e.l.f. Studio Blending Brush vs. e.l.f. Studio Crease Brush

e.l.f. Studio Blending Brush vs. e.l.f. Studio Crease Brush

In the past few months, e.l.f. finally added a couple new brushes to their studio line: the blending brush and crease brush. I’ve talked about the blending brush in a previous video, but I specifically wanted to compare these two. Depending on your makeup routine, you may want one over the other– or both!

e.l.f. studio blending brush review

Let’s start with the Studio Blending Brush. This is a particularly unique blending brush to e.l.f. in that it has a pinched barrel to flatten out the bristles. The shape allows it to place color easily into your crease or onto your lid. It’s still pretty dense and fluffy, but basically resembles a huge shader brush. It has enough flexibility to blend well, mostly in a side-to-side motion.

I originally said that while this brush has a specific job in my routine (mostly placing color directly into the crease and softening that line), I prefer something a bit rounder for a regular day to day blending brush.

e.l.f. studio crease brush review

A couple weeks ago, e.l.f. followed up with the new Studio Crease Brush. This is a thin brush with long bristles that taper to a slight point at the end. The barrel of the brush is round and the bristles are flexible, which makes for easy circular blending to achieve a diffused look. Since it’s rather small, you’re able to place color exactly where you want it. This brush, to me, is what I consider to be a blending brush… just a bit narrower.

So which brush should you get? Well, in theory, you could really purchase both for different uses since they’re so affordable. But if you’re really trying to narrow it down, here’s my overview:

e.l.f. Studio Blending Brush vs. e.l.f. Studio Crease Brush

You’ll like the Studio Blending Brush if you tend to blend in a windshield wiper motion. It can also double as a large shader brush for applying shadow to the lid. Because of the flat shape, this brush doesn’t stop at eyeshadow— you can use it to blend out concealer under the eyes, too. If you want a multi-purpose brush, this is it!

You’ll like the Studio Crease Brush if you blend in circular motions like I do. It’s small and tapered enough to blend color precisely into your crease, as well as the lower lash line. This one is easier for me to work with when blending out transition and crease shades because of the shape.

The e.l.f. Studio Blending Brush and Studio Crease Brush both cost $3 each. I will say that they are both getting a lot of use in my makeup routines, lately.

Do you have a preferred shape when it comes to blending brushes?



  1. I’ve been really liking the shape of the Coastal Scents Classic Blender Crease brush with natural bristles for blending in and around my crease. But, I like using my Classic Blender (shaped like ELF’s Blending Brush) for doing my highlight shade and blending shadow above the crease. The only thing I’ve really liked using my ELF Blending Brush for is blending and softening cream eyeshadows up thru and above the crease.

  2. So only the crease brush is on the website now. What gives? Where is the studio blending brush at? I understand it being out f stock but it’s as if it does not exist.

    1. I spoke with someone at e.l.f. and it seems that they had to pull some items off the website because they were out of stock and backordered, they’ll be back up soon when they are restocked though! Sorry for the inconvenience!

      1. 3 months later, no sign of these brushes. They also pulled the new matte brush and bronzing duo. This is ridiculous and forget getting a response on their facebook page.

  3. Great review. And to think all the money I wasted on the MAC 217 blending brushes. I love that elf has released an affordable blending brush.

    1. I’ve never tried the MAC brushes but I have heard that the elf Studio blending brush is a good dupe for the 217! Overall the Studio line has some great high performing brushes. The essentials line can be hit or miss.

  4. I just bought the blending brush, and I have used it only a few times, but I like it! I tend to blend in a wiping motion, and this brush is surprisingly soft! I have a Bdellium brush for blending that is awfully scratchy compared to this inexpensive one. I will pick up the crease brush at the next sale!

  5. I never tried elf brushes but the blending brush sounds great. I prefer something slightly thinner for creases.

  6. I’ve never tried any elf brushes (except my cuticle cleanup brush) – might havta pick up some of their makeup ones and check them out!

  7. I prefer the shape of the studio brush when I look for crease blending. I do have several e.l.f. brushes that I really like.

    1. That one’s great! I’ve even had a pro makeup artist use that one on me with cream blush 🙂

  8. Blending in a “windshield wiper” motion sounds kind of graceless, but I think that’s what I do sometimes, haha! I’ll probably just buy both of these next time I place an ELF order though.

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