Affordable Make-Up Brushes
Make-up brushes make a big difference in the outcome of your application. You have to take into account factors like ferrule density, shape and fibers. Some professional make-up artists even consider things like handle material, weight, length, etc. As most of you know, collecting brushes in your beauty arsenal can get quite expensive so I thought I might list my favorite affordable make-up brush brands!
I pretty much think of Sam and Nic Chapman of Pixiwoo as my make-up fairy godmothers so their Real Technique brushes hold a special place in my heart. Whenever I'm in the market for a new brush, the first line I scope out is RT to see if they have the particular type I'm looking for. And why not? You can get an entire set of 5 brushes for under $20. Combine this with the BOGO 50% deal that Ulta always has and this is a steal! In my experience, these brushes are soft and hardly shed. I suspect that they got around the price issue by making the handle of a cheaper material. It's certainly not made of wood. In fact, I think it may be hollow inside. Believe it or not, I actually prefer the brushes from the main RT line versus their Bold Metals collection, which are made of more expensive materials and are therefore pricier. Once only available in the US at Ulta, I recently saw them sold at my local Walgreens.
For a drugstore brand, Sonia Kashuk brushes are quite impressive. I have SK brushes that I bought in 2008 and are still going strong! If you're on a budget and just starting out with your brush collection, I highly recommend these!
It seems like everyone on Instagram or YouTube uses Morphe Brushes. These brushes are quite cheap and have gotten a lot of love from make-up lovers online. I only have two brushes from them and found that the brush fibers were more densely packed than I was used to so it took a while for me to find a purpose for them. Again, I only have 2 brushes from them so take this with a grain of salt.
By the way, did you know that at one point, Morphe Brushes were actually made by Crown Brush? Crown Brush is company that manufactures their own make-up brushes that also offers a private labeling service. This means that they manufacture and supply brushes for companies, like Morphe, with those companies' logos imprinted on them so that those same companies can sell the brushes with a marked-up priced. Essentially, you can get the same brushes that you would get from Morphe that you would from Crown for less. Watch Stephanie Nicole's video for a more detailed explanation of how this works.
When I first got into make-up, I had just quit my job and gone back to school to pursue my current career so money was tight. I had a bunch of paint brushes from college so I cleaned them really well and started using them for make-up. Granted, I don't use them now that I have replaced most of them with proper make-up brushes, these are always an affordable alternative when starting a brush collection. Side note: when I was shopping for art supplies for school, I always felt that they were so expensive. I can't believe that they are now on my list of affordable brushes!
Speaking of art supply brushes, Royal and Langnickel has released their own line of make-up brushes. I have never tried them so I can't speak for the quality of their make but I do own some of their art brushes. Their brushes are so colorful they'd inspire someone to create new make-up looks!
What other affordable brushes do you use? I'd love some recommendations! Let me know in the comments section.