Don’t you appreciate makeup when you see them on the pan or with their packaging? Me, I scream like a madman even when they’re still on the box. Lol.

If we can appreciate makeup even when it hasn’t been applied yet, how much more when it already is? And to apply makeup, we need a trusty sponge, makeup brushes, or an airbrush tool if you’re seriously serious about getting a flawless finish.

Me, I like my brushes because I can control the coverage and go from light to full coverage. I can’t do that with a sponge without using too much makeup. It just absorbs too much product.

I also find brushes to be easier to clean than sponges.

I prefer buying brushes in sets but I also buy them individually sometimes. I have listed some of the best makeup brushes that are mega-affordable but definitely worth it!

Anjou Premium Makeup Brush Set

This is a 16-piece makeup brush set. There are 7 bigger brushes and 9 smaller ones.

The bigger brushes are mainly face brushes, but the contour brush can also be used to contour the nose, and the concealer brush can be used to conceal spots.

For the face brush there’s a flat (on top and the sides) contour brush, angled foundation brush, blush brush, loose powder brush, bronzing brush, blending brush, and concealer brush.

For the eye set there’s a lash and eyebrow brush, lip brush, large eyeshadow brush, contouring brush, foundation brush, nose contouring brush, detailing brush, smudging brush, angled brush.

The blending brush on the face set is more like a flat foundation brush. The foundation brush on the eye set does look like a foundation brush and I use it to blend an eye primer or concealer on the lids.

Pros
  • Soft and synthetic fiber
  • Cruelty-free
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to blend
Cons
  • There’s a little bit of fall out

BS-MALL Makeup Brushes Premium

This is a 14-piece makeup brush set. There are 5 face kabuki brushes and 9 eye brushes.

For the face, there’s a round angled brush that can be used for contour and bronzer, flat angled foundation brush, flat face brush, round brush, and a tapered brush. Flat-top brushes are best for blending liquid or cream products while round-top brushes are best for mineral and powder applications.

For the eyes, there’s an angled blending brush, flat-top eyeshadow brush, brow brush and spoolie, concealer brush, tapered precise brush, flat detail brush, thin detail brush, lip brush, and thin eyeliner brush.

Some of these brushes are named differently so I renamed them to give you an idea of what they’re for. Because honestly, I am finding them a little tricky to tell.

Pros
  • Soft bristles
  • Durable synthetic fiber
  • Alloy and wood handle
  • Several brushes for liquid and powder makeup
  • Cruelty-free
Cons
  • Cruelty-free

EmaxDesign Premium Bamboo Handle Makeup Brush Set

This is a 12-piece makeup brush set. There are 5 face kabuki brushes and 9 eye brushes.

Okay, so like the above brush, I just got to rename and reposition these brushes because, for example, there’s a brush called big eyeshadow brush that’s, in fact, a flat face brush used for applying foundation or concealer.

So for the face, there’s a round foundation brush, which I suggest you use as a blush or powder brush, a flat concealer or foundation brush, a mini foundation brush, which again, use for powders, a mini flat-top brush (finally, a foundation brush!), and an even smaller flat-top kabuki brush which can also be used for foundation.

For the eyes, there’s a flat blending brush, eye smudging brush, angled contour brush, smaller detail brush, flat concealer brush, big blending brush ( that can function as a highlighter brush), and an eyebrow brush/comb.

Pros
  • Soft synthetic fibers
  • Bamboo handles
  • Vegan
Cons
  • No face powder brush
  • No contour/bronzer brush

BS-MALL Premium Makeup Brush Set

This one is the 12-piece version of the one I listed above. This set has 5 kabuki brushes each for the eyes and the face.

For the face, there’s a round angled brush, a flat angled brush, a round brush, a flat semi-angled brush, and a tapered foundation application brush.

For the eyes, there’s an angled contour/blending brush, a thinner and straight angled brush, flat-top blending brush, an actual blending brush, and a smudger. You need to do the angling with this set but the brushes still work.

Pros
  • Soft bristles
  • Synthetic fiber
  • Ideal for traveling
  • Cruelty-free
Cons
  • Not for those who need a lot of brushes

Most Common Types of Brushes

Foundation Brush

If you just want to apply foundation and not blend it, a flat foundation brush is an ideal brush. If you need to blend the foundation into the skin, any foundation brush with flat tips is what’s ideal. It should be, however, not too dense nor too fluffy.

Powder Brush

Anyone who’s unfamiliar with makeup and asked about what a makeup brush looks like will think of a powder brush. And for good reason. It stands out among the rest because it’s big and fluffy.

Contour Brush

This brush type is also easily recognizable due to its angled tip. It’s not too fluffy nor too dense and is used to apply cream or powder contour and bronzer except the nose. It would be too big.

Blush Brush

Blush brushes are tricky to tell because they can look like a foundation brush as well as a contour brush. But to tell it apart, you need only look or feel its density. It should have a little more fluff compared to the other two.

Sometimes, blush brushes also look tapered. Meaning, they are shaped like diamonds on a stick, for the lack of better description. Sorry.

Eye Brushes

Eye brushes are thinner both in their handles and the actual brush. They come in many shapes. They even resemble some face brushes like the ones mentioned above.

Like contour brushes, most eye brushes can be used to apply and blend cream and powder eyeshadows.

Conclusion

I own several makeup brush sets, all in different price points. I love them all and they all serve their purpose, but I also love good finds without spending a fortune. After all, one can never have too many brushes.

We all need to blend, s’why. And these brushes, although they are cheap finds, their quality is really nice and they can blend eyeshadows well. I recommend them for newbies who are just starting out in makeup and also for those who can’t get enough of good brushes!