I have tons of Mineral eyeshadows now and I don't always get around to washing all my brushes like I should. Enter the e.l.f. brush for just $1. I have the eyelash curler which is so awesome, it is one of three items that have made it to my HG list (of the 150+ reviews I've done here), and I have also purchased some of the other e.l.f. brushes like the foundation brush, spoolie, tweezers, etc, and although those are 100% awesome, they are very functional and can work for everyday.
The e.l.f. brush is excellent because it does have a much shorter handle than my other e/s brushes. The hairs are also soft enough that I don't feel like I am being pricked and I also like the size and shape of the head. I think it might shed just a tad bit more than my more expensive e/s brushes but I think it is still defintely worth the $1. I got mine at drugstore.com where I was able to get free shipping. If I am ever at a store than carries them (I hear Kmarts are starting to stock them?) I may stock up and get a few more. continued >>
I was very skeptical of a cosmetic company that would sell their products for $1 a piece so it took me a really long time (and a half off deal) before I ever placed an order. I didn't really care for anything else I bought, except for this eye shadow brush. I consider myself picky about cosmetic brushes. I have brushes from Nars, Trish McEvoy, Paula Dorf, etc. that I consider the best. I don't mind paying extra money for excellent quality since cosmetic brushes can be used indefinitely. The size of this brush is small for using over your entire eye - I use it that way occasionally but mostly I use it for highlighting. It is firm but soft - just right for me. I can recommend this eye shadow brush for anyone.
This is beyond nice for the price. The bristles are soft, it picks up a decent amount of pigment. It's big enough to do a wash of color, but also is a brush that's thick enough to pack on pigment AND blend quite well too. It's not the most amazing brush there is out there but it is multi-functional and does it's job well.
Cheap enough to replace easily or own a lot of the same brush for many reasons.... The versatility makes this one of those all-in-one type of eyeshadow brushes to carry around in the bag for touch ups and not feel bad if you lose/damage it. Definintely a 5. Buy this at least for the sake of a travel brush. Most of those itty bitty travel brushes out there are crap, this is a full size brush for $1 that you can't complain about.
Everytime I make an ELF order I get another one of these brushes. I own 3 myself and have bought some for friends :)
EDIT 06/18/2010: I lowered my rating from a 5 to a 4. While I still love these, it lacks consistent quality. Recently I've noticed a change in shape and looser bristles at times. It seems to vary by batch. Some better than others. Same issue with a few other brushes by ELF...therefore its best to shop in person.
I have more than 20 eye shadow brushes for different color, rotation between cleaning. This is my cheapest brush but now mostly used one. It does not pick up as much powder as some of my other brush so sometimes I have to do several layers to build up. That works out great for my heavy hand but may be something to get used to for some.
When I got started on MUA, it became clear that a sponge applicator wasn't going to cut it in the big leagues. So, while waiting for the bank account to catch up to my new needs, I picked up a couple of ELF brand eyeshadow brushes for $1 each. The upside is that they are relatively soft, don't shed, hold minerals, and are small enough to make application easy, but big enough to make it quick. Since they are only $1, you can have some for light colors and some for dark and help eliminate transfer. The downside is that the ends of the bristles are somewhat "pokey" and, for me, a downside is that they are unspecified natural fibers. I found that my very pretty eyelids swelled to about 1.5 times their normal size Now, this does mean more room for product, but the pain and watering wasn't quite worth it for me (almost... but not quite). ; ) Clearly, this is my problem, not the brush's problem. But it's something to know. Bottom line... if you want inexpensive natural fiber brushes that are soft (but not super soft), and work just fine, these will do the trick. If you have any issues with natural fibers or if brushes that are somewhat prickly bother you ... you may wish to look elsewhere.
a VERY soft eyeshadow brush. i love it, and for only $1.00, how could you go wrong!?
The quality of this brush is quite good. Its soft but not flimsy, and it holds eyeshadow well. My eyeshadow went on very smooth and blended, and I didn't have any powder dropping onto my cheeks or lashes. I haven't had this brush for long, so I don't know what wear and tear will do to it, but at only $1 it will be worth it to re-buy when it starts falling apart. In fact, I plan to buy more eyeshadow brushes for the use of other eyeshadow colors.