Wallet friendly makeup brushes but also does good job?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Best makeup brushes wallet friendly and good quality
    Eco tools : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Real techniques : (11 votes)
    48 %
    Sonia kashuk : (4 votes)
    17 %
    Coastal scents : (1 votes)
    4 %
    E.l.f : (6 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 2
    6431 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
    769 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    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
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
    220 posts
    Helper bee

    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 # 9
    220 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    220 posts
    Helper bee


    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
    1062 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    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.

    Liquid foundation

    Sonia Kashuk Buffing Brush, No. 130 – $13

    Blush Brush

    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!

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  dojx.
    Post # 12
    1649 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    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
    4015 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    2054 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    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
    37 posts
    • Wedding: October 2011

    platinum87:  I love everyday mineral brushes.  They’re really soft and they last for years. I have the kabuki brush and foundation brush. 

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