Most if not all of the makeup brushes I own are on the more affordable side,I understand paying more for certain things, but nowadays you can easily get high quality makeup brushed for a reasonable price. I love my Zoeva brushes, Real Techniques does some good ones and then Elf and Seventeen are surprisingly good!
From Zoeva I love the 102 Silk Finishing Brush and the 104 Buffer brush for foundation, and for eyeshadow brushes the 227 Soft Definer Brush and 228 Luxe Crease Brush are my favourites. They all wash really well, and I haven’t experienced any shedding from any of the brushes I have. I’ve had some of them for years and they’re still as good as when I first got them.
Real Techniques were the brushes that I got when was initially getting into makeup brushes. I first got the Expert Face Brush to use with foundation. I do prefer my Zoeva brushes for foundation but it is still a really good brush and I did use it for years! The Setting Brush is really nice for highlighter or to blend in concealer and I love the Stippling Brush for cream or liquid blush. Their Blush Brush is probably my favourite. Its the perfect shape for applying blush, bronzer and powder, and I could do with getting a second one. I can’t really talk about Real Techniques and not mention the Miracle Complexion Sponge. I’m loving using this type of sponge to apply my foundation and concealer, and this sponge comes a close second to the Beauty Blender for me. It’s definitely the one to try if you’re on the fence about spending the £15 for a real Beauty Blender.
Elf brushes were the ones I first started using back when I was in school and was just starting to use and get into makeup. My favourite is the Stippling Brush which I mainly use for powder, but it’s also really nice for lightly applying bronzer. Their Blush Brush is also a really nice shape for highlighter.
I only have one brush from Seventeen which is the Powder and Blush Brush, it’s the perfect size to fit in your handbag and is great for powder (as it’s name suggests) and I like to use it for highlighter. They only make a couple others but I’m tempted to check them out.