October 16, 2012

E.L.F. Studio Small Stipple Brush Review

One of the biggest complaints I’m hearing about the new E.L.F. HD Blushes has to do with the application. These are so powerfully pigmented they prove a little difficult to apply and sheer out on lighter or even medium skin tones.

No worries, here’s a budget brush from E.L.F. for application!

E.L.F. has a new Studio Stipple Brush for a mere $3 bucks. I dunno about you but I’m always squeamish about using my expensive Fibre Brushes with a cream or liquid brush. I’ve no idea where that weird mentality comes from but it’s there.

So I purchased one of these cheap as chips brushes a few weeks ago because I felt like at three bucks I wouldn’t mind using it with creams. Great purchase since it works a treat with the new HD Blushes that E.L.F. released. These are heavily pigmented and they need a little helping hand to get them on correctly. The best way to apply is def using a fibre brush of sorts.

Fibre Brushes have thinner bristles and offer an airbrushed finish and that’s exactly the benefit of this brush. It has a smaller brush head so it buffs color into cheeks very easily and effortlessly resulting in a flawless, sheered our finish for those heavily pigmented blushes. Squirt a small amount of the blush on the back of your hand, swirl the brush in it, and proceed to buff gently onto cheek bones. Done! Perfect color!

Although it does shed a little bit at first and the brushes aren’t as soft as my MAC 188 it still proves an excellent pick for using with creams and not having to be so scared to do since it isn’t a costly brush at all.

If you’ve been having issues with the HD Blush application I highly suggest picking one or two up for use with them. You’ll be happy you did as the brush is a perfect companion for sheer, beautiful application of these blushes.

Available from www.eyeslipsface.com

I purchased this item.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • justi

    hi! im from Argentina and I would like to buy some e.l.f. products. were I can find them. do you know any website that sells them internationally?


  • OrangeLipstickBlog

    Must have! I’m about to go on a spree and order like..umm…all the cream blushes. LOL!

    • the Muse

      yay! get two or three of these! it works a treat for application of ’em!

  • Karen M

    The reviews of this on the ELF website are mixed. But you have me convinced to go ahead & buy it. Thanks Muse. 🙂 P.S. Their HD blushes rock.

  • elizabeth

    I bought one of these with my last elf order and haven’t knows what to do with it. I guess I’ll just have to buy some of the blushes so I can finally use it!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I’ve been wondering about this brush! I have the large version and I use it to apply foundation or even cream blush. And I love it. And now that I’ve read this, I’ll definitely pick the small one up on my next elf purchase 🙂

  • Laurie

    $3.00 and it’s nice?! I’m going to have to hunt these down when I make my weekly Target trip for pet food. Thanks for the review. I’ve been leery of ELF because they are so darn cheap but my daughter (the guru in training) loves a lot of their items.

    • the Muse

      hey laurie! It’s not the BEST brush in the world but not bad for creams ;-D I’m always scared to use cream blushes with my expensive brushes so this is great!

  • Cindy

    I’ve been trying to order this brush and the blushes together, but something is always freakin’ sold out on ELF’s website! I don’t want to spend 6 bucks on S&H for just a 3 dollar brush. Hehe Glad to know the wait will be worth it.

    • Marie

      They have a promo right now for free shipping on $25! I usually wait for the free shipping promo’s to make it worth it. That $6 S&H is not something I like dealing with lol!

  • Efrain

    Here in Mexico E.L.F. isn’t as cheap as in USA but I think it worths a try.

  • Kitty

    I just found out about your blog (via searching up swatches and reviews) and I plowed through a ton of your posts in the span of 24 hours! I’m so glad I found this post; I’ve been having trouble with the elf HD Blush. I never thought I’d say something was TOO pigmented :u Thanks for being so awesome!

    • the Muse

      aw thanks kitty so glad you discovered Musings and hopefully strippling the blush on helps sheer it out for you!