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Mine are mostly MAC and MUFE. Why? I like to make use of my pro discount. I have a few assorted ones from NARS, Laura Mercier, Lise Watier, Lancôme and some generic make-up school brushes. Most of my f/x brushes are art supply artists brushes (as they are about 85% cheaper than make-up brushes but with the same fine edges and tips). Just like MissMJ, its all about functionality for me as well.

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Originally Posted by MissJessicaMary View Post

 

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.

 

I've used other Elf products but not their brushes. I may get a lip or concealer brush of theirs. I don't think I'll like their face or blush brushes. The length doesn't look like it will be to my liking.

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Originally Posted by vogueboy View Post

 

Mine are mostly MAC and MUFE. Why? I like to make use of my pro discount. I have a few assorted ones from NARS, Laura Mercier, Lise Watier, Lancôme and some generic make-up school brushes. Most of my f/x brushes are art supply artists brushes (as they are about 85% cheaper than make-up brushes but with the same fine edges and tips).

 

Just like MissMJ, its all about functionality for me as well.

 

I use MUFE products a lot for photo shoots and TV shows, but I've never considered their brushes. Don't know why. I might check them out.

 

I have several brushes from art stores. Those are especially good to use for lip, concealer and eyeliner brushes.

 

I'm not a "fan" of MAC so I seldom think about their brushes.

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I got some diffrent brushes. For eyeshadow i got a regular one with natural hair from where i cant remember and a blender and angled in synthetic both from the bodyshop.

 

My foundation brush is some synthetic drugstore brand. Dont like that one too much. Seems to always be greasy not matter how much i clean it with oils, soaps or even washing up liquid that takes grease from evereything.

 

My blush and face brush is a synthetic dirt cheap i got on a vacation in china. It was like half a dollar. But its so great. Big enough and supersoft. 

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I use the Sigma Sigmax dense brushes and I love them! Really easy to use with any type of medium, powder, cream or liquid. They load up well with product without absorbing into the bristles and blend/buff very well. Highly recommend them! :) 

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All I have right now is a ...8?...piece shany set (hubby got them on flash site reeeaaallll cheap, and I am pretty impressed with the quality of them, but it's definitely not enough!). I really want the bubzbeauty set. Christmas list...lol.

In my dream world, I'd nab those new Goss brushes.

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I lost all my nice brushes last year and had to start over from scratch on a super tight budget.

 

So, now my collection is a mix of Coastal Scents (cheap, but surprisingly decent), Real Techniques (love these and want to get the rest of the line), a Japonesque foundation brush, a Bobbi Brown kabuki, and a Starlooks shadow brush.

 

I love the Real Techniques and Japonesque, and would love to eventually replace the rest of my Coastal Scents with them!

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I have.. a lot. I've been needing to list these for my OCD spreadsheets documenting every single beauty item I own, so why not.

Tarte

Some limited edition blush brush :heart:

Undercover Lover concealer brush (fantastic for stippling) 

A discontinued double-ended angled liner/itty bitty precision shadow brush

Two discontinued foundation brushes (great for powder)

Tiny retractable travel kabuki, came as a GWP. Really good for on-the-go blush/contouring.

 

 

Japonesque
Travel small eye detail brush :heart:

Travel medium eye detail brush :heart:

Travel small angled eyeliner brush
Two of their Go Curl eyelash curlers
Heated mini eyelash curler :heart:


 

Sigma
F80 

F45 :heart:

E16
E17:heart:
E25

E45
E55


Urban Decay

Good Karma Multi-Tasker brush :heart:

Good Karma Shadow brush

Optical Blurring brush (meh)
Two of the double-ended brushes that come with the Naked palette, the Vice palettes, etc
A fantastic small shadow brush that came with the first Book of Shadows, I think.
Quite a few mini Good Karma Shadow brushes that have come with various palettes
Big Buddha brush (discontinued) A humongous body brush. Great for adding sparkle to whatever exposed skin there is, the whole two-three times a year I do it.

