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Makeup brushes come in all different forms and sizes, with synthetic and non-synthetic bristles, for blending eye shadow and buffing foundation. There are so many choices available that it’s hard to know which ones you really need (versus which ones are just nice to have). To help narrow down your selection, we rounded up our top three makeup brush sets at varying prices.

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brush Set

The Facts:

  • Has six brushes for all your blending needs
  • Also comes with a quilted carrying case that flips into a brush stand
  • Made with super-soft synthetic fibers

The name says it all: These brushes really do feel heavenly and luxe on your face. Seriously, the bristles feel like a fluffy bunny’s tail that you just want to keep petting. (Rest assured, the bristles are 100 percent PETA-certified synthetic.) One editor says: "Admittedly, most mornings I’m smearing and dabbing on makeup with my fingertips as fast as I can, but whenever I take the time to use these brushes, I notice everything lays smoother and lasts longer."

Buy it ($50)


EcoTools Start the Day Beautifully Kit

The Facts:

  • Includes five brushes for foundation, concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner and blush
  • Made with recycled aluminum and plastic and renewable bamboo
  • Has PETA certified and cruelty-free bristles

For the beauty beginner who wants to up their game but isn’t ready to plunk down a small fortune: We present this foolproof set of brushes to cover all your bases. The brushes are all very soft and the handle feels light in your palm for easy maneuvering (which is especially handy when you’re trying to reach around your eyes and nose). The bristles don’t absorb too much makeup and are easy to clean, and it even comes with a little storage tray for when they’re not in use. 

Buy it ($10)

Lazy Perfection by Jenny Patinkin Complete Collection

The Facts:

  • Created by a veteran makeup artist
  • 12-piece collection includes everything you need to apply cream, liquid, gel or powder
  • Each brush is handmade with synthetic fibers and imported from Japan

Let’s just start by saying that the initial sticker shock of purchasing this über-luxe set is real. Very real. But when you begin to break down the price-per-use and the undeniable craftsmanship of these brushes (they’re handmade in Japan), you realize that it’s truly an investment. With tapered tips that don’t pick up (or lay down) too much product, you consistently get a seamless application—without having to worry about streaks or shedding bristles. The 12-piece set includes all of your basics (like a foundation and blush brush), but also some more advanced options like a pinpoint liner brush (which gives you the most precise cat eye ever). The faux croc carrying case is pretty darn snazzy, too. 

Buy it ($475)

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