Reviews: E. L. F. Luxe 8 Piece Brush Set and Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I haven’t done this in forever and that is bring you a beauty review on here! I have been busy with stuff in my life and not only that have been posting more over on YouTube and with this week being a little packed, I decided to bring this over here and it is a review on…
8 Piece Brush Set and Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer!

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts on these products!

So recently I have been shopping on Ulta thanks to my card with them and now my Platinum status and since the Holidays are technically here according to the Business Universe a lot of makeup companies came out with holiday sets. I did get my paws on two of them from MAC’s Snowball collection which happen to be the Rose Gold pallet which features six new shades for the season and the Lip Glass Mini Trio in the Rose bag.

Well, E. L. F., who is known for makeup that is sold at affordable prices and has been in Target, CVS, and now at Ulta with some stuff only online and in store. They released their own holiday items and one happens a set of their brushes from the Luxe Brush Collection which ranges from $3 to $15 depending on the brush. This set you get eight of them for $20 and it is a $27 value! Man, that is a good deal for a set like this, I think it is better than the Morphe Vegan Brush Set since you get one more brush in that and it costs $39. I thought Morphe brushes were okay when I tried them out in a YouTube video and did keep my promise to just the brushes and they aren’t as special that people make them sound while E. L. F., on the other hand, I always love returning to time to time. I did use these brushes to apply my makeup but had to supplement with the color correcting concealer, the under eye concealer, powder for a moment since after wiping the big brush after foundation, and highlight since I used these for the brows, foundation, blush, bronzer, setting powder, shadow and concealer. What did I think?

Brushes:

• Ultimate Blending Brush: This brush is can be used in any formula of foundation and can also be used for bronzer and blush but I tried it with foundation since I use a liquid foundation from Almay and set it with powder later. It did blend the foundation in very nicely even with two pumps when other brushes would need more. One wxample is where I got the Ulta oval brushes and I tried the foundation one and took a lot of product to use so I think that one is best for blush since that would need less product to blend. This one in the E. L. F. one is great! I did try it with powder but it was a little bit wet from my baby wipe but it did a bit before I switched to my powder brush from the set I am using now. Still, this is a good brush to have and you can get it on its own for $6.
• Eye Shadow C Brush: This brush was a pretty soft brush and it does remind me of the regular eye brush E. L. F. has separately and any set too. I used my MAC Satin Taupe to try this brush out and it did blend very well even though my eye base from NYX was still tacky and laid two layers for good measure to blend on top of the base. I did see this can also be used with cream shadows so maybe I can use it with an eye base or blend the Wet N Wild Metallic shadows!
• Flawless Concealer Brush: This brush felt more like a crease brush with how it is shaped. It did blend in my concealer which I lay down on top of the color corrector. It was pretty soft as well and I even decided to see how well it blended the CoverGirl concealer and not bad! I would probably use this for my crease or my under eye.
• Contour Brush: I think I got this confused for the blush brush but it did work as a blush brush more than a contour one due to how the angle can help with applying on the cheekbones. I know technically it is the apples but I do the cheekbones due to how we blush naturally around that area. Well, there is always next time but most people think there is no exact rule to makeup and that includes brushes.
• Small Angle Brush: I used this for eyeliner since the description for the brush on its own said that it can also be used for brows but it did make sense for liner more. I decided why not try it with the eyeliner stencils I got for my Link cosplay? The Essence black gel liner was the one I used and man it worked well with the brush! I was able to do the wing parts on the stencil fairly easily. I may take this brush with me to Holiday Matsuri since I am planning on doing Link and Itachi and may be using gel liner for the wrinkle lines he has.
• Eyebrow Duo Brush: This brush was very good! This is not an angled duo brush I have from another company and it does have a spooly on the end and didn’t dig into my hairs as much. I did apply my Essence brow gel very well with the brush end and the bristles weren’t too stiff either! I think I will have an easier time putting a brush shaper when I wash these off.
• Small Stipple Brush: This one I used for under eye setting powder because I felt like the shape was best for that even when I have to go into a small container of powder. I think Emily Noelle uses this one for highlight time to time but this one feels good as a setting powder in my book and the double layer of bristles does it very well!
• Blush Brush: Finally, I think I did get this one mixed up as the contour brush even though this fits more as one due to how rounded it is. I did have an easy time blending the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer with this one since it can do both cream and powder like the other one that is more angled. I do like how soft it is and shaping the outer parts of my cheek with the bronzer was done very well with this brush and I am thinking of doing that for now on with this one!
My final thoughts on the set is that this set was very good! Not too expensive for what you are paying and they are very good quality! They aren’t scratchy, they didn’t tickle me as much as two of the brushes from Morphe since on camera I found them very tickly against my skin due to how soft those were, these have enough softness that it doesn’t do that! I think this set is a perfect idea for any beginner who wants to try out E. L. F. brushes or a gift for a makeup lover who has not try out the Luxe brushes and I can see why these are good! You can also find these in the 19 Brush Set for holiday which is $30 more if you want to spend more on a set for someone but Ulta does have sales which I may get the bigger one if it does go on sale and is still in stock by then due to how a lot of holiday shoppers go nuts! Next item…

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer: I have to include this since I have been doing simple contouring lately. I know I never wore bronzer before but all thanks to Vivi I decided to start doing it and I am doing fairly well. I just do in the outer areas of my cheeks and under the lip and chin to give those areas more definition. I remembered doing that with my color pencils when I used to draw back in the day. I knew about this bronzer and everyone in the makeup community I have seen loves this bronzer and I can see why! This is like a cream but it does blend to a powder finish. I got the one in Light so it wouldn’t look so dark on me since people do have some bronzers that look muddy or too orange on them depending on what they get and so far so good this one has not done too much. I may take this with me to Holiday Matsuri since it is not so harsh. Also, another good part of this bronzer is the smell! OMG! This smells like regular butter and it was made with Miruru Butter or is it Miru Miru Butter? Still, it is an amazing scent! Plus, this thing doesn’t make me itch like the foundations because it doesn’t contain any SPF, I know I live in Florida and SPF is important but my skin is sensitive to products with it and the foundations from this company made me itch. This bronzer doesn’t and glad I can use something from this brand without any worry!

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints for Bronzer and Brush Set! These two items are amazing! The brushes are soft and very affordable for the price and great for any makeup lover or beginner that may want to try E. L. F. brushes and to me these are better than Morphe since they don’t tickle me as much with the face brushes. I think my favorite brushes out of this set would be the duo brow brush, the angular brush, and the blush one that I used for my contouring since they were great for those uses. The Butter Bronzer is also amazing for what it is. Yes, it is $15 but it is worth it! I did forget to mention that Physician’s Formula does have coupons time to time and some places do put them on sale. Also, the smell is great and you can smell it while applying and this product does not make my face itch like the foundations. Definitely a Pawprint of Approval on the Butter Bronzer!

Well, that is it for this review! It feels good to bring a review back on this blog since I feel like it is a little neglected despite doing book reviews and having a beauty review is a nice break. I am thinking of doing a gift guide for this year since I tend to do the advice stuff and I think it is good to do the gift guide. Until next time everyone!

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