For a makeup lover I surprisingly dont own that many makeup brushes but the ones that I do own I am very faithful to and I adore. Im not someone who would spend £30 on a MAC makeup brush because there are so many amazing ones out there at a third of the cost. Why buy one brush for the brand when you can buy 3 amazing quality brushes?!!
Most of the brushes I own are from Real Techniques. You have the quality of really high-end brushes at an affordable drugstore price. You really cannot go wrong with them. Another two brands I am obsessed with are Eco Tools and Morphe. I remember when I was 14 I bought my first 'proper' makeup brush from Eco Tools and I still use it daily 6 years on.
Morphe M441 fluffy crease brush
I end up using this brush every single time I do my eyeshadow. Its a perfect domed fluffy brush thats ideal for blending eyeshadow, placing a crease colour and its so soft. I use this so much that next time I place a Beauty Bay order Im going to buy another one!
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
This is my newest holy grail makeup applicator. I know its a sponge and not a brush but I think it still counts. I bought this for myself before Christmas and Ive used it every time I do my makeup since then. I have never tried the Beauty Blender or any other makeup sponge so I wasn't about to go and spend almost £20 on the Beauty Blender one and Ive heard good stuff about the RT one anyways. I love this sponge! It completely changed the way your foundation and concealer applies, blends and wears for the better. I cant go a day without using it! Its also great to apply your translucent powder if you like to bake your under eyes like I do to stop my concealer from creasing throughout the day.
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Before I tried the RT sponge my favourite way to apply my makeup was with their stippling brush. It gives you an airbrushed finished and its a really quick and easy way to apply your liquid foundations. But now that I use their sponge for foundation Ive been using this brush to apply my blush and its great because it applies it evenly and softly which is ideal if you are someone who can go a little heavy-handed with your blush.
Real Techniques Setting Brush
I particularly like this brush because it can be used for so many things. You can use it to precisely place your contour or highlight, you can set your concealer with it and powder hard to reach areas like your under eyes and sides of your nose.
Eco Tools blush brush
This is my oldest makeup brush and its still going strong. It was my first proper makeup brush I ever bought and Ive used it faithfully since then. Even though its a blush brush I actually prefer to use it to powder my face and to blend my blush, bronzer and highlight together. You would never guess from touching and using it that this brush is under £6 because it feels so expensive and soft. If you're starting out with makeup I 100% recommend you buy an Eco Tools brush set because you will probably have it for years to come!
This brush is a large domed face brush designed, I believe, for contour. Well thats what I use it for anyways. Like all Morphe brushes its extremely soft and fluffy and it applies your contour exactly where you want it. Another 10/10 for me!
Tarte duo ended brush
This is my freebie brush. Back a few weeks ago when I bought my Tartlette In Bloom eyeshadows palette from QVC UK this handy little brush came with it. I believe its a QVC exclusive which is a shame if you'd want to buy it elsewhere but its such a handy brush. Its a beautiful metallic gold and on one end you have a denser duofibre domed brush which is perfect for applying or blending out your crease colour and the other end is a flatter duofibre eyeshadow brush. This is so handy for travelling, its going to go everywhere with me.
What are some of your holy grail makeup brushes and what is your favourite brand of brushes?