Monday, June 9, 2014

5 Must Have Eye Brushes for $5.99 or fewer!

While I was reorganizing my makeup brushes recently, I wanted to share a few favorites of mine that I particularly love for my eye shape and because of its low impact on my wallet! A few of these are only found online or at a trade show but a few are also available at your local Target. I've attached links to where you can purchase them wherever I can.
Five Must have eye brushes

e.l.f. Eyelash and Brow Wand ($1.00 on eyeslipsface.com and in Target Stores)

I'm of the opinion that everyone needs a spoolie brush. If you use brow powder or brow pencil, you need a basic spoolie to soften the look. If you applied too much mascara, you need a spoolie to brush out clumps (and it works better than the metal combs). For $1.00 you can't really go wrong.

Coastal Scents Fluff Pro Blending Fluff ($4.95 on Coastalscents.com)

There are a few vendors selling the same eyeshadow brush but I just listed Coastal Scents because that happened to be where I purchased it from. It's touted to be similar to the MAC 217 but I'm not 100% sure since I don't have the 217. Still though, this is actually one of my favorite brushes for applying and blending out cream eyeshadow and also for applying a transition color between the lid and browbone.

Loew Cornell Maxine's Mop 3/8 inch ($2.19 on Hofcraft.com)

This is a craft store brush and not the softest of the bunch but its shape is very similar to the MAC 239. It's a little fatter than the MAC 239 but the shape makes it good for packing and blending color onto the lid. This does need more conditioning than the rest of the brushes listed but it's still a good brush.

Sonia Kashuk Small Eyeshadow Brush ($4.99 on Target.com and in Target Stores)

It's a flat shader brush that's more slender than the Loew Cornell Maxine's Mop and softer. I prefer this when I'm doing a gradient on the eyelid with a lighter color on the inner third to a darker color on the outer third. It's made out of natural hair so it picks up eyeshadow brilliantly and the flat paddle shade means it doesn't fly all over the place.

Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush ($5.99 on Target.com and in Target Stores)

Another Sonia Kashuk favorite. I prefer gel and liquid liners over pencils (since it's usually easier for me to get a thinner line), so I'm a big fan of pairing them with this brush. I can get a very thin and precise line and the bend in the brush allows for a more natural grip and arm position.

So how about you? What are your must have eye brushes?

31 comments:

  1. I LOVE the Sonia Kashuk small eyeshadow brush.

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  2. Yes, everyone NEEDS a spoolie brush. Do you know how many years I went without using one and never knew what a different it makes. I can't live without it now. It's magic on making eyebrow powder blend in to brows and gives a natural look. I have all the E.L.F. brushes and they work so well.

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  3. I'm off to buy that elf spoolie brush! I have the Sonia Kashuk bent brush and love it

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  4. I love craft store brush dupes!

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  5. Sonia Kashuk makes excellent brushes, I use them a lot on clients. Great picks!

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  6. That eyeliner brush is one of my favorites!

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  7. I've never tried a bent eye liner brush before. Very cool.

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  8. The Coastal Scents brush is DA BOMB! Not only is it just like the 217, it's even a little better!

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  9. The Sonia Kasuk brushes are the BOMB and the ELF brushes are awesome. I also have the black ELF brushes and OMG love them! Great choices.

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  10. I can never have enough blending blushes!

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  11. I've collected so many spoolie brushes with the daiso brow pencils I purchased, but definitely going to check your recs! :D

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  12. Love the Sonia Kashuk smudging brush for making my eyeliner less harsh looking. I think the one I bought was around the same price as listed above.

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  13. Love your picks! I just ordered some cheap $3 Crown Brushes from Hautelook, too, and can't wait for them to get here :)

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  14. I swear, if it ever gets discontinued I'm buying a million of them as backups

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  15. I'm so heavy handed with eyebrow powder sometimes that I need the spoolie to help me out

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  16. I think Sonia Kashuk has a spoolie brush too for around the same price $2 but I figured three Sonia Kashuk picks might be overkill :P

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  17. I love Sonia Kashuk brushes. They are always SO soft and last forever!

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  18. I have the most Crown brushes (who also make Coastal Scents, among others) than anything. I really want to try a Wayne Goss brush, but that's a super-expensive investment! On the lower end, I want to try Makeup Geek brushes.

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  19. I have a credit to coastal scents.. I'm about to stock up on that brush!

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  20. Your #2 and #4 look like the two brushes I can't live without!

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  21. Great choices! I love the Coastal Scents brush and ELF makes some good ones too, especially for the prices!

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  22. Amazing choices! I have and use all of these, except #3!

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  23. I didn't know Sonia Kashuk had brushes under $5!!

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  24. Great suggestions. I have one brush from e.l.f, the buffing brush and I like it so much!

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  25. those are really good suggestions!

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  26. Definitely going to order the Coastal Scents one instead of MAC's 217! Thank you! <3
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  27. What a great round up of brushes! Love the Sonia Kashuk line at Target.

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  28. I have to agree with you on these!

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  29. I really want to try the sonia kashuk eyeliner brush

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  30. I want to try some Sonia Kashuk brushes - these sound awesome.

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  31. Great choices, I use all these types of brushes but not the exact same brands. I've actually never tried Sonia Kashuk brushes.

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