elf bamboo brushes: review

It’s been a while since I talked about anything from the elf brand, but these brushes that are a new addition to the ever expanding range of elf goodies are worth a mention. I’m a big fan of the Studio brush range, with the flat top powder brush being one of my favourites – it works a treat for applying foundation.

So these new bamboo brushes are described as:

These antibacterial Taklon bristled brushes is 100% cruelty free, luxuriously soft and can be used with wet or dry products and is ideal for e.l.f. Natural Mineral Makeup. The natural and sustainable bamboo handle fits ergonomically in your hand for comfort and precise application. The recycled Ferrule is eco-friendly for guilt free beauty. Because beautifying yourself and the world is a beautiful thing!”

I have been sent a selection of four of these brushes and overall, I’m very impressed. The brush bristles are soft and flexible and feel nice on the skin.  The concealer brush bristles are stiff, but still manage to be soft and not remotely sharp or uncomfortable to use.

The stand out brush for me is the eye shadow brush. With a balance of being dense and stiff for controlled application, whilst also being soft, making shadows easy to blend.

The powder brush is good for all over dusting of powder, for finishing/setting make-up but is too silky soft for applying anything that needs to be more precise such as bronzer or blusher. The bristles of this are quite long and flexible so is only good for all over application and blending but it is lovely and soft (as all these brushes are!) and there is a specific brush in the collection designed for blusher.

My overall view of these brushes?

These are excellent quality brushes for a reasonable price (they are each £5.50) but my gut feeling is that given the choice between the bamboo brushes and the brushes in the Studio range, I would still be inclined to pick something from the studio range, which are marginally cheaper and excellent quality – but there really isn’t much in it. I think you will struggle to find better quality affordable brushes than the ones from elf.

The full range of brushes can be found under the mineral section of the website.

PR samples.



  1. kay eh tea ei.
    February 12, 2011 / 10:05 am

    I have the angled blusher brush from this range and it’s not that great. I’m thinking of switching actually, it takes a heap of blusher to see anything on my cheeks and I have to wash it a lot (i know i should anyway…) awesome review though, I think I’ll try the studio brushes! 🙂


  2. February 12, 2011 / 11:27 am

    I really want to try something from this range since I love the ones from the Studio line.

    Charlene xxxx

  3. Sami
    February 12, 2011 / 7:49 pm

    I like the look of the blusher brush… will have to look into the range!xx

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