My Favorite Makeup Brushes

Hey y’all!  Happy Labor Day!  Hope everyone has wonderful plans for this long weekend.  This holiday is sort of the last hurrah for the summer, isn’t it?

Just wanted to make a quick post about my favorite makeup brushes.  The majority of brushes in my collection are inexpensive odds and ends I’ve somehow ended up with over the years.  Most of my eyeshadow brushes are from Coastal Scents.  They have a huge variety of synthetic brushes averaging around $2.50 per brush.  The rest of my brushes are mostly from ELF.  Believe it or not, I do not own any brushes from Sigma, let alone MAC.  Oh my!

The three in this post are the exceptions.  They are a bit pricey, but I think they are well worth the money for the results they produce.  Of course, I ADORE my pink Beautyblender sponge.  I think it’s praises have been sung in many a beauty blog, so we’ll just consider that a given.

pictures of favorite makeup brushes

Favorite makeup brushes

Number 1:  The Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush ($30.00):

picture of Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

This is a synthetic fiber brush.  It is only 4.5 inches long.  I think the compact size makes it perfect for foundation application.  It is verry easy to control.  The bristles are very dense and cut at an angle.  This allows precise application and effortless blending.  You also use less foundation because the brush is so effective.  It gives you a perfect, flawless finish.  A closeup of the bristles:

picture of Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

Number 2:  The Hakuhodo Powder Brush J206 ($60.00):

picture of Hakuhodo Powder Brush

Hakuhodo Powder Brush

This is a glorious goat hair and synthetic brush.  It is super-duper soft, and I love it.  I use it for finishing powder, but it is great for any powder cosmetic application. I wish I could replace all of my brushes with Hakuhodos, but this one will have to do.  Closeup of the bristles:

picture of Hakuhodo Powder Brush bristles

Hakuhodo Powder Brush bristles

Number 3:  NARS Ita Brush ($39.00):

picture of NARS Ita Brush

NARS Ita Brush

picture of NARS Ita Brush

NARS Ita Brush

Oh, this brush (*sigh*)!!!  It is all goat hair.  It is an unusual kabuki hybrid.  I find it to be the perfect brush for contouring.  I am a bit of a spaz when it comes to contouring, but this little guy makes it fool-proof.  It can deposit loads of color where you need it, then turn it on it’s side, and it can apply to the smallest area with surgical precision.  Closeup of the bristles:

picture of NARS Ita brush bristles

NARS Ita Brush bristles

It is no longer available on the NARS website.  I purchased mine from Nordstrom, when Ebates was 8% cash back.  I promise you, I am not paid by Ebates.  However, if you live in the US, and you shop online, you need to read my post on it.  If you time it right, you can get high-end products at a great savings.

What are your must-have brushes?

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo



  1. Etta says

    I absolutely love my Sephora powder brush!! I also got a basic makeup brush set from beaute beauty when they had a sell on myhabit and I really love it. Although, I am thinking of investing in higher quality brushes soon. Great review, I bet that NARS brush is amazing :) xo

    • kpsays says

      Oh, I forgot to mention I have Sephora brushes also. The 3 in the post are the only expensive ones I own. And girl, you know they aren’t clean! Haha. I did wash them before I photographed them. So, I will give everyone a bath later tonight. I did buy some ELF daily cleaning spray. I just hate cleaning my brushes.

  2. Mrs. ShuGar says

    Lovely brushes! I want them all! I admit I must invest more in my brushes because they do make a big difference. I feel like with any makeup, it’s an investment and it is usually worth the price.

    Thanks for sharing! I am happy to follow your blog. I love it!


    • kpsays says

      Thank you Carmen! I agree with them being an investment. I supposed I will start replacing my cheapies one by one, especially if I find a good deal :)