The Only 5 Eyeshadow Brushes You'll Ever Need


Great eye brushes are hard to come by and out of all those I've tried and all those I've liked I've whittled it down to 5 absolute essentials that I could easily do my eye makeup with alone. If you're starting out with makeup these are the ones I think you need. If my house caught fire and I had time to grab some eyeshadow brushes (haha!) these are the ones I'd be dragging from the ruins.

(By the way, sorry these are looking a little 'fluffy', I'd just washed them as it was either dirty or fluffy!)


I got mine as part of the Nic's Picks Set however you can get it in the current Starter Set, though unfortunately not individually! However I use this every day so if I had to re-purchase it I would buy it in a set. This is the ultimate 'do everything' brush. The synthetic bristles mean it can be used with cream or mousse formulas as well as the usual powders. The fluffiness means it's perfect for applying the base shade across your entire lid but also it's amazing at blending out any harsh edges. The tapered tip means you can even use this to do your crease shade.


I hate to be a cliche but what essential eyeshadow brush post would be complete without the much-loved MAC 217? I have no idea how I was blending my eyeshadow before I got this brush but it really makes it effortless. I also like this a lot for applying the lid colour. It also works really well to apply your crease shade. It's a really great all-rounder, which I think is why it's proven so popular.


I got this in the Rose Golden Luxury Set however you can get this alone for a mere £6.50! It's certainly a more purse-friendly alternative to the 217. Whilst it's slightly smaller, it's also a mostly natural-bristled brush and very similar in shape. I use it for more or less the same functions as the MAC 217 however with that kind of brush it's always good to have a couple so you can use one for the lid colour and the other to blend.


Another from the Rose Golden Luxury Set that you can also buy on its own is my favourite ever crease brush. The Luxe Petit Crease brush is a small brush tapered to a point that just fits perfectly in the eye socket. The bristles allow you to blend out your crease shade with minimal effort and I reach for this every single day.


You can tell I really got my money's worth with Zoeva's Rose Gold sets! This one is from the Rose Golden Volume 2 Luxury Set, again available on its own. Again it has natural-synthetic mix bristles and this one is pretty much what it says on the tin; it works perfectly for applying the darker shade to the outer part of you eyelid and blending it in to get a perfect smoky eye. You can also use it to take the shade under your eye and smudge it out.


I'm no pro when it comes to makeup application but these brushes have seriously made applying eye makeup a breeze, even for me! My absolute favourite brand for eye brushes is the really affordable Zoeva, which you can get from their site or Beauty Bay and this is a great start if you're quite new to investing in proper brushes.

Which eye brushes can't you live without?


 


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  1. I just love the MAC 219 :D Your photography is beautiful!
    Emma
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  2. I really need to get some good eyeshadow brushes - I don't have any I would even recommend at the moment (I'm more of an eyeliner girl who wants to spread into eyeshadow)!

    Steph - http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com

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    1. Well if you check out any of these I hope you like them! xx

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  3. Love your pictures, I really want to try Zoeva brushes though, they look gorgeous, the rose gold makes them exceptionally pretty.

    Beautydetour

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    1. They really are wonderful and the gorgeous finish is a bonus! xx

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  4. I have the Zoeva 227 and love it! x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

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  5. Would really love to get myself some Zoeva brushes, must make that my mission this year. Great post :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  6. I need to get some Zoeva brushes! They look so amazing!
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  7. I have not tried any of Zoeva brushes and I am restraining myself from ordering as I have way too many brushes. However, I certainly cannot live without the MAC 217 brush and I am totally with you on trying to understand how on earth I did my makeup without this brush. I really like the Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush because it is so unique and fits really well in my crease while the Nanshy Angled Detailer Brush is my Holy Grail for my brows (concealing and neatening it up)....Phew!! That was a long comment :-))...I am loving these series!!...xx

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    1. The RT essential crease brush is fab :) Definitely check out the Zoeva ones they're game-changing! xx

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  8. My number one must have brush is definitely the Sigma E40 brush. I can always use my finger for my lid, and this brush blows out the crease and blends everything so well :)
    Gorgeous photo!

