Your vanity may be filled with the best luxury or drugstore makeup money can buy, but without a killer set of makeup brushes, you'll never do all of those beautiful creams and powders justice. Makeup brushes don't have to cost hundreds of dollars, but they do have to be made with quality bristles that stand the test of time. These 6 affordable makeup brushes boast great reviews, won't fall apart before a big event and will make you look even more beautiful.
Ecobrow Defining Brush
Brows are big business, for one obvious reason: they frame your face and make it totally possible to get away with wearing less makeup. But how many times have you gotten stuck with a spooley that self-destructs days after you've brought it home from the store? Ecobrow Defining Brush, brought to you by celebrity brow expert Marco Ochoa, features a dual-angled spooley brush and soft slanted brush that is perfect for applying both powder and Ecobrow Defining Wax eyebrow color. Because we're all about multitasking, the brush can also be used to create a precise stroke of eyeliner. Reviewers say the brush is firm, features the perfect cut, size, and angle, and makes application flawless
Ecobrow Defining Brush ($23)
Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set
This collections comes with a pointed foundation brush, detailer brush, buffing brush, and contouring brush and is made from hand-cut synthetic taklon brushes. Reviewers say this set is versatile (the foundation brush can be used with powder and the concealer brush is great for highlighter) and that all of the brushes are super soft and sturdy. Frequent travelers love how they come packages in a 2-in-1 case with a stand.
Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set ($8.50, down from $17.98)
e.l.f. 11 Piece Brush Collection
Talk about bang for your buck: this 11-piece set includes an eyebrow "C" brush, complexion brush, small angled brush, small smudge brush, fan brush, powder brush, angled foundation brush, concealer brush, small precise brush, blush brush, and contouring brush. Reviewers say they are soft, won't shed, and (unlike some of the other brushes sold by e.l.f.) are 100% vegan cruelty free.
e.l.f. 11 Piece Brush Collection ($27.49)
EcoTools Essentials 6 PC Eye Brush Set
Your gorgeous brown, blue, green, or hazel eyes are the focus with this six-piece kit, which contains a large eye brush, angle crease brush, petite eye shading brush, highlighting brush, and smudge brush. Reviewers say they are lightweight, soft, pick up powders without effort, are easy to clean, and small enough to shade every bit of lid and crease.
EcoTools Essentials 6 PC Eye Brush Set ($7.59)
Japonesque Retractable Lip Brush
The best way to ensure your lip color stays on for hours is by applying it with a lip brush like this one from Japonesque. A retractable synthetic fiber brush (hurray for no caps!) tapers to a fine point to deliver precise color and fill in lines. Fans say it's the perfect size for travel and that they keep one in their purse at all times for quick touch-ups. It's great for aging lips that have lost some of their pout — and perfect for those of us looking to save money: it will help get every last bit of luscious color out of your tube before you have to replace it.
Japonesque Retractable Lip Brush ($14.08)
Ulta Angled Foundation Brush
Foundation is one of the trickiest makeup products to get right--and when it blends in flawlessly, it creates a perfect canvas for your other makeup. Instead of applying foundation with your fingertips, try this angled foundation brush from Ulta, which reviewers say is a "champ" that works with a variety of foundation formulas, is easy to use, soft, and blends really well. Many fans swear it works better than more expensive brushes and has quickly become a favorite that they rely on each day.
Ulta Angled Foundation Brush ($18)