EDIT: I talked to ELF about this brush cuz it just seemed too weird (see my original review below) - and I got another one - MUCH MUCH better. At least I know I wasn't crazy with my opinions on the first one I got. I use this often now - esp to deposit heavier colors more precisely. Love it and so sleek looking.
I may change my rating on this. I would have given it a higher score, but I feel liek the haris are not "tall" enough. i have a very small crease and I could barely get it to cover enough...it's like the hairs go down and hide in the handle or something. it's otherwise a gorgeous brush with great packaging and a very light handle which makes it quite easy to use.
I was excited to buy this brush, and thought it would be the end to my search for a perfect crease brush. I was wrong. This is kind of hard to explain, but I'll try. When I use the brush LIGHTLY on my eye, it works fine, but when I tried to blend more vigorously, the ferrule seemed to scrape my eye. When I looked at the brush, there seemed to be nothing wrong with it, but when I held the brush and pushed sideways on the bristles, there was a gap between the bristles and the inside of the ferrule. It almost seems like they were supposed to crimp the end of the ferrule, but they forgot. I own many cheap brushes, and NONE of my others have this problem. I much prefer my Essence of Beauty crease brushes from CVS. Each of those cost less than this brush (they come in a pack of two), and I LOVE them. The E.L.F. brush is going to end up in the back of a drawer somewhere only to be pulled out in emergency situations.
As for the other qualities of the brush:
-It hasn't shed.
-It had a chemical smell, but it's gone now that I washed it.
-It is synthetic black bristles with a black ferrule and black handle.
-It didn't fade when I washed it.
-The bristles are soft (which doesn't much matter when the ferrule scrapes my eye)
I would not buy this brush again.
i love this, i got it and i wasn't really sure how to "contour" my eyes since i don't use brushes a lot but now i realize it's just because i didn't have the right brush!!! this is great for defining the "outer v" as i never could do it with any other of my sonia kashuk or other eyeshadow brushes. the hairs on this are so short and stubby it gives me great control over what i'm doing yet the hairs are soft enough that the shadow isn't just a "line" but a softly blended defined v. wonderful and only $3! BUY IT! :)
Purchased this ELF studio brush before any reviews were available on the ELF website. Am so glad I purchased this! Is a wonderful blending brush, great quality - and for $3 it's a steal! It did have a weird chemical smell like the other ELF brush I purchased along with it (flat top studio ELF brush - also excellent!!) but after washing it , smell went away. Again, cannot say enough good things about this brush - is just as good as any MAC brush I've used!
This review is for the new ELF Studio Contouring Brush. I bought a few of the new ELF studio makeup brushes and I'm very impressed with them. Each studio brush is only 3 bucks and all the brushes are made of synthetic taklon fibers and have black handles. The bristles do not bleed or shed at all. The brushes have this weird chemical stench (you will smell it right away). However, after washing the brush once, the smell goes away. :-) The ELF studio brushes are packaged differently than the regular brushes. They are each packaged in this shiny ziploc case (The front part is clear plastic so you can easily view the brush and the back part of the case is silver..maybe a foil type of material). You tear the top portion off and open the case to get the makeup brush out. The ELF Studio Contouring Brush is very very soft so it won't cause any harsh tugging on your eyelids. The bristles are even and tapered at the end. My brush looks pretty much like the picture on ELF's website (see uploaded image..oh..and of course..the actual brush is larger than the image). It picks up eyeshadow easily and applies it evenly on the eyelids. The Contouring Brush is very versatile. It can be used as a blending eyeshadow brush or you can use it to apply eyeshadow on the crease or you can apply color on the Outer V of your eyelid. It's an excellent brush for creating a sexy smokey cat eye look. You can also use it to contour the bridges of your nose. Since the brush is made of synthetic fibers, you can use it to apply concealer or wet eyeshadow or cream eyeshadow. There are no limits to this brush. Go ahead and buy it from the ELF website. It's only 3 bucks! You won't regret it!