Hi everyone! I've managed to tear myself away from my Bob's Burgers binge on Netflix long enough to compile a list of my current favorite face and eyeshadow brushes. A large majority of them are quite affordable, and two of them are a bit pricier (but totally worth it). Since I'm not very gifted in the eyeshadow application department, I'm totally fine with investing very little on the brushes that I use; my other brushes, however, are used on the face which I tend to be more picky about in terms of their quality. Regardless, I think these are all great and I hope this post offers some information for anyone in the market for some new makeup brushes! :)
To start things off, allow me to say how amazing Real Techniques brushes are. Seriously. I want them all. This brush applies liquid foundation like a dream, and is dense enough to really pack it into the places where you need the most coverage (like my chin, for example).
2. Real Techniques Buffing Brush ($18-part of Core Collection)
As of right now, this is definitely my most used face brush. In the past, I used it as a powder brush to set my foundation/concealer/etc., as well as to blend out any contouring with my bronzer. However, I recently started using this to apply my mineral foundation from Tarte and it has seriously changed the game. This brush is so soft and gentle, and it's blending capabilities are absolutely dreamy. As I mentioned in my August favorites post, I had been been using my Tarte liquid foundation constantly, but since I started using this brush with my mineral foundation there has been no turning back. I love it. The end.
3. Real Techniques Contour Brush ($18-part of Core Collection)
Is it strange to think of a brush as "cute"? Because I do. This little doll has a rounded tip, which I think gives a softer and more natural looking appearance when applying bronzer as opposed to more dense and angular brushes. The smaller size also fits nicely into the hollows of my cheeks so that I have more control over where I choose to apply my contour, plus I've been using this to blend out my under-eye concealer, and I've been quite pleased with the results!
Sometimes I refer to this brush as "big daddy" in my head, which is totally normal, right? This guy is heavy, but it's totally ok because he knows what he's doing. I use this brush to apply liquid foundation, and I couldn't be happier with how smooth and natural my skin looks afterwards. Although it's by far the priciest brush I own, I don't regret buying it at all because the quality is wonderful. It's super soft, super dense, and super duper big. It's a winner for sure.
5. Sonia Kashuk Powder/Blusher Brush ($16-part of Couture 5 Piece Brush Set)
Ok, time for some honesty. I'm ashamed. I've been using this brush to apply my powder for the past month or so, and I wasn't disappointed. Very recently, however (aka yesterday), I went to Ulta and decided to buy a much larger powder brush from Real Techniques...and it has stolen the show. I debated taking this brush off the list, but dammit it's just so pretty to look at, plus I didn't have time to re-photograph anything. So while this is supposed to be a list of my favorite brushes, I'm pulling a no-no here and telling you that I think the Real Techniques one is better. It's much softer, plus it doesn't shed, like, at all. I'm sorry to mislead you guys, please forgive me!
6. Yofi Cosmetics Duel End Brush ($7)
This multitasking little baby has been in my life for a hot minute, y'all. I actually received it as a part of my competition makeup kit from way back when I did competitive cheerleading for a year in 10th grade, and also before I ever really cared about makeup at all other than heavy black eyeliner. Many years later, I found this brush in the back of my bathroom drawer, and I've been using it almost every day since then. The sharp end is perfect for applying soft shadow to your upper and lower lash lines, and I use the other side to deepen up my crease colors because it gets right under my brow bone. While this isn't necessarily a well known brand in the makeup world, this little brush has worked just fine for me!
7. Ecotools Highlighting Brush ($7.99-part of Essential Eye Set)
Although this is supposed to be used to apply highlighter underneath the eyebrows, I primarily use this as a blending brush. I think it's the perfect size, and it really gets the job done by getting rid of any harsh lines in my lid and crease colors. It came with two other brushes that I've included in this list, which basically means that I'm a huge fan of the Ecotools Essential Eye Set. The whole package costs less than what one brush would cost you from a more expensive brand, but the quality is still nice. Quite the bargain, ladies and gents.
8. Ecotools Angled Crease Brush ($7.99-part of Essential Eye Set)
This brush is great, especially because it's angled. The different surface areas at each end means that more shadow goes on the outer part of your crease, while more precise amounts of product go towards the inner part of your eye, which results in a soft blown out crease look. I usually blend it out a little bit afterwards with the brush I described above, but this brush really helps to give the basic look that I want for an everyday basis.
9. Ecotools Contour Kabuki ($14.99-part of Limited Edition Kabuki Set)
I always use this brush to apply my blush, and the shape of it couldn't be more perfect for hitting the apples of your cheeks while also helping the product to blend up towards the middle of the cheekbones for a contouring effect. Because it's a kabuki brush, the size of it is also incredibly convenient and travel friendly; I've tried several other brushes that are meant to be used as a blush applicator, but I always find myself going back to this little nugget.
10. Ecotools Large Eye Brush ($7.99-part of Essential Eye Set)
Eyeshadow brushes are one of those things that you can pretty much find anywhere, and I probably have at least 5 in my makeup collection that I've received either as part of brush sets or in my monthly ipsy bag. With that being said, this brush is the only (I repeat, only) one I use. Something about the combination of the size, shape, density, and all around bristle softness of this brush just really does it for me and I've yet to be impressed by any other kind. I'm not a huge eyeshadow person, but I find this just perfect for my basic everyday looks.
*Bonus* Beauty Blender Sponge ($19.95 or 2 for $28.95)
While this isn't a brush, I just couldn't do a post about makeup applicators without including the Beauty Blender. Holy moly, this thing is amazing. I had a cheap knockoff version of it a few years ago and I threw it away almost immediately because it was just horrible...this probably has everything to do with the fact that I used it dry, but whatever. What truly matters is that once I purchased the real deal, I just knew it was going to be incredible, and it is! Its blending abilities are unparalleled. I really don't think it would be possible to look cakey if you applied liquid foundation with it (if it's dampened, which it should be), which is a big concern of mine. Holy grail item right here guys, it's well worth the investment.
Yay, there we have it! While I'm not expert on makeup by any means, the brushes I listed really get the basics taken care of as far as quality and affordability go. I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment down below and let me know what your favorites are, I'd love to hear from you guys! Thanks for reading!