I debated whether or not to include brushes as part of my inventory. But it feels like cheating if I don’t, like brushes get a free pass. I quite like brushes, and I like to collect them. I’ve also bought a few more in the time I’ve been here, so I need to hold myself accountable.
Crown Brush – blush brush (I use this for foundation)
Crown Brush – ??? I think it’s technically called a contour brush, but I use it to buff out concealer.
Both of these were part of a HD set I bought on Hautelook.
Real Techniques Core Collection – buffing brush, contour brush, small foundation brush
Real Techniques blush brush
Real Techniques setting brush
e.l.f. Studio small stipple brush
Crown Brush – eyeshadow brush, crease brush (same HD set)
Crown Brush – smudge brush (part of a different, larger set that actually kind of sucked overall)
Smashbox #3 blending brush – I love this thing so, so much.
Smashbox #31 precision concealer brush
e.l.f. concealer brush – Another favorite. Dirt cheap and super useful.
e.l.f. blending eye brush
e.l.f. Studio angled eye liner brush – The bristles are starting to splay on this one. I wanted to try the Real Techniques silicone liner brush for gel liner instead, but the price kept going up on Amazon when I made my last order, so I’m holding off for now.
e.l.f. Studio small smudge brush
Sigma E30 pencil brush, travel size – The only brush to survive from a really nice travel kit my friend Krystal bought me one year. :( I left the set with my boyfriend in London and when I came back several months later, he had had bugs in his room. They ate holes through his clothes, and chewed on some of the bristles of my brushes.
ecoTools smudge brush
MAC 266 – My one and only MAC brush. I was using it for brow pomade, and before that, gel/cream eyeliners. But I think it’s best suited for powder products, due to its natural bristles.
Sephora Professionnel medium shadow brush – This line has since been discontinued. In fact, I got it on sale as they were phasing this line out. It’s still one of my favorite brushes today.
Sonia Kashuk ??? crease brush – This line has also been revamped. To be honest, I don’t love this brush. It’s okay, but it’s just slightly off in size and density to be of much use to me.
Sephora Professionnel brow comb – If you don’t already use a metal comb for your lashes, you need to start doing so, right now. You will never go back to crappy plastic combs.
Sonia Kashuk spoolie
Real Techniques detailer brush
ecoTools mini eye makeover set
The Body Shop face puff
Nordstrom retractable lip brush
ecoTools retractable kabuki brush
Side note: I’ve recently gotten addicted to checking MakeupAlley’s makeup boards (late to the game, much?). Someone mentioned using a microfiber cloth to wipe off brushes as a spot clean in-between washes. I gave it a try, and I was STUNNED at how well it worked! So much pigment came out! This is a game changer, especially for my blush brushes. I would only do this for powder products, though.