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ELF Studio brush review January 7, 2010

Posted by graciegrapes in Beauty, Uncategorized.

So about a month or so ago I got the ELF studio brush set and the kabuki brush (www.eyeslipsface.com), and I been using them pretty much everyday.


The set includes the following: Case, Eyeshadow "C" Brush, Complexion Brush, Small Angled Brush, Small Smudge Brush, Fan Brush, Powder Brush, Angled Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush, Small Precision Brush, Blush Brush and Contouring Brush.  It costs $30 + S&H, I had a coupon code so I got it half off.  The Kabuki brush cost $5.

I found that the face brushes and the kabuki do shed a little at first, but now I haven't noticed any shedding recently.  All the brushes are very soft.  The brushes I use the most are the eyeshadow brush (large eyeshadow brush great for applying color all over the lid), complexion brush (paddle shaped brush that I use to apply my bronzer and blush, contouring brush (reminds me of a large semi-fluffy pencil brush, it is perfect for applying eyeshadow to the crease), small angled brush (nice sized angle brush that I use to apply MAC fluidline), small smudge brush (nice for detail and applying color right to the lash line), and the kabuki (great for applying powder all over; very soft, semi- dense but not as much as the MAC 182).
So that leaves the fan brush, powder brush, small precision brush, concealer brush, angled foundation brush, and blush brush…
The powder brush is the flat top brush – I use this to apply my MSF all over the face, but personally I like using the kabuki brush.  This brush is quite dense, and for everyday I like a lighter dusting of my powder which is achieved with the kabuki.  If I were using just the powder on my face then I would reach for this brush.
The blush brush is basically a smaller version of the complexion brush.  It's great if you want to be precise with your color placement, and perfect for contouring.  Dense but fluffy brush.
The small precision brush is very similar to the smudge brush.  It's slightly larger and not quite as firm.  Honestly, I have not tried using this brush yet since I love using the smudge brush.  I figure they have pretty similar use.
The fan brush it good quality, no shedding.  But for me I just have not found much of a use for it, perhaps I', just not sure what to use it for.
The concealer brush is a nicer shape and size compared to the Sonia Kashuk brush I got originally (and ended up returning).  However, I have not used it very much.  I like using my fingers to apply and blend my concealer, but I am trying to start using this brush for my undereye (since I've learned that it's better to use a brush for the delicate area).  I figure due to the shape, which is similar to the eyeshadow shader brush this may be a useful brush to apply MAC paints and paint pots.  But like my concealer, I prefer using my fingers.
The angled foundation brush is a nice firm but soft foundation brush.  I do have the Studio Tools Foundation brush, but I am just recently starting to apply my foundation using brushes.  With the angled brush I found a tendency for a streaky appearance.  Compared to my normal foundation brush I felt like this brush made application easier, esp around the nose and eyes; but it took a little more time to blend away streaks.

Overall I like this set of brushes, it's a great deal and nice quality brushes to start with.

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