Essence • Eyeshadow brush • Makeup Brushes
|Would buy this product again.||40%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I don't know but all essence brushes are scratchy for me except for the angled blush brush.
But I don't mind, I still using it because the size of eye shadow & smoky eye brush are just the perfect size on my Asian eyelid.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I'm disappointed in this brush's quality after having been so throughly impressed by essence's blush and angled gel liner brushes. While still unbelievably cheap, this brush is definitely more of a "you get what you paid for" deal. It shed unbelievably after the first washing, and still occassionally loses a hair here and there even after 6 months of use - while applying shadows, not just while washing, mind you! The brush also bled purple dye from its bristles repeatedly after several washings. At the 6 month mark with more than weekly washings, that has slowed down at least. The texture of the bristles are also, I find, a bit scratchy compared to other similar brushes at this price. Compared to the smokey eyed brush which was similarly unimpressive, this one can't even keep its shape! Ecotools' flat paddle eyeshadow brush is a much better investment for the same type of brush at practically the same price, so I'd save my money here if you have other options.
EDIT: after over a year of use, I've found this is a great brush to use wet with baked eyeshadows. Yes, it's frayed and not the softest, but you can wet it easily, wash it nearly daily, and it doesn't get *worse.* I'm bumping the rating to 3 - it's a mediocre brush to me still, but a solid performer.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
Essence's Eyeshadow Brush is another basic paddle brushes. I've already reviewed a couple of these, but you can never have too many of these brushes right? All Essence products are cruelty free and this brush is made of synthetic bristles. This brush was made in China, which is weird for Essence. Most of their products are made in Poland or Germany. Essence products are widely available in Germany, but can be difficult to find elsewhere. Essence products can be found in Target in Australia (the Target in Blacktown's shops has a huge Essence selection, if you live in the Western Suburbs), Shopper's Drug Mart in Canada, and Ulta in the USA. I purchased this brush at Ulta for a very affordable $1.49 USD. Essence only makes one very simple claim about this brush, that the soft bristles will deliver precise application of loose or pressed eyeshadows.
In Essence's words this brush comes in "a practical pouch with a trendy design". By that they mean a plastic pouch with a piece of cardboard with multi-colored squares. The pouch can be kept for travel purposes, however I tossed mine. The little piece of cardboard contains a little bit of info and a tip on brush use, in English, French, and German. The same information is available on Essence's website.
Like I said before, this is a basic paddle shaped brush meant for patting on shadow and shading. A staple of any brush collection, the type of brush I reach for on a daily basis. This brush has deep purple bristles that are soft enough, but it has a few bristles that've splayed, which causes some scratchy discomfort during use. The bristles could also be firmer and more dense. This brush has just a little more flex to it than I prefer as well. While the bristles may not be spot on, but the handle is. Plastic, with Essence's logo painted on in purple, the handle is very comfortable in the hand and easy to grasp. The shape of the handle is what makes it ideal, it's long and widest right behind the ferrule, getting narrower from there on. If you like a brush with some weight to it, skip Essence brushes in general because they're very lightweight. Despite being lightweight, they're pretty well constructed. The metal ferrule is firmly attached and and meets seamlessly with the handle. Essence's eyeshadow brush doesn't look cheap, aside from the purple bristles.
So we covered form, but what about function? Eh, this eyeshadow brush is really just ok. I mean, it works, don't get me wrong, but it could be a little better. Because it's a little scratchy and splayed, application isn't perfectly even or comfortable. Obviously if you keep working with the product you'll get your desired results, but it takes more time with Essence's Eyeshadow Brush as opposed to ELF's or Forever 21's.
While the brush doesn't shed, it does splay in the corners. It's not extreme, but it's enough to be mentioned, and enough to disrupt application a bit. A positive note is that this brush doesn't stain with product, because of the dark bristles. The purple dye in the bristles also doesn't bleed out into the sink or onto towels during washing.
I'm not really loving Essence's Eyeshadow brush. It works, it's ok in a pinch if this is the only eyeshadow brush you have available to you. However ELF's is 50c cheaper and, in my opinion, far superior. I don't recommend this brush unless you really need a cheap paddle brush and don't have access to ELF products. Skip it otherwise. I'm sad that this brush sucks, because I know Essence is capable of really good brushes. Hopefully Essence will improve this brush and make it as good as I know it could be.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Grey
I've never tried an expensive eyeshadow brush so I don't know what I should be looking for, all I know is that this one doesn't shed and that it's still the same shape as it was when I first got it. The design is really sleek, I love the combination of black and purple. The hairs are soft, perhaps a bit too soft but it still works well for packing on eyeshadow. And it was less than two € so I think I am going to buy many more.
Edit: Washed this with e.l.f.'s daily brush cleaner and found out it bleeds color..not a lot of it but there was definitely a purple stain left on the towel. I think I have also noticed a few hairs falling out. Would not repurchase and if you want a cheap eyeshadow brush buy the e.l.f. one dollar one instead.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
This brush is a great bargain, what a steal! You can never have to many shader brushes and I find I reach for this brush every single day. I ended up re-ordering more of them along with the smokey eye brush (which I don't like a much but I don't regret buying it at all, it works well too). This is just a great, soft, functional brush and its so dang affordable that you can afford to buy them in multiples so you always have a clean brush on hand. I love the purple and black design. I'm a sucker for cute packaging what can I say? I'd pick up 2 or 3 or these babies for yourself. They are synthetic so they are cruelty-free, yay!