Elf Essential Brush Collection:
I hardly ever touch this brush for a couple of reasons. It sheds like crazy when I use it and when I wash it. The brush is also too dense to be used as a blending brush, my eyeshadows don't blend effortlessly as with the Elf Essential Eye Defining Brush (mentioned later in this post)! This brush is a miss for me.
I recommend you skip out on this brush, if at all possible. While this brush can deposit color somewhat decently, the brush is SO scratchy and uncomfortable to use. The brush doesn't get softer after washing either...which doesn't help its case.
This brush is very reminiscent of the Real Techniques Detailer Brush, but it is a bit smaller. This brush is great for precisely placing concealer on you face as well as being a good lip brush! While this brush isn't meant for blending out concealer that is placed, I do recommend this brush. For a dollar, this can't be beat at all!
This is one of my favorite brushes out of all that I own. I love using this brush to blend out my eyeshadow and placing a highlight eyeshadow underneath my brow bone. Definitely pick this brush up if you get a chance!
Think a $1 eyeshadow brush sucks? Think again. This brush can pack on color just like any other fancy pants eyeshadow brush. So, question you may want to know...should I pick up this one up or the Elf Studio Eyeshadow "C" Brush? It honestly is a personal preference, while I prefer the Studio Eyeshadow Brush more this one, I know some people are the other way around. My advice, if you can, pick both of them up and decide for yourself! Then, once you have that figured out, stock up! Both are uber affordable, and it won't hurt your wallet much at all!
For a flat foundation brush, this isn't that bad in comparison to other foundation brushes. Like every other foundation brush, this can cause your liquid foundation to lightly streak on your face. When I first started using makeup, I used this brush and it worked fine for me. If in a really tight budget, I'd say go for it! You can blend out the streaks with your fingers or a cosmetic sponge. If you have bit more money, I'd say go and grab Real Techniques Travel Essential Kit for the Essential Foundation Brush (or if you want to be fancy, grab the Expert Face Brush from Real Techniques).
For me, this brush was a miss. I was unable to get this brush to smudge well with the small eyes that I have, on both the upper and lower lash line. As such, I recommend skipping this. I have had better luck with a tiny pencil brush (I recommend Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Duo, the smaller pencil brush has worked wonders for me!)
Elf Studio Brush Collection:
One of my favorite eyeliner brushes to use for gel eyeliner. This eyeliner brush is very precise, provided that you don't pick up too much excess product. If too much product is being picked up, your eyeliner can be a lot thicker than what you intended. Other than that, its one of my favorites.
Surprisingly enough, I prefer the Essential Foundation brush more than this one. I have found that there is less streaking with foundation using the Essential Foundation brush then when using this brush. However, I like using this brush for blending out concealer more than the Essential Foundation brush.
Such a wonderful blush brush! This brush is most effective when it is clean, the dirtier the brush the more likely it is to make your blush application a bit patchy. I recommend this brush for blushes that with light to medium pigmentation. This brush can pack on color well, but it doesn't blend extremely pigmented blushes out well. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this brush!
One of my go-to brushes for powder application! I love to use this for powder foundation, setting powder, and translucent powders! It applies product beautifully on the skin. I've also used this brush for applying blush and bronzer (just to warm up my face), and it also works really well.
This brush was great for placing the contour along the sides of the nose and placing eyeshadow in the outer V of my eyelids. Other than, that it isn't the greatest for much else. This brush doesn't blend well, and is too small to use face contour. I'd honestly not purchase this brush again because it can only be used for two tasks.
My preferred flat eyeshadow brush. This picks up eyeshadow very well, better than the Essential Eyeshadow "C" Brush in my opinion. While this brush is more dense and bigger than the other brush, it is not something that has effected my makeup application. I own two of these brushes, which states how important this is in my brush collection!
I have a love/hate relationship with this brush. While I do enjoy this brush for applying powder lightly on my face, this brush isn't the most dense to apply highlighter very well (unless the highlighter is very pigmented).
This brush is by far one of my favorite brush I've purchased thus far. It is a very versatile brush, I can use it to apply powder and blend out harsh foundation, blush, or bronzer. It's a great brush to have and for six dollars it is a bargain.
Another holy grail powder brush in my collection. This works just the same as the Studio Complexion Brush, I use it to apply powder foundation, setting powder, and translucent powder. I typically don't reach for this brush for blush or bronzer, but I do love how this brush can buff in powders really well! I also use this brush when I have over applied blush and bronzer on my face. This works very well to blend out any harshness that may have haphazardly occurred when I underestimated how pigmented a blush and bronzer is.
This is the other preferred gel eyeliner brush. I tend to use this one more than the Angled Eyeliner Brush, because it does not pick up excess product like the other brush does. Highly recommend this brush!
This brush is absolutely wonderful for applying cream highlighters and blushes. I also like using this brush for powder highlighters and blush, because it doesn't apply too much product on the skin. I have tried to use this with liquid foundations and it hasn't been that effective. However, I still recommend this product!
What elf brushes have you guys tried? Let me know in the comment section below!! Be sure to check out my giveaway here.