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Top 3 Budget-Friendly Makeup Brush Kits


Budget friendly makeup brushes

Amongst the clutter of papers and textbooks on my desk lies my little Hello Kitty cup filled with all of my makeup brushes. Over the years, I have collected and tested tons of makeup brushes from different brands. Although I don’t aspire to become a makeup artist, I know that good quality makeup brushes are a crucial element in smooth, flawless makeup application.

However, good quality brushes do not necessarily have to cost a lot. Let’s be real – there’s no way the average college girl can or should spend over $50 on one makeup brush. Fortunately, there are some amazing makeup brush brands that can give you the same results for a much cheaper price. So if you always wanted to collect MAC brushes but could never justify their price tags, you will love this article!

1. E.L.F Professional Complete Brush Set

ELF makeup brushes
E.L.F. Professional Complete Brush Set – $12

For only $12, you can get this complete set of makeup brushes from e.l.f. Cosmetics. Although they are only a dollar a piece, many people have raved about the quality of these brushes, and the set includes everything you need to apply makeup to every part of your face.

These brushes are perfect for anyone who is starting out with makeup. Since everyone has different eye shapes, certain brushes are more necessary than others. That said, the only real way to get a feel for what you need is to test brushes out and figure out what works. So if you are unsure of what makeup brushes you want, then I would definitely consider buying this set.

2. Sonia Kashuk Twist of Fate Brush Set $19.99

Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes
Sonia Kashuk Twist of Fate Brush Set – $19.99

Sonia Kashuk has never let me down when it comes to quality products at drugstore prices, and this kit is no exception. Aside from its budget-friendly price tag, my favorite thing about this kit is that it provides the makeup brush essentials that every girl needs. Regardless of your eye shape, you can use every brush in this kit, so it’s perfect for girls who just want a simple, everyday brush kit.

Although I like to play around with makeup, and use lots of different brushes to create new looks, I know that some girls just want the essentials. If you don’t need a huge variety of brushes and just want the basics, I recommend purchasing this kit.

3. Sigma Makeup Professional Brushes Complete Kit $69.00

Sigma Makeup Brushes
Sigma Makeup Professional Brushes – $69.99

To be frank, I absolutely love these brushes. Compared to the other brushes I have used, these really help me apply my makeup more smoothly. I never thought that makeup brushes could make such a big difference in how my makeup looked, but these truly do.

If you always wanted to collect MAC makeup brushes but could never justify emptying your pockets for them, than I highly recommend these brushes. In this kit, you get everything you could possibly need in terms of makeup brushes. In addition, the brushes are extremely high quality and will last forever, so at $70 for an entire set, they are worth investing in.

Your thoughts?

What are your favorite makeup brushes? Which brands do you use? If you have any other suggestions for amazing makeup brush brands, let me know!

Posted on on April 14, 2010 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , ,

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25 Responses to “Top 3 Budget-Friendly Makeup Brush Kits”

  1. 1
    April 14th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Nicole, your posts are always so helpful! I don’t wear a lot of makeup so I’m pretty clueless about everything, but I always save your posts for reference. Thank you so much! :)

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    April 14th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    This post is so helpful! I was just thinking about buying a makeup brush kit and I come here to find this awesome post about them..:) Definitely going to check out the e.l.f brand. Any idea where I can buy them from? Are they usually found in drugstores?

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    April 14th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I LOVE SONIA KASHUK BRUSHES!!! They are my best beauty secret. I have gotten all my friends into them!(even the dedicated MAC users) I only have a few of the black handled ones, which do not come in sets, so I will be interested to see if the set mentioned lives up to my expectations for this brand =]
    great article. I have been wanting to grow my brush collection lately…

  4. 4
    April 14th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    @ Annie….you can order from…
    try the studio brush too…… :) they r good

  5. 5
    April 14th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Here in Canada Quo from Shopper’s has great brushes for a great price and they are excellent!!! I had the elf brushes and hated them!!! The bristles were tough and plasticy, and within a couple of months almost all the heads of the brushes were deattached from the handle. I would save my $12 and buy one brush from Shoppers that will last you a long time!

  6. 6
    April 14th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    All these brush sets are wonderful!! Coastal Scents brushes are also very good quality for little money!!

