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I like the IT Velvet Luxe brushes too! I bought a bunch when ULTA had their 20% off sale for Platinum Members (and yes, the discount works!) and again when Ebates had 16% cash back. I’m sure you have tried many, many synthetic brushes and it’s saying a lot if you think these are the best. I also like the IT Live Beautifully Powder brush (#211) -it’s a huge fluffy brush that diffuses powders beautifully on my more mature skin. And there’s the IT Heavanly dual ended shadow blending brush (think it came in a kit). I don’t have the best shadow blending skills, and I can get a lot of harsh lines because my eye primer must be like superglue to work on my oily lids and I have to pack on shadow so it sticks, but this brush works miracles on harsh lines.

Real Techniques is my ride or die! I’ve also been enjoying Crown Brush and Morphe (nice brushes, but over hyped and over priced).

I’ve got a bit of a synthetic angled blush brush obsession. Top faves are: ELF blush brush from the black range, Sephora Pro angled blush brush, and the IT brushes for Ulta angled blush brush. Overall, the Sephora Pro line has some great brushes that trend towards mind to higher-end, and same for the IT brushes for Ulta.

The e.l.f. Studio line has some great synthetic brushes and I was impressed by EcoTools’ Eye-Enhancing Duo Set — definitely curious to try more from them! I also love that you can get decent synthetic brushes for very little money.

I don’t have a lot of experience, especially with high end. I like Bdellium, Real Techniques, e.l.f. Studio, and Sonia Kashuk.

My favorites are my Real Techniques and Eco Tools brushes. I actually think almost every brush I own is synthetic lol. I’m not currently eating vegetarian or vegan, but I have in the past and tend to avoid animal hair brushes, generally.

Amongst the Sonia Kashuk, Real Techniques and E.L.F. brushes there are some real gems. I have a few of each. I don’t seem to reach for my Sigma brushes much any more, but I do have a few former favorites in their synthetic line up

I love the Marc Jacobs n.2 foundation brush and it’s worth the cost. I also love the MJ concealer brush which is a mini version of the foundation brush that rocks my world and so does the bronzer brush. As for a full line of synthetic brushes I think Cozette are hands down the winner. I have several face and eye brushes from each of the IT Cosmetics line and I’ve got some Real Techniques brushes but I would recommend the Cozette brushes over those.

MAC, IT, Bdellium, some BE & Tarte (depends on what I’m using it for), Real Techniques, but mostly I go to my Sigma brushes.

I LOVE BH cosmetics brushes, they are super affordable, great quality and really fun colors. I even have the pro-set that contains 36 brushes beside two more other sets!!
My second favorite is the elf brushes.

EcoTools, ELF, Sonia Kashuk, and maybe a few Real Techniques are my staples. I have one Japonesque brush that’s very nice as well. I find, for me, natural hair brushes are a waste. There are perfectly nice synthetic alternatives, and I don’t have to think about what I’m grabbing when I want to use cream products with a brush. I just know I’d unthinkingly ruin a natural hair brush and then be out a bunch of money. No thank you.

I love most of the It Cosmetics brushes. They’re really well made, don’t shed, and are very soft. I also have a set of 4 different mini kabuki brushes I think they’re by Eco Tools – an Alicia Silverstone special edition, and they are wonderful as well.

You know I wondered at that when I felt the brush for the 1st time… I’ve read that it’s made out of goat hair, but MAC’s website says “This brush has fine, densely packed fibers that are arranged in an oval shape.”, which I did find ambiguous… Yet there are other MAC brush descriptions that say “Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibers”, or “…50 percent natural and 50 percent synthetic fibers..”, so I don’t understand why they’re so vague with certain descriptions, you know? Especially in this age…
Anyway, thank you for letting me know (I thought MAC had created some miracle synthetic fiber lol!), I appreciate it 🙂

So I’ll have to go with the Real Techniques Base brush (it’s super versatile), the RT Shader (great for laying color on specific parts of the lid, up into the crease, outer crease & above), the RT Jumbo Crease brush (I use it for blending out), the RT Stippling brush for foundation, BB’s, CC’s, etc., the RT Blush Brush for either blusher or setting powders, and I love the elf Fan Brush!

Real techniques has beautiful and durable liquid foundation application brushes and nice blush brushes. These brushes refuse to shed! I love them and they make application flawless! For blending/crease brushes, I have been extremely impressed with the new IT cosmetics brushes….even more than MAC! So soft, no shedding, and they wash so well!

Marc Jacobs’ brushes, Brozer, Contour, Foundation 1 & 2: a They feel so good and perform forever without problems!

Hourglass: SOFT

It Cosmetics: ESP. Luxe ball wand powder brush! It’s a super soft dupe of Marc Jacobs Bronzer brush! (Nearly half the cost)

Real Techniques: Some are much better than others though the face ones are primarily my favorites from them.

Smashbox: Great precision!

Laura Gellar: SO soft and they work wonderfully! Often are a free bonus!

Elf: ESP. Small Stipple Brush: Soft, efficient, a couple dollars! Works for myriad things! 🙂

Love my ELF brushes! Very soft and they do what I want and need them to do. But still may want to go for a Real Techniques set for eyes.

Royal & Langnickle for sure for me. They really nailed different fiber texture for application to mimic natural hair.

Don’t get me wrong, in general I love my synthetic brush lines and only own maybe 5% of my brushes are natural hair now because my skin is sensitive to blunt cut hair.

Other brand I do like are bdellium (best small angel eyeliner EVER), IT Cosmetics, Real Techniques and Sigma.

As much as I like Ecotools and ELF studio line i still feel like the quality is on the lower end in terms of fiber texture (although Ecotools have improved greatly!!!)

I agree with you on Real Techniques’s brushes and Zoeva’s brushes are my favorite too but in more pricey side I love MAC and MUFE’s brushes,I haven’t tried It Cosmetic’s brushes yet,many comments seem to love their brushes make me want to try it out.

My fave have to be Real Techniques. The ones I use the most are the buffing brush, the blush brush and the multi task brush.

I have all the Hourglass eye brushes. I love them! Specially since I use so much cream eyeshadow. Love.
I have owned few RT… Two got totally destroyed… So hate them. And the IT Cosmetic Velvet Luxe brush to apply foundation, though is a great brush and works beautifully, the handle got weird… The film that covers the handle started peeling in a very ugly way. A pitty.

Marc Jacobs face I & II brushes are the most luxurious brushes I own besides his concealer brush. One of these days I’ll stop being cheap and get that giant bronzer brush once sephora has another 20% off sale. Haha! Honestly the concealer one works for powders, creams, eyeshadows and never lets me down. Hourglass really has some nice gems too if you have the cash for it. I’m currently obsessing over the rose gold Zoeva brushes and they are mostly synthetic if not completely. Elf studio brushes are another good brand with some real heavy hitters I use all the time. Their small stippling brush makes highlighters and cream blush application a dream.

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