I returned this brush.
I bought this brush for applying my mac studio fix fluid. I thought it worked well and I settled for the way it looked. However, i decided to splurge on the mac 187 brush and as soon as I tried it for foundation I knew I could never go back to using the elf studio brush. It is too dense and to scratchy for applying foundation well in my opinion. it doesnt get in to the fine areas around the nose and it does not leave the airbrushed finish that a stippling brush such as the 187 does. I don't think it works well for powder either because it does not buff very well due to how flat and dense it is.
Bought this after reading reviews here on MUA and am not disappointed! This brush is so soft and doesn't bother my skin at all. I used this to apply both Jane Iredale mineral foundation and Lancome's Dual Finish foundation powder and both applied like a dream! The brush picked up each powder very finely and applied it like a veil to my skin. Both powders applied evenly and lightly thanks to the brush. The brush hairs as I said are soft but they're not too soft and are firm enough to apply an even finish and don't irritate my skin. For $3 dollars it's a steal. I might buy another as backup. EDIT 8/13/11 Can I give this brush a 10? I used this to apply just the Dual Finish today and after using this powder for thirteen years I can say I've never seen it apply as well as it does with this brush! Using this brush gives the powder such a nice airbrush effect it's amazing. And I love that it picks up so little amount of product and distributes it evenly. The little product used for each application means that I save money in the long run. I also don't have to press and push/swirl this powder into my skin like I do when I used my now former HG Everyday Minerals flat top brush. Still going to buy a back up(s) and might start handing them out as gifts to family and friends! Now if only e.l.f. would start improving their product line across the board to work as well as this brush. Looking at e.l.f.'s site the other night I could see that they were blathering on about women wanting to look good and save money etc. etc. . Yes this is true but there's nothing worse than companies that prey on poor women's purses with promises of good value for the price but are churning out poor performing products that look nice and deceptive. e.l.f. ,from reading various reviews, makes a lot of junk that performs poorly. The gall they have to say that their products are as good as M.A.C. is just too much! e.l.f. for the love would you fix the many problems in the line and then come back with product that backs up your "good value" claims?
I bought this brush along with a few other studio brushes last year. As soon as I opened it I noticed the bristles were not evenly cut causing the brush to look lopsided. Even after washing and reshaping this remains and it does affect the application of some products (such as highlighter and blush). I must be careful when I use it because the entire surface of the brush doesn't always touch the skin. The brush isn't very dense and the hairs splay very easily which I find makes buffing foundation in kind of difficult. This also causes the application of products like highlighter (which you want to go in a certain area) difficult as well. It does feel very soft and feels nice against the skin. It does the job for powder (which it is supposed to do) but I don't find it to be the multi-purpose brush others do. Maybe I got a manufacturing dud but overall I prefer the Sonia Kashuk Flat top for foundation as well as powder over this one.
Hands down the best brush I have, soft and gentle enough so it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, but also really dense. Perfect for applying all powders, and gives a flawless look when used to blend liquid foundation onto the skin. I use it for everything - to buff concealer, apply liquid foundation, apply mineral foundation, and even gives a nice natural blended finish when used to apply blusher. The thing i really love about this brush is that it doesn't soak up products, it just puts it all on your face which is what usually puts me off foundation brushes. Great price as well. When e.l.f. have free shipping again i'm gonna stock up on these.
Very nice dense brush. It is good for applying fondation and buffing on powder. Dirt cheap, definetly worth trying.
BEST $3 DOLLAR BRUSH EVER! I use it to apply my liquid foundation and it's amazing. I also love that it's sold at target, making it easily accessible. This is definitely a must buy from ELF.
I ADORE THIS BRUSH. I picked it up at Target to see what all the fuss was about. It's only a brush. A $3 brush. I doubted it would be as great as everyone was leading on. How wrong I was.
This brush is extremely versatile. I can use this for my liquid foundation (Revlon Colorstay) and get a nice airbrushed finish if I do a sort of stipple and swirl motion. I use this to buff in my powder foundation (BareMinerals) and it looks amazing. I can use this bronzers and blushes and they blend wonderfully. HG brush right here. It's so cheap too! I think everyone should pick up one of these babies, you will not be disappointed!!
PS. It hasn't happened to me, but I've heard quite a few people say the handle broke off. It's only $3! It's probably not made to last a lifetime. And it's not a huge spend to go replace it. Or you could just use it as a kabuki instead.
This brush is amazing.
For three dollars, it smooths any and every product you can dream of onto your face flawlessly. I've always had a problem with brushes eating my product, but with this one, barely any doesn't make it to my face. After a thorough application, it's still more-or-less clean.
I use it to apply my liquid foundation, and then dip it into powder and dust that on. It does both jobs perfectly. I couldn't ask for a better brush.
Amazing brush. Normally about $3 but i got it on sale for $1.50. Soft, but dense enough to really grab the powder. I use it for my setting powder and it looks like i have airbrushed makeup. Good quality, no strange smells, ink leaking, shedding or falling apart. And really, at this price what do you have to lose?
This is an incredible brush for the teensy price of 3 dollars. I have high standards when it comes to brushed I use all over my face. This brush is dense, soft, and easy to handle. It has not shed one bit through all my weekly washings and buffs on my liquid foundation with ease. It works well with powder, bronzer, and blushes as well. I just stipple on a bit of my foundation and buff it in with this brush. It is amazingly soft, and SO worth the 3 bucks I spent at Target. I've recently bought two more, just to give out to my mom and a friend. They've also fallen in love with it. I don't really like the E.L.F. cosmetics, but the studio brushes work wonders. I suggest grabbing the C eyeshadow brush as well. What a great buy!!