16 Best Makeup Brush Sets (In 2018) For Those Who Love Makeup

Here Is A List Of 18 Best Makeup Brush Sets That Will Help You Achieve Highly Finished Makeup Look As A Makeup Artist, A Makeup Lover Or An Enthusiast

Whether you are a professional makeup artist or an enthusiast who is in the process of learning makeup artistry or simply a makeup lover, you certainly need the right kind and quality of tools to achieve a high-definition and seamless makeup look.

And the most important set of tools among your makeup paraphernalia are the makeup brushes that help to carry out makeup techniques you have been trying to prefect with quite an ease.

Hence, to help you achieve highly precised makeup look, makeup and beauty brands  have been creating innovative makeup brushes incorporating high quality brush hair, ferrules and wooden handles.

High tier makeup brands like Shu Uemura, Kevyn Aucoin, Hakuhodo and M.A.C. Cosmetics create makeup brushes either using natural hair exclusively or a blend of natural and premium quality synthetic hair for easy pick up and application of the product.

While relatively economical brands like Sigma Beauty, Real Techniques, Spectrum and Morphe Brushes make use of premium synthetic hair for easy picky up, application and seamless execution of a peculiar makeup technique.

A host of professional makeup artists invest in these premium makeup tools to achieve artistic strokes and rule the makeup game.

Mumbai based celebrity makeup artist Ojas Rajani counts on Shu uemura and Sigma Beauty for makeup brushes. He claims that Shu uemura brushes are a bit expensive as against Sigma Beauty but both are ideal for those artistic strokes.

So if you are a beginner and want an in-depth background about different types of makeup brushes, Ojas Rajani’s Guide On Must Have Makeup Brushes For Beginners would help you steer through the path.

And for best makeup brush sets, here is a list of 18 brands that have mastered the art of creating innovative makeup brushes.

1. Artis Brush

Artis Elite Smoke Finish 10 Brush Set, Best Makeup Brush Sets

The makeup brushes from Artis are crafted using CosmeFibre – a revolutionary engineered fiber made for applying cosmetic and makeup products.

This one is the Elite Smoke Finish Brush Set comprising of 10 expert makeup brushes including Oval 10 (wide coverage brush), Oval 8 (multipurpose brush), Oval 6 (multipurpose foundation/cheek brush), Oval 4 (multipurpose eye brush), Oval 3 (multipurpose eye brush), Linear 6 (multipurpose wide liner brush), Linear 3 (multipurpose medium liner brush), Linear 1 (multipurpose narrow liner/brow brush), Circle 1 (multipurpose lip/concealer brush), and Circle 1R, each one used to accentuate different aspects of your face.

So if you want all the standard makeup brushes in just one kit, then this expert Artis makeup brush set is the one for you.

Price – $360.00

2. Real Techniques

Real Techniques Core Collection, Best Makeup Brush Sets

Core Collection

Sam and Nic, the founders of the Real Techniques Makeup Brushes, founded the brand in 2010 after having an amazing stint in the makeup artistry world for a couple of years and since then have been introducing makeup brushes for the a global community of women who loved makeup.

The Real Techniques brush collection showcases different sets to enhance disparate facial features. The two brush sets that we love and that would make up for your entire brush collection are the Core Collection and the Starter Kit.

Real Techniques Starter Set

Starter Set

The Core Collection comprises of all the coverage essentials including the Contour Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Detailer Brush and a Buffing Brush and is just perfect to give your face a complete coverage.

The Starter Set is the eye definition kit that comprises of five different brushes to enhance your eyes. The Deluxe Crease Brush renders effortless contouring, the Base Shadow Brush is your color applicator, the Accent Brush is used for smudging, the Fine Liner Brush the ultimate tool for liquid or cream eyeliner and finally the Brow Brush is for detailing your eyebrows.

