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Applying foundation or eye shadow with your fingers can be effective and all, but have you ever seen what a difference using a few makeup brushes can do? Investing in just a few basics will amp up your makeup look, and you don’t need a million and one brushes to achieve a professional-level application.
Below, you’ll find our favorite makeup brush sets ranging in price, brush type and amount of brushes in each set.
Best makeup brush sets, according to reviewers
From one of the bestselling makeup brush brands, Sigma has created a brush set based on their most popular makeup brushes. This five-piece set features brushes for both the face and eyes, and uses ultra-soft SigmaTech® and Sigmax® fibers for extra comfort. Brushes included are the F80 Flat Kabuki (ideal for blending liquid and cream products), F35 Tapered Highlighter (great for applying highlighter to cheekbones), E40 Tapered Blending (works to soften and blend any harsh lines), E25 Blending (can be used to apply and combine eye shadow shades) and the E30 Pencil (used to soften liner along lash lines).
Everything that Charlotte Tilbury creates is gold, including this beautiful four-piece mini brush set. You can stow the Face Powder Brush, Eye Blender Brush, Eye Smudger Brush and Precision Brush into the case while traveling, or use the chic, velvet green clutch to stash your phone and other essentials for a night out.
Artis has been lauded for years for its high-quality brushes and effective, ergonomic shapes. This brush set comes with three brushes, including the Oval 7 for foundation, blush and contour; the Oval 3 for eye makeup and concealer; and the Linear 1 for eyeliner and brows.
Super soft, fluffy and great for those with sensitive skin, the five-piece makeup brush set from It Cosmetics is really all you need to nail any makeup look. The set includes the Airbrush Powder brush, the Airbrush Foundation brush, the Airbrush Concealer brush, the Airbrush Shadow brush and the Airbrush Crease brush.
If you’re not interested in spending a ton of money on a brush set but want to get some quality makeup brushes to experiment with new looks, this e.l.f. brush set will satisfy your every need. The brushes are ergonomically designed to fit perfectly into your hand and feature a no-slip grip for a stunning full-face application every time. This set comes with a dozen brushes including a Smudge Eye Sponge, Lip Defining Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, Blending Eye Brush, Defining Eye Brush, Eyelash & Brow Wand, Brow Comb & Brush, Foundation Brush, Bronzer Brush, Total Face Brush, Concealer Brush and Eyeliner Brush.
Leave it to Fenty Beauty to create the chicest-looking makeup brush set of the bunch. Made with ultra-fine synthetic bristles, this four-piece set includes everything you need for a flawless face makeup application. Included is the Full-Bodied Foundation Brush 110, the Precision Concealer Brush 180, the Powder Puff Setting Brush 170 and the Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush 120.
Ideal for traveling, this four-piece set includes itty bitty brushes that you can easily pop into your carry-on and will cover all your makeup application needs within the cute faux crocodile carrying case. The small handles on each of the brushes are weighted, so that they can balance in your hand the same way a full-size makeup brush would. This set includes a face/cheek brush, a conceal/buff brush, a lid/crease brush and a line/smudge brush.
Tarte’s tropical-inspired brush set isn’t just gorgeous to look at — they’re also highly effective, according to shoppers! The five-piece collection includes a contour brush, loose powder brush, cheek brush, fan brush for highlighters and stippling brush for liquid formulas.
Created with high-quality synthetic fibers, this luxe brush set features five pieces to help you craft any look. The set includes a Cheek Brush, Foundation & Mask Brush, Concealer Brush, Eye Definer Brush and an Eye Liner Brush.