Every beauty lover knows the value of a solid brush collection, but we can’t all afford to splurge on big name brands like Sigma and IT Cosmetics. Check out Amazon’s top-rated choices that are a worthy addition to your arsenal and won’t break the bank. This is also a PSA for anyone who uses makeup brushes to regularly wash and maintain them; they’re dirtier than you think, and cleaning them on a consistent basis helps them last longer!
First up is the BS-Mall 14-piece set. In a gorgeous shade of rose gold, each cruelty-free brush is silky and shaped well for precise application. The set includes tools for foundation, blush, eyeshadow, bronzer and concealer, plus a double-sided eyebrow brush with a convenient spoolie to help tame your brows. Each one is made of high-end alloy and wood, which makes them easy to grab and built to last. This kit has garnered a jaw-dropping 77,000 reviews, with 75% of them five stars! One reviewer said she worked at an Estée Lauder counter and these brushes are comparable to high-end products.
We love the unique color choices for the 16-piece BESTOPE set: champagne gold (pictured on the left), black rose gold, blue, green, marble and purple. It includes five bigger, basic brushes and 11 smaller brushes, including a precise eyeliner brush to nail your cat eye every time. Each one has soft synthetic fibers that won’t soak up product and blend easily. The company says your new goodies may have a certain smell when first opened but the smell will disappear if they’re left out for a day.
The MSQ brush set is all about eyes. The 12-piece kit includes brushes for eyeshadow, eyeliner, eyebrows and concealer, and each is made from slender black wood. The best part? You can customize the set with whatever name or phrase you want and choose from four different fonts. One reviewer even compared the quality to Morphe brushes: “I would suggest going for this 12pc set before going straight to a single Morphe brush for the same price.” Other buyers rave about value for the money, softness and how easy it is to blend out even the most complicated eye looks.
The KESHIMA flat top brush is the blending hero you’ve been looking for. The super dense bristles ensure a streak-free finish that you can use to buff to your heart’s content and achieve whatever coverage suits you. It’s not just for foundation, either – you can also apply blush, highlighter and contour products with ease. I ordered this brush a few months ago and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. It doesn’t shed, thankfully, and it helped me build up my holy grail foundation to perfection.
The Daubigny foundation brush is cute, compact and your new full-coverage best friend – and it’s Amazon top choice in Kabuki brushes. The unique petal-shaped design has grooves that make it easy to hold and evenly disperse product. It has firm bristles that ensure a poreless finish, and you only need a small amount of foundation (or cream blush) to achieve your desired look. No streaking here! The brush also comes with a carrying case so you can stow it in any bag with ease. The only con is that reviewers say it can be tricky to clean since there’s no long handle and the bristles are incredibly dense.
Go green with the EcoTools Start The Day Beautifully Brush Set. It includes five tools that are a staple in any makeup collection – plus they’re all 100% cruelty-free and vegan. You’ll get an angled foundation brush, blurring brush for concealer/eyeshadow base, defined crease brush, angled liner brush and full blush brush (which also can be used for powder). Another plus for the Earth-conscious folks? The packaging is made from tree-free paper, AKA, 20% cotton and 80% bamboo fibers.
If you’re looking for a quick way to get all your bases covered, try the VANDER LIFE 24-Piece Brush Set. It includes everything you need to complete countless makeup looks, from foundation to blush to a huge selection of eyeshadow brushes. Each brush is made from birch wood coated with striking gold and silver paint and features cruelty-free synthetic fibers. The set also comes with a portable roll-out case to help you organize your tools on the go. Reviewers rave about how soft they are, how well they blend every kind of product and how easy they are to clean.
The Duorime seven-piece oval brush set caters to every part of your face, from concealer to eyeliner to bronzer. The handles are made from a soft plastic that allows you to bend the brushes up to 90 degrees for greater reach and flexibility. Use the “toothbrush” style of blending with push and pull motions to apply product. If you’re feeling nervous about trying them for the first time, check out this YouTube video for a helpful tutorial. One pleased customer said “I feel like an angel is caressing my cheeks as I apply my foundation.” Talk about good press.
Looking to add some flair to your routine? The LADES 12-piece set is ideal for beginners who want to learn the tricks of the trade but not spend a fortune. There are a few color options to choose from, but we think the blue-pink gradient is the prettiest design on this list. Reviewers say you get exactly what’s pictured, convenient case and all, and that the brushes are some of the softest they’ve ever had. One woman said they aren’t the best for your eyes – even though some eyeshadow brushes are included – and are better for your face because of how large they are.