The Best Budget-Friendly Makeup Brushes

Stylisted - The Best Budget-Friendly Makeup Brushes


One of the best things about today’s beauty world is the impressive collection of budget-friendly makeup you can encounter in your local CVS, Walgreens or Duane Reade. When faced with all the options for everything from foundation to false lashes, it can often be overwhelming knowing where to start. We always believe it’s best to start with basics. What do you truly need to complete your makeup routine? For us, a good set of brushes makes all the difference. We’ve narrowed down our favorite affordable and impressive brushes, so all you have to do is try them out for yourself.

Hands down, our favorite drugstore makeup brush brand is Real Techniques. The collection’s high quality may come as no surprise, considering YouTube beauty gurus (and real-life makeup artists) Sam and Nic Chapman designed them. Not only does their YouTube channel offer hours of makeup tutorials and product reviews, they actually frequently feature their own makeup brushes (showing you how to use them correctly!).

We highly recommend starting with the Core Collection if you’re looking for some staple basics. The brushes can be rotated around to cover all of your beauty needs and are essential to our everyday makeup routine. However, if you’re looking to expand a bit more, the Powder Brush is great for powder or bronzer, the Blush Brush is a dream for applying all blushes and the Shading Brush easily blends out any eye look.

Looking for something all natural? Drugstore brand EcoTools creates our favorite affordable AND eco-conscious makeup brushes. With a plethora of brush collections, bath & spa products and hair tools, they’ve got you covered. We love the Tapered Blush Brush for helping you apply blush in the correct area every time, and the Deluxe Fan Brush so you don’t get too heavy-handed with the powder.

What are your favorites? Any drugstore options we just have to try?
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