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Good reasonable mu brushes-suggestions?

Started 1323710857.47 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1323811228.073 by CCBeauty

My mom wants some mu brushes for Christmas. Since they are a gift I can do a little better than way cheap but I want a good value. She is mostly interested in eyeshadow brushes. Suggestions?

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janeinKY1323711292.48747 PostsRegistered 9/30/2005

I got a $$$ set of Mallys & loved them until they started leaving "cat hair" all over my face....I'd put my bi-focals on and when I got to my car and did a quick look I thought I'd faint! Only had them 3-5 months & I took very good care of them!

I went to a dept store and shelled out about the same amt of money for another set.

I had always went by you get what you pay for in the MU brushes!

Good Luck!{#emotions_dlg.scared}

Triple7tah­oe1323711991.247236 PostsRegistered 11/23/2006California

ELF (available at Target) has some excellent brushes. They are good quality and ever so inexpensive. I'd put them up against MAC brushes any day. Sephora has some good brushes as well. My daughter just bought a brush set at Costco which comes with a nice case. I can't speak to the quality of those yet, she hasn't said. I did read others here on the boards who bought those. EmilyNoel has several You Tube videos where she mentions brushes. One I remember her raving about were Essense of Beauty blender brushes which comes in a 2 brush set at CVS or Walgreens. She also raves about another set but I can't remember the name, check is out. I just bought a large power brush and a blush brush at Ulta called TECHniques which weren't expensive and are lovely. They had a set there as well. Hope this helps.

MissRose7221323712664.103299 PostsRegistered 10/26/2010NY

Hi BellaCarro, The Sonia Kashuk line of makeup brushes at Target are very good quality and pretty reasonable. There are different sets in their stores as well as on their website. Sephora is also another place to check out for very good quality makeup brush sets. Although many of Sephora's brush sets are on the expensive side, there are more than a few that are reasonable as well.

And I also agree that the CVS Essence of Beauty 2-blender brush set is very good (thank you for mentioning, Triple7tahoe)!

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gigi11251323712873.95803 PostsRegistered 11/4/2010

I was also going to suggest Sonia Kashuk at Target. I just saw a beautiful set of her brushes there yesterday for $20.00 and I'm kicking myself for not grabbing it. I might go back...

BellaCarro1323713038.618345 PostsRegistered 10/1/2011Atlanta
On 12/12/2011 gigi1125 said:

I was also going to suggest Sonia Kashuk at Target. I just saw a beautiful set of her brushes there yesterday for $20.00 and I'm kicking myself for not grabbing it. I might go back...

Don't you hate when you do that?! Think I'll run by Target today-thanks!

BellaCarro1323727598.9138345 PostsRegistered 10/1/2011Atlanta

Did not make it to Target. Any other ideas? Lots of extra cash back for online shopping today.

ChouChou1323729235.12299 PostsRegistered 4/21/2008

I, too, like Sonia Kashuk. However, Target and Amazon have some really nice brushes by eco-tools. They are inexpensive but really soft. Mine have held up well. Also, I have some really old mu brushes that I bought years ago and they are still wonderful. They are made my Studio Gear and are sold at Ulta. I don't know if they are the same quality but I've had these at least 15 years.

LovemyHusky1323729293.1632871 PostsRegistered 3/4/2010

I just bought a Sonia Kashuk foundation brush and it is a very nice brush. Also another brush line that I haven't tried, but I have heard quite a bit of people on youtube rave about are Sigma brushes.

alarmclock1323729648.691942 PostsRegistered 6/20/2006

Sonia Kashuk at Target. She has basic brushes but always does a holiday collection. Another sleeper hit is Eco Tools. You can find them at Wal-Mart. Totally fab. I have at least two of each brush they make.

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. ~ Abraham Lincoln

EstyWA1323729939.561578 PostsRegistered 11/7/2011
I LOVE Eco Tools brushes and reach for them more then my Mac and Sigma brushes because they are so soft and perform really well. All major retailers like target,Walgreens and Ulta carry them and have sales quite often

AIphachicky1323731185.88386 PostsRegistered 1/25/2007
On 12/12/2011 EstyWA said: I LOVE Eco Tools brushes and reach for them more then my Mac and Sigma brushes because they are so soft and perform really well. All major retailers like target,Walgreens and Ulta carry them and have sales quite often


Yes!! The Eco Tools brushes are awesome! They are sold in sets, as well as individual. My two favorites are their retractable kabuki brush and their bronzer brush--the bronzer brush is almost identical to the plush foundation brush sold with the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. They are so dense with bristles and probably the softest thing you'll ever feel touch your skin.

Skiddly iddly oten boten booboo skadeetendotten! ;)

glmama1323731568.420159 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006

I like the ECO Tools brand available @ Ulta. Sometimes they have coupons for them which make them an even better deal. I also like some of Sonia Kashuk's brushes @ Target.

