Tools of trade – my favorite makeup brushes
Hello and happy November! Can you believe it’s almost the end of the year? Anyways, for the longest time I’ve been searching for quality makeup brushes without having to spend a fortune. The Beauty of Essence brushes were decent for the price I paid, but it wasn’t until I purchased the Real Technique brushes that I’ve finally found my tools of trade.
- Real Technique Core Collection – $17.99
My favorites in this set are the Contour brush and Buffing brush. The bristles are soft and dense and make for excellent application. The Detailer brush is quite nice for applying lipstick or concealer.
- Beauty Blender – $19.95
There are many variations of this tool, but I have the original one and I love it. I spritz it with a bit of Mac Fix+ and it applies & blends foundation like a charm.
- e.l.f Studio Blush Brush – $3
For $3 this brush is pretty incredible. It’s soft, dense, and the contoured angle makes for an easy blush application.
- e.l.f Studio Powder Brush – $3
This is definitely my favorite of all the e.l.f brushes. It’s great not only for applying pressed or finishing powder, but the dense fibers also make it great for buffing. And $3!!
- e.l.f Essential Eye Shadow Brush – $1
This has been my go-to eye shadow brush for years, until it recently got replaced with the Real Technique ones. But even then, I still think it’s a great brush, especially for someone who just started experimenting with makeup.
- Real Technique Starter Kit – $17.99
Again another set of excellent brushes, especially the Deluxe Crease brush and Base Shadow brush. At first I thought the brushes might be a bit big for my eyes, but they turned out to be perfect. The Accent brush is also really great for precision detailing and smudging.
I highly recommend the 2 Real Technique sets, especially when Ulta has a BOGO 50% sale. Between the 2 sets you pretty have all your basic brushes covered. But if you want to keep cost low, then e.l.f would be the way to go.
Hope you enjoyed this mini review! I’d love to hear what your favorite makeup brushes/tools are!