I love having LOTS of brushes at my disposal, so for me, affordable makeup brushes are the way to go! But all makeup brushes are not created — or priced — equally.
For face makeup brushes, here are a few that have earned my gold star sticker of approval.
1. Sonia Kashuk Star Struck Large Powder Brush (Disc.)
The Sonia Kashuk Star Struck Large Powder Brush is one of the softest natural hair brushes I own. In fact, none of my higher-end brushes can apply bronzer as well as this one.
I like this full rounded brush because I can really work powder into my skin with it. Unfortunately, the set I got it with has been discontinued…and I also didn’t love any of the other brushes in the set. Still, I would re-buy the set just for this one brush.
2. Sonia Kashuk No. 29 Domed Blusher Brush ($17.99)
Another Sonia Kashuk brush, except that this one IS still available (it’s permanent). My nickname for the No. 29 brush is “the bunny butt” brush because it’s so round and soft! It’s the perfect medium size to fit into the cheek contour or right on top of the cheek as well.
This one is a little bit pricier than my other brush recommendations, but I think the plastic handles hold up very well over time.
3. Morphe M438 Pointed Contour Brush ($9.99)
This brush fell into my life after a recommendation by Jaclyn Hill on Youtube. I think she uses it for a targeted highlighter application, but I love it for setting the under-eye area, although the tapered tip is handy for a lot of other uses as well. It’s probably one of the most unique brushes in my collection.
4. MUA Pro Multi Purpose Brush ($12)
A synthetic rounded kabuki-style brush, the MUA Pro Multipurpose brush is my current favorite foundation brush. For comparison, it’s a little denser than the Real Techniques Buffing Brush.
I’ve had brushes that were too dense, but this one sits right in the middle, which makes it great!
5. EcoTools Bamboo Powder Brush ($9.99)
This is THE brush for setting powder. With long, tapered hairs that apply the perfect amount of powder, it’s also great for blending away excess product without disturbing your makeup. I lay it on its flat side and set my liquids with a patting motion.
If you have any affordable (or expensive) brushes that you love more than words, I’d love to hear about them!