  7. 7
    April 14th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I have some of the e.l.f. brushes and they aren’t that bad. I know I’ll definitely need some better quality ones though. Some of the hairs are already falling out in my brushes! :(

  8. 8
    April 14th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I’ve heard only good things about the sigma brushes and I really want to invest in them. They seem to do the trick. Anyone know where I can buy the e.l.f. brushes in a store?

  9. 9
    April 14th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I love EcoTools’ brushes.. They work well and they’re good for the environment!

  10. 10
    April 14th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I second Ali, Sonia Kashuk brushes are fantastic!!!! I bought mine a year or two ago and they still as great as they were day one!

  11. 11
    April 14th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I agree with all you’ve mentioned, but you should have also mentioned EcoTools, and even Essence of Beauty and Studio Tools. Great post nonetheless! =]

  12. 12
    April 14th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I was looking on the E.L.F website and found their “Master Set,” it’s got a ton TON TONNNN of makeup for a low price!! I was wondering if anyone uses their actual makeup and can vouch that it’s good stuff? Because I have almost no makeup and this kit would be heaven for me (if it’s good)

    Any thoughts?

  13. 13
    April 14th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I can’t believe the great price on the Sonia Kashuk! May have to re-blog this one. Great find.

  14. 14
    April 14th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Mary Kay has a brush set for FREE that includes five high quality brushes that make color application more polished and professional than ever before!Log on to to find a consultant near you. Have 5 friends join you for makeovers and I’ll bet you can have it FREE. Otherwise we do sell it for $48

  15. 15
    April 14th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    E.L.F. and Sonia Kashuk both be found at Target.

  16. 16
    April 14th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I have brushes from all 3 of these companies, you have to be aware because SOME are good and some are not. For ELF I personally prefer their Studio line which is like $30 but it’s well worth it, their Kabuki brush is excellent, IMO.

    For Sonia Kashuk her original line is fantastic, I have her angled eyeshadow brush and her crease brush, both are better than my MAC ones

    For Sigma, just get the entire set, I wish I would’ve known about Sigma before I bought my MAC ones, they are SUPERB quality and are just identical to MAC brushes but with a smaller $$

  17. 17
    April 14th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I second the Eco-Tools brushes. I love those! I got mine at Rite Aid and it was buy 1 get 1 free–so I bought the travel set and a face brush.

    I have a couple of Elf brushes and a couple of Essence of Beauty brushes that are okay, but I highly recommend the Eco-Tools.

  18. 18
    April 14th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    To echo what a couple others have said: the ELF Studio brushes are much better. They are $3 each.

    Dominique – The ELF makeup varies in quality. I, for one, love their eyeshadow, but was really disappointed in the nail polish. The nice thing is that they have user reviews for each product on their website.

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    April 15th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    i actually just got a Sigma Makeup brush kit today, and i absolutely love them. i compared them to my MAC ones and theyre pretty much similar, except i cried after buying my MACs cuz of how expensive they were. LOL and sigma gave me a free quad makeup and an extra blending brush. soo im set. =)

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    April 15th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    You know I’ve heard that MAC’s brushes were based off of paint brushes. I haven’t tried using them (yet) but it could be a cheap alternative to makeup brushes. Here is where I learned about it:

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    April 22nd, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Thank you so much! I’m always thinking about M.A.C. brushes, but they are too expensive for me :'( Does anyone have the first set? And do you think positive about it?

  22. 22
    May 26th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    This article is so helpful! I’ve only just started with make-up and I just bought my first brush kit today. It doesn’t have as many brushes as listed above but the basics are there. Will be looking out for similar kits like these. I’m from South Africa so I doubt I can fit these brands but I’m sure I’ll be able to find something close

  23. 23
    June 17th, 2013 at 3:11 am

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    August 19th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I’ve always heard you get what you pay for, so I’m a little apprehensive of e.l.f. products (in spite of the fact that the worst complaint seems to be heavy shedding of the brushes). However, I adore Sonia Kashuk brushes! They last forever, the current set that I need to replace is one I’ve had for a while. And the brush sets come with the cutest cases which means I don’t have to look for one. Girl on a budget win!

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