I'm a self-professed makeup brush junkie and it's safe to say I probably own at least a few hundred in all different shapes and sizes. My absolute favorites, though, are for eyeshadow and while I admit I love expensive brushes from MAC or Sephora, I discovered two drugstore brushes a few months ago from e.l.f. cosmetics that have become my everyday, go-to eyeshadow brushes for crease color placement, definition, and blending. Got a smaller, hooded eye shape like mine? I think you're going love these brushes, too.
e.l.f.'s Eye Crease Brush is small and slightly dome-shaped and very similar to the Makeup Geek Small Crease Brush or the SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Precision Smudge Brush. The shape makes it perfect to create and blend out a V-shape on the outer corner of the lid; I like to use it to add depth and dimension to a smokey eye look.
The Eye Blending Brush is also slightly dome-shaped and perfect for just that - blending, whether it's adding a transition color to the crease and blending it out or just blending out any harsh lines for an overall polished look. I'd compare it to the Sigma E37 or E39 blending brushes. And because it's a smaller blending brush, it really is perfect for precision crease work and blending for smaller eye shapes and hooded eyelids.
What could possibly make these brushes even better? Oh, just the fact that they're only $1 each. Yes, that's right - $1, no matter where you buy them. So you could buy 18 e.l.f. Eye Crease Brushes for the price of the Sephora brush I mentioned above or 16 Eye Blending Brushes instead of one Sigma blending brush. Quite a bargain, right? I also like them because they're usually available at a wide range of stores, including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and Target, and if you prefer to only use brushes made with synthetic hair, these will make you happy, too.
One word of caution, though. While I think the brush itself is really good quality, the glue used to attach the ferrule to the wooden handle doesn't seem to be. Even though I'm really careful about how I wash my brushes, I've had some of them come off their handles, but it wasn't anything a little bit of wood glue wasn't able to fix. When you consider how well the brushes work at such a low price point, it's definitely not a deal breaker for me. And I hope you won't let it be one for you, either. If you decide to try them out, I'd love to hear about your experience, good or bad.
Yours in beauty,
Lady Bon Vivant