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Love for Brushes

I'm developing a love for brushes of all kinds.  I bought a few higher end brushes and they are amazing.  They are incredibly soft and my makeup glides on like a dream.  There are so many interesting shapes. I am really interested in creating a beautiful brush collection.  Show your brushes and share any cleaning and storage tips and let us know which ones are your favorites.


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OMG I looove your filing system. I might have to get some of these. Also, how do the MUFEs fit? I know the face brushes have very chunky handles. 


P.S. Can't agree with you more about the Sephora Hakuhodo brushes! I have the highlighter one and it's very stiff so I don't love it for blending at all! 

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It's funny cause I never intended to convert them to brush holders.   Best discovery in the last couple months for sure!  I like always having a general idea of where certain brushes are.  

All the brushes I have fit nicely except for one Sephora Pro Bronzer 48 brush.  It's short so it works out perfectly and sits upright on top between other brushes in the back without getting lost.


Hehe, yeah, part of me wishes I hadn't discovered the blue squirrel brushes.  I barely touch any of my other brushes anymore if if have the hakuhodo version of them.  There's still a much better selection of mufe brushes than you can get at any hakuhodo store so they remain staples in my heart as well.   

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I get backups of my favorites as well! Haha.

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I love brushes! I have a picture from February which made me realize I have far more than is need for one person. So as much as I love them, I've cut back considerably.




And to answer the original post (great thread btw!) I store the ones I don't use as often in brush rolls. The ones that came in fancy boxes (like Hakuhodo+ Sephora) I keep in the original packaging. And the rest are in cups/jars.

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WOW!  That is quite a collection.  How fun!  I just a got a brush roll and was thinking of doing exactly what you said @spadersgirl  I can't bear to part with any.

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Thank you <3 I have a few J and/or B series Hakuhodo brushes but I'd love to get at least one of the S100 like yours someday.

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Here's a picture of just my work brushes :-) 


Oh if anyone is interested, I just got an email from Urban Decay about their Pro collection which has brushes, bags, and a 10 pan empty palette that can be filled.  

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I saw them @sammiebaby Theyre super drool worthy. Especially the bags. I'm waiting until after this weekend's event just in case there are some good new releases.

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@sammiebaby you have some really interesting shaped brushes. The one in the back to the right of the huge white bristle brush looks lovely.

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@AMK721 that one is IT Brush for Ulta.  I got it in a set last year.  I love it!  It's really really soft and plush.  The Real Techniques Blush Brush (pink handle) is almost the same shape.  Not as soft but a good dupe.  I love that brush tho for bronzer its amazing!  

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This seems like the perfect place to ask this! I'm a bit new to actually taking the time to do my makeup and I'm looking for a good, inexpensive fan brush for highligter. Anyone have any recommendations? TIA! 😃

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Hi @GingerCupcake

I have the Real Techniques Fan Brush, it came out in their contour/sculpting set which had 3 brushes.  I haven't found it by itself yet, but the Harmon's and Ulta by me have no idea what restocking is so it's probably just from that.  I really like that brush, its synthetic but it's really soft so it doesn't work that well to blend out cream or liquid very well unfortunately.  But it's really good for powder.  


Also if you go to the Morphe Brushes website you can easily find a fan brush in almost every size from natural hair to synthetic and the prices can't be beat.  There aren't any reviews or very good descriptions on the site but I've never had any issues with their brushes.

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Hello my sisters (and brothers) in brushluv!


I too love looking at, feeling, researching, purchasing, collecting, talking about brushes!


I want those Japanese brushes so badly.  I don't have any HIGH end brushes in my current collection.


I own the usual lines, RT, IT cosmetics, ulta, sephora, crown brush infinity line (LOVE THOSE) etc.  I also have some of the Royal and Langnickel professional line.  It's just ok.  