Price –  $16.00 (Starter Kit) and $12.00 (Core Collection)

3. Morphe Brushes

Morphe Jaclyn Hill's Favorite Brush Collection, Best Makeup Brush Sets

Having started with makeup brushes in the year 2008, Morphe Brushes soon introduced eyeshadow palettes, lip colors and much more to satiate the ever growing demand for makeup products by influencers and the makeup artists.

And since then it has been launching new makeup products and accessories in collaboration with makeup artists like Jaclyn Hill, Manny Mua and Laura Lee.

The above makeup brush set is Jaclyn Hill’s Favorite Brush Collection that includes 23 different brushes to cover almost every aspect of your face. The brushes are handpicked by Jaclyn and offer almost each functionality like blending, buffing, contouring, lining and baking.

Price – $ 155

4. Spectrum Collections

Unicorn Goals Collection, Best Makeup Brush Sets

A brand known for creating Vegan trademarked cruelty free products, Spectrum Collections has a wide range of makeup brush sets that either focus on rendering a peculiar functionality or is a complete package to attain a detailed makeup look.

The above is the Ultimate Unicorn Goals ultimate 30 piece set that include complete Spectrum Collection of brushes in a single set. The set includes 3o individual brushes that are crafted from highest quality synthetic hair and are used to render a peculiar operation. For instance, there are 19 Application brushes, 6 Blending Brushes and 6 Contouring Brushes.

Price – $ 124.99

5. IT Cosmetics

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe 6-Piece Travel Brush Set, Best Makeup Brush Sets

Committed to creating problem solving solutions, IT Cosmetics by Jamie Kern Lima develops innovative and effective beauty and skincare products by collaborating with plastic surgeons and dermatologists.

And one of those clinically proven, innovative and problem-solving products are the makeup brushes. This collection is the Heavenly Luxe 6-Piece Travel Brush Set that includes Multi-Powder Brush, Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush, Crease Brush, All-Over Eyeshadow Brush and an Eyeliner & Brow Brush, each crafted from cruelty free hair and offering a distinct operation.

These brushes incorporate sleek crystal-tipped handles and are custom cut to do the work for you flawlessly.

Price – $50.00

6. Zoeva Cosmetics



Zoeva Makeup Artist Zoe Bag Rose Golden, Best Makeup Brush Sets

Makeup Artist Zoe Bag Rose Golden

A young, innovative and successful cosmetics brand from Germany, Zoeva Cosmetics is known for creating innovative and high quality makeup products. As for the makeup brushes, the German brand has been relentlessly creating exceptional collection of brushes as a result of lending professional brush expertise.

So if you are a makeup artist or an enthusiast who is in the process of becoming one, then you can go for the Zoeva Makeup Artist Zoe Bag Rose Gold Edition. This set includes 30 individual brushes each having synthetic taklon hair and extending a unique functionality ranging from blending, smudging, shading, defining, to creasing, contouring and lining.

In case you do not want to invest in an exhaustive kit like a Zoe Bag, then you can always choose dedicated eye sets, face sets as well as other exclusive bundles offered by the brand.

Price – USD 280.00

7. M.A.C. Cosmetics

M.A.C. Cosmetics Snowball Brush Kit, Best Makeup Brush Sets

A cult beauty brand that needs no introduction, M.A.C. Cosmetics founded in 1984 by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo has been committed to developing new products and categories each year together by collaborating with makeup artists and leading talents from fashion.

One such category of products is the makeup brushes that are created using either a combination of synthetic and natural fibers or synthetic and natural fibers for achieving best makeup results. While the natural fibers are good for pick up and release of the product, the synthetic fibers blend and diffuse the product onto the skin quite easily.

This one is the Snowball Brush Kit that includes Powder Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, All Over Shadow Brush, Smudging Liner Brush and Brow Groomer Brush. This basic kit can be quite handy and can aid you add drama whenever and where-ever.

In case you are looking out for more makeup brush options in M.A.C., check out their collection of individual brushes instead of the brush bundles.