Over 40. Dark hair. Fair, with mild-moderate Rosacea. Finicky skin. Did I mention--Gorgeous? ;)

LovemyBE1323733718.52725545 PostsRegistered 7/11/2008

ECO tools are nice brushes. They have several different sets at Target. I bought my DD a set of Sephora makeup brushes. They have several different sets at various prices from $15 and up close to $100. All come in nice cases. Sephora also sells the brushes individually so if your mom only wants eye brushes, you could purchase that way and grab a brush roll. Same with ECO tools, but obviously if you buy the whole set, it's cheaper.

My favorite brushes are Bare Escentuals though. I use them daily and have many as old as 8 years and are still like brand new. QVC has two different BE holiday sets. On BE.com you'll also find more choices. I believe there's a nice set that comes in a pencil holder type cup for $49. That set is really nice!

Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were, tomorrow's a fresh opportunity to make it better.

a cook1323736223.3872016 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

Mac has the holiday brush sets this time of year. The quality doesn't seem to be as good as their regular line, but it still isn't bad. The handles are shorter though. And it will come in a nice little case or bag. I love my mac eye shadow brushes. They make the best blending brushes I think. I've also been really impressed with the quality of tarte brushes. I think today is the last day of their F & F 30% on the website. I think I saw that they have a brush set.

maziegirl1323738296.573509 PostsRegistered 3/10/2011

I have gotten 2 sets of brushes from Costco and and I have loved both sets. They are really nice quality. I've seen the one they have now, and I've been eyeing it even thought I really don't need it. It comes with a really nice case.

~Jo~1323754296.77461 PostsRegistered 7/16/2008Where the salt water is my backyard...

Try Real Techniques Ulta carries them. I have Mac, Lancome, Sigma, Smashbox, Sonia Kashuk and I really like these they are over by the Eco brushes. Oh and they come in their own case too. Good luck and Merry Christmas.

~Jo~

Ellie07141323754988.6271791 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern California
On 12/12/2011 ChouChou said:

I, too, like Sonia Kashuk. However, Target and Amazon have some really nice brushes by eco-tools. They are inexpensive but really soft. Mine have held up well. Also, I have some really old mu brushes that I bought years ago and they are still wonderful. They are made my Studio Gear and are sold at Ulta. I don't know if they are the same quality but I've had these at least 15 years.


i have several eco-tools bamboo brushes. i got them from ulta.

Ellie

MotorCity ­Chick1323782761.3271816 PostsRegistered 2/1/2005Michigan

MAC eye shadow brushes are really nice quality IMO. I personally use mostly BB and Mac. I prefer MAC for eyeshadows and BB for all else. It seems like I remember MAC doing brush kits during the holidays a few years ago but I am unsure if they still do.

iamaveg1323786705.65139 PostsRegistered 5/26/2009

Another vote for eco-tools. I have used many higher-end brushes in the past and have found eco-tools to work equally as well, and in many case better than the more expensive ones.

beanly1323788336.6232949 PostsRegistered 1/17/2006

Another vote for EcoTools!!!!

I started using a few of their brushes about a year or so ago and have since thrown out all my other brushes..even high end ones like Bobbi Brown....they are the best!!!! They are super soft, lay down makeup beautifully and wash like a dream!



In my 40"s light skintone-cool/pink undertones, super senistive/acne prone, some discoloration,large pores,blue eyes dark strawberry blond hair

HallieD1323791817.99814 PostsRegistered 5/30/2009

Another vote for Sonia, Eco and Real Techniques. I have brushes from all of them and they're great. EverydayMinerals.com's branded brushes are also very good and priced reasonably.

I also like all of Too Faced's brushes. They have a eye brush set that's around $39 that makes a great gift. Available at Sephora and the Too Faced and Ulta sites.

PurplePink1323793495.6971129 PostsRegistered 10/29/2010

Costco/Kirkland Borghese brushes are wonderful. I've had a set for 2-3 years and they are still great, do not shed and they are very soft. Every year they come up with a new set. This year the set is quite fancy looking (compared to previous ones). In stores it is 24.95 and online it is 32.99 (S&H and tax included). You get 10 brushes and a nice looking clutch - for the quality of the brushes that is a bargain that I am sure you will not find in many other stores. You can order online from Costco even if you are not a member - they will add some surcharge to your total.

Kirkland Signature™ Cosmetic Brush Set

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alarmclock1323794171.2531942 PostsRegistered 6/20/2006

Go to Eco Tools website and get a coupon for $1.00 off two products!

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MainelyMom­my1323795736.071588 PostsRegistered 3/8/2010

The elf studio brushes are excellent, just as good as MAC and cheap. Sometimes you can get a code for 50% off and then you can get them all


CCBeauty1323811228.072419 PostsRegistered 11/21/2011
All of my brushes are smashbox and almost all came with products from QVC sonthey were basically free. Great quality:)

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