REVIEW: e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush

What is this Product? (What it claims)
e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush
This new antibacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. Be a professional makeup artist and create a flawless look with this e.l.f. Studio brush!

The layered bristles create a soft airbrushed look that's perfect for applying foundation or adding color definition to cheekbones or highlighting with soft layers. Use this brush with any liquid or powder face product such as foundation, blush or bronzer to build your coverage from sheer to heavy.

Directions of Use:
The Stippling Brush has a unique two layer bristle design to pick up two layers of product to disperse on skin for ultimate control and preferred finish. Use with desired face product and dab color in a "stippling" motion onto the skin for concentrated color or blend in all over for a beautiful sheer and smooth coverage.

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I got this brush during Christmas 2010 when it first came out. I believe this is by far the most affordable stippling brush on the market. I never have high expectations for E.L.F Brushes because I really didn't like the Total Face brush and the Blush/Bronzer brush but I'm pretty happy with this one.

When I first took it out of the package, I noticed that it was not dense and so soft to a point that I think its not strong enough to do the stippling function. I did the first wash and a few bristles came out which was normal. I didn't see any dyes come off which was good because I keep having bad experiences with running dyes for brushes.

I tried the brush with a few liquid products. First I tried it with a very sheer liquid foundation and I noticed the effect is not bad. I do see a bit of streaks though but I did a bit of a circular motion and it was gone. I then tried it with a thicker liquid product, the BB cream, and I noticed it definitely left streaks and it wasn't a very even application.

I also used it with cream blushes and I think it was perfect for me because it picked up just the right amount and the diameter of the brush is good for my cheeks. Since I had good results with cream blushes with this brush, I then tried pressed blushes and I think it's super easy to blend with.

Generally, I think the brush preforms great with powder products. When it comes to liquid products, try to avoid thick liquid items because it will end up picking up a lot of products and cannot stipple/apply properly.

Overall: ♥♥♥♥
Product: 4/5 ♥ Not great with thick liquid products.
Packaging: 5/5 ♥
Price: 5/5 ♥ Extremely Affordable compared to Sigma and MAC. I really don't like ELF's customer service though.