Hey again Ladies!
So, as I have been promising, this is my review for e.l.f. brushes! I have both studio brushes and essential line (professional) brushes. And I obviously have a preference. On the whole I prefer the Studio line. They are softer, they are synthetic and have sleeker, longer black handles. However I think that the professional eye brushes are quite good as well.
I will now be showing you pictures of these brushes and comparing them as for sizes and uses. Be prepared, this post is picture heavy, which is why it took me a while to prepare! I have tried most of the brushes which I am going to show you.
If you wish to see a larger version of the pictures, just click on them!
1. Studio Complexion Brush
This is one of the few brushes that I haven’t tried.* I assume it is designed for powder. I think it will be a good brush for powder, maybe a little to big for blusher. I do not use it because I like the powder brush so much that I wasn’t even interested in how this one performed. But I will try it out just for you ladies
2. Studio Powder Brush
This is one of my favourite brushes from e.l.f. and from the Studio line. It is a flat top brush. I have two of these and I use one for my foundation as it gives an almost air brushed look, and I use the other one for powder application.
3. Studio Blush Brush
This is quite a good blush brush. The bristles are layered in such a way that it makes it easier to blend out your blusher. It is a good size for a blush brush, not too big, not too small. It is also good for giving only a hue of colour or for bronzer application.
4. Studio Angled Blush Brush
I really like this brush. It was one of my first Studio brushes along with the powder one. I bought it specifically because it is angled and I really do like it for both blusher and contouring. However, since it is quite dense, it does create a bit of a line that you would then need to carefully blend out. I like to use it for dramatic contouring.
5. Studio Angled Foundation Brush
I haven’t really used this brush yet. I am not a fan of foundation brushes. The one I had (and still have) before it was nice and good quality but it tends to give a streaky result which is less than desirable. I only picked this brush up by mistake one time fro contouring and it did a good job of that, especially on the sides of the nose, since it is very thin.
6. Studio Fan Brush
Truth be told this is quite a useless brush. It is designed to fan out fallout eye shadow, and well it does that, to around 1/4 of the fallout. I’d say use your finger, it is more efficient.
7. Professional Total Face Brush
This isn’t a bad brush to use for powder. But once you’ve tried the studio line, especially for face brushes, you won’t go back to this. It’s an alright brush but the Studio powder brush or complexion brush are much softer. I don’t use this anymore.
8. Professional Powder Brush
First of all, this brush is too small to use for powder. Again, the studio brushes are much softer. It might be useful for adding highlight or a little bit of blusher maybe, but other than that, I cannot think of another use for this brush.
9. Studio Contour Brush
This is a nice small round domed brush. It’s perfect for blending out eye shadow. I’d say that except for the bristles being more sturdy but softer at the same time, it is identical to the Professional Blending Brush. Since it is a bit more sturdy, it could be more useful if you are doing more detailed work.
10. Professional Blending Brush
It’s a good brush and I tend to reach out for it every time I apply eye shadow. It barely ever sheds and blends out eye shadow nicely into other colours. This is how it looks compared to the Studio Contour Brush.
11. Professional Eye Crease Brush
This brush is the same as the blending brush but smaller. It fits perfectly in your crease for applying an accent colour of a darker colour for a dramatic effect. It’s a very good brush to own.
12. Studio Eyeshadow ‘C’ Brush
I like this brush, it is very soft and gentle on your lids. The only thing that I don’t get is why it is so big. I have very small eyes, so a smaller brush would be enough. Other than that, it is a perfectly good brush.
13. Professional Eyeshadow Brush
This is a good brush for packing on colour on your lids. I prefer its’ size to the studio one. It doesn’t shed except for when you’re washing it and it is dense enough to have enough colour transfer.
This is what it looks like compared to the Studio Eyeshadow ‘C’ Brush:
14. Professional Smudge Brush
This is a pretty good brush but I tend to reach for it less often than the others. It is basically a shorter version of the Professional Eye shadow Brush and is designed to help you smudge out eyeliner or darker tones on the lash line for a smoky effect.
This is what it looks like compared to the Professional Eye shadow Brush.
15. Studio Concealer Brush
I am not a fan of Concealer brushes. Call me messy but I prefer blending it with my ring finger. If I use a brush I’ll end up getting stripy results and will smudge it out with my finger anyway. So I might as well do that for the start. This is good brush and you can easily use it as an eye shadow brush instead.
16. Studio Small Angled Brush
I assume that this brush is designed for either eyeliner or to use to fill in your brows. I haven’t used this yet because to be honest I’ve been off gel eye-liners for a while.* It does take a bit longer to get a precise line so I end up using a liquid eyeliner or just pencil eyeliner straightaway. I think it is a good brush, but I fear that it might be a bit too wide. I’ll have to test it out.
*I have tried this brush now, and it is really great. Makes gel eyeline application rather easy and gives you a precise straight line without having to struggle.
17. Studio Small Smudge Brush
This brush is so tiny! I was always scared to put eye shadow on the lower lash line. But this makes it a lot easier without risking getting eye shadow in your eyes. I have only used it a couple of times but I guess I can say that it is a good brush, though not a must have unless you do detailed work.
18. Studio Small Precision Brush
This one is a few millimetres wider than the Studio Small Smudge Brush. Truth be told, now I am getting confused which one I actually tried. I think the uses are pretty much the same. This one could maybe double as a lip brush since it is a tad bigger.
This is how they look next to each other, I swear you have to know that they are different to notice the difference:
19. Professional Defining Eye Brush
This brush is quite a good brush. I like to use it at the far end of my eye to create a crisp line. The only thing is that it is not very sturdy, so the line wouldn’t be too defined! I think one could maybe try using the Studio Small Angle Brush for that, but I’ll have to check.
20. Studio Retractable Lip Brush
The last brush for this post is the Studio Retractable Lip Brush. To be honest, I am not even sure why I got this, because all my lipsticks are in a stick form. It is a very good and sturdy brush. I love the packaging It is very small and travel friendly. I guess it would be great to line your lips with before actually filling them.
I bought most of my Studio Brushes in a set, when e.l.f. was running a 50% off. The only 2 studio brushes I showed you that aren’t in the 11 piece brush set are the Angled Blush Brush and the Retractable Lip Brush. The set comes in a waterproof pouch which holds all the brushes (and some others you might have). This is what the set looks like:
And this is what the pocket looks like after I put all the other brushes in:
See? I keep my promises! All in all, e.l.f. brushes are great and definitely worth a try. Remember, e.l.f. is still running a 48% off offer, so if you were thinking about it, don’t think twice! Try them out for half the price.
Have a good evening ladies!