Fact: Your makeup brushes are just as important as the products you apply on your face. After all, there’s no point in purchasing the best foundation shade with a second-skin finish if it’s going to be in messy, uneven streaks because of poor makeup brushes.
With several brands of makeup brushes on the market all promising different results, we’re here to help you already sort out which ones are best for you by curating a list of brands you should pay attention to!
1. Real Techniques
Real Techniques is one of the most highly lauded brands when it comes to makeup brushes, thanks to its value-for-money price and soft yet highly durable bristles that don’t fall out after application. They’re incredibly easy to use as they pick up and dispense product quickly, making them a cinch for beginners to use. The Real Techniques Flawless Base has four of the most versatile brushes you’ll need for your kit: a rounded fluffy brush for powders, bronzers, and blushes; a tiny precision brush for the smallest of corners that need concealing; a small fluffy brush for highlighting and baking; and a dome-shaped buffing brush for perfecting your base. It also comes with the Real Techniques blending sponge, which also acts as a great alternative to your foundation brush!
REAL TECHNIQUES, Everyday Essentials, P1195.65, realtechniques.com
Love eye makeup? If so, Zoeva is one brush set you can’t miss out on! This brand boasts of makeup brushes that are incredibly luxurious sans the hefty price tag. Composed of soft bristles that pick up a decent amount of makeup and apply like a dream, Zoeva’s brushes are made with superior quality.
Its classic Eye Brush Set is a six-piece collection; each brush is designed to help you create flawless eye looks. The six-piece set contains a standard shadow brush that’s good for applying color and some basic blending; a big fluffy blending brush that blends out any harsh eyeshadow lines; a pointed pencil brush that diffuses shadow around the lash lines; and a flat pencil brush that deposits color around the lashes or inner corners of the eyes. It has two angled brushes, too: a sharp one that defines a cat-eye liner, and a softer one that can put on a smokey eyeliner or define brows.
ZOEVA, Classic Face Set, P3769, sephora.ph
3. Christian Dior
The Dior Backstage brushes are just some of the most luxurious and versatile brush sets you will find. Made with professional makeup artists in mind, the set comes with five brushes that are universal and adaptable for all women. Aside from thebristles being extremely fine and soft, the Backstage brushes allow for a flawless and controlled application even with just a single stroke.
The set comes with a powder brush, as well as a light coverage fluid foundation brush, an eyeshadow shader brush, an eyeliner brush, and a retractable lip brush.
DIOR Backstage brushes, P10,400, Rustans
4. Sigma Beauty
Sigma’s brushes have been awarded by beauty editors worldwide thanks to their densely packed yet soft fibers that allow to flawlessly press on and stipple setting powders and concealer formulas. Sigma’s kabuki brushes are a must-try; they help dust powder and create a flawless skin finish, as well as achieve a perfect glow.
SIGMA BEAUTY, F80 Flat Kabuki Brush, P1348, sephora.ph
5. Fenty Beauty
If you need a large domed foundation brush that does it all, here’s one from Fenty Beauty. Its shape and size allows to cover as much area coverage on your face as possible, flawlessly stippling and buffing foundation to air-brushed perfection. Fenty’s other foundation brushes under its line are also worth a look, such as its full-bodied foundation brush that merges the quick coverage of a flat paddle brush and the blending of an airbrush. The portable concealer and contour brush also comes in a retractable case, a must-have travel essential!
FENTY BEAUTY, Kabuki-Buff Foundation Brush 115, $36 (approximately P1830), sephora.ph
If you need brushes that can be used for different formulas, check out Sisley. Sisley’s brushes are a mix of smooth and textured bristles with a less porous quality, allowing the brushes to be versatile and suited to all product textures and applications, from liquid formulas to pressed powders. The Eyeshadow Smudge Brush allows you to perfectly sculpt the eye area while blending out and diffusing color with ease. Meanwhile, its Foundation Brush showcases a rounded yet angled shape that blends and blurs all foundation formulas, including powder foundation.
SISLEY Foundation brush, P2700, Rustans
MAC makeup brushes have always been a staple in any makeup lover’s kit, and with good reason. For years, they have helped many makeup artists and enthusiasts create flawless looks with their range of brushes, especially their foundation and eyeshadow brushes. They also recently changed their line to synthetic bristles, making them completely cruelty-free while retaining the same quality fans have always loved.
MAC 190SH Synthetic Foundation Brush $35 (approximately P1780), SM Megamall
8. Bobbi Brown
If you’re the type to get redness around the nose and mouth, you can count on Bobbi Brown’s face brushes to create a flawless and polished base. Its brushes, like the Full Coverage Touch Up Brush, is suited to applying, blending, and buffing foundation and concealer on the innermost corners and on the under eye areas. You can also use the same brush for color correcting formulas.
BOBBI BROWN Full coverage touch up brush, $43 (approximately P2187), Rustans Makati