Do you keep duplicates of brushes you like?

Yes, absolutely! For the most part, I use them the same as the first one – I tend to duplicate ones like eyeshadow and crease brushes, so I can use one for each color (or maybe every two colors, depending on how drastic the difference between the colors is!). I can also run through brushes pretty quickly, so I keep extras of my favorites as I only wash brushes every few days.

— Christine
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Not really. The brushes I like the most are a bit expensive for my budget, so it’s already great having one!! But I do have a backup of my Real Techniques expert face (just because I grabbed it on sale and I still haven’t used it, lol).

Yessssss…because cleaning brushes sometimes is the last thing I feel like doing, especially for foundation brushes. Do them all at once, rotate through the week. These are easy because I can see which is dirty.

However, I do like to get similar but different brushes so I remember which is which, like same brush different color handle, or same type different brand. Like the angled liner brush for eyebrows vs the one I use for actual eyeshadow or liner, or the crease brush I use for my crease and the one I use to contour my nose. I do have 2 of my very favorite brush and keep them in different mugs. Mug #1 brush is for blush, Mug #2 brush for bronzer.

Systems 🙂

Yes indeed, even multiples! I kind of have to? Between jumping from one color look to a whole nuther the next day, plus my semi-notorious laziness towards washing my brushes leads to this being a need. Although I DO have a spray brush cleaner from Sephora that I use frequently, I know that nothing replaces a real soap & water deep cleansing.

No, I prefer to try a different brand or shape if I’m going to buy new brushes, so I don’t have any duplicates. Except for one Elf brush, and the second one turned out to be completely different shape-wise that the first!

Definitely with a few, particularly eye brushes (MAC 217…). I don’t know if I have any duplicate face brushes (yet), but I wouldn’t mind two Zoeva 110 ones.

Absolutely (with the exception of my more expensive Artis brushes). I have duplicates of all my brushes and some (eyeshadow, crease, liner blush, highlighter, etc.) I have multiples of 4 or 5. It makes it so I don’t have to constantly wash my brushes; I can use one blush brush for warms and another for cools or vary them by intensity of shade, etc. In fact, I just bought 2 cream product brushes from the Sephora sale page.

Yes, same here! I have duplicates of mainly eye shadow brushes. I also love a few of the elf face brushes; since their so cheap and perform just and well and some of my higher end brushes,I bought a few duplicates of those too.

I am definitely a person who has a large number of brushes, but rather than having 50 types of tool, I have multiples (sometimes up to 4 total) of those I find work best for me. I like to swap when changing colour or when I want clean blending. I tend to have multiples for all brushes (eyeshadow and face) where I have found multi-purpose for use.

Yes, especially blush brushes. I keep one for pink colors, one for orangey colors, and one for browny/nudes so colors don’t muddy together. And it’s always nice to have multiple eye brushes, especially blenders. I hate getting caught wanting to use a brush but it’s covered in black eyeshadow from the last use.

I am like you Christine, I have duplicate eye shadow brushes. I typically use one brush per color scheme (darks, nudes, brights, etc.) other than that I buy them when I need them.

I’m kind of 85% no/15% yes on this one. Most of my duplicates are eyeliner brushes, mostly because I don’t like to use the same brush that close around my eyes two days in a row. More than that though, I like trying different brushes from new-to-me companies.

Absolutely. I have quite a few dupes of favorite eye brushes, in part so if I drop one I have a backup, or so that I have a couple to rotate in while the newly cleaned stuff over the weekend dries. I also have some stored in my travel brush roll, and I just swap out the brushes used on a trip for fresh ones and wash what I just took with me.

Echoing most folks – I have a few duplicate eye brushes for my favorites. Makes it easier when using multiple colors; especially since I won’t use anything with alcohol to quick clean my brushes.

Definitely! Mostly because I buy really cheap brushes lol, I can afford a couple of each versus Sigma brushes. I especially do this because it’s easier for me to find one brush with multiple uses than own dozens of brushes. I have multiples of the Elf Studio liner brush, for example, and use one for actually lining the eye, one for my go-to metallic cream shadows, and one for filling in my brows. My favorite all-over face brush is a denser tulip brush from TJ Maxx and it kills me that I only have one right now. Every time I shop at one, I look for more since it does powder, blush, and contour perfectly for my face shape!

I don’t have any duplicate brushes, I used to have two real techniques setting brushes (one for contouring and one for highlighting) but I since got rid of one since I found a different contour brush that I like better than can achieve a number of different contour looks

Hi Christine & Everyone At Temptalia,
This is a oops, my bad type of answer! Lol.
What I mean to say is that while I am trying to half way stay in the game of cosmetics, the one thing that has slacked big-time is my brushes and my brush collection! As I stated in a few questions ago, I am in “desperate” NEED of new brushes, okay a whole New beautiful brush collection! I have a few e.l.f. brushes and they are very easy to get as many as I need. However when it comes to my more expensive brushes, Lord help me! I can’t afford to pay for the first brush, let alone the second one.

I do buy duplicates of favorite brushes especially if I use them for multiple purposes or for different colored such as with eye shadows. I also have several concealer type brushes to use for regular concealer and for color correcting concealer. I have a couple eyeliner smudge brushes as I often wear a different color on the top lid than the bottom lid.

Like you Christine, I iike to have at least 2 of the eyeshadow and crease brushes and I’m thinking of getting the Goss small brushes for eyeshadow and crease also!

I have a large vanity and so I have separate drawers for different types of makeup. In each makeup drawer, I have an open topped acrylic box where I keep the brushes for that particular type of product. For example, my eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascara are in one drawer along with an acrylic box containing all my eye brushes; in another drawer I have my lipsticks, glosses, and lip pencils with a box containing lip brushes; and so it goes for all the other products in my stash. I also have a drawer where I keep a box for the brushes I’ve used during the week. In general, I use a brush once–rarely twice–and then into the wash box it goes! At the end of the week I wash those brushes and put them back into their respective drawers. Because I have duplicates of all my favorite brushes, I can use a brush once and then take it out of rotation without any problem. I love brushes and have so many I can’t imagine keeping them all mixed up in the same drawer, container, bag, or what have you. When I pull open a drawer to select a blusher, I want to see at a glance which brushes are at my disposal. Seeing as I have eight different brushes for that type of product, I don’t need to complicate things by having to sort through a bunch of irrelevant brushes to get the one I want. Yeah, I’m a brush junkie!!!!

Actually I don’t have duplicates. I use Sephora’s Color Switch to clean my brushes between colors. When I’m done I use MAC’s brush cleaner in a spray bottle and spray a paper towel down using a different area for each brush. But reading everyone’s posts it would be nice to have a few duplicates.

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