Random, Yet Awesome Eye Brushes

Hi everyone! It's always great to find all of the brushes you could possibly need in a single brush set... wait- has that actually happened for anyone? Come to think of it, that hasn't really happened for me. Don't get me wrong, I've found some brush sets that I love & use constantly... but there are always those few brushes you don't have.

So I thought I'd blog about a few eye brushes that supplement my Sigma Complete kit, as well as a couple of other ELF brushes that are just great ones to have. They're all really inexpensive. They aren't necessarily the ONLY brushes you need... I mean, that's more of a personal decision for everyone- but you need to have a fluffy crease brush (those usually come in big kits). Hope this is helpful to you! Bullet points below explain the brushes as they appear from left to right..

  • Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Duo... These brushes have been favorites of mine for a LONG time. You can find them at CVS drugstores for between 5 & 7 dollars. After years of use and many cleanings, these have held up wonderfully and I haven't had to repurchase. They're great for working color into your crease and creating outer V's... giving you the control to get the color right where you want it. I might use the larger of the two brushes to get color throughout the crease- and the smaller to define the shape. If you have small eyes and feel like most crease brushes are just too big- I think you'll really like these.
  • ELF Essentials Brushes- Crease & Eyeshadow... The next two brushes shown are $1 brushes from the ELF Essentials line. You can check out these brushes and others at Target, as well as eyeslipsface.com. The first brush is called the "Eye Crease Brush"- and to me, it's sort of a hybrid between a crease brush and a pencil brush. It can be nice for smudging color- and it's a great shape for a medium-sized crease brush. It's not quite as precise as my Sigma pencil brush... but sometimes that's what I want. The second brush tends to come standard in most brush kits- but I wanted to mention it... since you can't beat the $1 price tag! This is the "Eyeshadow Brush"- great for just packing color on the lid. It's dense, soft, and surprisingly good quality. It's another brush I've loved for years!
  • Sonia Kashuk Smudge Brush... My description for this brush: small but mighty. I have a LOT of brushes... but nothing quite like this. I love using it to smudge a powder shadow on my lower lashline... this brush provides a softer application than a sharp-angled liner brush. You could also get a smudgier application of cream liners with a brush like this. While this brush isn't very wide- it has a little more thickness to the bristles than angled liner brushes. It's only $4.99 at Target, and I think you'll find a lot of ways to use it!
  • Coastal Scents Mini Brush... This teeny tiny brush has been great for getting a really controlled application of color wherever you want it. I use it most often to get a light shade in the area around the tear duct. One small problem- as I started blogging about this brush, I realized I couldn't find it anymore on the Coastal Scents website. I think it technically was called the mini contour brush- which doesn't make much sense to me... but still- I couldn't find it. I did find this brush though- which seems pretty similar and less than $3.
Amid all of this brush talk- please don't forget that sponge tip applicators (that some people will tell you to just throw away when you get your eyeshadow palettes) are NOT worthless. They're great for packing color on the lids, and even with a lot of brushes at my finger tips- sometimes the sponge tip just works best! It's also great for applying baked shadows wet! :)

Daily Nuggets...
  • I know I've already put this on Twitter & Facebook today, but who cares... I GOT TO SEE A ZEBRA TODAY! For a morning show segment. Even though it was rainy & cold and I left the place smelling like farm- it was awesome.
  • Thinking about making my next Shopping List Ideas a "rediscovered" shopping list ideas video. All this blogging and less makeup shopping this month has caused me to uncover some hidden treasures in my own collection.
  • Tyler's latest sweet potato endeavor: mashed sweet potatoes... with just a little salt & butter. Huge success! I told him he must post a guest blog about all his sweet potato stuff.
  • Time to have some dinner. Have a nice night everyone!


  1. I love how you stick to your guns! I see these brushes all the time in your tutorials, and I love it. I also love how they're inexpensive!!

  2. I'd love to see a guest post from Tyler regarding sweet potato recipes! My fiance is a huge sweet potato fan, and I'd love to learn some new ways of preparing them.

  3. I love reading about the drugstore and cheapie brushes you've found so useful, because I find a lot of them are great, too!

    And btw, you've inspired me - I'm going to write a full article on the value of sponge tip applicators. They just don't get enough love, and there are some things they actually do better than brushes!

  4. Love the "rediscovered" idea! Please share with us!

  5. I have the same Essence of Beauty crease brushes. I use the small one to soften eyeliner. It's my fav brush!

  6. I always pass by the Crease Brush Duo in CVS and never get it. I really have to! I also love the ELF shadow brushes, a $1 buy is the best!


  7. I am looking for a good brushes for blending. Do you have and suggestions for a drugstore brand.

  8. Hi Emily,
    First thing,I would love to see some of Tyler's Sweet Potato recipes. They're suppose to be really good for you. Second,I have seen that mini brush used by many guru's on YT, and I can't find it either. But I did find two that are some what similar...Sonia Kashuk has one in her black ergonomical handle brushes,(I don't know the name of it because I've had it a few years) and I just found a brush by E.L.F.(@Big Lots) but have since seen them at Target. It is the "concealer brush" #1821. It is tiny, just right for the inner eye area. Just thought I would share an FYI for you and the ladies. Thank you for all the time you put in to help us ladies out. Also, on YT, VintageorTacky has a tip for flattening one of the E.L.F. brushes to make a "different" brush. You should check it out. Take Care.

  9. Hi Emily.

    I picked up the crease duo brushes at CVS a while back (based on your recommendation) and I love them. They are great for precise placement of color in the crease and as a liner. I have found nothing else like them. I also have the CS tiny brush and love that one as well. I would love to see a blog on Tyler's sweet potato recipes!

  10. I have the EoB brush set as well as the $1 shadow brushes from ELF. They are ok. I recently purchased the studio line from ELF and am in love. They are ultra soft and do not shed. For $3 a brush, they are well worth the upgrade! :))

  11. beautiful outfit & post!
    love your style =P


  12. ELF makes a great teeny-tiny concealer brush (white handle/yellow bristles) that is very similar to the Coastal Scents brush that you can no longer find on their site..and at ELF it's only $1..SCORE! I use it to apply color to the tear duct, smudge liner on bottom lid and it's original use of concealing...I hope this helps!

  13. I picked up those Essence of Beauty brushes because of you & I love them..as I do my Elf eyeshadow brushes. If you lived in Canada you'd probably have a few QUO brushes in there too, have you heard of them/tried them? I also swear by Sigma's E25 blending brush..one of their best!

  14. Love almost all ELF brushes, but my favorite has to be the all over eye(flat shader). I saw on twitter that you got an order from them, and was hoping you would do a haul!! I love your hauls!! :)
    check out my blog, i have reviewed an elf product: http://ally-fashionmakeup.blogspot.com/

  15. I love the ELF brushes too. They're such great value! Too bad we don't get Coastal Scents in Singapore. That's going on my every-growing list of things to get when I'm in USA next. Loving all your videos, esp your product reviews. Thanks :)

  16. How similarly do you think the EOB small brush and the ELF crease brush perform? I can't seem to find the crease brush duo in any CVS around me :(


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