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E.L.F. Essential Foundation Brush!

This is my first experience with a foundation brush. I wanted to go for a brand that I already had a history with liking the products, so when I found this brush at a dollar general on a chance, I had to have it! I've been using it for about three weeks, and I've learned that I do not like it at all. But I'm going to let you guys be the decider in this bout, because I don't know the first thing about a foundation brush.

       I've washed it about five times already and it still hasn't begun to shed. Not even a little bit. In terms of durability this brush is without a doubt a safe bet because the bristles don't fall too quickly and they won't get misshaped from abuse, but they're almost to stiff to use properly.
       I paid one dollar for it, but I believe the msrp is something like one dollar on their e-shop as well, so things pan out.
Well, here's where the problems ensued for me. Let's have a look at the product description:
"e.l.f. Essential Foundation Brush
Achieve an ultra smooth, poreless finish when applying foundation, tinted moisturizer, or other creamy face product. The tapered bristles are designed to contour your face for a seamless, flawless finish. Makeup Artist Pro Tip: For best results use upward brush strokes.

All e.l.f. professional makeup brushes have been designed and tested by our professional team of makeup artists. Each brush has been ergonomically designed to fit perfectly into your hand and facilitate a flawless finish with every application.
Actually, this brush sucked up more makeup than any brush I own and left me with a bit of a streaky finish each time that I used it. I generally found myself going back over this work this a blender and powdering it. One thing I really did like about it was that the bristles were very smooth and didn't stab my face. But the brush felt like a big acrylic paint brush to be honest; I'm sure that there isn't really a difference, except that perhaps I can acheive better coverage with the paint brush (granted I'd pay about six dollars more..)

It comes in a transparent, plastic envelope with a paper tucked neatly inside. Not at all intricate.
   Overall I'm slapping this product with three stars. It's probably very good to someone else but for me I just don't like it that much. I think that generally, they make very good tools; I'm using their tweezers right now and oh my gosh they're the best! But this brush will just be one of those things that I'm glad I didn't spend like 50 dollars on and ended up hating it.