I’m gonna date myself for a bit and say I remember a time when inexpensive brushes were rubbish. They were scratchy and horrid and never worked right. Or they shed all over your face when you tried to use them. To get a brush that was decent-to-good you had to spend some money. To get great brushes? Serious money. Which is why I usually had crap brushes and why I learned to apply my makeup with my hands and fingers.
Confession time: I still apply my makeup with my fingers. *hangs head in Beauty Blogger Shame* Yes even my eyeshadow!
Know what you really can’t apply well with your fingers? Eyeliner. I mean sure, if you’re going for that Marilyn Manson thing, you can work it out. But try a cat’s eye look! Impossible!
So for a while I was using a cheapie paint brush for an eyeliner brush. I’m definitely not against using art supplies on the face — in fact, I encourage it! But being a cheapie brush, it wasn’t really working for me. So I tried a flat eyeliner brush and — well, I’ll be buggered if I can make that work for me. No, I NEED a nice pointy liner brush.
But yeah… cheap. So that is where e.l.f. comes in. While pursuing the makeup aisle at le Target, I saw the e.l.f. Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush. For $3. Seriously? YES, seriously. $3. How good could it BE, for only three dollars? Friends, I had to find out.
And let me tell you, this brush is great.
What do I love about this brush? What DON’T I!?!?! The bristles come to a really fine point — and the length of the bristles is great — long enough to give you some flexibility but not so long that they’re flopsy and unruly. The angle is great too, making it easy to line your lid while letting you see what you’re doing.
I’ve used and washed this brush several times and it looks good as new — no shedding or breakage and the tip is as pointy as ever.
Did I mention it was only $3?
This is the first e.l.f. brush I’ve tried but I definitely want to try more of their Studio Brush line. And if you’re looking for a new eyeliner brush — or want to try an angled eyeliner brush on the cheap — I don’t think you’d go wrong with this one!