e.l.f. is pretty much the Mecca of all baby makeup lovers on their merry little way to becoming
hoarders beauty connoisseurs. It’s not a surprise either since their products are generally decent and the price point is something that everyone can agree with. I haven’t explored many e.l.f. products, aside from the eyeshadows when I was starting out, and of course, their brushes.
Many people have graduated from e.l.f. color makeup to using higher-end alternatives, but a lot of pros and full-fledged beauty nuts still use their brushes. I’m particular about my brushes, to an extent, but I’m not above looking for cheaper alternatives to MAC or Hakuhodo.
A while back, I purchased a relatively cheap set of brushes and while most of them were pretty good quality, I wasn’t really happy with the stippling brush it came with, so the search went on and on. I wasn’t really into the thought of splurging for a stippling brush because I would honestly just buy more for eyeshadow, so I looked into the e.l.f. one from their Studio Line (which is their “higher end” line, with the black handle and bristles).
These are the bristles. I am really not a brush expert, so I’ll just show you mine and let you be the judge. The first one I got (not e.l.f.) was flimsy and it annoyed me when it flopped around whenever I tried to apply liquid foundation. This e.l.f. one flops around, too, but not nearly as much, and the application is much nicer.
This is a blob of foundation I used to cover half of my face. I just used half a pump of L’Oreal’s Lucent Magique Liquid Foundation (N5) and went to work.
Now, the next picture is potentially embarrassing, but all the better for you to see how awesome this brush is:
(I don’t really Photoshop pictures unless it’s color correction or resizing. I just resized this one.)
If you can see, the foundation-less half of my face has visible pores, whereas the half with foundation has some kind of optical blurring action going on. There are also no visible streaks, so that’s always a good thing because those are embarrassing.
There was a negligible amount of shedding, but I wouldn’t worry too much about that.
Anyway, I hope this was helpful for you! This is $3 in the USA and Php 249.75 in local department stores, if I’m not mistaken. Quite a high markup, in terms of percentage, but I think it’s still cheap for a good quality brush.