Price – $37.13

8. Sigma Beauty

Sigma Beauty Premium Kit, Best Makeup Brush Sets

Founded in 2009 by Rene Xavier Filho and Simone Xavier, Sigma Beauty is well known for creating hand-crafted-high-quality beauty products and satiating the demand for professional-grade beauty tools in the beauty industry.

Of many high quality and innovative beauty products that the brand is known for, just like the recently launched SigMagic Scrub, one such product category is the makeup brushes. Created using Sigma exclusive synthetic fibers such as SigmaTech and Sigmax, the filaments collect and deliver powder, liquid and cream products quite efficiently.

The above makeup brush collection is the Premium Kit that includes fifteen signature quality brushes for face, eyes and lips, each rendering a unique functionality . All these brushes are cruelty free and are crafted using exclusive SigmaTech fibers to deliver ultimate results.

Price – $199.00

9. Bobbi Brown



Bobbi Brown Classic Brush Collection, Best Makeup Brush Sets

An American Makeup Artist who founded the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1991 with the launch of ten natural lipstick shades under the name Bobbi Brown Essentials, the brand under Estee Lauder has been innovating makeup and beauty products for achieving natural looking makeup look.

The makeup brushes from the house of Bobbi Brown deliver just the right amount of formula for you to achieve an ultra polished finish. The above is the Classic Brush Collection that features six essential makeup brushes including the Face Blender, Foundation Brush,Concealer Blending Brush, Eye Shadow Brush, Eye Brow Brush and Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush.

The brush collection is designed by collaborating with top artists and has each tool to help you achieve the complete face makeup.

Price – $250.00

10. E.L.F. Cosmetics

E.L.F. Cosmetics Ultimate Face Brush Roll Set, Best Makeup Brush Sets

A New York based cosmetics brand founded in 2004, E.L.F. Cosmetics has been creating bath and skincare products, mineral based makeup, professional tools and other makeup products that are 100% cruelty free and are of high-quality.

The newly launched makeup brush collection from E.L.F. Cosmetics is the Ultimate Face Brush Roll Set that includes 19 premium brushes to achieve a complete face makeup look. These brushes are vegan friendly and deliver excellent results both with dry and liquid makeup formulas.

What sets this cosmetic brand apart is that it offers high quality makeup tools and products at relatively affordable prices.

Price – $55.00

11. Sephora Collection

Sephora Collection SU Easel Brush Set, Best Makeup Brush Sets

Sephora Collection SU Easel Brush Set

The French chain of cosmetic stores offers its own range of makeup, beauty products and accessories under the name Sephora Collection. There are exclusives as well as bundles incorporating cosmetics, beauty tools and accessories.

Sephora Collection PRO Essentials Brush Set, Best Makeup Brush Sets

Sephora Collection PRO Essentials Brush Set

When it comes to makeup brushes, there is a wide range of both individual as well as makeup bundles for both exclusive and complete makeup purposes. If you are a professional makeup artist and want a complete package of all your makeup brushes in one, then the SU Easel Brush Set is the one kit for you.

Sephora Collection Tools Of The Trade Brush Set, Best Makeup Brush Sets

Sephora Collection Tools Of The Trade Brush Set

This set has 26 professional grade makeup brushes for you to achieve a powered makeup look as a seasoned professional. In case you are an enthusiast or a makeup lover, then you can go for Sephora Collection exclusives such as Tools Of The Trade Brush Set or the PRO Essentials Brush Set.

The former collection has a set of eight brushes for the eyes, cheeks and complexion whereas the latter kit has 11 bestselling and top rated Sephora Collection PRO Brushes.

Price – $445.00 (SU Easel Brush Set), $62.00 (Tools Of The Trade Brush Set) and $175.00 (PRO Essentials Brush Set).

12. Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura Natural Portable Brush Set, Best Makeup Brush Sets

Having launched his first cosmetic product, a cleansing oil, in the year 1960, Japanese makeup artist Shu Uemura founded his own makeup brand by the name of Japan Makeup in 1967 which was later christened as Shu Uemura in 1983.