I really want to try the Zoeva line as well.  They are so pretty!  But the shipping is a killer!  LOL


For those who are loving the Morphe brushes, they are from Crown Brush.  You can cut out the middle man and get them cheaper straight from Crown Brush.  There's a YT video by Stephanie Nicole where she breaks down the line.  

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Oh hello, thread and fellow brush lovers! I will try to get a pic of mine tomorrow. Like most of you I have a healthy mix of low, mid and high end - but I still don't have any HIGH high end like the exquisite Japanese brushes. I don't know that if I ever spent that kind of money on a brush if I would ever be able to sully it with product!


I have a good range of Make Up For Ever, Marc Jacobs, MAC, Nars, Top Shop, Real Techniques, Jouer, Morphe, Smashbox, Too Faced and lots of the no-names you can buy for a few bucks. I just bought a FABULOUS Eco Tools duo fiber brush that is so good for bronzer I can't believe it was under $10. Oh, and I would love to get my hands on a full set of Zoeva but...$$$.

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Here's what I have out on my desk. I think I counted 88 but I know I have some stashed in various makeup bags and the brushes that came with various palettes are still in those, so it's probably closer to 100 - which is more than enough. All those brushes and I STILL haven't gotten around to buying a MAC 224 after all these years. So by the end of the summer it's going to be at least 101!!!


As you can see I'm the laziest brush washer. Yeesh!



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I have about 30 from 2 different sets and some one-offs. But I really want a big set of crazy colored ones like from Spectrum, but I probably shouldn't drop $150 on brushes just because they're pretty. I am looking at a set from Coastal Scents that is a third of the price, but I've never used CS brushes before so I don't know if they're worth it.

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I have way too many brushes. I am so lazy to wash them  so it's nice to have so many lol. But washing them altogether...well now that's another story. I have brushes from Tarte, eBay, Real Techniques, Sigma, ELF etc...


I find I love my ELF brushes and RT!! I store them in a 3-drawer smaller plastic container/tower thing-a-ma-bob lol I ought to count my brushes..I haven't done so... 


Oh and IT Cosmetics brushes..I have a couple of those and find them really soft and nice. I have my faves though which I reach for including: Sigma E40, BH Cosmetics fluffy crease brush, and my ELF brushes (the studio line)!!

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I definitely have a love for brushes.  I took a picture but for some reason it won't upload.  I'll see if I can upload one later on.  


I have sooooooo many brushes, from so many different companies.  Sephora, Ulta, Morphe Brush, Cown Brush, IT Brushes from Ulta, Real Techniques, Tarte, Urban Decay, and some others that I don't know the names of. I also have a few Beauty Blenders and some random sponges.  


I did a count a year ago and I think I counted something like 115 brushes :-/ and I've only gotten more lol.  I may have an addiction, maybe.  But I'm also an MUA and I'm always testing what brushes I like for clients and switching them out.  My favorite brushes are from Morphe and an eye brow brush that I got from crown brush.  They're super super affordable and high quality.  Mine have lasted so much longer compared to ones I have that are 5x as much.  For example my eye brow brush with a spoolie on the end was $2 and the ABH one I think is like $18.   

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HA! It looks like you're the fluffy brush type Smiley Happy 

I've been thinking just lately that I want to step up from my random brush situation and was looking into Sigma brushs. So I have some Sigma brushes that I read are Joclyn Hill's favorites in my B Gowing shopping cart right now because they had a 25% off but not sure if that's still going on.... 

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I recently was given a Kevin Aucoin brush and fell in love with it. 1 second prior to feeling that brush on my face I would say brush-love was insane/silly-pants.


I take it back. I take it ALL back.

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Which brush was it.... @Insomniacmuffin ? I've developed a recent need over the past year to collect brushes. I've been buying almost all Sephora Pro but I find they're missing some shapes I'd like in a higher end brush. (Sidenote Sephora Pro #79 is beast mode!) trying to find some other brands to try out..... Preferrably with similar handles to the Sephora line. Because I like matchy matchy.

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