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I need some new brushes too. I've been wanting to buy the crown brushes for a few years, but now I can actually afford new brushes and I'm not sure if I should get them or another brand.

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Good quality brushes are hard to find. And you would think that you have to pay a lot of money. But that's not always the case. Here are some good quality brush makes:

 

Expensive brushes - MAC, Sigma, Real Techniques

 

Cheap brushes - Coastal Scents, BH Cosmetics, Royal and Langnickel

 

I'm looking for brushes now because my brushes are worn out.

I always think brush sets are good because you get lots of brushes at good prices.

I always always look for a stippling duo fiber brush with short hairs. I find them best for applying liquid foundation!

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www.crownbrush.com These brushes are great quality and SUPER CHEAP! I've been using them for years and many of them hold up better than my more expensive ones (even from brands like MAC or Lancôme). Sephora has also recently released their pro-series line of brushes and they are absolutely AMAZING. Aside from CB.com, I only ever use Sephora brushes anymore. - B

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Also, if you have multiple brush kits like I do (one strictly for weddings, one for basic freelance, one for personal travel and one for at home), www.crownbrush.com is an absolute life-saver since it allows you to get everything you need without spending a small fortune or forfeiting quality. Their brushes never stop impressing me! - B

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I have a healthy mix of cheaper and more expensive brushes. My more expensive selections include L'Occitane and MAC an the cheaper ones are from Ecotools, BH Cosmetics and Everyday Minerals. 

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I love MAC brushes, but my views are probably a bit skewed, because I'm a MAC artist and they don't cost me an arm and a leg. 

 

Sigma is my second runner up, HANDS DOWN. They're brushes are just as good, if not better. (Although they don't have an exact dube for the MAC 217, which is my go-to eye brush. The E25 is similar, but not an exact dupe) Their Sigmax line is also AMAZING - the F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush is a go to for me. All their brushes are around $6-16 and they sell them in sets to fit your needs. 

 

-Jay'd

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It's important to get good brushes. You can do more with cheap makeup and great brushes than you can with great brushes and cheap makeup.

I use Bdellium brushes for everything. I've had mine for a year now and used them on countless people, and they're still going strong. The 12 piece eye kit was, I believe $55 when I bought it. I feel like it has an awesome assortment of necessary brushes, and they've really, really held up for me. They've all kept their shape and they've barely shed in all this time. I've used them so much that the paint is wearing off of the handles. They're also antibacterial, which is a huge plus.

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The Sephora brand brushes are really good, and pretty reasonably priced. 

 

I also have a fair mix of brands - I have some MAC, EcoTools, Bare Escentuals, and brushes I ordered from Aromaleigh's site.  

 

I do want to try the Sonia Kashuk and the Crown Brushes, but I have to wait till I need to replace something!

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check out Royal Langnickel.  i  bought the full set with brush  roll and several other mini-sets.  i love them!  word on the street is that they are the manufacturer behind many of the makeup artist line brushes (i am almost positive they make laura mercier's and some of MACs).  i found the price point to be very reasonable for the quality.  i had a set of Crown brushes initially, but was not pleased with the quality, so i gave them to my teen daughters. 

 

i would also suggest a big old bottle of cinema secrets brush cleaner - brushes dry very quickly and the scent is a mild vanilla-ish and quite pleasant.

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Originally Posted by LisaF1163 View Post

 

So I hopped on here this morning, and saw a side bar ad for these, BH Brushes from BH Cosmetics:  http://www.bhcosmetics.com/brushes/ .  They seem to be inexpensive, but they look good.  Anyone use them?

 

I'm using this set and loving my brushes. The case stunk a lot though so I had to put it outside. http://www.bhcosmetics.com/products/brushes/7pcs-hard-case-brush-set/

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I have about every type of brush that is made and have my favorites/preferences from all the brands. My absolute favorites are Bhumi Brushes, my DH bought me the entire Master Set for my last birthday and they are divine. After using them for awhile now, I definitely can attest to the hype about them being the "Lamborghini" of brushes. They are an investment but they have great sales. I absolutely love them but still use some of my other favorites from ELF, Smashbox, Coastal Scents, Mint, Sigma, Bobbie Brown, MAC, BE, Sephora, MUFE, Nars, DuWop, And Ulta

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I just use EcoTools--I don't have any problems with them, so I've never bothered to get more expensive brushes. The quality control with the $1 ELF brushes isn't too great, but I like their studio brushes. 

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I have a wide range of brushes, from ELF to MAC. Target offers up several cheaper options like Sonia Kashuck and ELF Studio (I really wouldnt waste my money on the white ELF brushes). You can get Real Technique brushes on amazon or at ulta, and they are very good quality for price! I am just starting to do some freelance work and am in the same boat as you. While I love my MAC brushes, they are just not something I can afford right now. Hautelook.com has Crown brushes on sale right now and you can get an entire brush set roll for super cheap. I recently did this and everyone thinks they are MAC brushes from a distance, and they are really great quality for the price. 

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As a makeup artist I have 3 sets of brushes, but I've decided to add a 4th set. I want to get some brushes I DON'T have. Maybe even order some overseas (I'm in the USA).

 

I currently have brushes by Nars, Japonesque (my favorite), Sephora, Trimart, Smashbox, Jane Iredale, True, and Sonia Kashuk.

 

What brushes do you use and like?...and why?

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My brushes are almost exclusively EcoTools. I just added their new face brush set and the fan brush to my collection. I also have their eye set, a flat top brush, a travel set (mini kabuki, fluffy brush, concealer brush, and a fluffy eye type brush), and a fluffy powder brush that are all EcoTools. The brushes are all very, very soft, consistently nice, and quite inexpensive.

 

I also have a few E.L.F. brushes, one by Coastal Scents, a Soho brush I got from Ipsy, a doubled ended smokey-eye brush from Ulta, and maybe one or two others. Oh, and a little travel set from Sonia Kashuk too.

 

For me, the most important things are functionality (including softness and bristles not shedding all the time into my make-up) and price. That is why I like the EcoTools. I just do my make-up on myself and as a sort of serious hobby. Sometimes I do my make-up for photoshoots. I just need brushes that do what I need them to do and do not cost me a small fortune. I have noticed that the E.L.F. face brushes do to tend to shed at first. The smudger end on my Ulta brush is too rough to use, so I just used the slanted eye-liner brush end. I have not really had any issues with the others.

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