Behind every great makeup look is a great makeup brush. But narrowing down the right tools can be pretty confusing since there are endless options, all in different shapes and sizes, that claim to be for specific areas on your face. How does one decipher between a powder blush and bronzer brush, or say, an eye shadow brush and concealer brush? If you're getting overwhelmed just thinking about it, we beauty lovers at
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This 12-piece set from Sigma has everything you need to create a stunning makeup look at home. "These brushes are so buttery soft even after washing," raves a reviewer. "They apply and blend eyeshadow and powder like a dream, I’m highly impressed with how easy and seamlessly they work to blend. A great set with everyday brushes."
If you're willing to invest in high-quality makeup brushes, make sure it's this set. This Hourglass kit includes 17 brushes made of PETA-approved Taklon bristles that come enclosed in a chic vegan-leather case. Key tools include the brand's best-selling dual-ended brushes for effortless application and the versatile Ambient Lightening Edit that can be used with powder, cream, and liquid formulas.
Whether you love rocking a killer smokey eye or prefer a more natural-looking glam, these brushes won't disappoint. The bundle comes with a range of high-quality fluffy brushes for blending on the lids and creases, as well as angled options for defining brows. "I love these eye brushes," writes a reviewer. "They make putting on my eye makeup a breeze! They are of very good quality... I'm so glad that I purchased this specific kit. It had all the brushes I need."
When in doubt, stick to the basics. This Chantecaille kit has a foundation brush for flawless coverage, a blush brush for livening up the cheeks, a concealer brush for brightening the under eyes, plus an eyeliner brush for precision and a tapered eye shadow brush for blending and layering.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is known for her stunning glam, and lucky for us, she has her own makeup line for emulating her looks. This set includes four uniquely-shaped, vegan brushes that deliver impeccable coverage to your face, cheekbones, and under eyes with each and every application.
'Tis the season to start holiday shopping! This limited-edition kit from Laura Mercier will no doubt delight the beauty lover in your life. Housed in a luxurious gold clutch, it includes five pro-quality, travel-size tools for sculpting, highlighting, defining, and contouring.
Those new to the makeup game will love this bundle since it comes stocked with professional-quality tools at an affordable price. "I am beyond satisfied with my choice in buying these," says a shopper. "The sheet that explains each brush and its use was perfect, and it encouraged me to experiment more. Another good thing, I regularly wash these brushes and the texture of them has not changed after a few washes."
Leave it to celebrity makeup artist Gucci Westman to come up with a luxurious selection of sustainably made brushes that can be used with all formulas. A blender brush, a powder brush, and a lip brush are among the standouts in the set.
With this everyday bundle, you get the best of both worlds: four spectacular brushes and a sponge for a flawless, airbrushed finish. "These are durable, lightweight and are good for most types of makeup," writes one fan. "Each item is a multi-tasker, which for me, is essential."
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Planning a fun getaway? Consider this compact bundle of oh-so-soft foundation, concealer, crease, eyeliner, and eyeshadow staples your new travel companion. "I love this set," writes a reviewer, noting that it "replaced all my high end makeup brushes. Excellent quality and they clean well."
For those who like a "no makeup" makeup look, oval brushes are ideal. This kit with Art Deco-inspired handles works beautifully to blend foundation, concealer, blush, and highlighter for a radiant, natural appearance.
You won't ever have to worry about harsh contour lines and blotchiness from blush/bronzer on your cheekbones with this ultra-luxe kit. Just one sweep of each brush delivers a flawlessly defined complexion. "These are the best brushes I've ever used!" writes a Nordstrom shopper. "So soft, well shaped, and gorgeous handles!"
Want to simplify your makeup routine? These eco-friendly makeup brushes perform beautifully and are also densely packed with high-quality synthetic hairs that never shed. One Amazon shopper also "loved that they are inexpensive but durable."
Cover all your makeup bases with ColourPop's collection of face and cheek brushes, as well as eye-defining staples. "These brushes work amazing!!!" says a user. "They feel so lux and perform like high end!!! Such a great deal and the carry case makes it easy to travel with."
Coming in at just under $10 with over 108,000 Amazon reviews and nearly a five-star rating, this set is a no-brainer for novices and enthusiasts. "If you are looking for a complete, everyday makeup brush set, I HIGHLY recommend this one, especially if you're a beginner wanting to learn all the little brush functions without spending a fortune to play around with techniques," says a reviewer. "I was pleased to receive the brushes in their own travel case and individually wrapped. The bristles are soft enough for a smooth application and firm enough not to leave streaks, which is always desirable."
For newbies, figuring out the right makeup brush to use can feel daunting at first. Kjaer Weis's set, however, takes the guesswork of selecting what to use. The four-piece collection comes with the essentials (a concealer brush, a powder bronze brush, and two eye shadow brushes) for creating any look.
Want to take your glams up a notch? This full-face kit in collaboration with celebrity makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes includes 25 premium-quality brushes that sweep beautifully across your visage to create the most stunning makeup look. Plus, it comes with a sophisticated case that makes for a chic accent on your vanity. "They do not disappoint," writes a shopper. "A comprehensive set with a brush for any application. I love the small brushes for eye detail. Also love that there are brushes for powder and cream products. Highly recommended."
Not only does this bundle of brushes work wonders at creating a gorgeous glam, but they have geometrically-designed handles that are eye-catching, too. Treat yourself to the pretty set or surprise a loved one during the holiday season.