Product Review: E.L.F. Studio Powder Brush

elf studio powder brush
Name: Powder Brush
Brand: E.L.F. Studio Line
Price: £3.50

From E.L.F.’s website:
This new anti bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. Creates a professional sculpted look. Use for powder or blush for perfect contouring.

What I liked:
– very soft
– works very well with both liquid and powder products
– doesn’t shed
– doesn’t bleed
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– strong chemical scent
– a couple of uneven bristles

I bought the ELF Studio Powder Brush after reading Connie’s rave review and I’m so glad I did! This brush doesn’t disappoint. It applies mineral foundation like a dream and works equally well with liquid products too.

The Studio Powder brush is basically a flat top brush. The synthetic bristles are extremely soft and feel like velvet on my skin. No scratching at all. And because they are so dense, they pick up a good amount of product and provide medium coverage.

When I apply mineral foundation with a kabuki brush, I usually need at least a couple of layers to get the coverage I want. But with this brush, one layer is enough to even out my skin tone, cover small imperfections and give a natural finish.

I also use this brush to apply liquid foundation using the stippling method (put some foundation on your hand, dip the tip of the bristles in it gently and apply it tapping it onto your face) and I’m very impressed with the results. It gives my skin an airbrushed and flawless appearance quickly and easily.

I also didn’t experience any shedding at all and the bristles didn’t bleed either. I wash this brush quite often and it’s still as good as new. It also reshapes very well after washing.

However, the brush has two minor flaws. The first is the scent: it’s strong and chemical and very unappealing. But the good news is that it goes away as soon as you wash it.

In addition, I noticed that the bristles were slightly uneven. There were a couple that were sticking out above the rest, so I trimmed them with some small scissors.

Overall, these are really small flaws that can be fixed easily and they certainly won’t stop me from buying a back up of this brush cos I think the quality is amazing and at only £3.50, it’s a steal!

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I’m in love with this brush! The bristles are soft and dense and apply both powder and liquid foundation like a dream. It provides medium coverage and gives my skin an airbrushed look in seconds. In addition, it doesn’t bleed nor shed and is so inexpensive! However, it has a strong chemical scent (which disappears after a good wash) and you may need to trim a couple of bristles.

Rating: 5/5

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  1. says

    I also trimmed mine with a pair of scissors. This brush is amazingly soft and applying 1 layer of mineral foundation is enough. The only thing I quip about it is the head is quite large so it can’t go to the crooks and crannies but other than that, I think this is the best brush for its price.
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  2. beautifulwithbrains says

    Dao, you know what? I find it a bit hard to get to the crooks of my face when I use it to apply mineral makeup, but I don’t have that problem with liquid foundation. But overall, the brush is so cheap and it makes my skin flawless so I don’t really mind.

  3. beautifulwithbrains says

    Nikki, that’s too bad they’re expensive where you live. They cost more here than in the USA too but still, the price is pretty cheap. And if you are only going to get one brush from ELF, then you should get this one! It’s amazing! It soft but dense and you can use it with mineral or liquid foundation, setting powder, blush. It works wonders everytime.

  4. beautifulwithbrains says

    Tavia, I’d love to try Lancome brushes too but the prices are too high! Hopefully you’ll be able to get it one day but in the meantime I’m glad the Avon brush works well for you :)

  5. beautifulwithbrains says

    Fabulessbeauty, I’m glad you love it too. It’s amazing, isn’t it? I rarely use it to apply blush but I agree it works well for that too :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Celeste, 3? wow! Well, it’s such an inexpensive and versatile brush I don’t blame for sticking up. I was thinking of getting another one for myself too so that I could use on for powder and the other one for liquid products. :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Isabel, me too! It’s my fave brush for liquid foundation application as it offers such a great coverage.

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