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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    1. I've actually never tried any Sigma brushes, I need to get on that! xx

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  9. I need the Zoeva brush and the MAC217! They're on my wishlist forever! xx

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    1. Definitely get them! The Zoeva one is really similar to the MAC 217 and I think it does the job just as well! xx

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  10. I have one from Crown brush that I use daily. :) The Zoeva ones look soooooo good- I need to try them!

    She Likes to Shop

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    1. Crown do some really crease ones - love their crease brush especially! xx

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  11. i absolutely love zoeva. I have few from them but not these exact eye brushes. thinking to get some soon :)

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  12. I love the RT Base Shadow Brush - I use it every day too. I keep umming and ahhing over whether to buy the MAC 217 and I really should just do it already because it's clearly worth the investment!

    Amy | Lilac Lemon

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    1. Yeah it is fab! If you don't want to invest then the Zoeva one is pretty much just as good though xx

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  13. I know what you mean about good eyeshadow brushes being hard to find! I love Real Techniques and Zoeva brushes though, they are great quality and affordable (:

    Blushhx

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  14. My picks would basically be exactly the same apart from the real techniques brush ( just because I haven't tried it before). You are right about the MAC 217 there is a reason it's hyped and it's a stable that I use everyday. 100% worth the investment.

    Fi | www.fislittleblog.com

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    1. I agree :) the RT one is great too if you get round to checking it out xx

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  15. I always have major photo envy when I come on your blog! Your photography is gorgeous :) I totally agree with you on the Zoeva brushes. I never use brushes that come with palettes anymore! (excluding the Naked palettes)

    allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

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    1. Me neither - the UD one that comes with the palette is the only decent one but I always forget to use it! xx

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  16. I really need to get my eyeshadow brush game on. I have some Eco Tools one but they're a bit old and past it now. ZOEVA definitely sounds like a good all rounder!

    India | Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. I've actually never tried Eco Tools but have heard great things! xx

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  17. The MAC 217 is one brush I have no idea why I don't own it. Like why? I love the Zoeva brushes you've chosen - You seriously can't go wrong with Zoeva for a budget alternative x

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    1. They're seriously some of my favourites! xx

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  18. This was such a useful post and basically you have totally convinced me to save up for the gorgeous rose gold zoeva set!! I also love ecotools eyebrushes, they're a wonderful budget filler till I invest in Zoeva :')
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

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    1. Zoeva really do amazing brushes, especially at that price point! If you don't want to save for the rose golden set you can always get them on their own :) xx

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  19. Mac 217 is such a staple product :)
    I definitely need that Zoeeva 234 in my life though!!

    The Everyday Life of Rachel

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  20. These are great eye brushes, no matter how many I have I never feel like I have enough as once you do a smokey eye look most of them are pretty much dirty. I think I will have to treat myself to another Zoeva eye set soon as I love their brushes x

    Beauty with charm

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  21. I definitely need to get that RT set to get this brush, sadly it's the only animal friendly one... Great review though!

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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  22. I need to get the Zoeva brushes, they look and sound so lovely!

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  23. I love the 217 by MAC. It's such a classic! The picture look lovely by the way.
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  24. No matter how many eye brushes I have I am always on the look out for some more especially crease brushes as this is the area that I struggle with the most. I have the Zoeva 227 brush and definitely want to invest in some more from their range. sabiha x

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    1. I know what you mean haha and I definitely want more too! xx

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  25. I've only recently gotten into wearing eyeshadow and whenever I do I use my fingers (gross I know). That's only because I have no clue which brushes to use and not to use!

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  26. I am such a huge fan of the Zoeva eye brushes they are so fluffy and blend everything so well...I also love that real techniques bnics crease brush however I definitely lack mac eye brushes in my collection and I'll be changing this very soon hopefully!!! xxxx

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    1. Zoeva's are probably my favourite eye brushes :) xx

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  27. Hell yes for those Zoeva Brushes! They are always my first to reach for brushes! I adore them!

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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