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The Makeup Brushes I Can’t Live Without

 The Makeup Brushes I Can't Live Without
When I first got into makeup again, I invested in a starter kit of brushes.  I got a great deal on them and I still use those brushes to this day but have added to my investment since! I have wanted to do a post like this for a while, however, I never felt like I was completely happy with my selection or that I had a brush for every purpose that I was in love with.  I have done the “closet trick*” and have selected my top 9 brushes that I have reached for and used on the daily in the past month!



Real Techniques: Multi Task Brush

I was lucky enough to come across a Travel Kit that had 3 Real Technique Brushes and a travel case! I use the multi task brush to set my face with powder.  It is soft, the bristles are tapered and applies powder effortlessly.  I have been told that this brush is not sold separate from this kit….it needs to be because it is such a great brush! Other uses would be blush and bronzer (2 products I do not wear).

Real Techniques: Essential Foundation Brush

This brush came in the Travel kit as well.  I mostly use it to apply powdered primer to my under eyes and have used it with concealer as well. The tapered design of the brush makes it easy to use under the eyes and reach the corners of the eyes and nose area.


Travel Essentials Kit from Real Techniques

Real Techniques: Setting Brush 

This brush is a beauty lovers favourite!  I have seen in almost every makeup, beauty and product picture from many beauty gurus all over social media, this is 9 times out of 10 in the picture or tagged as a favourite  go-to brush!  The tip of the brush is shaped in a way that is perfect for getting into the inner corners of the eyes whether you are blending out concealer or setting your under eye with powder. This brush is soft, such great quality, amazing value for what it does and can do. This one is my favourite out of all of the Real Techniques brushes I’ve tried! I use it to set my under eye concealer and/or to brush away extra powder after I have baked my under eye area.  I will be picking up another one to keep on hand…just in case! Check out my full review on this brush here.

The Makeup Brushes I Can't Live Without


Real Techniques: Miracle Complexion Sponge 

Not pictured but defiantly not forgotten!  Between the Setting brush and this sponge Real Techniques has my vote for brushes and tools any day! I did a full review on my love for this baby.  Check it out here!

Makeup Brushes I cant Live Without
Real Techniques: Miracle Complexion Sponge


Real Techniques: Domed Shadow Brush

The first in my fleet of eye brushes is the domed shadow brush.  Again, it was apart of the travel kit that I bought.  This brush is great for blending shadows and great as a crease brush.  I use it as both depending on the eye look that day!


E.L.F. : Eye shadow “C” Brush

I love this brush for packing on loose pigment shadows.  It picks up the product so nice and even and applies with little effort and presser. Great for days when you just want one shadow on the lids for a minimal look.


E.L.F.: Contour Brush

You do not have to use a brush the way the name suggests!  This brush is a denser, harder bristle.  This IS a great brush for contouring the nose area, however, I use it to highlight under my brow or add some dark shadow to my crease or outer eye for some definition.

The Makeup Brushes I Can't Live Without
This brush does exactly as it’s name suggests!  It is great for applying shadow to the crease area.  It is just the right shape for my eyes and blends the shadow precisely.  Great for blending out your eye look as well.
This brush is multi purpose.   Line your lips, eyes and brows!  I have used this to apply shadow liner as well as brow shadow and/or pomade. The angle of the brush is great because it gets into the corners of your eyes and the hard bristles make drawing a line easier.
I had signed up for the Ipsy Glam Bag last year/early this year (I cancelled the bags after receiving 2).  This brush was one of the items that I received that I actually liked and used. It is a multi use brush at its best.  Great to line, smudge, layer and blend eye shadow under the eye or liner. I would have never bought this one its own, but it has found its way into my daily routine most days of the week.
Overall Info
Real Technique Brushes:  Are synthetic brushes, do not build up product, easy to clean and long lasting and 100% cruelty-free.
E.L.F. Brushes:  Made from soft Taklon bristles,  are vegan-friendly and easy to clean. They are 100% cruelty-free.
Skone Brush: Natural hairs and does not test on animals.
So there you have it Beauties!  My top 9 makeup brushes and 1 all time favourite tool!
What are your all-time favourite makeup brushes?


Thanks Beauties,

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*(The closet trick is when you turn all your hangers around facing the wrong way.  Every time you wear an item, you turn the hanger back the right way.  At the end of the trial (whatever time frame you gave yourself) the hangers that are left turned the wrong way should be removed from your closet as you didn’t wear them! There are some exceptions to the rule: seasonal wear and formal wear are not included in this)


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Disclaimer: All products were purchased by me. These are my own, personal, honest opinions. Not a sponsored review. Talsbeautyopinion is not a makeup artist, beauty or skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore, try at your own risk.


11 thoughts on “The Makeup Brushes I Can’t Live Without

    1. Hi Brittany! Thanks for stopping by. I haven’t tried Sigma, Morphe or Sephora brushes, sorry. I have heard great things about those companies brushes though! Tal xo


    1. Hi CosmetopiaDigest! Thanks for stopping by. ELF is great quality for the price! Depending on where you live, they are easily accessible as they are in many drugstores and grocery stores as well! Let me know if you do get some! I’d love to hear which ones you picked up. Tal xo


  1. I too love the RT Multitask brush! I always use it to apply blush. You should try Furless Cosmetics, I love their brushes even more than RT 🙂

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    1. Hi Aussiebeautytalk1! Thanks for stopping by. I haven’t heard of Furless Cosemtics, but I’ll check them out! Tal xo


  2. Great picks, Tal! Funny, I also have fav makeup brushes on my list of things to blog about. I can’t live without the ELF complexion brush- I have 2 of them and use them both everyday! The other brush I can’t live without is the 787 by Bdellium tools, oh. and the 224 from my ebay brush post. xo

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    1. Thanks HealthandBeautyGirl! Can’t wait to read your post and I will check out the Bdellium tools as well! Tal xo


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