Sephora offers some really good brush sets from their own collection. The Advanced Airbrush Set are excellent quality brushes that would be great to have in your starter collection. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P28
However, if you are on a budget or unsure of exactly what you need, Real Techniques are great quality brushes and are affordable. EcoTools might also be worth looking into.
Hi, sfisherx. When first starting your brush collection, I think it is easiest to start out by purchasing a set because there are so many different brushes that trying to choose one can become almost overwhelming. However, in the beginning even purchasing a set can get confusing because different sets have different styles of brushes so I wanted to give you the information about a couple of good brush sets from the Sephora Collection that would be a good investment that should last you for years if taken care of properly.
First of all there is the Sephora Collection Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set which is a seven-piece brush set that repels and destroys bacteria that comes in a silver, tri-fold brush case. The seven brushes included are basic necessary brushes for use on a daily basis which are: a foundation brush, concealer brush, powder brush, angled eyeshadow brush, eye blender brush, lip/eyeliner brush, and a brow brush/lash comb. This is a good quality set of brushes for $60 which you can find here: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P19
Another good choice would be the Sephora Collection Vanity Brush Set which is a set of six essential brushes housed in a black, faux-leather cylinder with a customized slot for each individual brush. The case has a handy snap-on, snap-off lid and it includes the following brushes: complexion (blush/powder) brush, concealer brush, pointed eye crease brush, flat eyeliner brush, eye blending brush and a smudge brush. You can find this set here: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P12
A very good value in my opinion is the Sephora Collection Perfect Pink Brush Set which is $60 and contains 10 essential brushes for the face, eyes, and lips. It comes with all the brushes needed to create a full face and they come in a pretty pink carrying case. This set includes the following brushes:
- Fan Brush
- Blush Brush
- Powder Brush
- Concealer Brush
- Medium Eyeshadow Brush
- Medium Blending Brush
- Small Eyeshadow Brush
- Dual-Sided Brow Brush and Lash Comb
- Angled Eyeliner Brush
- Lip Brush
You can find this set here: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P27
Remember that buying a set of brushes is an investment. Purchasing good quality brushes is important so that they do a good job and last for a long time. They must also be taken care of in order to get the best wear out of them by cleaning them with a good brush cleaner such as the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner which you can find here: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P20
Hope this helps!
I love to watch Pixiwoo on youtube, it's 2 sisters that are makeup artists. The older sister took a long time to help develop a line of brushes that are high quality and very affordable. I watch them use the brushes all the time they look awesome and I looked up the prices, they are very affordable. You can buy them at ulta they're called Real Techniques, they have 3 sets with 3 to 5 brushes in each depending on size, one set is for foundation and concealer, another for eyes and the last for finishing, such as powder and blush. I would recommend watching them work with these brushes, I want them.
I second the suggestion for Sephora Brand Professional Brushes, they are very good and long lasting. MAC also makes fabulous brushes, I have most of my brushes from them and they are extremely long lasting even with my somewhat manic cleaning regimen.
For good brushes at a bargain price, Sonia Kashuk for Target brushes are a good value.
Hope this helps!