When you’re starting out in makeup or even if you have loved it for years, the price for makeup brushes and the vast array on offer can seem a little daunting. I mean, there are about 50 different kinds of brushes for your eyes alone. Where the hell do you start!?
Experimenting with cheaper options seems like a good place to start. Instead of splashing out £80 on a foundation brush which you then discover isn’t really for you; start out with a decent but affordable brush to test out what shapes, textures and types work best for you.
With that in mind, I’ve collected 3 brands which I think offer really good quality, but relatively in-expensive makeup brush options.
The first makeup brushes I ever owned were from Cala – they’re so old that they don’t even stock them anymore. They’re probably the most expensive brand I’ve listed here (at around £10 a brush on average) yet the fact that my ancient brushes are still going strong is a good advert for their durability! Although you can probably tell that the big powder brush in the picture below is getting a little old… They have a massive range, covering everything from eyes to face to lips and can be found on Amazon.
My favourite of their brushes are from the Rose Bliss collection. I have three eye brushes (which I bought as a set from TK-Maxx for £5!) which have pretty rose gold handles and are amazing quality for their price point. However, my favourite brush is an oldie but a goodie. It’s amazing for the crease, as it has a small tapered tip to dispense product, then a fluffly outer layer that blends beautifully.
2) Eco Tools
I feel like this is a classic brand for those looking for inexpensive brush options. They have a wide range and can be found easily at Superdrug. I have an eye set from them that I use every single day. They also tend to make small brushes which are amazing for travelling – anyone else try to ram long brushes in to your makeup bag and then get the bristles caught in the zip? It’s a sad moment I know.
3) Real Tecniques
Real Techniques is another classic makeup brush that you definitely would have seen if you’ve ever taken a stroll through a Boots or a Superdrug. The brand of the amazing Pixiwoo sisters – Sam and Nik – these brushes are so sturdy and well-made, the bristles are beautifully soft and are amazing tools to do your makeup with. I would highly recommend their Core Collection Kit (which is pictured below). It has a mixture of face brushes and one eye brush, making it a good starting point for any makeup brush collection!
I love the Multi-Task brush because, as its name suggests, it can come in handy for pretty much anything. I tend to use it for powdering my face as well as for blush or bronzer. Another favourite is the Domed Shadow Brush which I love to use to blend out the edges of my eyeshadow.
I hope that’s helped give you some ideas if you’re looking to start or expand your makeup brush collection without having to spend a ton of money. Let me know if you have any suggestions for affordable but good-quality makeup brush brands – I’m always on the lookout for some new brushes!