5/24/11

Cheapalicious Beauty: E.L.F Studio makeup brushes

By now, I'm sure all of you have heard of E.L.F (eyes, lips, face) cosmetics (if not, where have you been?), one of the most affordable makeup brands on the market.  I was recently contacted by a rep for E.L.F. to try out a few of their products.  I chose the 11-pc Studio brush collection, and enlisted my good friend and beauty junkie, Keta, to put them to the test--- Niki Cheapskate


by Keta H.
Since I've heard so many great things about the brushes from ELF's Studio collection, I was ecstatic when my friend Niki chose me to test out the 11-pc Studio brush collection.  The brush bristles are made of Taklon (synthetic) and are cruelty free.  The kit comes with the eyeshadow "c" brush, complexion brush, small angled brush, small smudge brush, fan brush, powder brush, angled foundation, concealer brush, small precision brush, blush brush, and a contouring brush- all for $30 (these brushes are $3 a pop).  I didn't use every single brush for the review, so I'm going to show you the three that I find myself using most often.


11-piece Studio Brush Collection $30.  As you can see, the brushes come with their own dust covers.

from left to right: complexion brush, fan brush, powder brush, blush brush, angled foundation brush

from left to right:  eyeshadow "c" brush, concealer brush, contour brush, small smudge brush, small precision brush, small angled brush



blush brush

This blush brush is a little smaller than the brushes I'm used to, but that's okay. I like how much control I have over how much product the brush applies, and this brush adds the perfect amount of product every time. The bristles are very soft and dense, but not too dense that it fails to pick up color.  I had very easy application with this brush, and there was no shedding.



closeup of blush brush's dome shaped tip


powder brush

I love this powder brush. It kind of reminds me of a flat topped kabuki brush with a longer handle.  I usually use my E.L.F Total Face brush to set my powder, but I've put it on the back burner for this baby.  The bristles are very soft, and dense, and I love how it feels on my face.  I even let one of my friends borrow it to apply her mineral powder foundation and she loved the flawless finish she got.  She even went to Target and bought one for herself.  This brush is definitely a keeper!


closeup of powder brush

eyeshadow "c" brush

This brush is now one of my favorite eyeshadow brushes.  Some people compare this to the MAC 239 brush, but I've never used MAC brushes, so I can't back up that comparison.The bristles are very soft, but not as dense as the other Studio brushes.  It picks up a decent amount of product , and is also good for blending.  I've been using this brush for a couple of weeks and have not experienced any shedding.


closeup of "c" brush


Overall, I think these makeup brushes are great for beginners and pros alike.  I love it because I stay on the go, and the case is perfect for traveling.  I would definitely recommend this makeup brush kit to anyone looking for affordable, good quality brushes.

You can purchase this 11-piece set on E.L.F's website or buy each individual brush for only $3 each.  E.L.F Studio makeup brushes are sold at Target as well.

Do you own the 11-piece Studio brush kit, or own any of the brushes from the Studio line?


Photo credit:  Keta H. for Cheapalicious 


A sample of this product was given to Cheapalicious for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on Cheapalicious are the honest opinions of its author(s) and editorial samples do not, in any way, influence the outcome of product reviews.

3 comments:

Bunni said...

Thanks for reviewing! I'd been wondering about these

Tracy D said...

I do have this & love it..hard to beat the value!

Fashion Without Guilt said...

I have thought about purchasing this line of brushes before, Thank you for the review.

Fashion Without Guilt

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