5 Makeup Brushes Worth the Splurge


Makeup brushes are one of the few things I don't tend to go high-end with, as I think Zoeva and Real Techniques pretty much have my needs covered. However there are a handful of high-end brushes I've come across that are so good I had to share them with you.


This brush was definitely a case of 'once I was blind, now I see'! I always thought I was fine applying light bases with my fingertips but I was so wrong! This brush is so soft and it actually just looks like a powder brush you could use for blusher, bronzer or any other face product. However it works like a dream paired with a very fluid foundation, tinted moisturiser, cc cream or bb gel. It just sort of strokes base products perfectly onto my face. It applies the product so well, giving a flawless but skin-like finish. I've started using tinted moisturisers so much more since picking up this brush; it really has been a game-changer. I got this up in my Sephora haul, so if you're doing an order make sure you add this in!


The shape and bristles of this brush make it unlike anything else in my stash! It has a slightly rounded but very wide, flat shape and the bristles are packed extremely tightly. It's actually designed to work perfectly with the Custom Cover Drops, however it's incredible for any medium or full coverage formula. You barely have to do anything to get a perfect base application. I don't know how it does it but it does! It gives me such a flawless look without any brush strokes; the product goes onto my skin seamlessly. I've not heard much about this brush but it definitely deserves more love!


I'd heard a lot of rave reviews about this brush so I decided to put £15 of my Debenhams Beauty Club card points towards it and finally see what all the fuss was about. Although the rounded shape is what I usually go for in a foundation brush, the texture and the bristles are a little different. There's a good amount of movement in them and they aren't super tightly-packed. This is a great brush for sheering out a heavier foundation for a more natural, daytime look whilst still getting a flawless finish. It's also great for building up coverage where you need it. It's super-quick to use as well; your foundation can be applied in seconds.


This isn't the priciest brush of the bunch but I can see how people may not want to spend £15 on a highlighter brush when you can get a great foundation brush for less. A highlighter brush isn't something I appreciated I needed until I got my hands on this! I'm a bit of a highlighter addict and since getting this brush I haven't used anything else to apply it. The shape is just perfect for precise application and the soft bristles blend the product out perfectly. It always seems to pick up the perfect amount of product and applies it beautifully.


This is definitely one of my most-used eye brushes (though my Zoeva Luxe Definer is pretty similar) and I reach for it just about every day. The domed natural bristles make it the perfect do-it-all eye brush. You can use this to apply an all-over lid colour, blend everything together with minimal effort or apply a crease colour. It's the kind of brush you probably need a couple like it because you're going to use is so much!

What are your must-have brushes that are worth the splurge?

 


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47 comments

  1. Really considering getting th Cover FX brush now! I Got a set of Zoeva brushes for Christmas and I'm still googly eyed over them. They're perfect!

    Zoe x www.zoelinda.co.uk

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  2. I think I use a 217 everyday of my life! Probably my most used brush of all time.
    The Beauty Bloss

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  3. All of these brushes look great! I really like the look of the Cover FX one :) xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I still don't own a MAC 217 brush and I honestly can't say why. I definitely think I need to change that, it sounds like a brush that does all the work for you! x

    Jodie | Jodie Loue

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  5. I definitely want to invest in some Mac brushes, the 217 is definitely on top of my list! x

    Darling Jordan || Giveaway

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    1. It's actually the only one of their's I have but maybe I'll get some more in the future :) xx

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  6. I need to invest more into my brushes. I tried out my friends MAC set and I was blown away! I'm going to have a look into these ones! Thanks for sharing, you are always so helpful with your posts!
    Fix Me In Forty Five - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
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  7. The Sephora Pro range is amazing, and actually not that expensive. I definitely need to buy more Mac 217 brushes as I use it every time eyeshadows are involved in my makeup!

    https://fannyanddailybeauty.wordpress.com/

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  8. Totally agree with the Bobbi Brown & the 217. Now I am away to check out the rest :)

    Http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  9. I have the Mac 217 and love this one, I want to look into getting more of the Sephora ones as I have heard good things about them :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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    1. I think I certainly will be in New York :) xx

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  10. I don't have any high end brushes. But i'm hearing so many good things about the sigma highlight brush and I don't actually own a highlighter brush, I'm defo going to check it out :) xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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  11. I am still not a pro in brush game, so just learning how to use the brushes with affordable ones. Thanks for this post, bookmarking this.

