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I am and I have! I splurged on the Kevyn Aucoin brush collection when it first came out like 10 years ago. I still have every brush and they are as good as new. If you care for your brushes, they will last forever.

It depends on what it is. If it’s something that I’m using for the very first time, I might grab a less expensive version of it just to see if I’ll use it frequently (I do this often with different eyeshadow brush shapes) and if I do, I’ll then spring for a good one to have for keeps.

But really, I look at make-up brushes like one should look at a knife: is it comfortable to use and does it fit your hand/application style? You aren’t going to use a brush that isn’t comfortable to use!

I won’t go overboard with it (my most expensive brush remains one of my MAC shadow brushes) but a brush that lasts for several years and is comfortable is a worth-while investment. I’m just doing it in bits and pieces so I don’t bust my budget ๐Ÿ™‚

Nope! Ecotools, Samantha Chapman’s Real Techniques and Essence of Beauty perform perfectly great for me, so I don’t see any reason to go splash out on MAC brushes ๐Ÿ™‚

Same here where Eco Tools are concerned. I only buy synthetic and am on a budget, so those are perfect. I’m gonna check out Samantha’s Real Techniques brushes on my next trip to Ulta!

I have 3 mac brushes that i could not find a dupe of. I have 4 Ecotools, soem from Lumiere Cosmetics and some produced from Forever female. I most want sythentic since the do and preform the same job as natural.

I looking forward to updating to some of the Samantha Chapmanโ€™s Real Techniques brushes once it becomes possible to test them out first.

Personally, I think of it like an investment. Most, if not all, of my MAC brushes still look new and I anticipate them to last quite a while, and they’re well-made and perfectly functional.

Yes, I’m willing to shell out for brushes when I can afford it! I feel like a high quality makeup brush should last a lifetime if properly cared for!

I’m hoping to try Louise Young and Hakuhodo brushes in the near future. I love Chanel’s brushes, specifically the ones made in France. I can’t stand that some of my MAC brushes leak dye. (The 138 drives me crazy for this!)

I am willing to shell out the money when there isn’t a better lower cost alternative. I have yet to find a good substitute for the MAC 217. I just purchased after much resistance the Sephora airbrush brush and am glad I did, no other brush I’ve played with has come close (great with BB cream). The Samantha Chapman brushes are good in general, but some are better then others.

I think with all the choices that are out in the makeup world you are bound to find a balance between price and quality. You also have to factor in unique brushes that don’t have alternatives available at a good price point. I’m loving the Real Techniques brush line, but I will admit that I’m planning to add a few 217s to my batch soon.

No, because I cannot afford it. I would much rather spend the money on a nice lipstick or eyeshadow anyway, and make it work for me with the brushes I have, which are not bad at all.

I think a person who is talented enough with applying makeup will be able to make any moderately priced brush (and even a lot of cheap brushes) work for them.

If you aren’t able to make your brushes work well for you, then you need to improve your makeup skills.

I think this may be a bit harsh. Yes, you can do all your makeup with a finger and a cotton bud, but it takes longer and the process may not be that enjoyable.

Absolutely. There’s a limit to how much I’m willing to spend, and I have some inexpensive brushes that are decent quality, but most of my brushes are high end and most of them have been worth every penny.

EcoTools brushes are very inexpensive and work really well for me, so I don’t feel the need to splurge on makeup brushes. I always buy synthetic ones anyway because they’re animal-friendly.

It depends, i have a collection of mac brushes that i use and i also have 2 nutrimetics brushes (had 3 but gave 1 away stupidly!!!) the nutri brushes are great for doing my eye makeup and blending and they are as good as my mac brushes. I care for them all the same and wash them. I think if the brush works then price isnt an issue.

yep and I have…shu uemura makeup brushes….and some MAC eye brushes…you get what you pay for…and I have my all time collection of YSL brushes from the 80’s made in France….you get what you pay for.

Only on two MAC facial brushes the 187 and the 130. For me face brushes have to be of a higher priority because I don’t want my blush or powder to look streaky or uneven and it’s been my experience that a good face brush will do all of the hard work for you. Also it helps that they’re soft as a dream. The rest of my brushes are a mix of UD(from naked palette, KVD, Bare Essentials, and Coastal Scents.

I spent almost 90 USD on a MAC 150 yesterday (that’s the retail price where I live), so yeah, I guess I am. NEVER gonna spend that much on a brush again though. O_o

I have and I do but I’m also pleased when I find less expensive brushes that work well (some of my Sonia Kashuk brushes come to mind, as well as some Posh brushes I got a few years ago – I am so sorry I didn’t get more of those when they were still available at the drugstore near my school).

It depends. I love Loew Cornell brushes, but I do own some MAC as well, so I will go high-end if I need to. I’ve never found a substitute for MAC’s 217 or 219 that I felt was as good.

I go on pro-mua sites pretty frequently and do you know whose brushes get brought up the most? Sonia Kashuk from Target. Her tools come up in each discussion. They also praise Hakuhodo (sp?) Brushes, but those are freaky expensive. Would I buy one of their eye brushes just to try it out? No. I like my Loew Cornell brushes. I only use Real Techniques brushes for my Paint Pots and won’t use any other for those.

The big deal, as someone has already mentioned, is to find a type that does it for you and buy those.

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