So last week, I told you about several new products that have been released from e.l.f. over the last couple of months. Well, over the weekend e.l.f. released several new brushes to their Studio line that I thought deserved another post because I know some of you are going to want to get your hands on them soon. I am a big fan of the e.l.f. Studio line brushes. I find that the Essential line can be pretty hit and miss, but the Studio line is consistently good quality for a very low price. It should be noted that almost all of these new brushes start at a slightly higher price than the old Studio brushes, but I will get into that. So, let’s take a look at the brushes. I’ll start quickly with the one that I told you about last week, just in case you missed that post.
As I mentioned last Tuesday, this is the e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki Brush. According to e.l.f., this is “A true beauty multi-tasker, this brush works for blending, highlighting, contouring, and stippling.The densely compacted bristles distribute powder evenly to create a smooth and soft-focused finish. Flat edges fit the contours of your face while curved corners allow for targeted, precise application. The soft bristles of this Taklon brush are vegan-friendly and easy to clean.” To use, e.l.f. suggests starting on the outside of the face in small circular motions, apply product over the forehead, nose, and cheeks. At $10, the Ultimate Kabuki is pricey for the Studio line, most of which come in at $3 each. In fact, I believe that it is the most expensive brush that e.l.f. makes. However previous e.l.f. Kabuki brushes are regularly priced at $6, and the Ultimate Kabuki is a very large brush, so the price (even for e.l.f.) is not out of hand. Compared to other brushes of this kind on the market, it is a down right steal.
Now onto the brand new brushes. This is the e.l.f. Studio Contouring Brush. “This brush is specifically designed for advanced makeup application to help achieve professional looks. The densely packed hair and structured shape achieves flawless dimension along the cheekbones, forehead, and jawline for targeted contouring. Perfect for using with pressed or loose bronzer powder, liquids, and creams to create beautiful sculpting all over the face. This brush is made by artisans with expert craftsmanship to cut, shape, and hand-assemble the ultra-fine hair for a luxurious experience.” To use, apply color on the sides of the brush for a natural blend, or use the top of the brush for fuller coverage. The Studio Contouring Brush retails for $6.00. All three of the new face brushes are a step up from the standard, so to me it makes sense that they are a few dollars more than the rest of the Studio line. Again, similar brushes to the Studio Contouring Brush would cost a lot more than $6.00 from any other brand.
Next up is the e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Blending Brush. “The Ultimate Blending Brush is specifically designed for advanced makeup techniques that help achieve professional looks. The large dome-shaped head and densely packed bristles maneuver in and around the crevices and contours of your face for seamless, even coverage. It picks up the perfect amount of product to build coverage with powder, liquid, or mousse foundation, bronzer, or blush. The ultra-fine fibers are hand cut, shaped, and assembled by artisans for expert craftsmanship for a luxury experience.” This brush reminds me a lot of the Real Techniques Buffing Brush that comes in the Core Collection Face Brush Set. The Ultimate Blending Brush retails for $6.00. This is the only one of the new brushes that makes me wonder if the higher price is warranted. I don’t know how much a difference in manufacturing or precision that the Ultimate Blending Brush would have over say, the Studio Powder Brush that is only $3. At the end of the day, $6 is very inexpensive for a good face brush, but I do wonder how e.l.f. is going to handle the complaints (because you know that there will be people balking at those extra $3).
The final brush may not seem as exciting as the face brushes, but I am actually pretty interested in the new e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush. “This convenient dual-sided brush includes a dense angled brush on one end to precisely fill in and contour brows while the wand side combs and shapes hair into place. Perfect to use with powder, cream, and gel formulas for a polished look.” To use, e.l.f. suggests to brush hair into shape with the wand end. Then, following the natural arch, fill in any sparse areas of the brow with the angled brush by using short feathery strokes that mimic hair to help shape and define. I love the e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush, and use it every day to fill in my eyebrows. I pair it with the Essential Brow Comb+Brush. I think that it is great that they made this combo, and think that it will be super convenient and useful. The e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush retails for $3.00.
I don’t know about you, but if I am being honest I want all four of these new e.l.f. brushes. I don’t absolutely need the Ultimate Blending Brush because I do have a similar brush already, but the other three brushes would be totally unique to my collection. Even with the slightly higher prices, these brushes are extremely affordable. Of course, e.l.f. always has a sale going on, so I will probably wait until I can score a decent discount and then scoop them up. How about you? Are you interested in e.l.f.’s new brushes? Let me know in the comments below. Right now all four of these brushes are available at eyeslipsface.com. I am not sure when or if they will make their way into Target stores.