With so many cosmetic brush companies to shop from, it may be hard to decide which ones to buy from. And although popularity and reputation are not everything, that is exactly what we will be covering in this article. By the time you are done reading, you will know the top five, best rated cosmetic and make-up brush companies sold in the United States and abroad.
The top five, best rated cosmetic and makeup brush companies are ranked in no particular order (in relation to one another).
Sigma Makeup - Price Range: $9.00 to $14.00 per brush:
(the Extravaganza Body Brush costs $42.00)
Sigma is good for starters, beginners and possibly intermediate hobbyists who need a full collection for a semi-affordable price. Their individual brushes can cost anywhere from $9.00 to $14.00 and many of them are sold in sets. Although Sigma is sometimes said to be a dupe for MAC, most professional makeup artists will say that Sigma brushes are made for nonprofessional use. Some of their cosmetic brushes are synthetic while others are made from natural hairs, but they have a special Vegan collection for those who like cruelty free products. There have been a lot of reports that their face brushes shed a lot when you wash them, that they bleed a bit and a few customers have reported that their brushes do not match the reviews on YouTube and Amazon. But all around, most people are happy with their brushes since they aren't that expensive. If you are a little picky, you may want to consider buying a premium set from Sigma, then upgrade to MAC brush by brush.
MAC - Price Range: $13 to $80 per brush:
MAC brushes are professional grade products that last a long time and shed a lot less than other brands. Although there are reviews comparing MAC to Sigma, most MAC users will attest that they are completely different. Their brushes may feel a bit stiff or springy but you should get used to them as you improve your application techniques. Be weary of buying non-authentic MAC brushes on eBay. For more information on buying authentic brushes from MAC, visit your local MAC store or contact them on Facebook, Twitter or their official website.
e.l.f. Studio Brushes - Price Range: $3.00 to $8.00 per brush:
Elf Studio Brushes are great for travelers and hobbyists alike who are interested in buying brushes at an affordable price. The company is known for their 50% off sales and free shipping deals so be sure to search for coupon codes on Google before you buy. Most users have reported minimal shedding but there have been reports of bad batches with the wrong brushes, a brush with a loose ferrule or a bad chemical odor eliminating from brush handles. The brush sets retail for $30.00 but can be bought for $15.00. A lot of first time buyers become repeat customers.
EcoTools - Price Range: $3.99 to $12.59 per brush:
EcoTools is in a class of their own, their brushes are made from cruelty free, earth friendly and sustainable materials. Their bristles are made from synthetic Taklon, the metal bands from recycled aluminum and the handles are made of bamboo wood. Most users report the brushes as being dense, soft and almost fluffy. They have a lot of happy customers.
You can find their products online or in stores at Walmart, Whole Foods, Target, Ulta, Rite Aid and Albersons.
Real Techniques - Price Range: $6.00 to $10.00 per brush:
There is little controversy with this company as most of their customers are generally pleased with their purchase. Users usually report that these brushes are extremely soft and that they dry well and do not shed. Their products are also cruelty free with bristles made of synthetic taklon.
Real Techniques only ships to the United States but you may be able to find them in stores near you or online on sites like Amazon.
Contact Salon Concept at firstname.lastname@example.org if you live in Australia, New Zealand or Southeast Asia.
Other Makeup Brush Companies (compare prices):
Hakuhodo - Price Range: $14.00 to $156.00 per brush
Bobby Brown - Price Range: $25 to $85.00 per brush
Sephora Brushes - Price Range: $7.00 to $75.00 per brush
Sonya Kashuk - Price Range: $1.99 to $20.99 per brush
Crown Brush - Price Range: $1.20 to $15.95 per brush
Coastal Scents - Price Range: $1.00 to $14.95 per brush
Sedona Lace - Price Range: $8.95 to $14.95 per brush