Everyone loves high end makeup, but sometimes you can’t afford those “high-end” prices. I would love to spend $50 on a makeup brush, but I would rather spend that $50 on a new pair of shoes. With that being said, I discovered a few super affordable makeup brush dupes after someone else shared the links in a Facebook group.
NARS ITA Brush Dupe
Review: This brush is designed for contouring, and I found that it works great for applying powder in the hollows of the cheekbones. The bristles are really soft, and pick up the product really well without too much effort. With my other contour brushes, the bristles are packed very tightly, which help to create a very defined application of the contour powder which then has to be blended out. With this brush, because the bristles are softer, the application of the contour is much lighter, and doesn’t require much blending. I will probably use this brush when trying to achieve a more natural contour.
Available for $2.88 + free shipping here on Amazon
NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush Dupe
Review: First of all let me say, I’m in love with this brush! This brush is designed to apply blush, and it does the job beautifully. The bristles on this brush are very soft, there’s no shedding, and it picks up just the right amount of product. With the thin handle, I thought the brush would feel flimsy, but when holding the brush it almost feels like you’re using a paintbrush. The brush distributes the product evenly, and allows for a light application that you can easily build up. One of my everyday blush brushes has shorter, tighter packed bristles, and sometimes it can apply the blush very heavily if I’m not careful, especially with the darker colors.
Available for $4.00 + $2.00 shipping here on Amazon
The last set of brushes are a great dupe for the popular Artis brushes (the ones that look like toothbrushes). There are tons of dupes online for these, and I almost feel like they’re all the same.
These are the original Artis brushes:
Here is the brush set I bought:
Review: These brushes have really soft bristles, but I feel as though the plastic handles are a bit flimsy. I used the largest one to apply and blend my foundation, but when I was using it, it felt as though the handle was about to break. I also noticed that I had to use a lot more product when using the brush, because most of it was absorbed into the brush. Overall I think these brushes are okay, and they’re not a bad alternative for the super expensive Artis brushes.
Available for $15.90 here on Amazon (that makes each brush $1.59, which is an AMAZING deal for makeup brushes! Definitely worth purchasing and trying out.)