My hunt for the perfect cuticle clean up brush has been long and dramatic. It’s taken me to the arts and crafts store to the beauty department at Belk to Sephora and back. Finally one night when I was super frustrated because yet again the bristles were falling out of my too-expensive-for-what-it-is cuticle clean up brush I ordered 6 or so elf Essentials Concealer Brush.
Here and there I’d heard people talk about this brush and the rare times I was at Target I’d always look in the elf section and could never find this brush. I more or less wrote it off and continued using different brushes. This is the part where I admit I had ordered this brush MUCH sooner.
This particular brush is part of the Essential line so it retails for $1. It’s too small, in my opinion, to use as a concealer brush. But it is the perfect width for a cuticle clean up brush. It’s also not particularly dense and the bristles are synthetic. This keeps the brush from soaking up too much polish remover.
This is, by far, the best brush I have used for cuticle clean up. That being said, it’s not going to last forever. The acetone eats away at the glue so eventually bristles will begin to fall out. I used my first concealer brush for about 6 months before reaching for a new one. Considering the low price tag, and the fact that I’ve used brushes from all price ranges and they all eventual have this problem, I’m completely ok with replacing this brush every 6 months or so.
Below the jump are a few detailed photos of the brush as well as a before and after of my nails when I used this brush (the polish is Pure Ice No Means No….FYI).
I’d love to know what your favorite cuticle clean up brush is (because let’s be honest….I can’t help but try different things!) or if you just use a plain old cotton swab. Or perhaps those Q-Tips that are pointed…I’ve been wanting to try those!