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The best budget makeup brushes

the best budget makeup brushes

There’s something really beautiful about makeup brushes. If you’re beauty obsessed like me, then you’ll know that feeling you get when you buy new makeup brushes. They’re so clean and new, and I find it hard to even start using them sometimes!

Personally, I don’t think you need to spend a fortune on them for them to be good quality. I’ve used various different affordable brands, and have found them to be just as good as high-end ones. So I thought it would be fun to share these with you.

I hope you enjoy it, and get some inspiration for your own beauty collection! Remember, price doesn’t always equal quality, and you may just be paying for the name on the side. For me, I work hard to find the best quality at the lowest prices, and I’m always up for giving things a go.

Let’s have a look at a couple of brands that provide the best budget makeup brushes!

h&m precision brushes


I’ve got a couple of the H&M brushes and I love them! I started with the blush brush, and added a few more including some of their eyeshadow brushes.

They’re very pretty – with black handles and H&M inlaid in them in gold. The bristles are pale beige or dark brown, and are so light and fluffy. They blend really well, and I’ve loved using the ones I’ve purchased. They do different types, but the ones I like are the premium quality ones.

H&M are so affordable too – prices start from £1.99 for the normal range, and £4.99 for the premium quality ones, which is still extremely cheap!

Another of my favourites from the H&M beauty range is the mask applicator. It’s basically a flat silicone paddle which you can use to apply face masks without getting your hands messy – or dipping them into the pot which transfers yucky bacteria. I’ve never realised just how useful this brush would be, but I use it every single time I do a face mask, and haven’t looked back! It makes doing a face mask so much more enjoyable.

Real Techniques

The Real Techniques brushes are lovely, and I’ve used quite a few different ones from their range. I’ve also give their version of their beauty blender a go too.

I’ve been very impressed with all of the Real Techniques products that I’ve tried, and their ‘beauty sponge’ has become a firm favourite for applying foundation. It’s also a real bargain at £5.99 so is definitely worth a try!

Although I haven’t tried the original ‘beauty blender’ so cannot compare it like for like. But I know how impressed I was with this, and to be honest, if this is as good as this for £5.99 then I’m not sure I will bother!

The most used brush of mine from the Real Techniques line is their powder brush. It’s really fluffy and has a really pink-chrome effect on the handle which I also love!

It’s great for applying that loose dusting of powder that works best for my skin – I’ve got combination skin and so any more than that and I end up looking a mess!

They do so many different ranges, including the basic one and a much more professional range, and they’re still so affordable. You can get some really great sets too which save you even more money. You can grab these at Superdrug – they’ve got a lot of sets at the moment for the Christmas season so it’s an even better time to buy.

primark ps pro brushes


I love Primark for so many of their products. I’m a big fan of their makeup brushes, and they are ridiculously cheap!

My sister recently bought me their makeup sponge brush, which I am yet to try but very interested to see what it’s like! It’s basically a mini beauty blender but on the end of a brush.

My only concern with this one is the sponge doesn’t seem very strongly attached; it moves around a lot, and might be difficult to get a precise look with it!

I’ve also got one of the round bristle brushes – I don’t know if my mind has gone blank or they don’t really have a proper name! It’s one of the smaller ones, and is great for blending out concealer under your eyes.

The brushes from Primark are always less than £5.00 so if you haven’t given them a try yet, it certainly won’t break the bank to do so!

And there you have it! My favourite budget makeup brushes. I hope you’ve enjoyed my little view into bargain beauty.

Guest post by Laura Jacques

best budget makeup brushes