I've been using ELF brushes for so long now that I thought it was about time I shared some of my thoughts with you! So today I'm sharing my thoughts of four of the brushes with you (a concealer brush sneaked in at the bottom!). I hope you enjoy the post, but as always if you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me :)
The Different Types
As you might be able to tell from the photograph above there are 3 different types of brushes that ELF offer, all with different prices. So I'll quickly explain how they differ and what I think generally.
Standard Brushes - These are the ones with white handles, costing £1.50 for a brush. I do find that these brushes are a little hit and miss, but the eye brushes I have work pretty well, none are the softest though.
Studio Brushes - These have black handles which tend to be slightly longer than the other brushes. I much prefer these to the standard brushes as they are softer and for me work better. The hairs are made from Taklon (synthetic). These cost £3.50 each.
Mineral Brushes - These have wooden bamboo handles and the hairs are all a lot paler, a few of my mineral brushes are stained because of this. They work as good as the Studio brushes for me, I personally don't see much of a difference, except a couple of my mineral brushes are mishapen. These cost £5.50 each.
Just so you know this is listed on the website as 'Blushing, Bronzing and Blending Brush'. It's not the softest and is fairly 'floppy' I'd definitely recommend using the brush guard they come with when you wash it. This is a fairly small brush so I wouldn't actually use it for bronzer, but it works okay for light contouring, with it's angled shape, as the brush doesn't pick up too much product. It does shed hair quite a lot for me though. But for £1.50, I'm not too bothered, I'll keep using it for contouring, but won't buy another when it dies.
Studio Stipple Brush
This brush being part of the Studio line costs £3.50, which for what I can do with this brush is very good value. As you can see from the birds eye view, at the top of this post it's not the most densely packed. But this makes it great for lightly applying pigmented blushes. It also works fairly well for my liquid foundation, but I'm personally more into the paddle shaped foundation brushes. It has duofibres with the black being shorter than the white ones, which end in a flat top. Overall I think this is a pretty great brush for the price.
Bamboo Complexion Brush
The size of this makes it great for blush, both pressed and loose. The Bamboo brushes are part of the Mineral line, but I personally don't find them to work better with mineral products than my other brushes. It does blend fine though and picks up the right amount of product for me. Again like the Studio brushes these are made from Taklon, which is a synthetic material. I haven't found this brush to shed any.
Bamboo Concealer Brush
Again this is part of the mineral range from ELF and so costs £5.50. Again it has the synthetic Taklon bristles, which I find on this brush are fairly densley packed making it particularly firm. I forgot to put this in the photograph at the top, as I keep it with my eyeshadow brushes, sorry! But I keep it there because I like to use this brush to press loose eyeshadows onto my lid. And before I get carried away, I'll end by saying I haven't had any hairs shed from this brush either.
If I had to pick one? The Studio Stipple Brush :)
Thanks for reading my post, sorry about the small pictures, I couldn't have them any bigger because of the dimensions, but if you click on them you'll be able to see them bigger. As always if you have any questions, just ask. Thanks again, H :)