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When it comes to affordable makeup you don’t always get what you pay for. Sometimes you get a little more! The ELF Studio brushes aren’t perfect but I must admit that they’re pretty darn spectacular for $3. Especially the Studio Powder Brush!

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The ELF Studio Powder Brush has become one of my go to brushes for foundation and powder. I’ve been using this baby for years and no matter how many high end brushes I collect I’ll always keep one on hand!

It’s a flat top kabuki style brush made with cruelty free anti-bacterial synthetic Taklon bristles. The Studio Powder Brush is suitable for liquids, creams and powders and can be used to stipple or buff your way to a flawless finish.

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The brush head is a bit big and wide but it still works well with my small face. I don’t have any problems getting into my nooks and crannies as it’s pretty flexible. My favorite way to use the ELF Studio Powder Brush is with my liquid foundations and powders. It picks up pigment extremely well and blends like a dream without soaking up too much product.

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And it’s so soft and dense! You’d be surprised how luxurious the Studio Powder Brush feels against the skin. The bristles are so tightly packed that it doesn’t skip a beat during application. My only gripe with the Studio Powder Brush is that it doesn’t hold up perfectly well over time. I’ve owned this brush for over 2 years and it rarely sheds. It even manages to retain its full, fluffy shape after every wash. Sounds great, right? Yeah, until your handle pops off one day! LOL! Honestly, I found it pretty funny when it happened. Having a brush fall apart while you’re doing your makeup is a classic silly moment. So I just embraced it and grabbed some glue to put it back together. It’s no big deal for me since everything else is excellent and it’s so affordable. Life is all about give and take, right? If you have some spare glue lying around I suggest you get your hands on this brush!

  • Whoa, I’m so sorry to hear about the handle popping off part! Glad you could glue it back tho! I was thinking this looks more like a foundation brush than a powder brush for me, then I read you can actually use it for both 🙂

    • fancie

      I hate that the handle isn’t more sturdy but the quality of the actual brush is so good I can’t complain much. It gets annoying having to glue it back but this brush works wonders for foundation and powders.

  • I want one of these! They are always out when I go to get one! We only have one store that really carries ELF here – yeah I know small town – but I’ll get one eventually. Loved the review and your honesty!

    • fancie

      Thanks Gina! This brush has its flaws but it works pretty darn well for the price. I can imagine it being a hot seller at your store. Do you mind ordering online? ELF usually has sales and discounts codes you could use

      • No I don’t mind ordering it online! I guess I just never thought about doing that. . That’s a great idea. Of course, one can (big ole me) get in to a lot of trouble traversing around there…. LOL!!! But what the heck, ti will be FUN!!!! <3

        • fancie

          Lol it will be! The first time I ordered from ELF I found a 50% off code so I ordered SO MUCH STUFF. Tons of sets, palettes, brushes and lipsticks. I’m planning to do it all over again soon since they’ve released some pretty interesting new brushes and products.

          • Yes that would be fun. I’ve heard of there discounts. There is a palette that I want and other things too. Might give that a try soon! I’m so addicted to shopping, I have to be careful, or I’ll end up shopping here – and there – and there— LOL!