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e.l.f. 11 Piece Brush Collection

January 8, 2013

I don't have a huge collection of brushes, most of mine are Real Techniques brushes and the occasional random from Priceline or some from a MAC limited edition packs. I bought this kit for $39.99 from BeautyJoint.com and I am finally getting around to testing it out. I was going to buy a few e.l.f brushes from an Australian website, but I realised that getting this kit worked out to be great value. I have seen heaps of people on YouTube use these brushes, and I was curious to see how good they are.

I honestly probably won't use this brush bag much, but it is a great idea for storing brushes or for traveling. It closes with a zip, and it has inside pockets that hold the brushes in place, but the great thing about it is that it could potentially hold a lot more than just 11 brushes.

So here are the brushes left to right:

Complexion Brush - this brush is designed to be used with powders... so setting powders or powder foundations. This is quite soft and not too dense, I will likely use this for setting powder or blush.

Fan Brush - this is designed to "blend away makeup mistakes" or to subtlety apply colour. I have never been keen on these brushes, they look more effort than they are worth, but I have seen people apply a subtle highlight on their cheeks with fan brushes so thats what I will use this for.

Small Smudge Brush - this brush claims to creates detailed pin-point colour application or can be used to smudge eyeliner. I like these small brushes for inner corner highlights or for eye shadow under the eye.

Concealer Brush - this is designed to be used with cream products, so concealers, cream shadows or primers. I like the shape of this brush and will probably use it to apply my lid colours.

Angled Foundation Brush - this brush is used to apply foundation and the angle is supposed to make it easier to apply foundation to harder to reach places. This came quite warped looking, so I didn't even know it was supposed to be angled, hopefully this brush gets its shape back when I wash it.

Powder Brush - this was the brush that I was most excited to use. It is designed to be used with powder, blush or contour. I tried to use this with powder today and I found it really hard to use, it is super dense and if you try to apply powder, you run the risk of displacing your foundation because its a really firm brush. I did use this for contour and it was ok.
EDIT: I used this brush to apply liquid foundation today and it worked pretty well. Since it's so dense, the foundation stays on the surface of the brush. Strange that the powder brush is actually great for liquids!

Small Precision Brush - this is designed to apply thin lines of shadow, concealer or lipstick. I found this really good to push eyeshadow over eyeliner.

Small Angles Brush - I have high hopes for this brush, it is designed to create thin lines, and I really like the small size. My Real Techniques angle brush is too big to apply gel liner, but this size is perfect. The only problem is that this brush is pretty soft and easily becomes warped, which can make it hard to create a really straight line.

Eyeshadow 'C' Brush - I haven't used this yet, but this is supposed to be used for blending. Since this is quite a short brush, I think it will work well for cutting a precise crease.

Blush Brush - This is for blush or bronzer. It's smaller than what I usually like for blush, so I will probably use this for contour.

Contour Brush - I don't know why this is called a contour brush, but it is used for depositing a lot of colour. This seems like a pretty versatile brush.

Overall, I'm not sure how I feel about this kit yet. It is good value with each brush costing around $3.60, but I am not all that impressed yet. These brushes are soft, but feel quite cheap and are obviously synthetic, and they also smell like plastic and chemicals which is really off putting. I will probably get the most use of the eye shadow brushes, but I might just the larger brushes when I am washing my other brushes. 

Have you used any of these e.l.f. brushes? What did you think?

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  1. I had the powder brush as part of my order on beautyjoint so hopefully I like it!
    I've always wanted to try elf brushes :)

  2. I have a few ELF Studio brushes (Powder Brush, Complexion Brush, Small Angled Brush and one other one that is not in this set) and really like them. I use the powder brush for liquid foundation and find that it does an excellent job, the complexion brush is great for contouring too :) hope you get lots of use out of them! xx

    1. Thanks for the tip, I will try the powder brush with foundation :)

  3. Elf brushes are one of my favorites and I use them daily- a few may be not the best, but more than likely you'll get good use from them:)


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