Brushes on a Budget


When it comes to purchasing makeup brushes, I prefer to buy affordable options. I'm not in a position at the moment where I can justify spending £30 on one brush but regardless of whether you're in the market to spend on brushes or not, theres no denying that the quality of affordable brushes has vastly improved over the past few years.

Real techniques is a brand that need no introduction. My must haves from the line include the core collection - its currently only £13.25 on Amazon, (the buffing and contour brushes from this kit are incredible). I also love the setting brush (currently £5.94 on Amazon), I enjoy using this to blend in my undereye concealer as its really soft and the ideal size for that area. 

An underrated brand for brushes is E.L.F. Their complexion brush is a bargain at £3.95 - its dense, soft and great for multi tasking. I use it for face powder, highlighter and blush. It doesn't shed when washed and is just an all round great buy. Another brand slightly under the radar is ecotools. Ecotools seriously have some fantastic brushes. I reviewed both the fresh and flawless complexion set and the deluxe fan brush in this post. They are great value for money and I've noticed them in TKMaxx a few times for slightly cheaper than the retail price.

Finally, I have to mention my ebay brush buys. Ebay isn't really somewhere you'd consider a go-to for brushes but I've been extremely surprised by the quality. I wrote about the 217 dupe brush in this post. For 99p its a complete steal. Whilst the brush itself is larger than the 217, its great for blending out concealer or applying a little highlighter. I also highly recommend this ebay brush set, which for £2.55 for a set of four you cant go wrong with.

What are your favourite affordable makeup brushes?



29 comments

  1. Love this - I could totally use some more eye brushes! I love the Sonia Kashuk brushes!

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  2. I really like the eco tool ones. I haven't tried the elf ones although they seem to be quite good. Interesting post!!

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    xx Cecil

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  3. I am always looking for new makeup brushes to try out although I've got quite a lot already, but I'm the same, I can't justify paying £30 for one brush when you can buy a set of 4 from Real Techniques for £20 which work just as well if not better x

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  4. I love the real techniques brushes and I have three of them but you can find really good dupes on ebay so I tend to go for those instead x

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  5. I use the ELF complexion brush every single day. I've had it for years now and it's still in fab condition! Such a lovely brush! x

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  6. I recently discovered Ecotools brushes for myself when I was looking for a vegan alternative to "normal" brushes. I'm really pleased with the quality not to mention the reasonable prices. Plus, they offer great sets with the essentials for those just starting out (in super cute cases which I find very convenient).

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  7. I love Real Techniques as well; apart from that, some drugstore brands we have in the German/Austrian market do some great stuff, Essence for example! It's literally the cheapest brand but has some really nice brush offerings which are basically all under 3€ :)

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  8. I love the brushes that you picked. I think Zoeva brushes are really good quality for the price and rival Mac to be honest. I'd love to own their Rose Gold collection, but for now I'm content with their amazing blush brush and eye blender.

    I really enjoy your posts by the way.

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  9. I totally thought those were Sigma brushes and definitely not e-bay!

    For affordable brushes, I really like Crown Brushes

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  10. I've been looking for some cheap eyeshadow brushes, will have to have a browse on ebay if you got a brush for just 99p, im sure they'll have eyeshadow brushed there :)

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  11. Love the Ebay brushes and Real Techniques!
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  12. Totally agree with you - the real techniques brushes are great to use, easy to clean etc. I've brought a couple of brushes for h&m before but they're just rubbish! Definitely worth paying just that little more for mid range brushes! Great read!

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  13. I love the Real techniques set and the Ecotools set. It's all I've ever used and they work just as amazing as a Mac Brush.

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  14. I agree with you totally on this! I love my real techniques and elf bruhes... great buy especially for their quality!!

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  15. Ecotools are definitely of a high quality for the price! They are as soft as my sigma ones, which are also affordable, but can get pricy when you don't buy them in a kit.

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  16. I am totally married to my RT Buffing Brush. The ELF powder brush is another one of my fave brushes, and for so cheap too.

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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  17. These are all some of my top brushes too, the eBay ones are actually so great! And I agree, the e.l.f. line is completely underrated - their brushes are amazing!!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

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  18. I recently just purchased the ELF brush and while shopping, I did encounter Ecotools too! I might have to check them out since I'm looking to replace my brushes real soon.

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  19. Anonymous14.8.14

    I love Jussup brushes that you can find on eBay. Very good quality, soft, easy to clean and really affordable: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171052409723?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&var=470384981887&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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  20. I do love the real technique brushes however after having washed my stippling brush, hairs have started to come out :( I may have to check the ones from ebay, very cheap!!

    Rachel xx

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  21. I think i own several of the brushes you mentioned :) right now, I think i might invest in the Ebay brushes because I feel that i need more brushes to blend and the linked brushes you linked seems to be perfect.

    Thank you for sharing, this post is so helpful as i have been wanting to invest in more brushes :)
    Have a lovely day! <3

    *Yingcbeauty*

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  22. Great suggestions, that £2.55 ebay set looks fab, ordering that now :)

    Sophie x

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  23. Definitely want to try the ebay brushes! Thanks for sharing!

    Michelle xo
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  24. Great brands you have on here! I have quite a few of these brands in my brush collection & they're all great. Real Techniques & Ecotools are awesome.

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  25. I haven't tried any of these brushes but I'm looking for some inexpensive brushes so thanks for this post! :)

    Every Day In Grace

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  26. I've just ordered the core collection for real techniques and have been wanting some better but still reasonably priced brushes for a while now- I hadn't thought about getting them from ebay -that's a good idea :) xx

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  27. The EcoTools brush sets are honestly amazing. I think the Mineral set has a blending/crease brush that is a lot like the 217 (but softer).

    The E.L.F. studio line brushes always break on me!! I know they are inexpensive, but I feel like they fall apart no matter how well I take care of them.

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  28. Thanks for sharing, already have some elf and real technique brushes which are amazing, might consider to start buying brushes on ebay!

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