Fact: No makeup kit is complete without a set of brushes. Using your fingers may work in a pinch, but great brushes are the foundation of any good beauty routine to help you expertly blend a smoky eye or highlight your cheekbone, whether you're a novice or pro. Just like lipsticks, some brushes do the job better than others. Luckily, you don't have to empty your bank account to invest in a set that are better than the rest.
Read on to find your new favorite affordable set of brushes.
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1. Revlon Essentials Brush Kit 6 Piece Set
Consider this Revlon kit the Bentley of makeup brush kits—minus the hefty price tag. Each brush's diamond grip handle and ExpertFX brush heads make applying your makeup a truly luxurious experience.
Revlon | $30
2. Real Techniques Illuminate + Accentuate 2.0
Whether you're new to using brushes or are a pro in your own right, Real Technique's kit makes applying makeup a breeze. Their user-friendly design comes courtesy of two beauty bloggers who know what makes a good brush. As an added bonus, they're made with synthetic bristles and completely cruelty-free.
Real Techniques | $20
3. e.l.f. Professional Complete Set of 12 Brushes
You don’t need to pinch yourself: You aren’t dreaming the price of this brush set. If you’ve never owned a set of brushes before, E.L.F.’s package is the perfect place to start to play. It includes every essential brush you may need to create your go-to eye look or flawless base.
E.L.F. | $12
4. Sonia Kashuk Marble 10pc Brush Set
Practicality aside, not only does Sonia Kashuk’s set include every tool you need to create a knockout smoky eye and contoured complexion, the minimalist, monochromatic brushes will pack an Instagrammable punch on your vanity.
Sonia Kashuk | $30
5. Eco Tools Day to Night 6 Pc Set
Not only will your makeup look flawless when you swipe your makeup on with Eco Tools' brushes, you'll also feel great using them too. Each tool has synthetic brushes and is made from recycled materials—even the set's carrying case.
6. Sephora Collection Complexion: Uncomplicated Brush Set
Whether you're in need of a quick touch-up, or a complete makeup application on-the-go, Sephora's surprisingly sleek and compact kit houses the five essential facial brushes you'll need to create a flawless complexion without taking up too much prime real estate in your bag.
Sephora Collection | $45