I’m not going to lie to you, I love MAC brushes. But, those babies do cost a pretty penny so most of the time I tend to look for more affordable brushes that won’t cost me an arm and a leg. Luckily, these must have inexpensive makeup brushes are easy to find and great quality for being so inexpensive!
ELF Blush Brush
This $3 brush is the only thing I use to set my under eye concealer with powder. I have about 5 of these because it’s a brush I can’t be without and have to use every time I do my makeup. Few things in life are guaranteed, but I can guarantee you that this is a staple brush in my collection, and used basically every day.
ELF Contouring Brush
A new addition to my collection, but certainly a welcome one. If contouring is difficult for you, try this brush out. You can easily chisel your cheeks and blend so there aren’t any harsh lines, and it’s only $6!
ELF Small stipple Brush
I never thought I would love a stipple brush so much.. I mean, it’s just a stipple brush. But, this small stipple brush costs only $3 and comes in handy for so many things. I like to use this to apply a cream bronzer, blush, and highlight.
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
Sometimes I don’t like to use a Beauty Blender when blending out my foundation and this brush comes in handy for those days. Before I ever picked up a Beauty Blender, this was my go to foundation brush because it makes your foundation look so beautiful, but is still inexpensive. Plus, you can use it with both powder and liquids. The only downside is that it comes in a brush set, but the other brushes are also really good and worth picking up especially for this brush!
Real Techniques Blush Brush
If you’re on the hunt for a versatile brush, pick this one up! It’s great for powder bronzer, blush and even to powder all of your face.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
This is a goodie for cream/liquid foundation, contour, or bronzer. The flat domed shape allows it to be very versatile. It is really dense though so cleaning it can be quite a task depending on how long you go before giving it a good scrub.
Real Techniques Sculpting Brush
You don’t have to look far to find another really good sculpting brush. This brush is thicker than the ELF one and it’s angled so you can really get into the hollow of your cheeks. I like to use this with both powder and cream contouring products.
It took me a while to jump on the Morphe bandwagon, but I’m glad I did! I never thought I’d fall in love with this little guy as much as I did, but if I’m not reaching for my Anastasia highlighting brush, I’m reaching for this next.
I am a huge fan of the MAC 224 blending brush, but it does come with a hefty price tag. Luckily, the M330 Blending Brush has got your back because it’s basically the same shape, and super super soft so blending with this brush is very easy on the eyes.
Oval Foundation Brush
I did a whole post on whether or not the new Instagram trend of using oval makeup brushes is worth the hype, and without rambling on too much, they are! Especially the oval foundation brush, which you can buy (the cute rose gold one too!) for around $4. Winner. Winner.
What are your favorite inexpensive makeup brushes? Let me know in the comments below!
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