Makeup brushes can be a bit expensive but you don’t always have to spend the big bucks to get good quality. I’ve tried my fair share of makeup brushes from high end brands like Chanel and MAC to more affordable options like Coastal Scents and ELF so I’ve learned a thing or two when it comes to shopping for makeup brushes. The biggest lesson I learned is that a higher price tag doesn’t always signify superb quality. Sometimes you’re just paying for the name brand itself. I have a handful of MAC, Chanel and ELF brushes and, believe it or not, there’s times when my ELF brushes out-perform brushes that cost me 3-4 times as much. In fact, I think ELF is one of the best brands to go to for affordable brushes because they’re almost always rather nice quality at a great price.
The new Contouring Brush is one of a few ELF brushes that I always seem to reach for these days. It’s a new brush to ELF’s lineup that’s designed for precision sculpting and blending for that killer contour us makeup junkies love. I’ve been using the ELF Contouring Brush for months now and I couldn’t be more impressed with the quality. It has a nice, solid feel that’s not too heavy or too light so it’s very easy to hold and grip. The handle isn’t super long like some of ELF’s older brushes so it’s a great option for the vision impaired makeup lovers who like to get up close and personal in the mirror for a flawless application (aka me lol).
The ELF Contouring Brush features a small yet wide brush head with very short synthetic bristles for a firm, precise application. The bristles are incredibly soft to the touch and very dense so it feels good on the skin and manages to blend very well. Thanks to the synthetic bristles, the ELF Contouring Brush is cruelty free and suitable for all formulas–liquid, cream and powder. So it pretty much fits the needs of every contouring junkie whether you like a sharp, pronounced cream contour or softer, more diffused definition with powder. I typically find these kind of flat-top brushes a little tricky to blend my contour but the ELF Contouring Brush works surprisingly well at both applying and blending my contour. The brush head is small and thin enough for me to place my contour exactly where I want it yet it still has a bit of fluffiness to it that makes it very easy to precisely blend and keep everything in place.
I don’t really have anything bad to say about the ELF Contouring Brush so far. It’s held up rather well through many washes without shedding. My only concern is that ELF brushes don’t always fare too well over time. The bristles remain in tact for a while but I’ve had a couple brushes pretty much fall apart after about a year. Which isn’t too big of a deal for me. For $6, I can easily glue the brush head back to the handle and keep it moving. Although I’m still have my fingers crossed that ELF has gotten a little better about the quality of their brushes over time. Either way, I still think that the ELF Contouring Brush is a great, affordable brush that’ll make a great addition to any collection.