Post # 1
Hey! Ok so I’m planning on D.I.Y makeup, im so confused, I never wear much makeup just really simple so I never went full blown on tools and things but I want to collect the products I need for my D.I.Y.
I need advice on makeup brushes since I’m not an avid makeup user, i dont want to buy extremely expensive things but also I don’t want to buy cheap quality things so I want good products that do give results if used right. So on my research journey I ended up with these brands can someone please break it down for me
ok so which is the best or if each one is a must have or are they similar or what? Or should I buy from each one an individual brush? Has anyone used all of them?
i do know that sigma brushes and Mac brushes are the most recommended but I think for a person who doesn’t wear makeup everyday I shouldn’t spend that much.
please any advice. I don’t have much time.
Post # 2
If you’re looking to spend the least, I’d go with e.l.f. Great brushes for the <$3 pricepoint.
But if you’re ok with spending a bit more, I’d go with Real Techniques.
Post # 3
platinum87: I have a mix of Eco-tools, E.L.F, and Sonia Kashuk.
Eco tools and SK brushes are super soft and durable. E.L.F brushes are great for eyelids in my opinion. I found an amazing Kabuki brush and foundation brush at TJ Maxx. Try looking there
Post # 4
i’ve used ecotools before but i wasn’t impressed with them. i love elf products now. they’re my go to for cheap makeup! especially their lashes 😀
Post # 5
i love real techniques, all of their brushes are a little spendy [not as costly as say, mac, though] but they wash and use well.
Post # 6
I like Real techniques and also a good amount of my brushes are Japanosque. (Spelled something like that lol) Not sure if or where they sell them anymore since they closed down the store I got them from. I’ve never tried any of the other ones you listed except I bought my 9 year old daughter some of the elf brushes. Shesnot of much help with a review though. Lol
Post # 7
Thanks guys for the reply, what are the must have brushes in your opinions do you actually use 22 brushes to put on make up? Whats the best foundation brush if I wanted to use it for a foundation like MakeUp Forever HD from the above selection? for example what I understand and what I see the most common brushes used are 1) foundation brush 2) concealer brush 3) angled brush 4) kabuki brush 5) powder brush what’s the difference between a kabuki and a powder brush?
🙂 I’m so sorry for all the Questions
Post # 8
WarrenWE: hahaha I do have some of the dollar e.l.f brushes I think they arent bad, the most one I used is the blending brush i like it. I really hate when I have so much variety and I need to choose since I can get quite indecisive, I just would love somebody to take my hand and a shopping cart and say this, this, this and this you are set. Also, I like to be realistic with prices something’s are hard to justify paying a fortune for in my head.
Post # 9
platinum87: this may sound weird but a cosmetologist told me to try this and ive done it ever since. Use a kabuki brush to put on liquid foundation. I don’t ever use a foundation or concealer brush. I use my finger for concealer. A powder brush is wider than a kabuki usually. I can’t remember which brand kabuki brushes I own. I havelike 3 of them. Lol
Post # 10
platinum87: do you have a sephora by you? I’m sure you could go in there and someone would be able to show you all the different brushes. I knw sephora has like 2 or 3 different price ranged brush sets. And you can buy them alone or in a kit. A lot of the diff brands they sell also carry brushes too. More pricey but the quality is excellent
Post # 11
platinum87: Since you don’t really use make-up that often, you don’t need to run out and buy a bunch of brushes. And the type of brushes you “need” really depend on what make-up you are using. For example, if you are using a powder foundation (pressed or loose), then you might want to lean towards a kabuki brush.
Below are my recs (depending on the make-up that you use). These are my favorite affordable brushes that are in my collection.
General – Real Techniques and Sonia Kashuk are great for face brushes. For eyes, I gravitate towards my Up & Up (Target brand), Revlon, and Crown brushes. I’ve tried ELF ones for face/eye and I prefer their brushes for eye make-up. I don’t quite like them for foundation application.
Sonia Kashuk Buffing Brush, No. 130 – $13
Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush – $14. You can use this for mineral powder, but I like it for heavier applications of blush. There are cheaper versions on eBay.
Powder Brush (for setting your face make-up)
Icing Bamboo Powder and Bronzing Brush – $9.50
Basic Eye Brush recs
Up & Up Crease & Smudge brushes ~ $2 each. The brand has been revamped, so I’m not sure if you can still find these.
Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush – $6 (for gel eyeliner)
Crown Brush Mini Syntho Travel Set – $ 21. I love the eye brushes in this set.
Hope this helps!
Post # 12
I would say out of your choices the Real Techniques, Sonia Kashuk, and Eco Tools brushes are the best. I have some Eco Tools brushes I still use along with my Sigma, Mac, and Make Up Forever brushes.
I would say to invest in a good flat kabuki for foundation or a beauty blender. I recently got my Sigma F80 and my foundation is perfect compared to when I used a foundation brush or even the beauty blender. I’m very pleased.
Post # 13
WarrenWE: I agree, kabuki brush for liquid foundation! It’s what I use with my Makeup Forever. I also have the ELF brush set and love them!
Post # 14
Wallet friendly-ish and good quality: Sedona Lace. They’re just like Sigma brushes but have pink brush hair and they’re not as expensive.
But out of the ones you listed: Ecotools! So soft and such good quality.
P.S. I’ve tried A LOT of cheap brushes… plus I received a set of Chanel brushes as a gift so I’m able to compare the quality from low end to high end.
Post # 15
platinum87: I love everyday mineral brushes. They’re really soft and they last for years. I have the kabuki brush and foundation brush.