11 Piece Studio Brush Collection
This brush set includes almost every brush e.l.f. Studio offers. All of the brushes in this set are also sold separately for $3 each, so with the kit's 11 brushes you're essentially getting the carrying case plus one brush for free. The zippered case is made of a soft synthetic fabric and has room for every brush in this set. As for the brushes themselves, they are each made of synthetic Taklon hair and are surprisingly good considering their low cost. Each one is exquisitely soft and well made, with sleek handles that feel great. It's really hard to believe such quality brushes are so darn cheap! The best brushes in the set (and again, all of the brushes are sold individually) are the Complexion Brush, Small Smudge Brush, Concealer Brush (though we prefer one with a more pointed tip), Small Precision Brush (great for lining the eyes when a smoky eye design is being done), and the Small Angled Brush (which works great for brows or eyelining).
Fans of applying foundation with a brush should check out the Angled Foundation Brush. The Contour Brush isn't the best and the Powder Brush is cut straight across, which isn't the easiest way to dust on loose or pressed powder (this type of cut makes it easy to over-powder).
e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.
For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!
For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.
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