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My 10 Best Makeup Brushes (Affordable!!!) – Part 1 –


You can have the best quality makeup available but, with lousy makeup brushes, you won’t achieve great results. Not that long ago I was buying random brush sets, mainly on sale, and each time I was frustrated with the poor quality & all the awful shedding that was happening. Those days are long gone!! I now see a huge difference between set brushes compare to individual brushes, even in higher brands (from my personal experience sets are of lesser quality, period).

That being said, I still haven’t spent a fortune on brushes mainly because I have found some that I ADORE, that are not that expensive and that are really working miracles for me. These 10 11 brushes are the ones I used every single days. Honestly, I can’t live without them and they are like I said very affordable, cruelty-free and really easy to find worldwide.



Real Techniques – powder brush – 9.99$US

This is my go-to brush to apply my setting powders or to just buff my face to assure that there is no harsh line. (flawless finish)



Real Techniques – contour brush – 17.99$US (From The Core set)

This brush is perfect to achieve a soft contour. Using a light circular motion, this brush makes it easy to create a contour that is more of a shadow.



Real Techniques – blush brush – 8.99$US

Way too big for my taste to apply my blush, but oh! so perfect to dust my bronzer.



e.l.f – flawless concealer brush – 3$US

I find this brush to be the best one to apply my under eye setting powder.



Japonesque – professional smudger brush 341 – 15$US

This little number makes it so easy to smudge any eyeliner or eyeshadows under my lower lashes.



Real Techniques – deluxe crease brush – 17.99$US (From the Starter Kit set)

I love this one to apply my concealer, my MAC paint pot and my based cream eyeshadow.



Real Techniques – base shadow brush – 17.99$ (From the Starter Kit set)

I use this brush for applying shadows or blending. This is a brush that can do almost everything.



Bdellium Tools – Studio 776 blending – 9$US

My number # 1 blending brush.



Bdellium Tools  – Studio 785 tapered blending – 8.50$US

Perfection for my crease shadows application.



Bdellium Tools – Studio 787 duet fiber large tapered blending – 11$US

I always apply my base shade all over my lids with this big fluffy tool.

Special Mention:



Anastasia Beverly Hills – duo brow #12 – 18$US

This is the most expensive brush in my collection and it’s worth every single pennies. Totally my dip brow pomade BFF. This one has been a game changer in my brow routine.

I’m sure Chikuhodo, MAC or Wayne Goss brushes are awesome but for now I’m so please with these 10  11. They are combining affordability with superb quality.


You are be-YOU-tiful


Ingrid xoxo

Disclaimer: No affiliated links & I 100% paid for them all.

Availability: I bought my Real Techniques brushes at Winners but there are often on sale at Ulta (I wish RT will sell all their brushes individually!!!), Japonesque brushes are also on sale periodically at Ulta. I bought my DBellium brushes on the canadian site FTB beauty. My e.l.f brushes were purchased (I bought 3) at Target, just before they closed on us.


29 thoughts on “My 10 Best Makeup Brushes (Affordable!!!) – Part 1 –

  1. Great brush picks! I have been loving the Elf ones and my Sonia Kashuk ones. Bh Cosmetics makes some great ones too. Though I really want to try the RT ones so bad!! 🙂 xo


    1. Wait to buy RT when they are buy one get one 50% off, it happens quite often !!! You will LOVE them.
      I really need to try Bh Cosmetics makeup & brushes 🙂
      Lots of xo’s

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    1. Awww! Sweet janice I’ve missed you too …
      You really have to try Real Techniques or Dbellium brushes, they are so great … e.l.f too but just for the concealer one.
      How are you? xoxo

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    1. Awwww! Thank you☺️
      Real Techniques brushes are often on sale at Ulta, you will definitely love them a lot. Bdellium are really amazing too!!!
      Thanks for your comment xo’s

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  2. Oh I love the Bdellium brushes too!
    I bought a travel set from them because I was looking for a good quality set with shorter handles. I have the 776T which has the same head as yours but short handles – love it!
    I bought mine from Devu Cosmetics:
    I agree, great brushes don’t need to break the bank, it’s amazing what is out there now for less than $10 each.

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      1. Oooh I’m taking a note of it Ingrid… on the case 😉 Have just googled now and in love – the colours are aaaamazing!! How did I not know about these sooner?!?!?! XXX


      2. They are fairly new to me too !!! I saw them first on Stephanie Lange YouTube channel 🙂 I own 2 other brushes from their pink and green bamboo line and they are amazing too !!!
        I will buy more of them for sure xoxo

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      3. I’m browsing them right now – making an entire list on Love Make Up… literally am in love haha Soooo glad you mentioned these – gotta get me some soon!! X


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