Hello, everyone! Welcome to my first ever blog post! I'm so thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion with you all. Today, I'm going to be reviewing the e.l.f. Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection. I was given this collection as an early Christmas present and I have to say, I'm very impressed! The set comes with a total of 11 brushes (if you weren't already aware), ranging in size from a teeny tiny smudge brush to a medium-to-large sized powder brush.
For example, I tend to use the Angled Foundation Brush more for applying blush or bronzer than I do foundation. I find that because of
The Small Smudge
I could go on and on about the Complexion Brush. This is one of my
favourites out of the collection, simply because it's big and fluffy and can be used for almost anything. It's soft bristles and dome-shaped physique make it the ideal all-in-one brush, if you're the kind of person who can't be bothered with a bajillion extra brushes that you don't actually need. The Complexion Brush bronzes, powders, highlights, contours and everything in between! Definitely a must-have in your overall collection.
I'm not a big fan of
e.l.f.'s Concealer Brush. I find that it's a little too small to be pegged for such a job. The bristles of this brush are very short and somewhat dense. They're all different lengths as well, which makes it slightly harder to pack product onto the brush and apply them to the places you want concealed. It's a lot longer of a process than I would've hoped for. Personally, I find the best concealer brushes to be slightly flatter and less dense, with bristles a tad longer than e.l.f.'s model. But with every negative, there's a positive of course! Even though this brush isn't the greatest for concealer, you could still use it a slightly smaller eyeshadow brush! Be creative!
The Small Precision Brush is perfect for detailed and precise eyeshadow applications, especially when you're looking to create a better defined crease or
colour transition. This brush gives the perfect edge to any look. It's not a brush I would use everyday, but it's great for the occasional, formal get-together with your relatives, when you want to look as put together as possible!
The Blush Brush is another one of my
favourites. It's just like the Complexion Brush, in a sense that it can do virtually everything; it bronzes, powders, highlights, contours and applies blush like nobody's business! The only difference between the two brushes is that this one is a bit smaller, making it easier to apply product in specific areas, rather than a general region. It's much better for more detailed applications. Such a wonderful brush!
Normally, I don't like using makeup brushes for
eyeshadow. I find that my fingertips always prevail my best tools, but this go-round, I was pleasantly surprised by the Eyeshadow "C" Brush. I find it can be harder to tell whether your brush is doing its job when your using not-so-highly pigmented eyeshadows, so I had to go with something a little more bold to write a fair, honest review. After a few swipes across the lid, I noticed a nice, even application of colour. Not only is this brush capable of packing on eyeshadow, but it's also brilliant for blending and smoking out colours!
I absolutely LOVE the Small Angled Brush!
It's bristles are very dense, which is exactly what you need from a brush like this. I use the Small Angled Brush for my eyebrows and with every stroke, I'm left with a strong, crisp line, every time. It's the perfect brush for creating anything from a defined arch to a super-natural brow. It's brilliant for filling in your brows as well. A+ from me!
It's hard to tell in this picture due to the odd angle, but this is
e.l.f.'s flat top Powder Brush. The bristles of this brush are all the same length (hence the 'flat top') which gives it the ability to apply powder and liquid foundation evenly across your face in a sort of buffing motion. This brush works the makeup beautifully onto the skin and leaves you with a gorgeous, even, flawless coverage! It's extremely good quality for its scarily low price.
Did I mention the brushes come with this super convenient travelling case? Inside, you're able to fit all of your brushes for easy transport from place to place. It fits perfectly into your purse or suitcase, for on-the-go touch-ups or completing your everyday makeup look on holiday.
Overall, I would give the e.l.f. Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection an 8 out of 10. It's a wonderful collection, considering how inexpensive it is, but I wasn't completely sold on a couple of their brushes. Preferably the Contour and Fan Brush.
This is the look I created using all of the brushes in the e.l.f.
collection. I spent the day in downtown Milwaukee, testing out coffee shops and going out for dinner with my dad. I didn't want to go for anything too over the top, so I opted for a neutral eye, using brown eyeliner instead of black, a light pink blush with gold shimmer and a bright fuchsia lipstick, to brighten things up a little. I think it turned out okay!
You've made it to the bottom! Thank you heaps for spending a few minutes reading this terribly long review. I apologize for any mistakes I might have made along the way or if I didn't quite answer your questions about these products. I promise you these posts will get a lot better once I get the hang of this!
Please remember, everything I've written in this review is entirely based off my opinions, so you might feel differently about the collection than I do. Don't let me scare you off!
If you have any suggestions on products I should review next before going out and buying them yourselves, feel free to leave them in the comments below! I always love trying new things! Also, please leave me any comments or helpful suggestions on how I should improve my blog, or what you'd like to see in the future. I need all the help I can get!
Have a wonderful Christmas!