ELF Studio Fan Brush Review




ELF Studio Fan Brush is a multi-use brush that I've had my eye on for quite a while. Like all ELF products, this brush is cruelty free and made of anti bacterial, taklon bristles. ELF claims that this brush makes you a professional makeup artist, and will help you create flawless looks. Whoa ELF. Legit? I wasn't aware purchasing a fan brush made me a licensed beauty professional! I ain't gonna argue, this is going to save me tons of money now that I don't have to go to beauty school. ELF products are made in China. I purchased this brush at Target for $3. ELF products can be purchased online at the company website, or in store at Target, Kmart, Big Lots, some Walmarts, and dollar stores. 
 ELF brushes come in a plastic pouch that can be kept for travel purposes, but I always toss mine. The brush it's self has a long, black, plastic handle that's very very light in the hand. The name of the brush is written on the handle in white lettering, and doesn't seem to be rubbing off or anything. The ferrule is made of a glossy black plastic and seems to be well attached to the handle and grips the bristles firmly.
 The black taklon bristles are soft and a little thicker than I thought they'd be. The bristles are quite flexible and move together well. The bristles are uniform length and don't seem to splay, except for the odd hair or two at the ends of the brush. The brush head is about 2 1/2 inches across at the top of the fan, about the perfect size for working in the cheekbone area. I find the fluid movement of this brush's bristles pretty impressive, as I see that as the mark of a good brush.
 I don't entirely understand what ELF means by the bristles being "anti bacterial". Is there some sort of coating on them? There's no way I can test this currently, so I'll remain skeptical. ELF also says that this brush is absorbent and can be used with wet or dry cosmetics. Generally speaking, I don't want my brushes to be absorbent, but I can see what they mean. This brush really holds on to any glitter or shimmer it comes in contact with. I've only used the Studio Fan Brush with powder products for two reasons. One; because I prefer to apply cream products with my fingers or a Claire's small eyeshadow brush. Two; I feel like it'd be a pain to clean.
 So what does a fan brush do? That's a really common question, I see Drugstore Princess get asked that like all the dang time. Fan brushes are super multi functional. ELF lists the following uses for their Studio Fan Brush: Blending away makeup mistakes, dusting and wiping on powders, and contouring. But this brush can also be used for highlighting, subtle bronzing, light blush application. polishing on setting powder over foundation, anything you little heart desires. Personally I mostly use this brush to apply highlight, and sometimes bronzer. I find it doesn't work very well to sweep away fall out, which sucks because that's partially why I wanted this brush. Actually I wanted a fan brush mainly because they look cool. Pretty, delicate, and elegant, the highlight of a brush jar.
ELF's Studio Fan Brush is made decently, but there are a few small issues. As I mentioned before a couple of the bristles splay in the corner of the brush, but it isn't anything major, just a few hairs. This brush also sheds lightly, just a bristle or two from time to time. Despite the negligible splaying/shedding, this brush washes well, dries quickly, and keeps it's shape. Also, the black dye in the bristles doesn't seem to bleed out during washing.
I like ELF's Studio Fan Brush. It's a splendid value, just $3 for a brush you can use in so many different ways. This brush is made pretty well, but it has a couple minor issues that I'm willing to overlook. I love applying powder highlight with this brush, but it's also great for applying bronzer in the most subtle fashion. Plus it looks cool. Check this brush out if you're looking to expand your brush collection, or have been curious about fan brushes. It's affordable and versatile which is a swish combo. I'd definitely repurchase.

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  1. Your reviews are so filled with information and detailed. I love that! I admit I don't have a single fan brush in my collection. Maybe this one will be a good one to start off with. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks <3 this is definitely a good one to start off with.

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  2. I was going to order this last night but I wasn't sure how it worked. Good to hear that it performs well. ^^

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  3. Funny that you should write this... I literally was just asked four separate questions asking what "that fan-looking brush is used for" hahaha! This is a great fan brush, I love all of the ELF Studio brushes! <3

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    1. I've seen you answer it a couple times, but I never knew you got asked that frequently.

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  4. You didn't add my comments ;-;

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  5. So informative! Thank you so much because I honestly had no idea what a fan brush did, or why I should bother using one =)

    Boston Princess

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  6. have had this for so long and love it!

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