3 budget brushes by elf | Mineral Powder, Small Tapered, Flawless Concealer

budget makeup brushes elf 3 budget brushes by elf | Mineral Powder, Small Tapered, Flawless Concealer

In terms of cruelty-free, affordable brushes, I wouldn’t say elf is on par with Eco Tools or Real Techniques (which I find very much comparable to higher end brands), but they do have some nice options. I’ve purchased quite a few elf brushes over the years, many of which were everyday staples for me for a long time. I always purchase these with 50% off codes, so they’re $1.50 a piece. I recently picked up three new ones: the Mineral Powder Brush, Flawless Concealer Brush, and Small Tapered Brush.

elf studio brush review 3 budget brushes by elf | Mineral Powder, Small Tapered, Flawless Concealer

The Mineral Powder Brush is relatively small for a powder brush. It’s rounded and tapered. It would work for blush and bronzers.

The Small Tapered Brush is shaped like the Real Techniques Setting Brush, but it’s larger and round, while the RT Setting Brush is flat on the sides. It’s pointed enough to use for contouring and the rounded shape helps blend. I like it for applying silica powders. The tip works great for the “flicking” off excess.

The Flawless Concealer Brush is longer and a bit larger than other similar-style brushes. I prefer something smaller and less dense for the under eye area, but if you buff in concealer with a brush, you may like this.

Like all of elf Studio brushes, these are in the style of Illamasqua brushes. There’s no denying they are super soft, particularly the Mineral Powder and Small Tapered Brushes. They all have the same bristles, so I imagine any variation in softness has to do with the way the brushes are cut.

So, are these must haves? Not really. But they do work nicely. I can see the elf Studio brushes being particularly good options for someone new to makeup who wants to experiment with different brushes and ways of applying products. You can always invest a bit more in the brush types you use most often once you discover which work best for you.


Do you use any elf brushes? Other budget brush favorites?

  • Christine

    ELF makes some decent brushes…especially for the price! :) I can’t say I usually pay much attention to them, but I think I may have to check some of these out. I need a good brush for contouring, but since I rarely bother with it, I don’t want to invest a lot in a dedicated contouring brush…plus I have no idea what would work best for it! :) Thanks for the suggestions! :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Christine! For contouring, I really like the RT blush brush, for more diffused, subtle contour. For a more pronounced contour, I do like something with a more pointed tip, and I have used the elf studio blush brush for placing product, then another brush to blend out. RT makes a similarly shaped one too that I prefer, but both work ♥

  • Martha

    I just picked up some of these brushes myself recently! It’s true they’re not on par with my EcoTools brushes but for something cheap, they work.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Martha! My thoughts exactly. They’re fun to play around with and I also like throwing one in my bag if I’m going overnight somewhere, because they do work, but I don’t mind if they get messed up in my suitcase or I lose them. If I’m going away for more than a night or two, I usually bring my regular everyday brushes though ♥

  • Lily

    I read a lot about ELF and their affordability but I never tried this brand before. I’m really picky about my brushes, so I usually stay within a safe zone and don’t stray too often :-)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Lily! Yes, they’re decent, but if you’re picky about brushes, they’re probably not for you haha ♥

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    I have an eyeliner and precision brush from e.l.f, and a blush brush from the mineral line. I like them a lot and I think they are great quality for the price.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      I agree – for the price, you really can’t go too far wrong. I’ve had a few that I don’t like, but the studio line is solid. And a couple of the studio line brushes are standouts to me, like the blush brush and the flat top kabuki ♥

  • http://Lifesentropy.com/ Jane Candor

    I absolutely love the Mineral Powder brush for foundation. It’s precise and easy to blend in foundation. Do you know of a brush similar to that in shape but of better quality? I’d buy it in a heart beat!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Jane – I just did a quick once-over of my brushes and surprisingly, I don’t have anything too similar. The closest brush I see is the Real Techniques Contour Brush… it’s close in size, but the RT is far more tapered and comes to much more of a point, while the Mineral Powder brush has a much more subtle taper and rounded top. Hope that helps! ♥