I was cleaning my makeup brushes yesterday when I remembered a recent email exchange across the Northern border. Canadian reader Siobhan asked…
Family members are in the States right now and have offered to bring me back a little present.
I’m thinking about asking for some makeup brushes, and you have stores there that we don’t have here in Canada (Target and CVS come to mind). What kinds of drugstore brushes do you recommend? Thanks!
Smart thinking! Makeup brushes are lightweight, easy to pack, and make fantastic little travel gifts. Both of the chains you mentioned, Target and CVS, carry several affordable, high quality brushes like the…
1. EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brush
This cruelty-free brush has a dense head (there’s a pun in there somewhere) and super soft bristles. It’s designed to be used with bronzer, but I prefer to use it to buff loose powder on top of my foundation for an airbrushed look. $12
2. Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush
An affordable, all-purpose eyeliner brush with an angled barrel, a long handle and a pointed brush head made with soft, yet firm, synthetic fibers. I think it’s a star with gel liners like MAC Fluidline and makes winged cat eye flicks super easy to do. $6
3. Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Blusher Brush
My local Target has a tough time keeping this brush in stock; it’s usually sold out! Forged in the fires of Mt. Kashuk by the mighty SK to apply cream blush, this multitasking tool also tackles liquid foundation, cream/liquid highlighters and powder products, too. It’s totally worth the hunt. $15
4. E.L.F. Studio Powder Brush
This Elf’s dense brush head is perfect for picking up powder foundation and buffing it into the skin, and it handles liquid foundations as well. $3
5. NYX Shadow Large
With its soft bristles and lightweight handle, this eyeshadow brush could easily pass for a more expensive department store brand. Straight up, it blends colors like a dream. $6
I queried the gals on Twitter for their drugstore favorites, and a few lines mentioned were Studio Tools at Target, Essence of Beauty at CVS, and the brushes from the Professional Brush line at Ulta. Just a few more to consider.
Ladies, do you have any drugstore brush recommendations? Please do dish on the bargain brushes you can’t live without (and why you love them so).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Happy hump day!