5 Awesome Budget Base/Face Brushes


When it comes down to purchasing makeup brushes, I don't like to spend too much money. I've found some great brushes and I thought I'd share some of my favourite face and base tools.
My ultimate favourite foundation brush is the buffing brush from Real Techniques Core Collection - I've got two of these sets as I adore this brush so much. It makes applying foundation so easy and it leaves a smooth, flawless complexion. I also love the Real Techniques Stippling Brush but I prefer to use it for highlighter as the bristles are soft but not as dense as the buffing brush meaning you can achieve a very light sweep over the skin. 


E.L.F's studio collection has some great, affordable brushes - I like the complexion brush as it feels really soft and doesn't shed. I also like their stippling brush too. The studio range is much better than their cheaper line so if you're thinking of making a purchase definitely look at the studio brushes.
I've mentioned EcoTools brushes before - they're lovely brushes for the price. My favourite is the Deluxe Fan Brush* - great for applying bronzer, powder or highlighter. Their brushes are super soft, dense, sturdy and don't shed. Basically everything you would want in a brush. 
Not many people probably go to Ebay to purchase their makeup brushes but theres a few I'd definitely recommend. I've been really surprised by the quality of all the brushes I've purchased from there. In particular I love this unbranded 4 piece concealer/eye brush set - you can find them on ebay here for just £1.71 for 4 brushes say what?!!. These are super soft and I like to use them for concealing and blending. They took a while to arrive but apart from that, they've been an amazing purchase!

Do you have any favourite face or base brushes?


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30 comments

  1. I love Real Techniques and some Sigma brushes. I've never tried Elf ones.

    Beauty Inside Art

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  2. Very cool. I've been looking for a good stippling brush, but am still unsure since I love my sponges for this reason.
    Good options though!

    Tiff | AMtoPM

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  3. I bought the stippling brush and the RT buffing brush earlier this month. Why I didn't buy them earlier, I don't know. Amazing! Great selection!

    ohhellojo.blogspot.com

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  4. elf has some of the best budget brushes! i love their powder brush and their blush brush! need to try real techniques.

    brooke | brooke elise beauty

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  5. I got a pack of brushes from Ebay there was 20 for £3 and I love them :) .. There is literally a brush for everything the only problem is I never know which brush to use lol. xox

    http://www.rainbowsandunicornsblog.co.uk/

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  6. Love the idea of using the stippling brush to apply highlighter - I've tried using the foundation brush but it's just too small and concentrated - going to try using my stippling brush tomorrow :D

    http://katieannetc.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. The Real Techniques Buffing Brush is my favourite too! I also love their Expert Face Brush. I'd really like to try a fan brush sometime

    Gaby // etcGabrielle

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  8. I really want a fan brush for highlighting!

    Sophie x

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  9. I love real techniques as well! They're an amazing brand at an affordable price!
    http://rachelelizabethxoxo.blogspot.com/

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  10. These sound great, I'll definitely be taking your advice and looking on eBay! Frankie x www.londonlipstick.wordpress.com

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  11. I also love the EcoTools brushes! Very good quality for the price! I haven't tried their fan brush, but it sounds very nice :)

    x Julia | Wing me a dream

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  12. I love the Studio line by ELF, they are such affordable and fab quality brushes. I really like to use the RT Stippling brush for concealer :)

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin' | youtube

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  13. The RT Stippling brush was one of my favourites for foundation, I haven't used it for a while but I think I might start using it again. x

    FARFROMPERFECTIONXO

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  14. Real techniques have to be my favourite brand for brushes, they are so affordable yet such good quality!! I've also got this Ebay brushes and I've them.

    Blushhx.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Eco Tools and Real Techniques are both such great quality brushes for the price!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  16. All my RT brushes get some serious use! Need to look into the ELF ones for the money.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  17. I don't like to spend a lot of money in brushes. I bought mine in pink on Oasap and they cost around 17 dollars. They are good. I like them and they're very soft. But these ones look great!

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  18. I love the Real Techniques brushes as well as the ELF ones! Especially for the price!

    Mikayla :)
    www.thenorthernjoli.blogspot.com

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  19. I have an ELF face brush at the moment and I really like it, nice and soft.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  20. I love the Real Technique brushes! Those are my favorite. Whenever they go on sale I always buy some. I love your blog!!


    http://ncolesnotes.blogspot.com

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  21. I've just started using the real techniques buffing brush for my foundation, makes my makeup look so much better than any others ive used x

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  22. I love the RT buffing brush too - I usually apply my foundation with the foundation brush then buff it all in with the buffing brush and I haven't found a combination which gives me a more flawless finish. Really great brushes. Also interested in the unbranded brushes you mentioned last - they're so cheap?! Will defo be looking into that. :) Wendy xx
    Scottish Wendy | Wendy's World

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  23. I love the RT Buffing and Stippling brushes :) I also have that elf brush which I keep in my bag for on-the-go powder touch-ups. Great picks! xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced

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  24. I love the real techniques expert face brush. They're so good for the price

    www.sophieslittlesecrets.blogspot.com

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  25. The real technique brushes are such a must have!
    I did a new look on my blog today my makeup tricks for that perfect dewy & glowy skin on
    www.beyondthatbouffant.com

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  26. I love the RT Blusher Blush, it is so soft and applies products amazingly.

    GreyWalls 

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  27. RT brushes are a winner!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  28. I have bought brushes from Ebay before and have been super impressed. Just because they are not branded and cheap, doesn't mean they will be crap! xx

    Brenda BusyBee

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  29. Hi! Thanks for the recommendations :) I was looking for some help deciding on which makeup brushes brand to get and here I found my aid haha

    sunnydays14.blogspot.com

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  30. The ELF Powder Brush from the studio line might be my favorite brush of all time!

    Amanda @ Stuff Amanda Likes.

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