“An artist is only as good as his tools,” said someone, somewhere, but sometimes those tools cost a pretty penny that can’t be expended by every self-proclaimed cosmetic connoisseur. It’s easy to get lost amidst the sea of synthetic hairs and shiny packaging, and Cliché here to squash the misconception that spending a fortune on makeup brushes guarantees flawless quality. There are a variety of brushes on the market, but you don’t have to break the bank in order to achieve flawless application!
EcoTools is an eco-friendly brand that is just as passionate about the quality of their tools as they are about protecting the environment. Sold in several drugstores, EcoTools produces a wide range of makeup brushes made with soft, airy bristles and recycled bamboo handles. Their tools are sold separately, or packaged in convenient sets based on purpose-specific needs, catering to every kind of application necessity under the technicolor cosmetic sun.
Real Techniques is a line designed by YouTube beauty guru duo Samantha and Nic Chapman (known as ‘pixiwoo’ on YouTube). The brushes are created with precise, synthetic bristles that offer a clean, effortless application; there are several kits in the Real Techniques line, making it possible to build up a full collection of brushes without burning a hole in your wallet. The success of these brushes is global, reaching from their native origin in the United Kingdom across the pond to United States cosmetic retailer Ulta, as well as appearing online through various vendors. Because this range of tools was created and tested by professional makeup artists, they are on par with elite brand name brushes without the grimacing price.
Eyes Lips Face (E.L.F.) have set the bar for excellence in affordable makeup brushes with professional precision! Known for their outstandingly affordable cosmetics, E.L.F. have stepped up their game with their studio line of makeup tools. The 25-piece range encompasses a variety of brushes that fit every small niche in the world of cosmetics. From defining crease brushes to lush blush brushes, the possibilities are endless with E.L.F.’s studio line that gives expensive, professional grade brushes a run for their money – literally!
– by Amanda Curran