E.L.F. e.l.f. Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection

E.L.F. e.l.f. Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection
e.l.f. Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection


86 reviews

88% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I bought this a week ago. It's a great beginner set, but the quality didn't live up to previous ELF brushes I bought, particularly from the black line of brushes. I bought this set on the basis of the usual high quality (for price) ELF brushes.

I bought this in Australia for $80, or around $US60. I don't think it's worth the price. Australia doesn't have many ELF sales and the only place to buy this set at the time is direct from ELF. I've bought many individual black ELF brushes for $AU6-14 and LOVED them, and thought this set would be a similar quality.

Around half the brushes (Eyeshadow "C" Brush, Small Angled Brush, Small Smudge Brush, Angled Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush, Small Precision Brush) are very rough with thick bristles. It feels like I am sand papering my eyeshadow on. I won't be using these much, I can tell you that.
The angled foundation brush barely picks up any product because it has such thick hairs, but it may be good for a thick cream contour. It wouldn't be very good for blending a contour out though.
The small precision brush could be good for pin point concealer on not-sore acne or scarring.

The Contour Brush (very small and good for precise powder contour or eyeshadow!!), Powder Brush and Complexion Brush are slightly less rough and more useable.

The fan brush is oddly made, slightly sparse in some areas, bent hairs in other areas, but it does a wonderful job at a subtle, more natural highlight.

The blush brush is wonderful! Very soft, picks up a good amount of product and blend beautifully.

I like the packaging and think it will be very useful.

I really wanted to love this set and recommend it to everyone I could. I love ELF and I have loved many ELF brushes! Personally, I think you should save your money and buy ELF brushes individually for what you need, ESPECIALLY in Australia! The brushes with white and black hairs and black handles are really, really good quality, as are some of the black hair and black handle brushes.

on 8/19/2016 7:54:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I must have got a faulty set because nearly every brush has become defective within the first few months and I know that there are some good reviews of these brushes elsewhere.

I bought them because I am a vegan and I like cruelty-free brushes.

The case is fine. I am happy with that and I'll put my other vegan brushes in it from a different brand.

However, it started with the foundation brush and the fan brush. The top part with the brush
has separated from the handle.

The shadow brushes and the concealer brush bristles have 'disappeared' down into the brush top opening. I have pulled them 'up' again but they slip back down again when I use the brushes. It's like waiting for a tortoise to come out of its shell! The rest of the brushes just shed all the time.

I have complained to e.l.f. who have confirmed that the brushes are out of their 90 day return/refund period, which oddly matches the fact that some of the brushes just about made it to 90 days!

Not a good purchase. I should have complained earlier but wanted to give it a chance - a silly error on my part.

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on 5/10/2016 11:25:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Bought them because they're extremely cheap BUT they don't pick up product well. When I pick up any eyeshadow with an ELF brush, I have to densely pack the eyeshadow. I shouldn't have to do that but for the price that you're paying, they're alright.

on 4/7/2015 1:11:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I got this set on sale for $3.00! They're pretty good brushes. Perfect for anyone starting a makeup brush collection. Wait to buy them on sale. :)

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Have had them for 4 years, holding up very well. I use every single one of these brushes except 1.

Face brushes:
Flat top powder brush: cult favorite, great for foundation
Blush brush: contouring! Handle has come loose
Complexion: all over powder (Studio Fix, Hourglass Ambient powder)
Fan: Highlighters which are overly pigmented otherwise (Mary Loumanizer)
Foundation (paint brush style): patting motion to blend concealer
Concealer brush: don't use, too small

Eye brushes: won't go into detail because I use them all for their intended purposes. Precision brush used for eyebrow wax, lipstick. Liner brush splayed after 4 years.

BUT: At $30, you're paying $2.70 for 11 brushes (excluding case), assuming you use every single one. Their individual price is $3 so if there is even 1 brush that you don't use, it's not a better value. Get the set when half off.

7 of 7 people found this helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Really nice set of brushes for the price. There are a few I haven't really gotten around to using yet, but I really like all of the big brushes and the small smudge brush is my go to!

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on 12/11/2014 9:10:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Oh, if you find this grab it!!! I found it browsing at Winner's and I held on to it.

I absolutely LOVE the blush brush! It's the most amazing thing to apply highlighter, set concealer..it's a very good size. I don't use blush because my cheeks are ridiculously pink at the apples, so I can't comment on its use with blush.

The bristles are extremely soft! Much much much softer than many higher end brushes!

Besides the blush brush with which I am obsessed, the powder blush (not the flat one) is amazing too. It's not very big like the Real Techniques one, but if you use it to tap powder it's very good, and just as soft as the blush brush. The flat powder brush, is not as soft, it's stiffer but I guess for the way it's supposed to be used that's how it should be.

All the eye brushes are great. The pencil brush is really good for the crease and it packs on a lot of color. The other eyeshadow brushes don't pick up a lot of product (i.e., like mac 242/239) but they are soooo soft! Definitely awesome for their price.

