11 Piece Studio Brush Collection
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

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).

Brand Overview

e.l.f. At-A-Glance

Strengths: Bonafide beauty bargain prices; several praiseworthy makeup products including the powder blush, bronzer, and eyeshadows; some great face powders; oil-blotting papers are a steal; excellent brushes in the Studio line; a few good, inexpensive skincare products.

Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor skincare formulas; a multitude of terrible concealers; limited options for foundation; average to not-worth-it-at-any-price eyeliners (with the exception of one); some of the skincare products aren't on par with better formulated options that cost a bit more.

From a line of cosmetics whose claim to fame is its rock-bottom prices we weren't expecting much. With many of the makeup products selling for just $1, could there be any outstanding finds to rival the best options from drugstores and department stores? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Yet although that's good news, the entire picture isn't so rosy, and many of the products from e.l.f. (which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) are as basic as can be, while a few are resounding disappointments we wouldn't even give away.

e.l.f. was founded by Scott Vincent Borba—the same businessman responsible for the Borba "beauty waters" once sold at Sephora boutiques—and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in an unnamed "dollar store" (where everything sells for a dollar) 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 like Target.

As you might expect, not everything in the e.l.f. line is great. When you're offering almost every product for $1 (OK, there's plenty for $3 and $5, too), they're not going to be nearly as luxurious or innovative as the company proclaims (most of the ingredient lists couldn't be more basic and the packaging is sometimes slipshod). Many e.l.f. items have packaging that, while functional, can only be described as cheap. In terms of value, yes, almost everything is inexpensive, but in most cases the container sizes are much smaller than the norm. Still, if you're considering spending a few dollars on fun, occasional-use colors, size becomes much less of an issue.

This line can be found at select Target stores and some regional drugstores, but the best place to experience the collection is online (none of the stores provide testers). The cheaper elements are a given based on the price point e.l.f. has established, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains (especially makeup brushes) that raise the bar—at least to a height that's taller than your average elf!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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Fantastic set!

If you are a makeup beginner with some knowledge and practice and would like a starter kit - this is the one for you! I personally didn't buy the whole set but half of it as individual brushes, and the quality is outstanding! Plus, you seriously cannot beat the price!

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Cheap, Surprisingly great!

I got the set of brushes cause it was on sale and it was surprisingly great! The brushes are of really good quality and the set have a good variation of all kinds of the brushes. I turned out to use the set like everyday. Highly recommend!

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Feifan Z.
Great Quality, Even Better Value

These are great brushes--the stippling brush, powder brush and several of the eyeshadow brushes in particular I use every time I apply makeup. Also, elf.com routinely offers great sales--I got this set for $15 plus free shipping! Some of elf's products are just terrible, but this one is absolutely worth it.

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Alyssa L
Fantastic! Amazing!

these brushes are fantastic! they do their job, they have an extremely professional look to them, many are multifunctional, they are great quality with a smooth feeling to them, and never shed, and have a virtually unbreakable handle, the guards that come with the brushes work well to keep their shape, but i recommend you get others because they tear pretty easily, i say, for the price or for any price, they are of the same, if not higher quality than department store brands, all of the brushes are fantastic. i don't just recommend them, go to the store and buy them now!!!!!!!!!!

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