 

TheBalm

Powder to the People brush (alright, not great)
Eye Will double-ended liner/shadow brush (the liner end is awful)
Discontinued mini eyeshadow brush
Discontinued mini angle eyeliner brush (both fantastic)



Sephora

Retractable travel kabuki (discontinued, grabbed it on sale)

61 lip brush (old numbering system)
Two different unnumbered concealer brushes (kits)
Pro 25 (old numbering system)
Pro foundation brush, number's worn off
At least four versions of this brush, it's come with a couple of sets and it's absolutely my favorite small angled eyeliner brush, so much so that I've traded for it with other people (sorry for bad pics)

700

700

Mini face brush (kit) :heart:
Two mini shadow brushes (kit)
Mini crease brushes  (kit)

Mini domed shadow brush (kit)
Two mini smudger brushes (kit)
 


Bare Escentuals
Mini Eye Defining brush:heart:
Mini Flawless Face brush 

 


Miscellaneous 
Lip Factory brush from a Lip Factory sub box, it's a nice, rounded lip brush that comes to a point
SOHO (drugstore) flat liner brush. 
ELF Professional fan brush. :heart:
ELF Professional concealer brush
MAC 104 (freebie)
Rock & Republic 203 crease brush :heart:
Ulta professional flat eyeliner 
Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair powder brush (freebie)
Several mini Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip brushes.
Several Sonia Kashuik shadow brushes
Sonia Kashiuk brow comb/bristle thing


As you can see, I really, really like eye brushes. I also like to use several different shadow shades and blend them very carefully, and I find using a different brush for each, different blending brushes, etc prevents muddying the colors. Since I use mineral foundation 95% of the time, I can get away with using the same face brushes for about three days, so I like having enough eye brushes to be able to procrastinate washing down to twice a week.

 

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I absolutely love the real technique collection,i have been using the ELF collection as value for money you cant fault them. I brought 3 brushes and the eye kit. I honestly cannot fault the real technique collection at all. They leave me with a flawless finish and are so easy to clean. Check out my review on the expert face brush and the powder brush here - www.samkbarker.co.uk 

 

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I need to set up a "Help a Slinka" donation thread. Slinka needs brushes lol.

I'm just gonna live through you lovely folk on this thread...

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I just bought more Real Techniques brushes (I have most of the line now, only missing the Duofiber set and 3 of the single ones (powder, stippling, and setting) and I'm loving them more and more...I haven't been using my other brushes since I got these! The expert face brush, buffing brush, and the blush brush are especially amazing and probably my favorites! I am determined to get them all now...even though I find several of the face brushes to be similar (powder, multi-purpose brush, and kabuki can be used similarly, and the 3 foundation brushes, while shaped differently, could probably be interchanged, too) they are different enough to make owning all of them worth it, for me! Plus I'm a collector, ha. :)

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I have a Sigma Essential Kit in coral ("Make me blush") and I'm quite satisfied with most of the brushes.

 

Apart from that I have several full size and travel size MAC Brushes (217, 187SE, 190, 195SE, 168), the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, the Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush (which is my absolute favourite when it comes to foundation), several brushes from ZOEVA which I highly recommend (Silk Finish, Concealer Buffer, Face Shape, Petite Crease, Soft Definer vegan, Eye Finish), two sets by EcoTools (6piece starter set, 5 piece Mineral set) and countless drugstore and no-name brand brushes from ebay.

 

Next on my wishlisht are some brushes from Sedona Lace and the Wayne Goss brush collection.

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Currently own Borghese (Costco brand), e.l.f. and Stila. My eye brushes are great, but all of the face brushes but one are meh. Planning to replace those with Sonia Kashuk little by little. Personally don't understand why RT, EcoTools and e.l.f. brushes get so much love.

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Because the price not too high,and the quality can meet personal use.For professional makeup artist,the performance of RT, EcoTools and e.l.f. are not good enough,MAC and HAKUHODO's brushes are the best.

