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The Best Makeup Brushes on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve heard from the editors at the Cut about a new crop of affordable makeup brushes, a certain silicone makeup sponge, and the Artist Fluenta brushes that could cut your makeup routine in half, here we’re spotlighting some that are even more accessible: the best makeup brushes and makeup brush sets on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)


The Best Powder Brush

Real Techniques Cruelty Free Powder Brush

“This brush is awesome! I love the size and the texture. Works great and doesn’t leave lines on your face. Even though it’s a powder brush, I also use it for liquid foundation! Comparing it to my MAC 129 brush, it works even better! Do not hesitate, buy this brush now!”

The Best Foundation Brush

Lamora Flat Top Kabuki Foundation Makeup Brush

“This is my go-to brush now; I love it so much I have two! I was hesitant to buy a flat top foundation brush just because I have had bad experiences with it so I only use a beauty blender, but I got to say, this is the best brush I’ve used! The application of my foundation is flawless and is easily applied evenly, it doesn’t leave any streaks on my face like other flat top brushes do. I did notice that you have to clean the brush every week because the there’s product build up and it becomes stiff to use. Other than that it’s amazing! Great quality for the price!”

The Best Concealer Brush

Ecotools Cruelty Free and Eco Friendly Ultimate Concealer Brush Duo

“I didn’t realize this concealer-brush set would be such a game-changer. I actually look now as if I get a little sleep once in awhile. The skinny brush is perfect for spreading concealer (ShapeTape, if you’re interested) everywhere (under eyes, beside nose), & then the fatter, rounder brush blends everything out for great coverage. Both brushes are super-soft & gentle, even right near the eyes; it says something that I took the time to come back & write a review for a $4 item.”

The Best Eyeliner Brush

Beauty Junkees Eyeliner Brush: Pro Flat Definer Eye Makeup Brush

“I have never had a flat, completely straight brush like this before. I really like it. I easily lined my eyes with cake liner and am surprised at how good they look. This brush can also be used to dab nice horizontal lines in the place you missed, just in case, like me, you don’t always get the lines right the first time. Very satisfied.”

The Best Blush Brush

Real Techniques Cruelty Free Blush Brush

“I was super excited to try this blush brush after hearing so many positive reviews about it. The brush was very soft and was exactly as pictured on Amazon. I have used it to apply one of my Tarte blushes and it applies it very smooth to my cheeks. It does not pick up too little or too much product but just the right amount. I have been using it awhile now so I had to deep clean the brush. This is the moment of truth. When you deep clean a brush, you see if the brush bristles fall out and see if the shape of the brush stay intact. It was very easy to wash and dried in no time. None of the bristles came out and the shape is still intact. I recommend this brand to everybody!”

The Best Eyeshadow Brush

EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Set

“Ecotools really knocked this out of the park with these brushes. The angled brush is great for lining the eyes and doing the brows. The blending brush is great for the crease, I even use it to put color on the outer V. The smudge brush is good for smoking out the lash line and putting highlight on the inner corners of the eyes. The shadow brush is a bit too big for my eyes, but it works well. These brushes are so soft. I use these brushes every time I use eyeshadow, they are my favorite brushes out of my brush collection (and I’m obsessed with brushes). These brushes are great for both beginners or advanced users of makeup.”

The Best Contour Brush

Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush

“I compared this against the authentic brushes in the store and found it to be an exact match. I really love the weight of the brush, as well as the softness of the brush. I bought it mainly for my Bitter Lace Beauty Prism Rainbow Highlighter, as the width of this brush is an almost exact match for the size of that highlighter pan to pick up all the rainbow colors. It picks up pigment beautifully. I haven’t yet cleaned it but no shedding noted during use was noted. I love the metal of the handle – it just gives an elegant look to the brush, making it feel and look very high-end despite its more economical cost. Real Techniques brushes consistently get good reviews for almost all their brushes, so I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this brush or their others.”

The Best Stippling Brush

Ecotools Stippling Brush

“I purchased this after using another Ecotools stippling brush for the past 4+ years. My older brush has held up amazingly well and is still going strong to this day aside from the bristles being bent some after prolonged use, but I wanted to try the new one when I noticed the older one had been discontinued. This new brush is even better due to its tapered edges. It gives an airbrushed finish and great coverage.I bought this to use with my Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation but if you wear mineral foundation and you’re looking for a brush, this one is worth trying. I applied my Bare Minerals with this brush and it buffed it in beautifully, and I now prefer it to any other brush I have for mineral makeup. I own several brushes by this brand and not one has ever shed. All have been very durable and I love that they’re affordable and great quality. I hope that never changes.”

