A good makeup brush collection will save so much time from your morning routine. Although you can easily spend hundreds on brushes, functional collection does not have to be super expensive. Nonetheless, quality still matters, so it is definitely going to be an investment.
Buying a set would be the easiest way. Currently the most well received brush set in blogosphere is the Wayne Goss Collection. I think it would be a great set to invest in. For makeup geeks, Hakuhudo brushes are the ultimate dream, but they are super pricey. Anyone who wants to get the taste of Hakuhudo brushes, Sephora is currently selling reasonably priced Sephora collaboration Hakuhudo Collection.
Although sets are easier to shop, most companies make certain brushes better than others, so you can't expect excellency from every single brush in the set. There is going to be one or two in the set that is not your favorite. If you want the perfect collection, then you have to shop for every brush individually. Based on online research and reviews, I created a guide for those of you who are creating your own collection. They are all under $55 and well reviewed by the online beauty influencers.
When it comes to eye makeup, MAC brushes are the most widely used. I personally own MAC 217 and it blends my eyeshadow in seconds. It saves so much time in the morning. For patting eyeshadow all over the lid, MAC 239 is the way to go according to Tati from Glam Life Guru and Temptalia.
Apparently Sonia Kashuk Angled Eyeliner Brush is favorited by many over anything else, so why spend more money if you don't have to. Similarly, everyone swears by Real Technique's Expert Face Brush for foundation and it is also under $10, so more savings for us. Although they are both synthetic, they are praised to work as well as non-synthetic brushes.
I am not a big user of blushes and bronzers, so I have not invested in any brushes yet. According to most experts, Nars Kabuki Ita Bronzer brush and Bobbi Brown Blush are the way to go. For face powders, Temptalia, who is the ultimate makeup guru, picks the Make Up For Ever 128 Precision Brush.
So if you are looking to invest in makeup brushes for yourself or holiday shopping for someone who is a makeup addict, then I hope this shopping guide was helpful. If you know any makeup brush you swear by, please comment below!