March 10, 2015

This or That Beauty with the E.L.F. Studio Contouring Brush

elf Studio Contouring Brush

Contouring is a huge Spring Trend and I’m pretty sure you’ll see more of it come Summer 2015! Along with many contouring palettes launching from a variety of brands we are also seeing a huge flow of contouring brushes to help achieve that perfectly chiseled look.

If you’re like me and a bit of a klutz with contouring or just new to doing it and taking baby steps learning to do it this post is for you!

No wants to spend a ton of money on brushes, tools, or makeup during the learning phase! There are tons of great brushes at the moment for contouring like the new Sephora Pro Contour Blender #77 ($34) and the newly launched Stila Shape & Shade Custom Contour Brush ($38) for Spring 2015. If you’re new to contouring and these prices intimidate you I think you’ll be happy to know that E.L.F. Cosmetics just recently launched a $6 Studio Contouring Brush!

I haven’t personally tried it myself but the new E.L.F. Studio Contouring Brush is designed with dense, short bristles that allow for precise cheek, forehead, and jawline buffing and contour work. The brush can be used with bronzers, liquids, powders, and creams to create a sculpted, defined contoured look on your face.

I’ve always had excellent success with the E.L.F. Studio Brush Collection (can’t say the same for the Essentials Collection) so I have a feeling that the Studio Contouring Brush will be an ideal and inexpensive pick up if you’re new to the contouring world and just learning!

You can grab it now at www.eyeslipsface.com.

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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 or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Adrienne

    Muse-What is your opinion on the contouring vs what women have always done with trying to hide perceived imperfections (we are all beautifully flawed)using concealers, bronzers, highlighters etc. I have seen a lot of people on television with makeup applied by professional makeup artists and what I see mostly is orange and brown shades around the nose area, especially on the bridge of the nose. Not sure if it wasn’t “blended” correctly but it draws my eye to those areas as opposed to away from it. Maybe that’s what High Definition TV does πŸ™‚ But this is a trend I personally am going to stay away from.

    • Isabella Muse

      i don’t contour tbh so I’m not really sure. I see some people have it down to an utter art form and they look incredible. Boys in particular, imho, seem to have a really incredible talent for contouring themselves perfect especially drag queens. Personally I’m clumsy with it and like you’re seeing on TV is likely what I’m seeing in the mirror, a whole bunch of orange and brown πŸ™‚ haha! It depends how talented you are doing it I guess. Blending, color placement, and developing a skill to contour can really determine the outcome of how it looks. So like anything else in the makeup world it can look really really badly done or it can look incredible πŸ™‚

      • Kara

        I just watched a video by Wayne Goss about how the extreme contouring is actually a drag thing. I really liked what he had to say. I use just a matte bronzer and very lightly carve out my cheek bone. I use a very slightly fluffy brush so I don’t have a harsh line.

  • Christina D.

    I’m glad to hear that a fellow make-up junkie like you, my sista Muse, doesn’t get the whole contour thing either. I’m not interested, I don’t see a purpose for it, and I’m finding the amount of contour palettes being shoved in our faces really irritating.

    When I think contouring, the image that comes to mind is David Bowie’s “Blue Jean” video. I always thought he looked freakin’ amazing in that video and I love the make up, but it’s not exactly a look I’m going for.

    • Isabella Muse

      Me either! I’m kinda playing with it right now but I just can’t get it down and I think I’m too average to do it πŸ˜€ haha! LOL that’s a good example, if we could all look as good as Bowie life would be perfect πŸ™‚

  • Fancie

    I’m curious to try the Elf one. I also have pretty good luck with the Studio line so I’m hoping this turns out okay

  • Samantha Pierce

    I think I’ll have to try the ELF one. I enjoy their studio brushes as well, and while I haven’t tried more expensive contouring brushes, I am curious how it compares to the studio pro contour brush from Crown (theirs is $10 and the only contour brush I own).

  • Rachel R.

    I ordered the e.l.f. I only do light contouring on my cheekbones and nose. I’m still looking for the perfect brush for my cheeks.

    • Talmia

      Are you wanting a brush for blush? I personally use the Sephora Pro Contour for my cheek bones but I love the RT blush brush for my cheeks!

  • Jennifer

    I am confused how when to use contour powder and when to use bronzer. I wa YouTube videos and still don’t get it. Am I the only one confused about contouring and bronzing?

    • Talmia

      From my own practice, I would say that contour basically does what we used to use bronzer for but it’s more dramatic. Obviously the intensity varies based on each person’s personal preference and this allows one to use some of the products interchangeably. For instance, I use the Choc. Soleil to contour my roommate’s cheekbones and jawline because it has a nice cool toned brown that works great on her medium tan skin.

      Essentially, contouring seeks to bring depth and shape back into your face after you have created a clean slate with foundation. In the same way that we bring color back into the cheeks with blush, we contour to give shadows and slenderness into an otherwise blank face.

      Visit me at talmiae.com to learn more about how I practice and use makeup on myself and others!

  • Talmia

    From my own practice, I would say that contour basically does what we used to use bronzer for but it’s more dramatic. Obviously the intensity varies based on each person’s personal preference and this allows one to use some of the products interchangeably. For instance, I use the Choc. Soleil to contour my roommate’s cheekbones and jawline because it has a nice cool toned brown that works great on her medium tan skin.

    Essentially, contouring seeks to bring depth and shape back into your face after you have created a clean slate with foundation. In the same way that we bring color back into the cheeks with blush, we contour to give shadows and slenderness into an otherwise blank face.

    Visit me at talmiae.com to learn more about how I practice and use makeup on myself and others!

  • Barbara

    I am confused too a bit on the bronzer/contour as some of the “contour kits” just have bronzers in them .. So after you contour do you use a bronzer too or either or???????

  • zFashionizta

    The elf brush looks just like my MAC 163, I need to get my hands on that one!

  • Miss_Silk

    The Stila one looks really nice, but I have my eyes on the Tarte contouring brush!

  • rosarita

    There are matte bronzers? Aren’t those the same thing as eyshadow? I am so confused. Where does the shimmer stuff go? Do you have to use shimmer? Maybe this is like health insurance where if you don’t know the right words no one can understand what you are saying. I am so confused. Where does your color blush go? Is the highlighter shimmery and the bronzer? How do you choose shades of blush to go with all this? What does this look like without shimmer? I am just not getting it.

  • nindy

    I haven’t seen it anywhere else beside its website. I’m looking for a cheaper price LOL! πŸ˜‰ But this brush is definitely in my wishlist.