Hello lovely peeps!
I wanted to chat today about some of my favourite brushes from the drugstore as well as cheap online alternatives. Basically my goal is to shed light on my favourite brushes that do not sacrifice quality for quantity. 🙂
I went ahead and flexed some editing skills to easily display the names of each brush, starting with the more expensive ones on the right and cheaper on the left.
(A little close up magic to get a better look at the brush shapes)
- Starting with the most expensive: The LUXIE 514, and the 524T. These two brushes came to me in the Ipsy subscription bag, so I had to do a little research to find out the price. I was a tad shocked to see that the LUXIE 514 cost $22.51, and the 524T (small dual fibre brush) cost $15. Now the quality of the brush is great, but (the dreaded but) I find the actual quality of the brush handle and ferrule to feel, well, a little cheap. Especially in comparison to the Real Techniques brushes. The 514 happens to be my favourite brush to apply foundation with at the moment, but the metal band holding the wooden handle to the bristles is actually crooked. I did not want this to skew my opinion though. These brushes have little to no shedding, and the bristles are soft and flexible, making blending/highlighting dreamy and hassle free.
- Real Techniques Powder($12.82) / Stippling ($12.82) / Setting brush ($10.26): Now I won’t bore you with too extensive of a review on the Real Techniques brushes, since I do believe everyone already knows how universally they are loved. I’ve raved about them in my favourites posts, and I think every beauty guru on the internet has proven my point already. I will say, that I love how cheap they are, and the price of each set is a great bargain for the amount of brushes you are given. I only have beef with the fact that some brushes only come in sets. There, I said it. There are brushes that I’ve wanted so bad, but didn’t need the whole set. I realize the steal of a deal the sets are, but I’d personally like to see more individually sold brushes. On a positive ending, you cannot beat their quality and beautiful packaging.
- NYX 03 Pro Muli Purpose Buffing Brush ($17) and NYX 16 Pro blending Brush ($10): NYX is a brand most known for their impressive selections of lipsticks, as well as their professional level products. However, I feel as though their selection of brushes have been overshadowed, and I barely see them spoken about online (if at all). I definitely feel like they deserve more applause. The quality of the brush in comparison to the price is amazing. You don’t have to break your bank to get a whole set, and all the brushes are sold individually. The brushes are soft and look aesthetically pleasing, while being sturdy and made to last. NYX is one of my go-to holy grail brands, and I will continue supporting them faithfully. These brushes have reinforced my love even more!
- Last but not least, London Premiere: This is a brand I had no idea about until I took a leap of faith. I needed a flat brush to apply concealer, but instead found the London Premiere Foundation Brush ($6.99), and soon followed with the Crease Brush ($6.99). When I first tried them out I was not expecting much from a relatively unknown brand, as well as a cheaper one. Boy was I wrong. While London Premiere does not have a huge variety of face brushes, its selection of eye brushes make up for it. I have had zero shedding, and they wash so easy, keeping their original shape once dry. This brand is the MVP of this post, and I think its wonderful for anyone starting their makeup kit on a budget. The one critique I have, is that their makeup sponge does not make the cut. The brushes are the real deal.
I hope this post was helpful for anyone looking to expand their brush collection, but may be on a budget, or just looking to try a new brand! Let me know if you’ve tried any of the brands I’ve mentioned, or what some of your favourites are. I love feedback!
A side note: the prices displayed are the online prices, which doesn’t include shipping, hence why they might be a tad pricier in store. Still I think they’re all a bargain, and I paid for the in store price.
All of the opinions in this post are 100% mine, and always honest! These are just my favourites of each brand I own.