Post # 1
I have never owned good quality makeup brushes. How important are they? I bought some MAC and Clinique makeup, and then had the thought that maybe I should invest in some better, non dollar store brushes. Thoughts/suggestions?
Post # 3
I think they are important. I use Real Techniques brushes and they are amazing! I’ve found that MAC brushes shed too much
Post # 4
I think it depends on whether you’re dissatisfied with your current brushes. I had one (for mineral foundation) that was kind of expensive, but it shed a lot. So I went to Target and got a different one for a buck, and I’m honestly having a love affair with how soft and shedless this brush is. So I guess the point is that I’m cheap and not very helpful…
Post # 5
They are important, but you don’t have to go straight to MAC. Target carries Sonia Kashuk brushes which are less expensive and really great.
Post # 6
I use Quo and CoverFX makeup brushes. I used to get the cheapo $5-6 from WalMart, but once I spent a good $20-40 on brushes, I never looked back. Haven’t had to buy new brushes in a while.
Post # 7
@chocolatecoveredstrawberry: I’m a MUA and I DEFINITELY think brushes of good quality are a must for a good application. Honestly, I own MAC, but have never owned a MAC brush. I’m a big fan of ECO TOOLS from walgreens, and you can find some good ELF brushes sometimes too! They won’t last as long and will start to shed faster but the quality of the bristles or hair really do make a difference. For instance, if you apply your foundation with a brush, you don’t want a brush with harsh hair (I’m thinking dollar store or the makeup kits from walmart lol.) because what you’re doing with that hair is dragging your foundation and making lines. You’re not gonna get that airbrushed look. With makeup it’s all about blending in and buffing in, and the hair makes a big difference in this. And with eyeshadow you just cannot blend with a brush that is too stiff or wirey. If you want to own some decent brushes but don’t want to shell out a lot of money check out BH cosmetics (they have a great 22 piece set for like $25). Crown brushes are great but can start to get a little pricey. Sigma is up there with MAC (or even higher) but they’re extremely pricey. Anyways, I hope I didn’t ramble too much. I’m very passionate about what I do and get really into it sorry haha 😉 Hope I helped!
Post # 8
I personally don’t think so.
Post # 9
I think it’s important to have a variety of brushes for different things, but paying a heap of money for something I can pick up at the grocery store for $10 is not my style. My cheap brushes seem to put my make up on fine, so I don’t think it’s important to have brand name brushes..
Post # 10
@FutureMrsPitch: +1 Eco tools are great! And they last forever, plus they don’t cost a bazillion dollars!!
Post # 11
My former roommate, who’s a MAC MUA, took one look at my single, sad “multipurpose brush” and decided a trip to a couple of stores was in order. She then gave me a thorough education on the importance of using quality brushes and the difference they can make in your makeup application. I own a mixture of MAC, ELF, and Sephora brushes, and they all work swimmingly.
Another important thing is to clean your brushes regularly. Dirty brushes can clog your pores/spread bacteria and face gunk. You don’t even need fancy cleaner (at least I don’t). I just use Dove soap and lukewarm water.
Post # 12
@Quinlan: I know right! I love eco tools!!! 🙂
@MlleFabuleux: And yes! Totally agree. I like to use shampoo on mine and it works like a charm 🙂
Post # 13
@FutureMrsPitch: + 1
There’s no point in splurging on expensive makeup without having the right tools. I have a mix of MAC, NARS, Stila, Shu Uemura and Sephora brushes and I haven’t had to replace any of them for at least 8 years. In my experience you only need a handful of brushes – two eyeshadow brushes (one for shading, one for blending), an eyeliner blush and a blush brush. For powder I use a puff, for foundation I prefer to use a sponge and rarely reach for my foundation brushes anymore. It’s worth investing in just a few good-quality tools, they make such a huge difference to the end result.
Post # 14
Good brushes (that is, ones that work well for you – not necessarily expensive) are important to me. however, I have a friend who mostly uses her fingers and it works great for her. I tried and I can’t do it. I have a mixture of cheap and expensive brushes, and I also love having a ton of brushes. For example, I like to mix up what shadows I wear and I don’t always wash each time – so I need to have a few different brushes so I’m not mixing colors. Eco Tools are inexpensive adn work very well, plus they’re on sale fairly regularly at Ulta. I recently purchased a Real Techniques (I think that’s what it’s called) brush at Ulta, and so far, so good! Plus it was also cheap. I have some good brushes from Bare Escentauls (their eye brushes are good, and also their teeny tiny skinny concealer brush). Some of my favorite brushes were by Prescriptives, but they went out of business 🙁 I have a few nice ones from stila and Shu Uemera as well. You may need to play around with a few to see what works well for you. I feel like good brushes make even cheap makeup go on easy, blend better, and look nicer
Post # 15
Yes, get some quailty brushes. I have a mix of eco tools, BE brushes, and sephora. I hear Sonia Kashuk brushes are of high quailty too and those are the ones I’m going to try next once I need to replace my current brushes.
Post # 16
@peonyinparis: curious…..Is there a Hakuhodo store near you? I want to try those brushes sooooo bad!!