Brushes are an investment. Good brushes are not cheap. Having lived on a student budget for years, I have learned a few tips and tricks about picking up brushes without breaking the bank. My best piece of advice, if you have your heart set on brand name brushes, is to shop for them at Christmas!
M.A.C and other makeup brands usually come out with a brush gift set during the Christmas season. Some of my favourite brushes come from a M.A.C set I received a few Christmas' ago. The other great thing about these gift sets is the brushes work out to be a fraction of the price if you were to buy them all separately. The only difference I have found is in the length of the handle, as they tend to be shorter. They can also be a bit smaller in size (my guess is likely to save on bristles). This has never bothered me, since it has allowed me to have quality makeup brushes at an affordable price!
Another guilty pleasure of mine is looking at Marshalls or Winners in their cosmetic section. You have to have a keen eye though as many brushes might appear to be quality when they are not. I recently bought a Kabuki brush set by Eco tools that I am enjoying quite a bit for $12.99!
Shoppers also has their own brand called Quo. I have several Quo brushes in my collection. I love my blush brush and have used it everyday for years! I was talking to a cosmetician at Shoppers the other day (another guilty pleasure - shop talk!), and she told me that because Quo is Shoppers own brand they have a LIFETIME guarantee for their brushes! You read that right. Lifetime.
One last piece of advice about shopping for brushes on a budget is considering the Real Techniques brush line. I have not used them myself but have read many reviews, and watched several makeup tutorial videos where these brushes are used. They are sold at Walmart. I would recommend this brush set for your base, and this set for eyes and brows. For just over $30 dollars you will have a great starter set of brushes. I chose these two sets because they contain some of my favourite brush styles. They are also created by Samantha Chapman, a makeup artist in the UK. I am a big fan of her, and her sisters' YouTube channel called Pixiwoo. If you're looking for some great makeup tutorials, make sure to check them out!
That's all for now. Thanks for reading!
Favourite Bridal Makeup Artist
I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!