Makeup Brushes: Sephora vs. E.L.F.

When it comes to your tools, many people argue a makeup brush is just as important as the actual makeup. They help you apply smoothly and evenly. Even though Sephora Collection is a private label, their brushes are still pricey and considered quite the splurge. We tested them against the much less expensive ELF brushes to see which ones you can save on. See what Makeup Maven, Kimberly has to say.

Sephora Collection Pro Angled Blush Brush #49 vs. E.L.F. Angled Blush Brush

Similarity Score: 91%

Makeup Maven, Kimberly's opinion: The Sephora Collection Pro Angled Blush Brush #49 and the Elf Angled Blush Brush are EXACTLY the same. Sephora's brush retails for $32 and Elf's brush retails for $4. During application, each brush picked up plenty of product and glided very smoothly across the cheeks. After using one brush per cheek, it was impossible to tell which brush was used on what side. The bristles were slightly longer on the Sephora brush and the handle was much longer, which made application a bit more difficult to control. In my opinion, Elf's brush is a total steal! Buy our pick

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Sephora Collection PRO Contour Sweep Brush #97 vs. E.L.F Beautifully Precise Sculpting Brush

Similarity Score: 82%

Makeup Maven, Kimberly, says: The Sephora Collection PRO Countour Sweep Brush #97 and Elf's Beautifully Precise Sculpting Brush are very similar brushes. Sephora's brush retails for $34 and Elf's retails for $10. Sephora's brush is very thick while Elf's Sculpting brush is pointed at the ridge for a thinner, more precise application. Both brushes picked up plenty of product and were easy to use. Though the Elf Beautifully Precise Sculpting Brush is a great brush, I realized while shopping that the Elf Contouring Brush is a better dupe for the Sephora #97. The Elf Contouring Brush is flat at the end just like Sephora #97, and it retails for $6. It is awesome that Elf provides so many economical choices for brushes, and I found a second dupe when I wasn't even looking! Buy our pick

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Sephora Collection PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 vs. E.L.F. Beautifully Precise Airbrush

Similarity Score: 69%

Makeup Maven, Kimberly, says: The Sephora Collection PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 and Elf's Beautifully Precise Airbrush are fairly similar. Sephora's brush retails for $32 and Elf's brush retails for $10. Elf's brush is much thicker than Sephora's brush, which I believe caused more product to be absorbed into the bristles and wasted. I also found the Elf brush to be more difficult to control during application. Elf carries more foundation brush options, so I definitely recommend checking out their other brush shapes and styles. Though this Elf brush wasn't an exact dupe for Sephora's #97 brush, there are definitely other great Elf foundation brushes out there! Buy our pick

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