EcoTools brushes have been on my radar for a while. I don't think you need to spend a lot of money on makeup brushes as there are some great cheaper alternatives on the market.
EcoTools brushes are around the same price point as Real Techniques. The brushes are made with bamboo handles, recycled aluminium ferrules and are 100% cruelty free. I've been using the Fresh & Flawless Five Piece Complexion Set - £11.99 c/o My Pure - five travel sized brushes comprising of everything you need for a smooth and flawless base. The flat concealer brush is for applying concealer or corrector to problem areas. As the brush is small, its ideal for applying straight to blemishes or those smaller areas in need. The buffing concealer brush can then be used to really blend concealer into these areas. I like to work it in small circular motions to really buff it in and with a good concealer, this brush does a really good job of making the area concealed look smooth and seamless. The precision foundation brush has a long pointed end. Personally I don't like to apply my foundation with these type of brushes (I usually use a flat kabuki) but I use it to apply foundation around the nose, which makes it much easier than a kabuki. I also like this brush for applying under eye concealer as the pointed shape let you blend right into the corner of the eye area.
The complexion blending brush aims to achieve an airbrush finish. As I said before I prefer to use a flat kabuki for foundation and I find it creates that kind of finish so for me the complexion blending brush is ideal for applying blusher as the brush is a good size for sweeping your blush of choice over the apples of the cheeks. The full powder brush has a bigger and slightly oval shaped brush head which works perfectly at applying powder over the face without looking cakey. All these brushes feel super soft and the handles feel sturdy. I think the oriental print and coloured ferrules really makes the brush set stand out and it looks so pretty. These brushes are great for travelling with as you can easily fit them in your makeup bag. You can store them in the packaging they come with, though I think a small bag, like some of the other Eco Tools sets are packaged in would have been better. If you don't like smaller sized brushes then these wont be for you but they're really good quality and a nice travel set to own.
Another brush I've been using lately is the EcoTools Deluxe Fan Brush - £5.99 c/o My Pure - a multifunctional brush that can be used for highlighting, bronzer and powder for an airbrushed finish. I've been using this to apply highlighter over my cheekbone and its perfection. The brush hairs are so soft and brilliant quality. Due to the fan shape, I also think this would be a great brush for blending out blusher if you tend to apply on the heavy handed side or have a really pigmented brush. For £5.99 you really cant go wrong - it seriously puts other brushes to shame, its that good. If you want to give EcoTools brushes a try then this brush would be the perfect starting point.