e.l.f. Essentials Defining Eye Brush Review (e.l.f. Professional Defining Eye Brush)

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Jack of all trades, master of none – that’s exactly how I would describe the e.l.f. Essentials Defining Eye Brush (formerly e.l.f. Professional Defining Eye Brush).

It tackles multiple tasks for applying eye makeup, so it’s good if you don’t want to clutter your vanity with many brushes. However, I already own other brushes that do the tasks that this one is designed for…only better. So I hardly use this at all!

e.l.f. Essentials Defining Eye Brush Pictures & Photos

Claims: TRUSTED, but Product: CAN PASS

    Velvety bristles
    Ergonomically designed
    Flawless finish

Key Notes

  • Name: e.l.f. Essentials Defining Eye Brush (formerly e.l.f. Professional Defining Eye Brush)
  • What I Paid: $0.50 USD (was on sale; retails for $1)
  • Other Essentials Eye Brushes Available: Eye Shadow Brush, Blending Eye Brush, Eyeliner Brush, Smudge Eye Brush, Brow Comb + Brush, Eyelash & Brow Wand
  • Where to Buy: e.l.f. website

e.l.f. Professional Defining Eye Brush Review

If I don’t already have a brush collection, I think I would like the elf Essentials Defining Eye Brush better.

One of the many tasks that it takes on is contouring in the crease area. I don’t think the elf Professional Defining Eye Brush does a particularly great job at applying color because the brush head isn’t dense enough.

It’s good for blending shadows in the crease though. I find the bristles on the too-soft side, which is why it’s good to blend different colors together. And if you turn it on its edge, the size fits into the crease making it easy to employ the windshield wiper motion. However, I prefer using a contouring brush for that purpose because I think the pointed shape does a much better job.

Another job that the e.l.f. Defining Eye Brush supposedly does is applying highlight color under the brow bone. While it’s not bad for this, again, the bristles are way too soft – it doesn’t give me the precision I need. I think even my finger does better.

Lastly, I’ve tried using the elf Defining Eye Brush to smudge eyeliner on my lower lash line. I like how the size fits along my lash line perfectly. But once again, I find that using a denser pencil brush makes it easier and provides better precision.

All that aside, let’s talk about the mechanics. Measuring in at approximately 6 ¼”, the entire elf Essentials Brush is just the right length so you don’t have to stand too far back from the mirror. I would prefer it to have a bit more weight to it for better balance. Also, there is light shedding.

  • Versatile for multiple tasks
  • Affordable
  • Good length, size & shape
  • Soft bristles
  • Bristles not dense enough
  • Not great at any of the tasks
  • Light shedding
  • A bit too lightweight

Final Verdict: 6.5/10

I’m writing this review as I’m on hold on the phone with my Internet company (the Net’s been down for 2.5 hours!), and I’ve discovered a use for this brush. It’s good for brushing away the oil and ickines on my phone without scratching the touchscreen!

I’m not trying to be mean, but I don’t really have a use for it as I have other brushes that do a better job. It’s decent (especially for the price) if you want a multi-purpose brush that does OK on all the tasks.

Think you’d give this a try still because it’s so affordable? Let me know what you think!


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