We all love shopping for shiny, sparkly new makeup. Shopping for makeup tools, with some exceptions, is usually not as fun. Makeup, however, would be nothing without the right equipment, so to speak. Brushes and tools can become very expensive with some price tags seemingly astronomical. And while the right brush or tool can be worth the investment – there are many “cheaper” options out there. So, I thought I’d share affordable eye makeup brushes reviews and recommendations with you guys today. Most of these brushes are over a year old, some much more – so bear that in mind if they appear to have frayed a bit. They all still work perfectly. 🙂
Sedona Lace Tapered Blending Brush – 863: Described as a rounded and tapered top brush “perfect size for applying and blending an all over shadow” that “packs color into the lip and also blends for a soft result”. I use this brush almost every day (when it’s clean), it does a fantastic job of blending colour into the crease. Natural hairs. Retails for $13.95 USD.
Sedona Lace Synthetic Blender EB 13: According to Sedona Lace, this brush “was formulated with synthetic bristles to apply the perfect amount of product…the bristles are also nice and dense for easily blending out darker crease colors”. I also use this brush to blend out colour in the crease, especially when I want a more diffused look. It’s super soft and easy to work with. Highly recommend. Synthetic hairs. Retails for $13.95 USD.
Sedona Lace Synthetic Small Flat Top – 872: Sedona Lace boasts that this “mini flat top brush is your key to achieving the perfect airbrushed concealer look…with the flat surface giving maximum coverage for any areas that need a little extra and the small shape helping you cover the right amount of service area for spot concealing”. I couldn’t agree more, I LOVE this brush not only for applying concealer around the eye area (pats it in really well), but also for applying cream highlighters and other cream products to the face when you want to work on smaller surface areas. Synthetic hairs. Retails for $16.95 USD.
Sedona Lace Synthetic Small Tapered – 224: This brush really does get into every nook and cranny of the face”” as promised. I also use this to apply concealer to the eye area and face in general. I also use it in situations that usually call for “fingers” – everything from applying eye shadow primer to face primer, yes you read that correctly. I can be a germaphobe and I prefer using a brush whenever possible. 🙂
All Elf Brushes are synthetic.
Elf Studio Cosmetics Flawless Concealer Brush: This brush is designed to create an airbrush concealer look. Honestly, I rarely use it for that purpose (although I’ve heard it works very well that way), but rather, I like it to blend away pigment/shadow when I’ve gone too far. I also find myself using it to apply cream and powder eye bases. Retails for $3.00 USD.
Elf Cosmetics Essential Blending Eye Brush: I own four of these and use it everyday to deepen and blend colour into the outer crease. Retails for $1.00. At that price, you can own ten of them.
Elf Cosmetics Studio Small Smudge Brush: Smudge brush may not be the most accurate name for this brush – it’s too small and stiff (I think) to smudge shadow on the lower lash line. BUT, it is amazing for applying brow products. I sometimes prefer this to the traditional angled brush for applying my Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade. It also works well to spot conceal if you have a nasty spot you want to cover.
Elf Cosmetics Essential Eye Shadow Brush: A basic, everyday shadow brush for packing colour onto the lid. I also own about four of these. It works and costs $1.00 USD.
Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush: One of the best liner brushes for applying gel liner or other products to the lash line area. Synthetic hairs. Retails for $6.00 USD.
Real Techniques Shading Brush: Don’t use it so much for packing on colour but I love this shading brush for applying shadow to the brow bone. Synthetic hairs. Retails for $6.00 USD.
I really recommend these affordable brushes – they can’t be beat for the price. AND, if you’re interested in investing in any of them be sure to take advantage of all of the online deals this week:
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