The e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush and MAC 109 for comparison
I have a confession to make… even though I’m a beauty blogger and people expect me to look nice all the time, sometimes I’m just too lazy to apply foundation. This is especially true when I’m rushing to get ready for class in the morning. But then I discovered powder foundation and my life was complete… except that I didn’t have the right tool to apply it.
See, most powder foundations come with those sponges that I don’t like for two reasons – they’re hard to clean, and most people never wash them anyway. So I tried a kabuki brush, which can easily be washed, except that the short stubby handle meant I couldn’t put it in my brush organizer with the rest my brushes.
I was about to give up entirely when I stumbled onto the e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush. I wasn’t expecting such great quality from a $3.00 brush but this one really proved me wrong! The dense brush head is perfect for picking up powder foundation and buffing it into the skin instead of just dusting it on top. It’s basically a kabuki brush with a long handle, which is exactly what I needed.
The e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush and MAC 109 (again for comparison)
I also love the way this “powder brush” applies my liquid foundation. It gives a smooth, flawless finish (similar to Sephora’s coveted #55 brush) when used with MAC Face & Body or NARS Sheer Glow.
I can only come up with two reasons why this brush is so inexpensive: the flat top means no messing with tapered bristles, and the bristles are synthetic. Some people turn their noses up at synthetic bristles, but in this case I’m really pleased with the quality. I would compare the softness to my favorite EcoTools Blush Brush (or perhaps a kitten?).
The synthetic bristles also make this a great brush for foundation because you can use alcohol-based quick-dry brush cleansers without fear of drying out the bristles. More cleaning = less bacteria on your face, which hopefully means clearer skin.
The brush looks quite at home with the rest of my MAC brushes due to the sleek design – it would be great for a starter makeup artist kit.
So what are you waiting for? You can purchase the Studio Powder Brush from eyeslipsface.com for $3.00. Oh, and check my blog on Sundays for a roundup post with coupon codes and deals. It usually features discounts from the brand.