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My friend Avra suggested me before 3 years ago she is beauty expert and i am her student now I have Bh Cosmetics Brushes because it includes both synthetic and natural bristles.

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I have almost all the Real Techniques brushes (except the setting and the single eye one) and I love then. My favorite is the expert face brush (I now own 3, I like it that much), the buffing-I use this for contouring and wish wish wish they sold it individually cuz then is have 3 too, and the powder brush is to die for. Its giant and fluffy. I dislike all the super mini brushes and the liner brush. The rest I love.

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I own many different makeup brushes from different brands. So heres the list c: 

 

Sigma ; 

 

E15

E17

E21

E25

E30

E35

E45

E55

E60

E75

E80

F05

F15

F20

F35

F40

F50

F60

F65

F80

F88

 

As you just may be able to tell, sigma is pretty much my go to brush brand. I absolutely love their brushes for quality, price, and overall performance.  

 

Mac; 

 

217

219

224

239

163

184

 

I don't own as many Mac brushes as I do others mainly because the price, although I do think they are great quality and last forever without shedding. 

 

Ecotools;

 

Large powder brush

Airbrush concealer brush

Limited Edition Kabuki Set

 

Good quality and great price, although they don't perform as well as say sigma or mac. I have experienced slight shedding.

 

Laura Mercier; 

 

Creme Eye color brush

Smoky eye liner brush

Finishing brush

Brow definer brush

Creme cheek color brush

 

E.l.f;

 

Kabuki face brush

Studio stipple brush

Studio small stipple brush

Studio eyeshadow c brush

Studio concealer brush

Essential eye shadow brush

Essential blending eye brush

Essential eye crease brush

 

Anastasia ;

 

Mini duo brush #7

 

Makeup forever;

 

Powder fan brush large 134

Powder brush medium 126

Highlighter brush small 140

Buffer blush brush 154

Shader brush medium 226

Angled eyeliner brush 262

Blender brush large 242

Bent eyeliner brush 260

Paint brush small 408

 

Real Techniques;

 

Powder brush

shading brush

stippling brush

 

And I have a few misc. (chanel, Nars, sonia kashuk, japonesque, Bh cosmetics, etc.) 

 

Over all Sigma and Makeup forever are my favorite and most used. :)

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My friend Avra suggested me before 3 years ago she is beauty expert and i am her student now I have Bh Cosmetics Brushes because it includes both synthetic and natural bristles.


I really like the BH Cosmetics Eco Brush set, but I also have a few Mary Kay brushes that I really, really love. I've had them for years and they are in awesome condition still.

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Hi! I kinda have the same question, except I live in Indonesia, which means I have to ship most of my brushes from abroad. Which brand do you think is worth investing in? Because shipping costs a lot so I don't want make any wrong choices :)

Its a good question.. I live in Malaysia and i have a the same doubt too :)

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I have brush brands from E.L.F to MAC. E.L.F brushes are a cheaper alternative however, you get what you pay for, they often fall a part if you are not gentle with them. MAC brushes have honestly never failed for me however, they are a bit on the pricey side, if you are willing to fork out a few hundred dollars for some MAC brushes, go for it! I also have Sigma brushes, which are honestly AMAZING, they are cheaper than MAC and comparable in quality. Sonia Kashuk has really nice brushes as well, she has cheaper ones and ones a bit more expensive, but still cheaper than MAC. Hope this helps! 

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My brushes were all bought seperately, I never got into sets, I usually buy as I need. I have several stippling brushes but weirdly have found the e.l.f. one works the best for me and really gives the most airbrushed finish I want. I have several eye brushes from all over, a lancome one I've had forever, revlon, MAC, estee lauder and a too faced set I really love for blending. I just recently started using eco tools for face brushes and they are excellent, the best I've ever used. Sonia Kashuk has some really good ones, I have a few random ones from that line, she makes a really good pointed eye shadow brush, kind of stiffer, and a really good brush for gel eyeliner.

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