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

by Gio
elf studio powder brush

I’m having a bit of crush on E.L.F. Studio brushes at the moment. The latest addition to my collection is the Powder Brush. What makes it special? It applies mineral foundation like a dream and works just as well with liquid products too!

The E.L.F. Studio Powder Brush is a flat top brush. The synthetic bristles are extremely soft and feel like velvet on my skin. No scratching at all. They’re also very dense, so 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.

Sounds too good to be true? The brush does have a couple of flaws… The first is the scent: it’s strong, chemical and very unappealing. Luckily, it goes away as soon as you wash it.

I also noticed 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!

Available at: $4.00/£5.00 at and Ulta

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Dao October 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

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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Nikki October 26, 2009 - 3:31 pm

I seriously do not own any ELF brushes because they are sold quite expensive down here! So i just can’t justify the purchase, but thanks for the review, for a brush lover like me, I have to at least give one a try right? thanks!
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Tavia October 26, 2009 - 4:22 pm

I’m currently using a retractable brush from Avon and I’m quite satisfied with it. My dream brush will be the Lancome Fall Powder Brush but the price of $40 is making my dream impossible to become reality 🙂
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fabulessbeauty October 26, 2009 - 5:11 pm

I love this brush too! I actually like using this brush when applying blush.
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beautifulwithbrains October 26, 2009 - 6:58 pm

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.

beautifulwithbrains October 26, 2009 - 7:08 pm

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.

beautifulwithbrains October 26, 2009 - 7:10 pm

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 🙂

beautifulwithbrains October 26, 2009 - 7:12 pm

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 🙂

Cinthia October 27, 2009 - 1:47 am

wow! long time no visit. I love your new layout. It’s very clean looking & nice!!!

beautifulwithbrains October 27, 2009 - 2:56 pm

Hi Cinthia, welcome back! Thank you, I’m glad you like it 🙂

Celeste July 26, 2010 - 6:26 pm

this is my absolute fave brush!! i use this as a kabuki, powder brush, and foundation brush! (i have 3 lol)

yay for this one!!

beautifulwithbrains July 27, 2010 - 7:26 am

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. 🙂

Isabel October 7, 2010 - 9:31 am

I use this for liquid foundation. love it! ^^

beautifulwithbrains October 7, 2010 - 1:43 pm

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


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