    Sugar Twist And Shout Fadeproof Kajal | Curious And Confused Me

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  12. MAC 217 & 239 are my two must have brushes, I literally never do my make-up without them! xx

    Beautylymin

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  13. I am so intrigued by that Sephora brush now ! :) And totally agree about the Mac 217, such a staple.

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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  14. I need to invest in that Sephora brush! :) Thank you for sharing!

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    1. It's so good! I really want more from them :) xx

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  15. I love the look of the Zoeva brushes, i definitely need to invest in some. x

    Kate// katerosexo1.blogspot.com

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  16. Totally agree with the BB Full Coverage Face Brush- it's my favourite! And yeah, I really need a MAC 217 in my life :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  17. The Sigma Tapered Highlight brush looks so perfect one thats gone straight on my wish list - great post as always!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  18. Zoeva and Real Techniques make up most of my collection but I have my eye on the Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt brush! Don't think I could part with £35 for it but I looks the perfect shape and size for contouring/highlighting!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. I was tempted by that one but I'm not sure I could justify it! Maybe for my birthday or something :) xx

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  19. I really want to try the Sigma highlighter brush because I feel it would stop my face from looking I was attacked with glitter! xx

    www.adaliascloset.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. I just recently bought my real techniques brushes, the core collection and for eye makeup. Also recently playing with my eyeshadow palette to create an eye makeup look. The brushes looks gorgeous!

    Mhaan <3 | Mommy Rockin' In Style Blog

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  21. I really want to try more Sigma brushes, they look and sound amazing xx

    franklyflawless.com

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  22. I have two sigma brushes and I really love them! They are such great quality! I should totally get that highlighter brush! I definitely need it! I use my fingers now haha!:) I also really want a MAC brush! I've heard good things and everytime I am in MAC I want to get one!:)

    Shannon Sage

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    1. I didn't realise how much I needed it until I got it haha it's so good! xx

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  23. I too have read lots of rave reviews about Sephora Pro Airbrush and it's been in my list to try for the longest time. I'm thinking of investing into Zoeva brushes which I also have read lots of great reviews, what do you think of the sets?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. They're definitely my favourite brushes :) there are reviews on my blog of the Rose Gold 1, Rose Gold 2 and Bamboo set if you were interested xx

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  24. I really want to try that Sigma tapered brush, I've seen so many people use and talk about it. I can see myself right now applying highlight to my cheekbones with it, oh my I need it!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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  25. I'm in need of upgrading my makeup brushes, so this post came at the perfect time! I love the sound of the Bobbi Brown brush, especially!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

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  26. You should try Bobbi Brown's Sheer Powder Brush as well! It's an all-rounder brush that can be used for powder to blushes!

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    1. I've heard great things about that one! xx

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  27. I really like the Sigma Highlighter Brush, but I just don't think I'll ever love any other brushes as much as I do the Zoeva brushes! Their highlight brush is amazing xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  28. I can never have the heart to splurge on extremely high end brushes but this post is so helpful! I've been eyeing some Cover FX brushes for a while now so I'm really tempted to get the Custom Blending Brush! I'm really enjoying my Zoeva eye brushes so I'm probably going to stick to them for now, but the MAC 217 is definitely going onto my wishlist! xx

    Ps: I love your blog so much I literally re-read your posts because they're all so lovely :)

    http://kayleighmakesup.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. I absolutely love the Sigma brush it applies highlight so nicely and its the perfect shape too, I've been wanting to try a fan brush for a while but don't think anything will compare!

    Shellie Skillen

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  30. Mac 217 is a classic. I also love the Sephora #55. It's one of my favourite brushes for foundation. Surprised I don't hear about it more often. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  31. I love that Sephora brush, it's the only one I truly love for foundation! :) xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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  32. Bobbi Brown brushes are really the best in my opinion and I really want to get my hands on some of the Sephora brushes!
    Sal UmmBabyBeauty | @ummbaby

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  33. ooh these brushes look incredible! I did a really similar post recently actually and included two of the same brushes as you so we must like the same type 😉 feel free to check it out?
    - www.roisinslatest.blogspot.co.uk

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