Doper wimmins, I’m interested in purchasing a set of travel makeup brushes to bring to work so I can finish applying makeup. I was looking on Ebay and found to my chagrin that these sets from top artists (Trish McEvoy, Bobbi Brown, etc.) are very expensive, between $50.00-$100.00, easily. There’s one set from Australia that I’m lusting after, that has everything I want, and the price tag is abount $80.00 for twelve brushes. If any of you have checked out Ebay for makeup brushes, please let me know if that price is reasonable for the products purchased.
If you have any suggestions for good quality travel sized makeup brushes, let me know and I’ll investigate this problem. Thanks, medstar!
Seconding the recommendation on the Body Shop. Also, you don’t need a full set of brushes. For blusher, for instance, you want a proper brush, because the cheap one that you may find in the compact is useless. But for eye shadow, I find I get a lot better results with the sort of little squished-Q-tip thingies that used to come in the eyeshadow compacts - not disposable but cheap enough to replace when they start getting icky. Does H&M have cosmetics departments in the States? Because if so, they sell great squished-Q-tip thingies.
I’ve been *very * pleased with the Sonia Kashuk brushes at Target. They’re wonderfully soft, they hold color really well and apply it beautifully, they wash easily and without shedding, and they’re very reasonably priced.
I’ll also (sort of) second what **flodnak ** said about eyeshadow brushes. You don’t need a ton of them, especially since 1. you want to wash those very frequently anyway, and 2, they’re really only necessary (IMO) for intense or highly perlized colors. For soft, matte colors, especially in pressed form, the foam applicators work just as well.
:eek: Really? You must not blend multiple colors of shadow, right?
Personally, I loath those little sponges and toss them immediately. Either you pick up too little or too much color, there is little control, and you can’t blend.
I have one that looks like this from Estee Lauder and then like this but in two different sizes from that Target brand. I use the big one for blending and the small one for applying shimmer to the corners or liner.
Thirded (or fourthed, I’ve lost track). They get pretty good reviews over at Makeup Alley and the prices are very good. I’ve got a very fine Sephora eye liner brushes that the Target line didn’t carry but all my other brushes are Target.
My brushes are split between Sonia Kashuks and MAC’s. Love them both, love Sonia’s prices more. MAC isn’t cheap, but their brushes, mmmmmm. I have my specialty eye application ones from them. this one, for eye shadow as eyeliner. Nice precise line. And this one for their fluidline eye liner.
There are still a handful of brushes that I’ve yet to get, and hopefully some of them translate over to makeup brushes well. It should be useful for acquiring more blending and eye brushes, as I tend to have a lot of colors and a laziness when it comes to cleaning the brushes after use. However, I have my doubts that kabuki brushes that are soft would be useful for making art.