e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush
One of my Happy Birthday presents to myself involved a trip to the makeup aisles in Target. I picked up another Eyeshadow C Brush (which I love hard, in the face), and a couple of e.l.f. Studio Blush brushes. I nabbed one for blush, and one for bronzer, color coding them so I wouldn’t mix them up and wind up getting funky-face (which isn’t hard, when you’re starting with one. OH BURN. Wait… *cries*)
Light-hearted self-deprecation aside, I’ve been using these brushes for a few months now, and I have a few words on them. Let’s do this.
As with most Studio blushes, these puppies were just $3 a pop. The handles are nice, thick, and solid black. The bristles are very soft, forming a flattened head with a gently rounded tip. Or at least, this is how it should be. My bronzer brush (the yellow one), is less rounded and more tapered. I knew this was a mis-cut, and it doesn’t surprise me, as e.l.f. doesn’t have the best quality control in the world (especially in the Essentials line). But I picked it up on purpose because I figured the angle would be good for achieving a good contour.
That… was a bit of a mistake. It does work well at putting down the colour in a very defined way, but the personally appointed “bronzer” brush has recently started shedding like mad. I have to pluck it every other time I use it, else I wind up with a very strange looking beard. You know, the kind where the dude is so proud of his three freaking chin hairs that he refuses to shave them until they’re over a half inch long? While I’m amused by this thought, it’s not really a good thing. I’m not having a shedding problem with the other brush at all, which I reckon suggests that the “bronzer” brush wasn’t just badly cut, it was badly made in general.
Rogue shedder aside, the blush brush works very well for its intended use. It’s not too tightly packed, meaning that it’s a bit harder to over-do your blush application. If you like high-impact color, this brush probably won’t be a friend to you, but it’s rather perfect for my desires.
Would I buy this again? Despite the weird pubescent beard issue with the “bronzer” brush, I probably would. I knew I was buying a bum brush, so it’s just my fault that it turned out to be trouble-on-a-stick. I’d definitely recommend – for myself and interested parties – checking the cut and quality in-person before you purchase.