Hey Everyone! I get a lot of questions surrounding makeup brushes, including which are the best to buy, which are the most versatile, and of course basic questions on which brushes do what. To help answer some of these questions, today I have compiled a list of the best budget-friendly face brushes. I have also provided links (non-affiliate) to all of the products reviewed, in case you are interested in purchasing any of them.
Today’s post is Part 1 of a 2 -part series on makeup brushes. Next week I’ll have a list of my favorite budget-friendly eye makeup brushes, so stay tuned if you are interested in learning more!
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge- $10.99 2-Pack (Ulta)
If you’ve never used a face sponge in applying foundation, I would highly encourage you to give it a try. I know many people swear by using makeup brushes to apply foundation, but for me and my skin type (normal/dry) I personally prefer using a makeup sponge (especially in the winter months), as it blends the product effortlessly and gives my skin a dewy/moisturized look.
I have been using this particular sponge for a little over a month and I’m in love! Previously, I used a Beauty Blender, which I also really like but I now prefer the Real Techniques one over the Beauty Blender for a couple of different reasons.
First, the texture of the two sponges is quite different. The Beauty Blender is very dense and seems to have a rougher texture, while the Real Techniques sponge is very soft, airy, and feels great on the skin. I also feel that with the Beauty Blender I have to add a pretty good amount of water for it not to soak up a lot of product, while with the Real Techniques I just do a quick run under the faucet.
Another plus with this sponge is the shape. I personally apply my eye makeup before applying foundation, so the shape of this sponge was a definite plus in my book. You’ll notice in the photo that it has a flat side, which is marvelous in getting areas under the eye and around the nose, without messing up your eye makeup.
I purchased this sponge in a 2-pack from Ulta for $10.99, and after using my $3.50 off $10 coupon, it came out to be only $3.75 per sponge which is an awesome deal. I highly recommend this product.
e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush- $6 (elf cosmetics)
This is one of the newest brushes in my collection, but by far one of my favorites. If you’ve been following along, I recently reviewed it in my New e.l.f. Products Haul.
This brush works wonders in applying liquid foundation, powder foundation, bronzer, and blush, and is a very versatile tool. The brush has a unique dome-shaped head which is great for even coverage and blending, and the dense bristles help create more defined looks.
Although I’m a huge fan of all e.l.f. brushes, this is one of their more “higher-quality” brushes, and will definitely give you the most bang for your buck.
e.l.f. Powder Brush- $3 (elf cosmetics)
As the name insists, this brush is intended for use with powder products. This is an excellent brush and I’ve found it works great with applying all-over face powder, bronzer, blush, and have even used it to apply liquid foundation when I didn’t have another brush with me.
I personally use this makeup brush in applying blush/bronzer. One way I do this is by shaping the end bristles out flat with my fingers to get a more defined/sculpted look. This brush is a must-have in my collection, and I use it on almost a daily basis.
Real Techniques Buffing Brush- $14.98 3-Piece Set (Wal-mart)
While I use a makeup sponge quite frequently in applying foundation, I also use this buffing brush for days that I want a full-coverage, flawless look. This brush is heaven-sent, and is my go-to foundation brush.
It effortlessly buffs liquid, cream, and mousse foundation onto the skin, resulting in a streak-free, flawless finish. The bristles on this brush are so soft and it feels great on the skin.
While I mostly use this brush in applying liquid foundation, I would also like to add how useful this brush is in buffing out a contoured look. After I have applied bronzer with my contouring brush, I use this brush to go back in to further sculpt and define my cheekbones.
This brush was part of the Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set that I purchased from Wal-mart, which also comes with a contour brush and a pointed foundation brush.
e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush- $3 (elf cosmetics)
A stippling brush is a very useful tool to have in your makeup collection. It can be used to delicately apply finishing powder, concealer, and works great in applying cream blushes.
I personally use it to apply concealer under the eyes and to apply setting powder. Because the bristles are so long and delicate, the brush is able to leave almost an air-brushed look when used correctly.
Tip: If applying concealer, use the brush in a stippling (dabbing) motion. This will ensure a fuller coverage, while still removing any excess product that will result in creasing.
e.l.f. Professional Bronzing Brush- $2 (elf cosmetics)
A bronzing brush is the perfect tool for applying bronzer, blush, and highlighter to the face. The angled shape of the brush helps ensure precision of the product, while the soft bristles allow for just the right product amount.
I use this brush on days that I’m going for a softer look and I sweep on a light dusting of blush, bronzer, or highlighter for a pretty, delicate look. This brush is great for those who aren’t really interested in contouring their face, but just want to add a nice color to their cheeks or brow bone.
So there you have it, my list of the best budget-friendly face brushes! I hope this post was helpful and if you have any other questions, feel free to leave me a comment. Do you have any other favorites you’d like to add to the list?
Thanks for stopping by!-Cara