I’ll review a few of my favorite individual brushes as can-some of the shapes seem better suited to their purpose than others. The quality is very uniform, though, across this line. ELF brushes have synthetic bristles, plastic handles, and while they feel soft and fairly sturdy, they do look a bit cheap. There’s a wide variety of shapes available,or you can opt for a ready made kit to get a variety. ELF has frequent sales(I snagged these during a %50 off brushes/tools event), and you can easily stock up on these for even cheaper!
My favorite brushes are the foundation brushes, facial brushes. The eyeshadow brushes seem to hold to two extremes-either they are HUGE, only suitable for all-over shadow color, or they’re VERY tiny, narrow, and a little stiffer, suitable for lashline color, or eyeliner. In the kit, and extra brushes, that I got, there was only one brush suitable for crease shading, and even that was large enough that I wouldn’t trust it for anything besides softening the blending AFTER I’ve applied color with a smaller brush. These do work fairly well, but the shapes are MUCH more intended for the “average” consumer, rather than a make up fan who requires more precision from their eyeshadow brushes.
These don’t shed at ALL during cleaning, and the bristles seem to return to their given shape without any real fussing. No bent bristles during washing, or asymetrical bristle densities if you forget to pinch it back into a “normal” shape. THey don’t get stiff after drying, or have any real technical issues.
I haven’t tried Sigma, to compare quality, but so far this is my FAVORITE affordable brush brand for facial brushes. I still prefer my Posh or Japonesque eyeshadow brushes. But the foundation brush has become my staple at photoshoots, for buffing concealers into the skin, applying cream foundations, etc. The Powder brush feels delectable on the skin, and while it’s large enough that you can’t apply powder under the eyes with it, it works just as well as my favorite $40 Sephora bronzer brush. There’s a lot worse brushes you could spend your money on, and if you’re just looking to add variety to your collection, or just learning, this is a great option.