May 19, 2015

E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush Review

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E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush

The E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush ($6) was recently launched with several new E.L.F. Cosmetics Summer 2015 product selections. I actually hauled the Beautifully Bare Blending Brush on a whim to tip me into the Free Shipping zone haha…! But in all honesty, I’m typically a rather big fan of the E.L.F. Studio Brush Collection so I expected great things from this brush however, I also wasn’t sure I technically needed this particular brush!

The E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush is a unique design in the fact it’s a curved fuller bushier brush but also has a flat shape like a fan brush which follows and fits into the contours of your face very easily thanks to the narrow head.

The brush is quite the multitasker as it was created for apply cream foundations for a streak-free smooth finish but also thanks to the narrow head it does an excellent job with contour work as well as it fits easily into the hollows of cheeks, contour of the jawline, and sides of the nose, blending powders (or creams) easily into these hard areas of your complexion.

I don’t really apply foundation with a brush (I use my fingers typically) but this does buff creams easily into the skin and provides a very soft, smooth finish. However, I think it works best for contour work and with powders.

elf Beautifully Bare Blending Brush

It’s made from synthetic fibers and is vegan friendly with soft, shed-free bristles. The handle is short which gives this more of a travel brush feel but I don’t mind so much as the shorter handle seems to give me better control over movement when I’m using it. I did wash it three times so far and it dries quickly enough and retains the shape of the bristles nicely however, as it dries down there is some minor splitting towards the ends of the brush. But I always find this fairly common with fan shaped brushes like this.

For me, I likely won’t make use out of the E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush but as Spring and Summer are proving to be all about contouring I can imagine this little beauty budget gem will prove very handy for the contouring fans out there! At $6 it isn’t one of E.L.F.’s cheapest brush options but it is a well made brush that still proves budget friendly. So if you’re in it for the contouring you might just find this a handy option during application!

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  • Agata

    I have never tried Elf brushes and I don’t use a brush to apply my foundation either but I sure do like contouring! I am sold. I wonder if Target will have these.

    • Isabella Muse

      yeah, I think it is best for contouring Agata πŸ™‚ I hope so! It’s a little new but perhaps in the next month or two it’ll pop up at Target!?

  • Caroline

    I just got this in the mail (along with several other Elf items) yesterday, and tried it for the first time this morning! I actually really like it for contouring, and it seemed to work especially well for blending bronzer down my neck. I obviously have only used it once so far, so I can’t say how it works for foundation, but it seems like a well-made brush! It kind of reminds me of a fat fan brush that It Cosmetics sells for a whole lot more money. πŸ˜‰

    • Isabella Muse

      agreed! I liked it a lot with powders and bronzer. It’s quite nice with creams but I felt more control using it with powders as I prefer a buffer brush with creams and this isn’t quite one for buffing but more about swiping if that makes sense πŸ˜€ TRUE! it does Caroline! just a little smaller!

    • Clara

      I have both (this e.l.f. and the IT Cosmetics brush) – they really are quite different. The size, composition, number of hairs, and (yes), even the shape is quite different. I like them both for different uses, but this is certainly not a dupe of the IT Cosmetics one πŸ™‚

  • Fancie

    I love contouring so this looks like another brush to add to my list. I really hope Target gets the new Studio brushes soon so I can just run in and grab them. I see a couple of them I like

  • Sammi

    It’s weird to see a $6 item from a brand that’s mainly known for $1 items. I’d probably spring for a Real Techniques brush if I was going to buy an item in that price range.

  • Eriu

    Just ordered mine last night. I’ve had great luck with ELF products,especially their brushes. Can’t wait to play with it. I almost grabbed the new contour brush as well but since I’m just starting to contour I thought I’d go with this one as it looks like more of a multitasker.

    • Isabella Muse

      you’ll get good use from it if you’re contouring with it! Plus it’ll work for cream foundations too if you like!

  • zVintageFashionizta

    I know this post is old but I purchased this brush yesterday (it’s smaller but similar to the one I own by tarte), I also got the contouring brush (slightly smaller than MAC 163 but fluffier) and pointed foundation brush (I don’t own it but it looks like it may be similar to the one buy it cosmetics). CVS this week has an offer of get $5 extra bucks w/$15 elf purchase (3 brushes for $10, how could I possibly not give them a try).

    • zVintageFashionizta

      Update: I’m β™‘in’ the brushes except for the pointed foundation brush, bristles are hard making it difficult to spread my concealer.