Thursday, 29 September 2011

Review: Elf Studio Eyeshadow C Brush & Elf Eyeshadow Brush

Hey ya! I'm gonna review two brushes in this post and then compare them.

 The first brush I have to review is Elf's Studio Eyeshadow C Brush!

The brush in it's packaging

Elf says that this brush creates the perfect smokey eye. I don't know if it's me but I can't seem to get the 'perfect' smokey eye using this brush. I prefer using the Contour Brush (review here) to help create my smokey eye.

Top view of the brush
The brush looks quite flat when you look at it from the top.

Side view of the brush
This brush is medium-sized and can cover the eyelid area of my eye nicely, so I like to use it as an eyeshadow brush instead of a brush used to create the 'C' shape in a smokey eye.

Although it definitely CAN be used to create the 'C' shape, I just don't really like the look of it. This brush's bristles are pretty dense too and can pack on colour nicely to my lid. I find the long sleek handle makes it easier to hold and i definitely do like the feel of this brush.

Now the next brush is Elf's Eyeshadow Brush.

This brush is from Elf's normal range (you can tell 'cause the handles of these brushes are white instead of black like the Studio line).

Side view of the brush
Elf states that this brush can be used to:

- blend multiple eye shades while softening dramatic edges and fine lines
- set powder of liquid concealer

This brush's bristles have a domed shape and is very easy to use to apply eyeshadow. The bristles are dense but not as dense as the Studio Eyeshadow C brush's bristles.

The bristles shedded slightly when I washed it but I don't really mind. However, the handle of the brush came loose from the brush top (THAT i mind), so now I have to find glue to hold it together. =(


Length: The Eyeshadow C brush is much longer than the Eyeshadow brush, so it depends what length you prefer. I don't mind both but I would say the eyeshadow brush would be easier to pack along when you're travelling.

Bristles: The Eyeshadow C's bristles are more dense than the Eyeshadow brush's and if you want to create the 'C' shape for a smokey eye, the Eyeshadow C brush would be better suited for that purpose. However, dense bristles may mean packing on more product than needed onto the eye so if you like to slowly build up the colour, the Eyeshadow brush would be better. The Eyeshadow brush's bristles are also a little bit less soft than the Eyeshadow C's, but that doesn't bother me so I'm fine.

Price and whether the brush is worth buying: The Eyeshadow brush costs about a third of the Eyeshadow C brush, hence it is much cheaper. I think both brushes work the same just fine, so if you would like a decent eyeshadow brush yet save money at the same time, I think the Eyeshadow brush would be the one to pick!

Have you tried these brushes? What do you think?

xx Amanda


  1. Hello There,
    I thought I would leave a comment with you as your reviews seem very honest.It is difficult to find concise summaries based on first thoughts and experienced thoughts and final opinion,therefore enjoyed Thank you.
    I purchased the flat top powder brush from the studio line.I purchased the stila brush 10yrs ago and it is still going strong.I absolutely adore it and I definitely have this brush for life...I really wanted a back up for when I am having a brush laundry day.This ELF powder brush,more than suffices, in between,in softness I would say that it is very comparative.The brush is sleek and effective,is longerthan the stila one.Elf does not look odd amongst my high end brushes,I would recommend the powder brush.

  2. This review in particular was why I got to your site.Again I was interested in purchasing a shadow application brush.I have Mac brushes and I needed a stand in for brush laundry days.I love that you have done a comparison-exactly what I was looking for!I will purchase the regular White handled version!
    Amanda, it's a shame not many people have visited your site, or left comments.People are missing out,you put much thought in to what you say..and it is so so evident that the opinion you give is yours, a truthful account,so Thankyou, appreciate that.
    Amanda,I purchased high end brushes very slowly,due to the expense,they will serve me for the rest of my life.
    If you can,try put some money aside and save for a few luxury brushes... They ake a big difference.The Elf powder brush is great but it will never be Stila.regards

  3. Hello Anonymous! Thank you for your lovely comment. It made my day! =D I appreciate everything you have said- I really do try my best to give an honest opinion on the products I review because that would be what I would want to read. =) Am just really glad that my opinion has helped you in some way, or at the very least given you an enjoyable read. I do own ELF's flat top powder brush and absolutely love it! And yup, the white handled eye shadow brush is good enough for brush laundry days.=D

    I am in fact saving for luxury brushes! Haha! Am quite interested in Inglot's brushes. have you tried them? =)


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