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Top Five Brushes on a Budget

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One area of makeup that I've never invested very much in is brushes - and no, it's not because don't think they're important. Without good quality brushes, it doesn't matter how much you spend on makeup, it will probably still end up looking not quite right. 

So, as I said, the reason I never spend much on brushes is not because I don't care about them. Thanks to the magic of the internet, I've been able to do a lot of research and discover quality brushes for very affordable prices.

Brands that I've had a lot of luck with have been Real Techniques (the holy grail of affordable brushes), ELF studio line and Eco Tools.

I thought I'd highlight my five favourite affordable brushes (all costing less than $10 each), in case you're in the market for some new brushes on a budget!

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1. My first favourite is a multi-tasking brush from ELF (or eyeslipsface) - the Studio Complexion Brush. This fluffy tapered brush is great for applying the perfect amount of powder, blush or bronzer. Its super soft and super affordable at a whopping $3.00. If you live in Canada, you can pick it up on ELF's website or at Target (for a limited time...).

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2. You will find a common theme in the rest of my favourite affordable brushes: they are all Real Techniques. This amazing brush line created by Sam and Nic Chapman (of Pixiwoo) is known for rivalling "high end" brushes in quality and application.  The Powder Brush is one of my particular favourites. It's perfect for setting my makeup in just a few quick dabs. 

Canadian Beauty Blogger Product Reviews Swatches Sephora Smoky Eye Real Techniques Brushes

3. Small but mighty, the RT Contour Brush from the Core Collection is my all time favourite brush for concealer. I think this should be renamed the "airbrush brush" because that is exactly the effect it gives. Looking for a new way to apply concealer? This may be the one for you!

4. The RT Base Shadow Brush from the Eye Starter Set  is a great all-around eyeshadow brush. It's unique shape makes it great for either packing on shadow or blending it out. Love love love.

5. Last but not least, the RT Stippling Brush has been my saviour when it comes to using cream products (blushes, highlighters, etc...). It allows you to apply just the right amount of product to your cheekbones without looking like a clown or a disco ball. 

If you live in Canada, Real Techniques brushes are available at Lawton's Drugs and Walmart.

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