So let me start from the beginning. ELF as many of you know is a budget beauty brand that has a good range of makeup along with other products such as brushes. Here in Cardiff they opened a store selling all of their products including the brushes that I am blogging about now.
ELF I have found as a makeup brand can be hit and miss. Some of their products are quite good such as blushers and some eyeshadows. I really like their baked range, pigment eyeshadows and the blushers are generally good. Although some of blushers and eyeshadows do have a very powdery texture, some of them I have found could have done with more pigment.
So heres onto those brushes. When it comes to brushes I usually favor more high end brushes such as MAC, Illamasqua and Bobbi Brown. Although I have found that cheaper brushes such as some from Barry M haven't done too badly. So I decided to get some from ELF. At £3.95 each I found you can't go wrong and they did look alright in the store. Nice black handles and brushes for all sorts of things.
The brushes I bought were from ELF's Studio Line. The Studio Line is meant to be better quality to ELF's Essential Line, that is the brushes with the white handle instead of the black one. The brushes I got were - Eyeshadow C Brush, Small Stipple Brush and Small Smudge Brush. My favorite out of the three happened to be the Eyeshadow C Brush, but only because it was good with filling in eyeshadows on the corners of the eyes.
I did find the Small Stipple Brush to be a bit rough, the hairs needed to be a lot softer. I wasn't too fussed on the Small Smudge Brush, it didn't seem to smudge that well.
These brushes have only lasted me a couple of months. These past weeks the Small Stipple Brush and the Eyeshadow C Brush have fallen apart. As I had been using them I did notice they started to feel a bit weak, like they would come apart. Now those two have. The Small Smudge Brush seems to be going the same way too, feeling quite loose. I managed to stick the brushes back together for the picture above.
|Small Stipple Brush|
|Broken Small Stipple Brush|
|Eyeshadow C Brush|
|Eyeshadow C Brush has come apart|
|The Small Smudge brush is still intact|
I know these were £3.95 each so I shouldn't expect amazing high end products, but for two to break in the same way and for the third to be almost going the same way isn't good. These were from ELF's Studio Line which is meant to be better quality than ELF's Essential range. The brushes weren't even given heavy use unlike my other brushes.
I have had some of my MAC brushes since 2007 and they are still going good, not even coming loose. You may be paying over £15 each for a brush from MAC but you cant compare to quality to these ones. As the old saying goes - You get what you pay for.