Got this as part of a 12-piece brush set from E.L.F. about a year back. For the most part, I never used it, and recent attempts to do so have proven why.
If there's anything you can count on from E.L.F., it's that you really can't. Their products have been largely hit or miss for me, and oftentimes I feel like I'm playing the lotto when I chip in a few bucks for a shot at a good brush.
In a nutshell, pass on this brush. It looks fluffy, but it's not very dense. The bristles are relatively thick and stuff; while I wouldn't classify them as "scratchy" on my face, they definitely tear up any pressed powder products I have (my poor blush, I'm sorry!) without actually picking much up on the bristles. It's difficult to apply any product with this because the powder is stuck in clumps at the very ends of the bristles, and wind up getting deposited as such.
If you're strapped for cash and still need a good, fluffy brush for general face applications, invest a couple of dollars more for either a kabuki or a complexion brush from their Studio line.
I don't understand the mixed reviews on this; how some people have a soft one and other people like me, have one that's scratchy and sheds all over my face. Also, when you wash it the red dye that's in whatever the brush is made out of bleeds....
This brush is horrible. End of Story.
Scratchy, scratchy, scratchy. Almost hurts your face to use it.
Don't buy it. Even if it's only a dollar. Get Ecotools or Sonia Kashuk.
I do agree that this isn't the best brush ever. It's not as dense as I'd like, and it's pretty scratchy, too. However, considering the price, it really does get the job done. I have a set of brushes from Wal-Mart (I think they're called SpaResource?) that I got from the very beginning of my make-up days, and those are even scratchier. For a buck fifty (Canadians and our mark-ups, eh?), it's a good brush. I use it to apply loose powder, when the denseness doesn't matter too much.
It's very scratchy. hurt my skin so bad. not recommend
I got this brush for cheap because the brush I had been using for blush is really better for powder...So I figured since I rarely wear powder brush, I might as well have this.
It's very scratchy, but I don't mind because it will keep me from using a heavy hand with powder blush (which can be overpowering and hard to blend on me). It was only a dollar, and you are getting with you pay for with this product, but for me it ends up working out on the rare occasion I need to you it. A very so-so product for me.
I don't know what all the negative reviews are about! I love this brush! It's so soft and applies powder well. In a pinch it can apply blush as well (if you pinch the fibers to make them more dense) and it's only a buck! How can you beat that? I had been using a bare escentuals face brush and while I would say that brush is better the e.l.f brush does the same thing for a tiny fraction of the price. I would definitely recommend trying it on your own.
This brush is alright. I don't think the bristles are scratchy but within the first couple times of using it I noticed the bristles coming out. They would get on my face and it just got annoying. I might try their studio brush and see if its any better. I will still buy either one because of how cheap they are.
I loved this brush the first few times I used it, but after a month or so - I noticed that the bristles were very scratchy. I have the red one as well, and was shocked to see the red dye come out in the water when I was washing it. Didn't see that coming. But for a buck, I can afford to purchase a new one every one or two months. :]
Jesus on Iceskates! This is THE worst brush I have ever tried! Even if i run it back and forth on the palm of my hand it hurts like crazy. Wouldn't even get it if its free. However, I love the Studio Brushes. The Powder Brush is absolutely amazing. But these brushes aren't worth anything.