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.
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.
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 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!