By Sheila Arkee
Now that we’re only a handful of days away from February I think it’s a tad bit late for a Best of ’11 post, but I wanted to share some of my favorite makeup brushes.
If there’s one thing that I learned in 2011, it’s that you absolutely do not need to spend an arm and a leg for good quality makeup brushes. Of course I have a serious lemming for Shiseido’s foundation brush, but that’s another story.
The biggest difference between bargain brushes and their higher-priced relatives is the material. Lower priced brushes use synthetic materials instead of natural, animal hair. Brush technology has come a long way!
First and foremost, let’s all give a standing round of applause for the Real Techniques brushes by the Pixiwoo sisters. Luxurious amazement, both the face and eye core sets are a MUST at under $20 per set. I’m gaga over the angled brow brush and the buffer brush.
I find myself constantly reaching for this $2 brush over MAC’s 217 brush, which was my previous favorite that I couldn’t imagine living without. I never thought the day would come, but this Target brand brush is a definite contender.
Who knew synthetic fibers could feel so luxe? This Taklon brush is amazing for applying liquid foundation and also mineral powder foundation. At $3, it is a steal and you need at least 2 – one for liquids, one for powders.
Stop the presses, because I really almost forgot to the include this brush which should really cost $30. At $4 it is the best concealer brush I’ve ever used, helping to blend away those pesky under eye discolorations.
Thu also wrote a great post with her bargain brush favorites that I highly recommend reading.
What are some of your favorite bargain makeup brushes?
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