I use the flat angled foundation brush for contouring, although I don't like the plastick-y feeling of the bristles.

The smaller eyeliner/eye smudge ones are really good as well; they are pretty small and thus you can really blend color at the lower lashline. The angled eyeliner makes cat eyeliner a breeze --for everyday, not a dramatic cat eye.

I don't care for the fan brash, I have others that are much better this seems poor in the amount of bristles.

Needless to say...it's an amazing set! grab it! I wish they had two more brushes in the set (the small stippling and the highlighting brush) but they're cheap enough to buy separately (if you find them).

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

on 3/17/2014 2:05:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Updates: 12/15/15, 6/29/17
My set is now a just over 3 years old, which is truly impressing me. I have added some comments into my original review, because this is becoming epic-like in length.

Original Review: 3/14/14

I had been eyeing these forever, and I ended up getting these through Groupon with a palette & free S&H for $20 so that I could get the free shipping without buying a billion products on ELF's site. (I did not get the carrying case that comes with them if you buy them through ELF's site.) I do want to point out that at the full $30 USD price, excluding the case, each brush is $2.70. Since they are regularly $3, if you don't care about the case and at least one brush, buying the entire set at full price is not economical.

I use these daily, and have figured out how to incorporate pretty much everything into a full-face routine except 2-3 brushes.

In general, I think the quality of all of these is just great. Whether you get them via Groupon or from ELF's site with a sweet deal, its about $15-30 for eleven soft and sturdy brushes. (6/2017 edit: 3 years later, I still have more than half of the original set. The only ones I don't have I got rid of because I didn't use them, not because they shed.)

I want to review all of the brushes, but this is going to be crazy long, so I'm going to categorize and highlight (teehee) by my favorites, least favorites, and undecided. I also have a few brushes that I added to this kit, which I think are pretty great additions, so I will discuss those last. Let's go! (Grab some coffee too...)

Least favorite:
Flat Foundation brush: I tried to use it for liquid foundation. I found that while it is a dense brush, it is not big enough to blend my foundation out smoothly. It looked like I just painted on my foundation, and left the house. (See below for my replacement recommendation)

C-Eyeshadow Brush: I know this is almost a cult favorite, so this is going to be an unpopular opinion. I do like that this brush is wonderfully soft and dense; it seems ideally perfect for packing on shadow and blending it out... BUT it is big. I have hooded eyes, so its just too dang big for me. (Edit 12/2015: I have accepted that my opinion is unpopular but is real and personal. I gave up trying to go with the flow, and I use this to set my undereye concealer with powder.)

Fan Brush: I am no master at detailed face products, and people have been saying that this brush is great for highlighter. I don't own highlighter; I'm not sure how else to use this brush, so to be honest, I haven't. I don't have much to say about this brush other than its soft and comes with a nice plastic protector to keep its shape. (Edit 12/2015: I ended up getting rid of the fan brush, simply because it never got used. I did use it for highlighter, and it gave me a nice light application.)

Complexion Brush: This is a pretty big brush. I feel like it might be too big for applying product for me, but might eventually serve as a good blending brush. As of right now, I'm just not sure what to do with it. (Edit 12/2015: I have gotten a hang of the powder brush! It's great for warming up my face with bronzer or giving a light dusting of powder to set my foundation.)

Precision Brush: Ironically the other small brushes are very precise about what purpose they are meant for, except this one. I wasn't sure what to do with this one either. I have using it to blend lipliner and lipstick which works fine.

Standout Favorites: I use most of these everyday. (I have done/will do individual reviews on these!)
Powder Brush (Edit 12/2015: After 2 years/730 days of use, the handle on my original one from the set started to come loose. I replaced it, and am ready for another 730 days of use.)
Blush Brush
Angled Eyeliner Brush: Super handy for cream eyeliner, but also for those gel or liquid eyeliners with a good formulation but a bad applicator
Contour Brush
Smudge Brush

Next Step Additions-I think these make this set even more complete: I have these brushes from Elf's studio line.
(Edit 6/2017: Studio Crease Brush- All time favorite brush from ELF's entire line. Fits perfectly into my small crease. Soft, sturdy, and perfectly shaped. If I could only own one ELF product for some bizarre reason, this would be it.)
Eyelash/brow comb- handy to have around; I use it with ELF's clear brow gel.
'Selfie' foundation brush or Target Up & Up Complexion Brush- I never did learn to love the flat foundation brush, and the elf round foundation brush ended up shedding on me a lot. These are super soft & dense, and hold up to being washed.

Deeper cuts:
Stipple brush: great for cream blush or highlight
Angled blush brush: nice for contouring, or getting a more precise blush application
Small tapered brush: good for powder highlight

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

on 2/28/2014 1:45:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Got them as a gift. I love them, and use some for multi-purposing.

on 2/24/2014 6:29:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

These brushes are literally a steal for the price, not to mention that the brushes from the Studio line are AMAZING. They're soft, apply makeup well, are easy to clean and never shed for me. You will never need any other brushes.

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