The Best Spoolie Brush

Duo Eyebrow Brush by Keshima

“The perfect eyebrow brush! The angled brush is very precise and stiff enough to fill in thin areas of your eyebrow, but soft enough to easily manipulate it. The round brush does not feel scratchy like some do. Very pleased with this purchase!”


The Best Starter Makeup Brush Set

Real Techniques Starter Makeup Brush Set

“I absolutely love these brushes, I use them everyday to apply my makeup! The angled brush works great for lower lashline color, I love the small eyeliner brush for concealer, and the two bigger brushes are great for blending eyeshadow. I use the detail brush for just that, whatever little details I need a small brush for. They wash well, dry quickly, maintain their shape easily, and don’t shed. They are soft and the handle is a good length, not too long, not to short. The rubber grip on the bottom section of the handle makes it easy to keep hold of. I am very happy with this purchase!”

The Best Kabuki-Style Makeup Brush Set

BS-MALL 14 Pcs Premium Synthetic Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

“I’m so impressed with the quality and the feel of these beauties! They seriously rival some of the more expensive designer brushes that I own and are incredibly soft. I am seriously impressed with these brushes and how they apply my makeup so seamlessly and the face brushes apply my foundation with an almost airbrushed finish! Highly recommend these!!! Great designer quality with an affordable price.”

The Best Toothbrush-Style Makeup Brush Set

Yoseng Makeup Brushes 10-Piece Toothbrush Tool Set

“Despite seeing makeup gurus on YouTube saying these were actually almost as good as the Artis brushes (which are $55 EACH) I still couldn’t expect much for the price so I didn’t even try them out for a few days. Then I did and ohhhhh my gosh I was flabbergasted!! They blended out my foundations, blushes, contours, and highlights – both creams & powder – LIKE NOTHING I’VE EVER EXPERIENCED!! And I’m a beauty junkie with copious amounts of beauty products and many high end so that’s saying a lot. It not only applies it so beautifully and airbrushed and flawlessly but also the product itself when applied with these looks so much more pigmented & solid & just plain better by a ton!! I am just blowwwwwwn away!! I freaked out and texted my step-daughter who loves makeup like me & bought her a set too. HOW is it possible this can be THIS AWESOME for THIS CHEAP?!?!”

The Best Wood-Handle Makeup Brush Set

BEAKEY Makeup Brush Set 12-Piece Set

“Been using these brushes for a few months and they are holding up great. I am honestly shocked at how good the quality is for the cost. I especially ended up loving the foundation and contouring brushes, which is weird because I am a beauty blender junkie (didn’t love the blender that came with the kit, but it’s definitely not anywhere near the worst I’ve used either) but the foundation brush works so well that I find myself reaching for it every day and just using the blender to perfect and press the foundation in a bit more afterwards. The eyeshadow brushes are also great. Honestly, I have TONS of brushes, cheap and expensive, and I tend to reach for these most often now. I really wasn’t expecting that! Buying a second set as a back-up.”

The Best Bamboo-Handle Makeup Brush Set

EmaxDesign 12-Piece Makeup Brush Set

“GREAT set!!! If you are tired of spending $30-$40 on ONE brush, this is a phenomenal set of brushes! EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS MAC BRUSHES! Theses brushes are very soft, very well made, and transfer color perfectly. The brush sets selection of brushes is perfect for what you need for blending, foundation, eye makeup, contouring, highlighting, lips, blush, and eyeliner. This is such a good deal I ordered another set for my daughter. You will LOVE these brushes!!! Don’t pass these up, they are worth every dime!”

The Best 16-Piece Makeup Brush Set

BESTOPE Makeup Brushes 16-Piece Makeup Brush Set

“These brushes are spectacular! They rival any high-end brand brush I’ve ever used, and having worked in a store with all the brands, I have tried them all!! Truly soft and beautiful brushes that give you beautiful makeup coverage without waste or fallout. Got them super fast as well!!”

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The Best Makeup Brushes, According to Amazon Reviews