All artists need quality tools to create, whether they’re working on a canvas or a face. Usually, gathering those tools can be expensive. In art school, I knew I couldn’t get away with cheap brushes. When I tried (i.e. was too poor for a good brush) my work suffered. I always thought the same was true for makeup application. Until now…
Today, I’m so pleased to be bringing you a tool that I use daily, that will set you back exactly $3. That’s right, 3 measly bucks. It’s e.l.f.’s Small Smudge Brush. And it’s freakin’ fabulous, says the girl that owns a $65 powder brush…
This comes from the e.l.f. studio line, the more fancy, more expensive division of the company (if you consider $3 expensive). And while I can’t speak of the quality of the studio line’s make-up (I have personally not tried it) I can speak of the quality of this smudge brush. It’s high, and not just high for $3, high for any price range.
This brush, like all the ones in the studio line, is anti-bacterial and vegan (because they are made of a synthetic called Taklon). Where many professionals prefer natural hair brushes, this is a very good cruelty-free alternative. What’s the difference? Natural hair brushes get softer with each use, as the cuticles in the hair break down. Synthetic cosmetic brushes tend to get stiffer with use. I think that actually works to an advantage with this brush as stiffness is a plus when it comes to a precise application brush like this.
What does it do (besides being a steal-of-a-deal)? It is a killer eyeliner brush. Use it wet or dry for placing liner and shadow exactly where you want it, either in a fine line or a controled smudge. It can switch hit and be used on your eyebrows. I’ve even used it, when it was freshly-washed, as a concealer brush. The question more apt is “what can’t it do?”
Are you convinced? Then maybe check out the 11 Piece Collection of studio brushes, only $30 and in a great carrying case. What a deal!
But don’t take my word for it. Review Team, what did you think of the e.l.f. Small Smudge Brush?
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skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products