I have to agree with all the raving reviews below. I wouldn't have bought such an inexpensive and cheap looking eyeliner brush without those. It's soft and stiff and does a great job, only the handle is too long. Recommended!
Edit: 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.
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.
Good brush to begin, goes very precise and has a good size. Mine began to deteriorate after 7months of use and has red bristles. Great for 3.50 USD
I'm extremely happy with this brush! The bristles are super soft and allows me to create thick and thin lines. I also really like how it's blue because when I'm washing it I can easily see if there is any gel eyeliner left on. After a few times of using it, some of the bristles did fall out though. However, it was no big deal. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an angled gel liner brush. Plus, it's only $1.49, so if it doesn't work out for you then it's not much of a loss ;)
This is handy down the first gel eyeliner brush I could handle and achieve pleasing results with. Because the line it makes is super thin. Plus its really a bargain compared to other brushes. I got three of them by now.
I love this brush so much I bought two of them for my different gel eyeliners. And I'll probably buy more in the future!