I firmly believe that good makeup brushes are a game-changing when it comes to applying makeup. And I know that makeup brushes can last a long time, but I flat out refuse to pay $20+ for 1 makeup brush. Call me crazy, but I got better things to spend that much money on (like actual makeup, or bills).
At the same time, I hate cheap makeup brushes. Those cheap eye makeup applicators are the 1st thing that goes in the trash if they come with eye shadow. I would cull a decent brush here and there from a nice makeup set, like Bare Minerals or Bobbi Brown, and then I would buy some cheaper ones, like Eco Tools from Ulta (I wasn’t impressed).
So I set out to find a good in-between makeup brush set–quality without the name brand price. That’s when I found Sonia Kashuk brushes at Target. They’re perfect for makeup artist on a budget:) I started out with the Sonia Kashuk Essential Eye Kit (similar to this one, but in white) for $10 or $11 and loved all of the brushes! When I got in my Target Beauty Box (sold out), it had a $3 coupon off any $15 beauty purchase. I thought about what to use it on, and decided to expand my makeup brushes collection.
|Left to Right: Powder/blush brush, eye shadow brush (for all-over color),
crease brush, synthetic concealer brush, and angled eye liner brush.
|Left to right: Powder/blush brush, synthetic concealer brush, eye shadow
brush, crease brush, and angled eye liner brush.
I think that to have a comprehensive brush set, you should have: 2 good eye shadow brushes–1 for all-over color and 1 for your crease, a good blush brush for blush, highlighter, and bronzer, and a good kabuki brush to apply powder foundation with (not pictured). This set has the 3 most important ones: (1) powder/blush brush, (2) eyeshadow brush, and (3) crease brush.
|Plus it comes with this cute clutch!|
Overall, I really like Sonia Kashuk brushes, but I especially like this set! It’s definitely a bright deal for your budget! The brushes are good quality, and from my prior experience, they hold up well. I used this when I did my makeup today, and they felt so soft against my face!
If this set is still a little more then you’d like to spend out of your budget, then below are some more affordable options that I think would probably work just as well from Target’s Up & Up line.
|Left to right:
1. Complexion brush set- blush/foundation/concealer/finishing, $11.39 (on sale) at Target.
2. Mineral brush set- powder/concealer/shadow/blush, $9.99 at Target.
3. Eye brush set- shadow/smudging/crease/shading, $5.99 at Target (similar).
Having great brushes can really take your makeup to the next level as they do a better job of blending and shading, and make application smoother overall!