Well, what can I say. It is a nice blush, I love the colour, looks very natural on my skin, very fresh, good for spring time. But the problem is it is hardly pigmented at all. I'm NW20 and I need to work really hard to make it show. I use a flat top buffer brush for that purpose and I think this is the only kind of brush that's going to work with this blush. But using it this way the blush definitely won't last long. Nevermind. Not my favourite.
Definitely one of my favourite blushes. I'm not a fan of shimmery blushes because the gold shimmer often dominates whatever colour the blush is in and instead of rosy or peachy cheeks I see metallic patches of gold. This is not the case with this blush, the colour itself is lovely and the shimmer gives you healthy glow. If I had just one blush to use till the end of my life this would probably be the one.
The colour is lovely, matches my natural cheek colour perfectly. I also like its being matte. But the thing is it is so pigmented it makes the application fairly complicated. I've tried a number of brushes, ending up with a stippling brush, but still I need to be very careful not to exaggerate. For many people high pigmentation is an advantage, for me it means risk of looking clownish. But I like the blush nonetheless.
I've got this in sheer and shimmer. These are nice setting powders, the sheer one is quite invisible (which is good), and the large container is very handy and matches ELF studio kabuki brush perfectly. I also like the shimmer one. It's by no means glittery, makes your skin glow. The container is a bit small fore my liking, I would prefer to pay a bit more and have more comfort applying the product. But I use the mini bamboo kabuki to apply it and it works fine. The only complaint I have about these products is that they make my skin feel a bit dry, but I bought them with the intention of using them during summer months, when my skin becomes much more oily so I guess they'll control oil pretty well then.
Loose Powders -E.L.F. - Studio High Definition Powder
ladymoonlight 3/24/2011 10:03:00 AM
I was surprised by the quality of this powder. I was a bit suspicious of the white colour, I feared I might look like covered in baby talc or four, but the result is amazing and my skin is sooo smooth to touch. The product is a bit messy since it is so finely milled, but I can handle it with due care. I said I would repurchase it but I think it won't be necessary as there's so much of the product and you need to use so little.
I love this product. My eyebrows look well groomed, and at the same time natural. Great!
Great colour match, seems like a nice product, it just doesn't seem to work for me at all. I hoped it would cover the redness I've got on my jaw line, but no. Or maybe I don't know how to apply it properly. But I think I'll use this product to even out my skin tone generally, but then I think I would appreciate a larger container and a better sifter because somehow I find it difficult to get the product out of the jar.
This is the brush I like to use to highlight my brow bone. I've got a number of them and no two brushes look exactly the same, which says something about their quality, I guess. But still all of them, regardless of their shape, length of bristles, density perform their job really well. Highlighter brushes do not need to pack on a lot of eyeshadow or do any precise jobs so I'll keep repurchasing as my highlighter collection expands.
This brush does feel and look cheap and tacky, but it does its job pretty well. I don't use it as a blending brush - too hard in my opinion for that purpose. But it is a very nice contour brush which picks the right amount of eyeshadow and deposits it nicely and smoothly. I'll keep repurchasing for sure.
This is a very decent brush and I use it every day. But I feel I must say that I own 2 of these - one regular and one limited glitter edition and they are 2 different brushes. I definitely prefer the glitter one, it's at least twice as big and veeeery fluffy, whereas the regular one is flattish compared to the other one. I must also say thyat the bristles of the regular one were smeared with glue, I had to trim the bristles before starting to use it. I use the glitter one for loose powder and the regular one for blush.
This is a perfect brush for loose powder. Distributes a nice layer of product all over your face. Soft and smooth, application is a pleasant experience. The size of this brush is large though so it doesn't match most of ELF's mineral products, which are sold in these tiny containers. I use it for large minetal booster and HD powder and for that purpose it is great. I must say, however, that I like to use my kabuki brushes to apply pressed mineral products like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural or Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Sculpting Powder and the ELF kabuki brush is useless here. Much too soft, flimsy, not dense enough. I prefer my Body Shop kabuki brush for pressed products.
I bought this stipple brush with the intention of using it to apply liquid foundation or highly pigmented blush, (as some reviewers suggested in their enthusiastic reviews) and it disappointed me in this respect. The bristles are far too soft and sort of placticky to apply liquids, and even worse at blending. Also quite hard to apply blush as the soft and smooth bristles glide on the blush without picking it at all. But, on the positive side this is the best brush I have to apply MAC cremeblend blush. The consistency of this blush is just right for this brush! Also the size of the brush matches the diameter of the pan. SO - a perfect match. If I buy another cremeblend blush, I'll get another ELF stipple brush for sure.
A really good brush to apply loose powders, powder foundations (much better than the ELF kabuki) and also very lightly pigmented blush (Nars Sex Appeal in my case). It's soft and dense enough to pick enough product, distributes the powders evenly. Maintains its shape after the washes and doesn't shed at all.
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Defining/Angled Eye Brush
ladymoonlight 3/24/2011 6:03:00 AM
Soft and nicely angled, but much too thin and the bristles are a bit too whimsy. Does not pick enough product. I use it to highlight my brow bone, but actually ELF eyeshadow brush from the regular line does a better job. Same price - the eyeshadow brush is more practical and versatile.
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Mineral 4 piece Bamboo Brush Set
ladymoonlight 3/24/2011 5:58:00 AM
First of all I was surprised with the brush sizes, I somehow didn't notice the dimensions provided on the website and expected a set of full-sized brushes. The other thing which surprised me was that the quality of the bamboo brushes wasn't any better than the studio brushes, so why pay more? Surprisingly the only brush I really like is the small kabuki. Very practical for taking the ELF mineral booster out of its tiny container, matches the lid size prefectly. If they sold it separately I would buy this one for other mineral products.