When it comes down to your makeup looks of choice, they're only as good as the tools you use to sweep, swirl, and blend each of your go-to products into place with. Whether you decide to create a smoky eye or chisel out your cheekbones, using the best makeup brush sets can mean the difference between an easily flawless face and an overly complicated application routine. And now that holiday season has officially arrived, culty, professional-level brushes can also serve as an excellent gifts for the beauty lovers in your circle looking to take enhance their overall face beat.
To take a friend or family's application routine to new heights (and maybe even encourage them to wash their tools more frequently), we've pulled together 21 of the best makeup brush sets to shop now, from top brands like Sigma, Morphe, Colourpop and more. As an added shopping bonus, most of these brushes are available for under $100, which also helps you get a little more bang for your buck this season. Since these natural and synthetic sets are so luxurious, we won't blame you if you decide to scoop up one or two for yourself while mentally checking off boxes on your holiday shopping list.
This coveted makeup brush set has nearly 82,000 customer reviews and close to a five star rating on Amazon, not to mention it's available for under $15.
Your family member might feel like a bona fide makeup artist after unraveling this faux leather roll, which contains an individual space for each of its accompanying brushes.
Try your hand at even the most intensive makeup looks on TikTok with this mix of natural and synthetic brushes for face and eyes, from celebrity makeup artist Ariel and the beauty aficionados at Morphe.
Amazon shoppers are raving about this ergonomic 12-piece set from e.l.f, with one writing about how its synthetic bristles are "so soft and don't shed!"
This four-piece brush set makes an ideal gift for makeup enthusiast who doubles as a Rihanna fan, and includes a brush for their foundation, concealer, powder, and highlighter.
Not only does this travel-friendly brush set include its own carrying case, but it also packs seamlessly inside your purse or a carry-on for makeup application on-the-go.
Here's a glittery, retro-inspired synthetic brush set from the Coach x Sephora collection that's best used with products containing cream, liquid, or pressed powder formulas.
These signature oval brushes from Artis have been mainstays for professionals for years, and can quickly upgrade a friend's beauty staples and technique with just a few swipes.
We suggest moving quickly to catch this rare deal on a 12-piece set of holiday-ready brushes for eyes and face from Juvia's Place that are currently available on markdown.
This set of five vegan brushes include one for their foundation, blush, and concealer, along with two smaller ones to blend out eyeshadow and apply liner with ease.
Here's a professional-level brush collection that's made in Japan, and sophisticated enough for of any countertop. The set even includes its own magnetized plate so they'll never lose track of their tools.
This four-piece, limited-edition brush kit from MAC includes a foundation, powder, and eye brush, plus a dual-ended brow brush that makes it simple to craft the perfect arch.
Since this well-rounded rose gold brush set includes its own zippered storage pouch, it's easy to quickly pack them all in a suitcase for your next getaway.
You can snag this travel-ready and artist-approved brush set from Bobbi Brown for a friend or family member who's always on the go—it even comes with a gilded envelope for quick storage.
Here's a fluffy, five piece set that's meant to mimic the effect of airbrush makeup, and includes designated brushes for your foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, and powder.
If you're looking to live more sustainably, consider this best-selling kit from EcoTools that's made from recycled aluminum and plastic, and even features bamboo handles.
This is the best $8.99 you'll ever spend. Blend your cut crease like an expert with this three piece brush set that's ideal for powder, cream, or liquid-based eyeshadows.
Whether you opt for no makeup-makeup or decide to try something a little bolder, this well rounded set from the cosmetics experts at Sigma Beauty has you covered. Not only does it contain tools for foundation, concealer, and powder, but you'll also find a mix of large and small angled options (plus a couple eye specific brushes) to seamlessly complete your next look.
This gilded brush set is almost too pretty to use, and makes applying pigmented highlighter or well placed bronzer a total breeze.
Snag this best-selling, vanity-friendly brush kit (which conveniently features its own branded holder) for 50% off the original price right now.