I own two of these brushes. They are inexpensive, they get the job done, the bristles are stiff, yet soft and the brush has retained its "sharp" edge and shape despite multiple washings. It has never shed and only bled color after the initial first washing. For the price point, an unbeatable angled liner. Comparable in quality to my Sephora professional angled liner. My only critique is the long, thin handle; I prefer mid length handles, especially when they are so thin.
EDIT: I went out and bought 3 more of these. At 1.45 euros, great quality. Also, they're being discontinued along with all of essence's gel liners. I was lucky to find some still in a few stores with old stock, but get these while you can, they're becoming a thing of the past.
The Essence Gel Eyeliner Brush is a long black handeled brush with stiff yet soft purple bristles. The brand name is written in dark blue on the handle in a way that it hardly appears. The brush handel is very thin, and I find that because of this, it's easier to get a good grip on it. I'm always timid with applying eyeliner (and let's face it- gel liner sounds so intimidating), so I like how thin the brush is. I can coat all the bristles and still be able to draw on a clean, thin line that defines my lashes and draws attention to my eyes without looking dramatic. Also, I found that this is awesome for applying the convertable colors from the Stila travel palettes onto my lips. Of course, normally I would use a lip brush, but I can't stand having to pack tons of brushes on vacation (my limit is five). I like that this can double task. This brush was 1.99 at Ulta. I've heard the Essence also makes a blush brush, but I can never find it there. If I do see it, I'll definitely pick it up.
i think totally different about this brush now than i had used it initially. its a great synthetic brush, which is not too stiff and not too smooth. i use it primarily with dark eyeshadows to do a flick at the outer corner of my eyes, just like an eyeliner. if you actually use it with a cream eyeliner, never forget to wash it afterwards because it gets so stiff if not washed. and i wash it with soap because thats easier to get rid of cream eyeliner. also, the purple bristles make it easy to know the amount of product you actually take in your brush.
Unfortunately this just doesn't seem to be the right brush for me - I cannot draw fine, accurate lines with this brush, but I have plenty of others that work well for me. Many people seem to like this brush and it is really cheap, so maybe this isn't bad for a beginner at all.
I wouldn't have bought such an inexpensive and cheap looking eyeliner brush without the reviews. It's soft and stiff and does a good job, only the handle is too long. Lately I don't find slanted eyeliner brushes that convenient for gel liner but I still use it for brow powder and applying eyeshadow along the lower lashline. Pretty good but not a must - have.
I first noticed this brush for the $1.99 price tag. I have a soft spot for angled shadow/liner brushes, mainly because I've had trouble finding ones that keep their shape as time goes by. The first one I bought had blue bristles and shed frequently, though it gave my liner and shadow perfectly drawn lines. For the price, I tried again, with a purple-bristled version. Success! Perfectly drawn lines again, without the shedding. I've since bought another purple-bristled one to keep in my brush kit, and use them almost daily. It's been several months now, and they've kept their shape beautifully. I don't need or want to look for another angled brush since finding this one. Great quality, great price, and great for makeup.
I loveee, love, love this brush!
- It's lightweight and easy to move around those sharp corners
- provides precision
- great colour, and is a unique colour so that you can actually see the quantity of the gel liner applied on the brush
- bristles don't come off
- is firm enough and well suited to apply gel liner (excellent with the essence gel liner range!)
- PLUS, its really cheap (here in Australia cosmetics tend to be extra pricey for some reason, so this is a great bargain!! Picked it up for around $3 at Target)
I would definitely recommend this brush!!
Great brush! It is my first eyeliner brush, since I just started using gel eyeliner, but I really loved it. I'm buying some more, one for each eyeliner, they're very cheap.
My first gel liner brush and its only $2!! I was scared to try gel liner because I thought it would be hard to apply, I'm already pretty bad with pencil and liquid. But this brush is so easy to use. It makes the perfect thin line and I can wing out my eyeliner perfectly. It's even easier than pencil or felt tip liquid eyeliners. This brush and the essence gel liner are probably the best makeup purchases I've ever made.
Essence Gel Eyeliner Brush is an angled eyeliner brush. As Essence describes it; "one brush; plenty of looks. The special gel eyeliner brush allows you to create a multitude of styles ranging from classic to sexy to dramatic". Angled eyeliner brushes are one of my favorite types, I'm always looking to try an new one. Essence's gel eyeliner brush, like all of their products, is cruelty free and made of nylon bristles. This brush was made in China, which is very odd for Essence, as most of their products are made in Germany and Poland. Speaking of Germany, Essence is German drugstore brand. Their products are easily found in most European drugstores, Ulta and Fred Meyeers in America, Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, as well as Target and Priceline in Australia. I purchased my brush at Target for $2.95AUD, I believe it retails for less than $2 in America.
Essence Gel Eyeliner Brush comes in a "practical pouch with a trendy design". By that they mean a plastic pouch with a piece of geometric printed cardboard. Trendy. On the back of the cardboard insert is directions for use in German, English, and French. You can keep these pouches for storage and travel purposes, but I always toss mine.
This gel eyeliner brush has a long, very thin plastic handle, perhaps a little too thin. The brand and brush name are written on the handle in dark blue, very hard to read. The angled bristles are also a bright, dark blue, at least before you use it. They're kinda black from there on after. The bristles are pretty stiff, yet flexible to glide along the lash line, conforming to the shape of your eye. The bristles move as one, always a sign of good quality. The bristles are quite fine, perfect for creating thin lines. The brush also comes to a fine, pointed tip, great for small flicks in the inner and outer corners. The precision of this brush is excellent.
Even though Essence's Gel Liner Brush works very well, it certainly isn't perfect either. The bristles could be a little higher quality, they splay out sideways from the brush. So far it hasn't caused any application issues, but it could if the splaying gets worse. If it makes up for it, I haven't lost a single bristle that I'm aware of. The brush washes alright. It keeps it's shape and dries very quickly, but it seems to be impossible to get it completely clean. There will always be a bit of product wedged into the bristles.
Essence calls this brush the "ideal companion for their Gel Eyeliner, and I completely agree. It applies my gel liner much smoother than any other brush I've tried. It's versatile when it comes to how thick or thin you want to apply your liner. But just because this is called a gel liner brush doesn't mean you can't use it with other products. This brush, and all other angled liner brushes, can be used with any form of eyeliner, for filling in the brows, or lining and filling in the lips.
Essence's Gel Eyeliner Brush is pretty good. I still prefer Gloss' Professional Angled Liner Brush, but since that one isn't available outside of Australia, I'll settle on this one if I ever need another angled brush. This brush isn't that great quality, it definitely has moderate splaying issues, at least mine does, but it's otherwise almost flawless. It works incredibly well with the matching liner. It's pretty impressive for it's $2-3 price tag. Definitely pick it up when buying Essence's Gel Eyeliner, or if you want a decent but cheap angled liner brush. I like it quite a bit, but I won't deny that there are better ones available, but in the end what matters is that Essence's brush gets the job done for a great price.