Hello gorgeous! Last week on my Instagram, I had posted that I had received the e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki Brush and there were SO many questions regarding how it compared to a few other brushes. I posted a quick snap shot between this & the NARS Ita Brush & Becca The One, but I figured you would want to see a little bit more in depth shots & my thoughts on if it does or doesn’t compare at all! So let’s do this!
e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki Brush – $10 (Available on the ELF Site)
Let’s start off by talking about the e.l.f. Studio Brush. This is described as a true beauty multi-tasker and works for blending, contouring, highlighting and stippling. It has densely packed bristles that distribute powder evenly to create a smooth and soft-focused finish on the face.
Let me just say – This brush is H-U-G-E! Much bigger than I thought it would be. The bristles on this baby are insanely soft – Much softer than any ELF brush I have (And that’s quite a lot!) Now because of that, would I use this for a precise contour? Probably not. I have an extremely small face so my contour would be a hot mess. But highlighting and warming up the face with my favorite bronzer? Absolutely! I have even been using it with my Urban Decay Naked Skin Powder Foundation and it gives me such a flawless finish.
So how does it compare to the NARS ITA? As you can see, the brush head on the ITA is MUCH smaller as is the handle. The ITA is one of those brushes that people have been going crazy after. I took the plunge during a Sephora VIB 20% off sale and to be honest – I’m not all that crazy about it. For the price, I expected the bristles to feel like newborn unicorn baby tears and change my life. I rarely reach for it so I should have just thrown $55 out the window. Unless you’re a HUGE contour person, the ITA isn’t worth the money.
This is a super awkward photo, but I wanted you guys to really see the size comparison and just how large the ELF brush is.
The other brush I want to compare it to is the Becca The One brush. This one retails for $49 and claims to cut time in half & replace 10 makeup brushes. Much like the ELF brush, you can use it for powder, cream, highlighting, contour ect.
I have such a love / hate relationship with my Becca brush. It really is a great multi-tasking tool (It definitely doesn’t replace 10 brushes in my collection) but the bristles shed like crazy. Once again, the brush hairs on the ELF are 10x softer and I haven’t experienced any shedding at all. The Becca bristles are more dense and stiff which would probably make it easier to apply cream foundations and products.
Size Comparison – While the ELF brush is definitely fatter and bulkier than the Becca, I do appreciate the fact that I can stand up the ELF brush on my vanity for easy access and display purposes. The Becca is rounded at the bottom, so it does not stand up (Nor does the ITA brush)
The Line Up :
Overall, what it’s going to come down to for most people is price, quality and how you want it to perform on your face. Like I said, if you want the ELF brush for really chiseling out your cheekbones, it probably won’t happen because of how huge the brush head is. If you want to do a soft contour, bronze and highlight the face – it’s definitely something I would pick up.
Who do you think wins the battle? Do you see yourself picking up the ELF Studio Ultimate Kabuki?
Availability : ELF Website | (Not sure when this will be hitting stores such as Target, Walgreens ect)
Price : $10
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