for highlighting the inner corners or for smudging out liner. If you were buying the brushes individually you only really need one of these but I find it useful to have the two in the set so I can use each one for those two tasks without having to spot clean mid application.
Still with me? You can buy all of these individually for £3.50 each. I would personally just buy the whole lot. At £39 it’s cheaper than some MAC brushes are individually and the brushes are good quality. If you were to buy them individually though I would skip the Fan brush and the Liner brush and pick up the Studio Kabuki with the pennies saved.
Do you own any of these brushes? What do you think of them? xx