This legendary makeup brand is known for crafting high quality beauty products and tools especially makeup brushes. All the makeup brushes are made from either highest quality natural hair for more sensitive areas of the skin or premium quality synthetic hair preferable for certain types of makeup.

Though the brand should have been placed higher in the list with regards to the quality, the limited range of the brush sets offered by Shu Uemura makes it take this position. Hence, it’s wise to invest in the individual Shu-Uemura Brushes, which are of the finest quality that help in smooth application and render a professional finish.

The above collection is the Natural Portable Brush Set that comprises of four high quality makeup brushes for cheeks, eyeshadow and lips.

Price – $89.99

13. Kevyn Aucoin


Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Brush Set, Best Makeup Brush Sets

The well known American Makeup artist of his time, Kevin Aucoin launched the brand in the year 2001 after having undergone collaborations with makeup giants like Revlon and Shiseido for launching their exclusive makeup products.

Kevin Aucoin as a makeup brand offers everything that incorporates skin-perfecting makeup including the tools like makeup brushes. These premium quality brushes are made with a blend of synthetic fibers and natural hair to render a seamless and natural-looking finish.

The above collection of brushes is Kevin Aucoin’s The Essential Brush Collection that includes 14 professional quality brushes, handcrafted to create a complete face.

Price – $650.00

14. Marc Jacobs

Must Have It All Makeup Brushes, Best Makeup Brush Sets

The well known American fashion designer Marc Jacobs launched his first collection in the year 1984 under his own label and also worked as the Creative Director for Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2013. In 2013, after launching the last collection for Louis Vuitton, the designer focused on his own label and launched Spring/Summer collection along with beauty line under his namesake label in 2014.

Marc Jacobs Beauty offers everything that incorporates makeup and beauty. It’s makeup brushes are crafted from premium quality synthetic fibers that are super plush and render expert finish to your makeup.

The Must Have It All Brush Collection from Marc Jacobs is an ultimate kit that comprises of all the essential Marc Jacobs Face Brushes along with three eyeshadow brushes. The bundle has all the essential brushes for you to sculpt, contour, smudge and blend dry as well as liquid makeup formulas seamlessly and with high precision.

Price – $250

15. Hakuhodo


Hakuhodo Basic 10 Pieces Brush Set, Best Makeup Brush Sets

Located in Kumano near Hiroshima, a place that is known for manufacturing calligraphy brushes for about 200 years, Hakuhodo was established in 1974 and since then has been manufacturing high quality makeup brushes.

The brand offers makeup brushes under different series, each one unique in its make and purpose. The brush bristles are crafted using either exclusively natural hair or premium quality synthetic hair or a blend of the two to deliver seamless operation.

The above the Basic 10 Piece Brush Set that includes the essential Hakudoho brushes from the Basic Series. These brushes are the same as individual brushes under Basic Series and have long handle length for easy use.

Price – $334.00

16. BH Cosmetics

BH Cosmetics 36 Piece Ultimate Brush Set, Best Makeup Brush Sets

A Los Angeles based cosmetics brand, BH Cosmetics manufactures high-performance beauty and makeup products including quality makeup brushes and accessories.

This is the 36 Piece Ultimate Brush Set that includes all the essential brushes that a makeup lover, an enthusiast or a pro needs to create a highly finished makeup look.

Price – $25.89

About the Author: Akanksha

Akanksha Bajaj is the Editorial Assistant for Shopholicx.com. She is a B.Com Honours graduate and has done masters in Marketing and Finance. She started her career with Deloitte, Hyderabad, India working for the Securitisation Service Line. Since she was really good in romanticizing and penning her thoughts and articulating them well, throughout this period she used to get appreciation and encouragement for her writings and articles that she had been writing. So finally Shopholicx was the right place to hit to follow her passion.

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