Best Affordable Makeup Brushes + High Five for Friday Linkup

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Let’s be honest—the quality of makeup brushes can make or break your look. It can make a difference in everything from how the brush picks up your product to how the product is deposited on your skin. Some people think that you have to spend a ton of money to get awesome makeup brushes (think Sigma), but that’s not true!

People are ALWAYS surprised when I say that my two favorite brands of makeup brushes are Sonia Kashuk and Real Techniques, in that order. Both of these brands deliver quality makeup brushes at excellent price points.

The eye makeup brushes shown above are from the Sonia Kashuk line and they actually come in a set for $20! Yes, 5 Makeup brushes for $20. That’s just $4 per brush (compared to $20+ per brush with more prestige brush brands). You can purchase individual brushes from Sonia Kashuk, but I’ve found their sets to be the best value.

Real Techniques brushes are also amazing. I tend to purchase them at Ulta because they’re frequently on sale and you can use an Ulta coupon. There are a few sets of these brushes, but I tend to purchase them individually.

If I had to make the call, I’d say that I prefer Sonia Kashuk for eye makeup brushes and Real Techniques for face makeup brushes.

What about ELF? I’m just not a huge fan of ELF makeup brushes and would rather invest just a little bit more to purchase Sonia Kashuk or Real Techniques brushes. While there have been a few exceptions, I don’t like how the brushes pickup or deposit color.

You can shop some of my favorite brushes via the widget below:


TGIF!!! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Becky at BYBMG, and myself want to welcome you to the High Five for Friday link-up and the weekend. We made it! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share our favorite posts we’ve written throughout the week. Drop up to 3 links below!

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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  1. 8.10.18

    I’ve had a set of Philosophy makeup brushes since the ’90s—a good set is definitely worth the investment!
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