Heard that before? In some ways, that statement is true but most of the time, it's merely an excuse to spend on expensive makeup brushes. Yes, good brushes will last you years but that doesn't necessarily mean that all good brushes should be expensive. Another thought that you should kick out is thinking that "better" brushes will improve your makeup skills. Sure, good brushes make some differences in how your makeup would look but not instantaneously and not without practice.
"What's the most expensive brush that you have in your collection?"
Got a habit spending on brushes? Better read on...
The Lure of Brush Sets
Brush sets are often scammers. They make us think that we're getting a better deal. I mean, 24-brushes in a whole set which only comes up to $x a brush! Take a second look at that brush set. Do you think you will be using every single one of those brushes? Better yet, do you KNOW what each of those brushes are for? Brush sets are often addictive so you'd most probably end up with five flat synthetic brushes that you really don't need. Travel sets are damaging too so don't even think about it. Realistically, we'd only need ONE travel set.
Buying brush sets is not wrong but make sure you choose the right brush set for you. My very first set was the Mini Italian Badger Brush Set. It's the one that started my brush collection 2 years ago and the one that I'm still using to this very day. Every brush in the set is useful and enough to create a complete makeup look. So, if you're thinking of getting a brush set, get one that you'd be sure to use all the brushes in it.
Brushes That Should Be Cheap
Some brushes you simply do not need to spend a lot of money on and they are:
Next time you visit say Benefit or MAC, ask the beauty consultant for a disposable mascara wand. And there you have your spoolie!
Awesome and Cheap Brushes
Some of the best brushes that I've ever used are incredibly affordable and even have better quality than their pricier counterparts. I may not have mentioned all but here are a few examples:
elf Eyeshadow Brush
elf Studio Powder Brush (for liquid foundation)
Elianto Eyeshadow Brush
Black Deluxe Shadow Brush (supposed dupe of the MAC227. I've tried the MAC227 and it was scratchy)
Italian Badger Round Crease Brush
Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush
Silk Naturals Fiber Optic Brush
La Mei La Kabuki Brush
Of course, there are certain brushes that are worth the investment. I used to think that it was my MAC187SE but now that it has been reduced to blush work instead of the initial foundation duty (taken over by elf's $3 Studio Powder Brush), I've changed my mind.
Looking at my stash, if there's one brush that's truly worth its hefty price tag, it would be the Stila #30 brush. Keep in mind though, that everyone's investment brush is different. It all boils down to the brush that you truly utilize. Of course, we tend to make bad investments every now and then before actually seeing profit. The most important thing is not to be easily lured. Anyone can tell you how "worth it" a brush is to them but in the end, you'll be the one using the brush so think carefully before splurging on a brush that you know you will not use much of.