Good Makeup Brushes...

on Nov 24, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

Not all makeup brushes are created equal...I am aware of this...I am, however at a loss as to what is really good out there! I am about to update my brushes and I was wondering what you ladies out there use/recommend for makeup brushes. I would also like to hear Make-up Junkie's opinion on this... :o)

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Feisty Redhead
me too on Nov 26, 2007 @ 03:23 pm

I have never really had any brushes that I've found to be all that great, so I'd like to know what everyone else loves, too. I do have one I bought at Wal Mart a couple years ago, no idea of what the brand is but I do like that one an awful lot. I was out of town when I bought it (because I realized I'd forgotten to bring an eye shadow brush with me) and I wasn't able to find that particular brand at either of the Wal Marts that I am close to once I got home from that trip. :(

I've heard good things about the Mark brushes, and my niece's mother recently became a Mark rep so I was thinking about ordering some brushes when I can.

Sephora on Nov 26, 2007 @ 03:52 pm

I really like the sephora brushes I have...they were fairly reasonably priced and feel much better than cheaper brushes I've owned in the past. I will probably slowly work at converting all of my brushes to these.

MAC brushes on Nov 26, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

are good.

make-up junkie
Cheaper brands and Higher End Brands on Nov 27, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

Hey Robin!
Thanks for wanting my input hehe. Ok, so if you're looking for inexpensive brushes Quo brushes from Shoppers are equal quality to a lot of the higher end brands. I actually haven't used them myself but I know plenty of top makeup artists that I've worked with that have used Quo brand. Since I was working at MAC for a few yrs, I stocked up my whole kit with their brushes. MAC does have some really great quality brushes, but the hair from some of their blush brushes tend to fall out. My favourite brushes from MAC have to be the #116 blush/contour brush, #239 shadow brush, and #224 blending brush. The prices range from $10-75 so the prices are pretty average for higher end brushes. I've heard Sephora brushes are also great as well as Billy B. brushes. Brushes from a makeup artist line are usually a sure bet that you're getting quality brushes. The brushes are based on what he likes and what have worked for him. The handles are also the perfect length - not too long or too short. They are also lightweight because he travels a lot so it won't bring your makeup bag done. The brushes are also animal-friendly - mixture of high quality fibre and sable. Prices are also really decent. I plan to get the set when I get a chance. Check out his brushes at I think they're only sold online right now. Shu Umera is really high end and pretty pricey but I heard the brushes I heard are amazing.

A thing about brushes also is when you're looking for good quality look for ones that are firm and dense but not stiff (stiffness depending on the purpose of the brush). Brushes that don't have as much hair will fall out easily. Brushes are investments so don't make any hasty purchases. Go to counters and sample the brushes. Get more opinions and research different lines - see what they have to offer. Hope these suggestions help! I'd be interested to hear which brushes you end up getting! :)

Wowee! on Nov 28, 2007 @ 09:34 am

Great advice! I'll let you know which brushes I end up picking up! :o)

Quo on Nov 28, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

I have a few Quo brushes! They don't make too many... but I do like them because they are cheaper and work quite well. I have a big power brush, concealer and small slanted eye shadow brush. Of the 3 I do really like the concealer brush. They only thing that isn't so great about it is that it tends to get caked up easily after you have used it for a while. The big powder brush is really good too!

I can see how they are cheaper because the handles are not as nice, as well as the bristles. But they have worked pretty well for me.

I also have a few MAC brushes, but only 2 for eye shadows. I have the blending brush and another slanted eye shadow brush. Both are really good, but I'm not sure if they were entirely worth the money. Probably because I really don't use them a lot :|
That's all I know for MAC brushes... I'm too cheap to buy their bigger brushes!

A nice thing too is that Quo brushes are often on sale, around 20% off. I only buy mine when they are one sale! >:-)

ebay on Nov 29, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

there are some decent deals to be had on some pretty high end brushes on ebay...even I am tempted...:)

lil sushi
WOO HOO.... on Nov 30, 2007 @ 10:27 am

This is awesome...i was just about to get a replacement blush brush this weekend and was thinking if i should got the extra mile and purchase MAC or stick with QUO... This chat was awesome and so helpful....=)

Still shopping around... on Nov 30, 2007 @ 10:10 pm

I went into Shopper's Drug Mart near me and they had an array of Quo many to choose from! I guess it depends on the location. Anyway, the lady behind the counter said she liked them as much as her Sephora ones (which they also sold at Shopper's) but they were a fraction of the price. She almost sold me. I decided to take a look tomorrow while out shopping and decide then! :o)

Oooh another one! on Dec 01, 2007 @ 02:18 pm

For anyone who is interested in make up brushes that are a little higher quality than Quo, I also like The Body Shop make up brushes. The bristles are softer and the handles are better quality. They cost less than the MAC ones.. and are better quality than the Quo.

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