I’m Finally Investing in Some Grown-Up Makeup Tools

No more random eBay brush sets for me!
Publish date:
May 5, 2016
mac, makeup brushes, beautyblender, sets, makeup tools, makeup sponge, morphe, Zoeva, Eyeshadow Brush

I've been using makeup for about three years now; for two years, I've been doing my makeup "right." The first year was a long trial run of unflattering lip colors and horribly blended eyeshadow — we've all been there.

When I first got into makeup, I mostly used a cheap brush set I got off of eBay, and later on I added some reasonably priced items from Real Techniques and EcoTools. Both are good brands, but being 21 and all, I decided it was time to upgrade to some more grownup tools.

These are the tools I've invested in so far.

Morphe 6 Piece Deluxe Contour Set

I opted for this set because I was seriously lacking in the powder brushes department; I was still using my eBay brushes for it most of the time.

This Morphe set contains three large brushes: an angled buffing brush, a round buffing brush, and a pointed contour brush. Then there are also three mini (they mean that they're eye-area small, not travel-size small, FYI) brushes, and those mini brushes also contain one angled, one round and a pointed brush. The brushes have a white handle, which isn't the most convenient color, but whatever.

I love all the brushes in this set, with the exception of the large pointed brush. I find that it's slightly too big for my cheeks and too stiff to highlight, so I don't often reach for it. The other brushes have been a complete game-changer, though. I use the large angled buffer to apply bronzer and it also works wonderfully for applying powder in the under-eye area. The mini brushes are really great, too. I consistently reach for the pointed one to define my crease.

Because the brushes are quite dense and stiff, they're also perfect for applying cream concealers. I actually really love to apply my contour with the mini angled brush because you can also blend as you go and it's difficult to apply too much.

Zoeva 230 Luxe Pencil

This brush caught my attention because I just didn't really own any precise eye tools that I liked.

I got this brush because the hairs are quite long and pointy, which makes it suitable for both applying accents and precision blending. The hairs are a mix of natural and synthetic fibers, which is fine by me.

This nifty tool is one of those additions that really make my brush collection more complete; I have used it every single time I do my makeup since I got it. Also, it comes in a plastic pouch, which is nice because you can save that for traveling.

MAC 217 Blending Brush

This brush seems to be the HG eyeshadow brush for many people, so I'd been meaning to buy it for ages. (Tamara and Kristina seem to be using it in almost all their posts, so it must be good.) It does live up to the hype — it works really well. I haven't used it for concealer yet, but according to Tamara it does a killer job at that as well.

The Original Beautyblender

Before getting the Beautyblender, I was a big fan of makeup sponges. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a beloved alternative for the Beautyblender. At $6 it's a steal, and it works. I loved my Miracle Complexion Sponge so much that I've gone through three of them. What I don't like about it is that I think it sucks up my foundation, which leads to product waste. After a while it's also really difficult to clean.

I finally switched to the OG Beautyblender and I can safely say, it's worth the money. It doesn't suck up as much product as the Real Techniques sponge, so you'll actually save money in the long run. It's also a completely different material.

Be careful, though, because the Beautyblender does not like nails. I made the mistake of cleaning it too thoroughly and now there's a tear in it from my nails. That is completely my own fault, though.

  • What are your favorite makeup tools?
  • What products make you feel like an actually adult?