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User Review: Allyd on E.L.F. Brushes

E.L.F. Foundation Brush You probably know that along with sunscreen, makeup brushes are high on my list of must-haves. If you're new to makeup brushes, check out my guide to different types. And if you're on a budget, you'll definitely want to read this user review from Allyd. While searching for a new foundation brush, she saw E.L.F.'s $1 version. Though she was skeptical, she bought it—and I'll let her take it away from here:

I have to say I was absolutely thrilled at the much so, in fact, that I've since purchased the total face brush, defining eye brush, and brow comb and brush, and I'm loving them all! The bristles are all smooth and have just the right firmness and since the first use, the brushes haven't lost a single bristle. The handles are a perfect size for my hands and don't get slippery. (Am I officially gushing?)

So for less than the cost of a peppermint latte, I've replaced all my "go-to" brushes, and my makeup presentation is definitely better for it. I'd recommend them for anyone, no matter what your budget is...but if you're pinching pennies, these brushes are a must-have!

Allyd's review has definitely piqued my interest. Share your product reviews
in the Beauty Product Junkies group, and I might post yours on BellaSugar too.

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designerel designerel 9 years
i ordered the following brushes: total face brush (BAD brush. sheds like crazy, has a weird chemical smell to it and not that soft. washing it just made it shed more and didn't get rid of the smell either) smudge brush (works just fine... it has one of those foam smudge tips like you find on the end of eyeliner pencils... i heard that it comes off easily though) concealer brush (this would work fine if it wasn't so small...) eyeshadow brush (best brush ever. it came off the handle but like the others i just glued it back. it's soft, doesn't shed and works perfectly.)
enidcomplex enidcomplex 9 years
I definitely agree- ELF brushes are wonderful! I have a full set, and though I've had some handle trouble too, they're easily fixable. Many Targets don't carry as a many products as K-Mart (pretty much the only reason I go there, mine is really ghetto), and if you want the full selection, you'll have to look online. Well worth it. I am absolutely in LOVE with their glosses as well, and the all over cover stick makes for a quick (albeit a bit greasy), heavy-duty concealer for my super super pale skin. I actually overheard a woman asking an employee where she could find ELF at Target today, and gave her the scoop!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Maybe the way they're made is inconsistent.. some might be better than others. But a lot of high-end brushes are like that too. I've even heard of some MAC brushes not working out as well despite positive reviews. I guess it's just important to inspect & test everything before you buy, even if it's only $1! I'm willing to give the ELF brushes a shot.
creepupmytee creepupmytee 9 years
a lot of girls spree from my country (Singapore) and apparently it's pretty well-received here.. wierd but I rather stick to Dior and Anna Sui.
displaced displaced 9 years
<"Personally, I wouldn't waste the money on ELF brushes... the quality is as cheap as the products."> I agree with julieulie...I ordered a bronzer and it was so crumbly I had to throw it out. The white eyeliner I purchased was almost impossible to apply- I had to apply so much pressure and drag it across my eye line that it hurt! Also, their customer service is terrible. Recently I placed a big order, and everything but two products were in stock. Now I can respect the unavailability of products, but they didn't even inform me and give me the option of changing my mind on my order! They ended up shipping the two items, with a shipping cost of $7 or so(to Canada). It was ridiculous. And when I wrote to complain to Customer Service, I never got a response. I'd much rather pay more for high end cosmetics for better quality and customer service.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
Wow, I am SHOCKED to see so many positive reviews. I figured for less than $20 I'd give it a try, and bought one of the brush package kits a while ago. I hated them so much, I threw them out after one use. I thought they were scratchy, and the hairs started to shed immediately. I went out a bough a set of Body Shop brushes shortly after for almost $100, but every penny was worth it -- they are fabulous. Personally, I wouldn't waste the money on ELF brushes... the quality is as cheap as the products.
vanessa-k vanessa-k 9 years
anyone know if these are available in Canada?
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Isn't it great when cheap actually translates to being good? Definitely share any other good finds in Beauty Product Junkies — the more reviews, the merrier!
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
This is great I was just looking for a few new brushes on Wednesday.
cleegiants cleegiants 9 years
i love the ELF line! i only have the eyeshadow and eyebrow brushes since i have other brushes that I spent more money on. The bristles on the brushes are great though - on some cheap brands, you can tell the quality isn't great based on the coarseness of the brushes, but ELF's are great! as for the cosmetics - the eyeshadows are cool and for $1, you can't go wrong. okay, i'm about to write a review here, so i guess i'll go write one on the beauty product junkies group.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
I should try them out! I'm obsessed with makeup brushes almost as much as the makeup itself. :-P
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Yup, ELF is great! As many of you say the handles can come off, but you can fix it. I love the ones for eyeshadows, for only 1$ you can have one for each color! And the eyelash and brow brush is a staple brush every girl should have, to separate the lashes in between coats of mascara. One brush I had to throw away was the eyeliner brush, it was way to stiff (ouch!). I buy them on
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
thanks for the tips guys! I've been wanting to try ELF but I was sort of skeptical because of the price. Now I'll definitely try it!
sofi sofi 9 years
girls, just go to Some Targets carry their stuff, but probably not everything. You should be able to find out on their site if there is a Target nearby. If you sign up for their newsletter, you get great promo codes (I know, how much cheaper can it be).
Hootie Hootie 9 years
Hmmm... I'll have to hunt this stuff down... What stores carry this brand? I'll just Google it...
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
I keep hearing good things about these brushes, but the handles are too long to fit into my makeup bag!! They need to come out with "travel" versions. . . . .
tati33 tati33 9 years
Where can I find these? Sounds like a great deal!!
allyd allyd 9 years
i wish i could find their cosmetics nearby. the store where i bought the brushes has a very small selection, but nothing in a color i thought would flatter me. i would love to try their nail polish!
mefph mefph 9 years
Sofi, I tried the nail polish. The colors are nice and the coverage was smooth. It chipped really fast, though. (I skipped a clear topcoat.) For a dollar, though, I was happy.
mrsyuen mrsyuen 9 years
Cool! I'll go check out ELF when I get a chance, I actually wrote a post about their products last month asking if anyone has used their products. Thanks ladies!
sofi sofi 9 years
I have the whole set- plus duplicates. The handle fell off of two and easily glued, but that even has happened to SEVERAL of my Bobby Brown ones. I use the foundation brush as well as the eye smudge every day. For $1- can't beat them. FYI- about a week ago I got an email from elf that they started selling nail polish. May try if I need to replenish anything.
MiyabiNa MiyabiNa 9 years
I LOOOOVE ELF brushes too! I bought the whole set! My favorite is the total face brush (for any type of face powder) and the eye smudge brushes. GREAT BUYS!
mefph mefph 9 years
I own some ELF brushes, too, and love them. The only complaint is that the handle popped off two of the brushes, but it was easy to repair with a bit of glue. Still makes them a good buy.
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 9 years
I'll back her up on this. I own 6 ELF brushes. They're all great, especially for the price!
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