Best Value for Money Soft Makeup Brushes

We all need makeup brushes - without them, applying makeup can be a little difficult. I always recommend clients that they buy the best cosmetic brushes that they can afford - quality brushes create quality looks.

There's a variety of different brushes for makeup - blush, eyeshadow, foundation makeup, face powder and lips - they all need a different size brush, a different shape or length of bristles. Each one has a specific purpose and will perform a different role.

The five best makeup brush sets are featured below. They're the best value for money, in relation to quality and type. They're all well worth the investment and will help you to create flawless looking makeup time after time.

Ecotools Bamboo Eye Brush Set, 6 Piece

These are the best inexpensive makeup brushes - and they're a lovely collection of brushes that will work across a range of different makeup products. You get a large, medium and small eyeshadow brush, one highlighter and one smudging brush, plus a neat case and mirror.

The whole set is environmentally friendly - the handles are bamboo and the bristles are processed cruelty free. For the money you're getting excellent value - the only one missing that I'd advise you to buy separately is a foundation brush. The brushes are non-shedding and soft on the face - the whole set is well worth its almost perfect five star rating.

Bare Escentuals Full Flawless Face Brush

I love full bodied foundation makeup brushes and this is a fine example of a good quality, large brush that will work for powder, foundation or blusher. It's a great brush for using with mineral based makeup - the bristles are soft enough to distribute the makeup evenly yet they're thick enough to pick up and hold onto it.

Don't buy this one just to match it with Bareminerals products - it works equally well with any other brand name product. The angled shape is perfect and it's easy to maintain - a quick rinse with soap and water, leave to dry and it feels as good as new once again. Lovely makeup brush - a definite for the makeup bag.

Ecotools Alicia Brush Set, 5 Piece

This is a lovely set of cruelty free makeup brushes - similar to the first featured product in that they're produced to a high standard with a definite eye on being eco-friendly. You get 4 different brushes - a large face brush, one for blush, and eyeshadow brush and a neat eyebrow/eyelash come.

The kit comes in a handy little bag that keeps them al in place and the handles are manufactured from bamboo. The bristles are all cruelty free - there's no unsavory practice involved in their production. If you love inexpensive health and beauty products you'll be well suited with this set. Definitely one for using if traveling or for keeping stored in your purse.

FASH Professional Quality 2011 Series Cosmetic Brush Set with Leather Pouch, 12-Piece

If you're on a budget - these are the best cheap makeup brushes. You get a range of 12 different brushes, some of which are eyeshadow brushes, others for the face. The foundation/powder brush is a good size and I love the shader brush - great for adding a subtle blush to the cheeks or for highlighting across the brows.

Some of the smaller brushes are great for sculpting depth and defining shape around the eyes - and you even get an eyebrow/eyelash comb. They all come neatly packaged in a leather look roll up case that keeps them neatly stored. A well put together collection of brushes, definitely worth having if you want to spend less rather than more.

Sigma Makeup 12pcs. Professional Brush Set

These are the best professional makeup brushes - and they don't come cheap. But - you won't need to buy another brush for years so think of them as a long term investment. Brushes are not like makeup - with the right care and maintenance they can and will last for years.

It's a collection of 12 pro brushes - you get 7 for the eye and 5 for the face. You get a full foundation brush, a powder/face brush, eyeshadow brushes and more. All the bristles are from a natural source and you get a small bag to keep them in - though you will find a roll-up one will work better organization wise. A gorgeous collection of good quality makeup brushes - you won't be disappointed.

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