What makeup brushes do you take with you when you travel?

What makeup brushes do you take with you when you travel? Do you take the same brushes you use normally at home? Or do you have a travel set?

I take the same brushes that I use at home, which are usually just the favorites I’ve been reaching for at the time – MAC 239s, Hakuhodo crease brushes (always forget the numbers!), Chikuhodo Z brushes for face, Real Techniques Expert Face, Tom Ford Blush.

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I don’t have very many brushes, so I just bring them all, LOL! I have an EcoTools blush brush that I absolutely LOVE and use every single day with my powder foundation, so that is my definite must for traveling. Besides that, I take my Costco makeup brush set that has a flat shader brush, a crease brush, and an angled blush brush.

Sigma E45
Real Techniques Blush Brush
Real Techniques Expert Brush
Real Techniques short shader
E.L.F Essentials Flat Eyeliner brush
Real Techniques Powder Brush
Sigma E30
E.L.F Studio C Brush

I usually just take my Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush for powder and a Bobbi Brown eye blender brush for a lazy, hazy eyeshadow look. I bring cream blushes or cheek stains so I don’t have to use an additional brush for that!

I just bring the ones I use from home. I can tailor the brushes I bring to whatever makeup I take on that trip. I always have a little set of double-ended eye brushes in my purse and a lipstick brush, should I need a touchup.

For foundation, either RT Expert Face Brush or the Shiseido foundation brush. For concealer, a Sephora Pro Cream Shadow brush (I had hubby cut the handle short for me! It’s an amazing brush)
Eyes: Sonia Kashuk flat eyeshadow brush (I think it’s the med. size but it might be small), Smashbox detailer brush or SK crease brush, Quo or Sephora Smudge Brush, MAC 224
Cheeks: the only blush brush I have is an oldie angled one from Pur Minerals
Face/powder: RT (I think it’s the multi-purpose)
Quo Cosmetics retractable lip brush

I always use the same brushes from home. I find travel sized brushes don’t work as well as their full sized counterparts. The only time I use travel sized brushes is to keep in my bag for touch ups. Like those free mini brushes you get with every Sigma order. I have been really loving my RT expert face brush also. I mostly own sigma brushes with a few mac, sephora, and coastal scents brushes thrown in the mix.

Sonia Kashuk Essential Eye Kit — Has everything I need for my eyes and eyebrows (I use the angled brush and the MUFE Aqua Brow #25 to shape my brows).

Sonia Kashuk Lash Comb — Only $5, super compact, and has a metal lash comb that is essential for separating and de-clumping. I use the other side on my eyebrows to soften them.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush — Applies and buffs in any foundation seamlessly. On trips I usually bring my Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick anda small decanted sample bottle of EL DoubleWear.

Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush — Appropriate for powder, blush, or bronzer. Mostly I’ll use this for setting my base with powder.

Sephora Dual Action Finishing Contour Brush — Amazing angled stippling brush. I use it to make sure I get the most diffused, sheer application of blush and it makes even the most intensely pigmented shades look glowy instead of clownish.

All of them! But I have barely a dozen. If it’s just an overnight with friends then powder, a multi purpose eye shadow brush, and a fluffy blender. But for the most part I’ll just pack ’em all.

It depends on how long my trip is. But most of the time, I take my usual suspects:
Sigma F80
Real Techniques (RT) Expert Face Brush (2)
RT Setting brush
RT Buffing Brush
RT Contour Brush
RT Fine Liner Brush
RT Blush Brush
Coastal Scents Fluffy Blending Brush
Crown Brush Pointed Crease Brush
Crown Brush Blending Brush (3)
Crown Brush Concealer Brush
ELF Eyeshadow Brush (3)
ELF Kabuki Brush

I always bring my UD Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush, MAC 217, Essence of Beauty
(CVS brand) crease brushes (duo) and the smoky-eye brush (I like the wide side for a wash of color on lid), e.l.f. Essential eyeshadow brush and crease brush, e.l.f. Studio blush brush, Sigma FB03 (for highlighter) and a big powder puff to press powder on my face.

My same ole trusted and much loved. 217, Hourglass 3, SK smudge, the one by Becca and the Yachiyo by Nars. I can leave here whatever else. I actually would like to travel without brushes and use nothing but cream products with my fingers, but I’m not there yet.

I gave up on buying these brush “travel kits” which have the most useless brushes ever. I found an empty brush holder at Sephora and filled it with brushes that I use every day (Mac 239, 217), a small powder brush & blush brush and I’m all set.

I used to travel a lot, and never brought any brushes besides throwaway applicators. Since acquiring various brushes I really love (Hakuhodo and Mac especially) I haven’t really traveled. I’d be too nervous to lose my beloved brushes to bring them with me, so I think I’d probably just bring my Ecotools Essential Eye Set, along with my Sephora #27 Blending Brush.

It all depends on where I am going and what I plan to do when I get there! I used to take a travel set but the brushes were just not very good. I usually just make up a set of what ever I think I will need and take them in a cloth brush roll (from Bdellium). I don’t take my most expensive brushes with me however. I have some Sigmas, some Bdelliums and a couple of Real Techniques that I like to have with me when I away from home.

I have an Inglot travelset, but I don’t like it.
I travel with a collection of my everyday brushes like RT Expert Face brush & Powder brush, MAC 239, 219, 217, 227.

I take the basics I use at home: RT Expert Face or Stippling Brush, MAC 239, 275, 224, 129 and a MAC concealer brush that has been discontinued. I carry them in my purse, not in my luggage – I’m too attached to them 🙂 !

I only ever “travel” one place, and it’s just a few blocks away but I do pack a suitcase. I take all my brushes because I am a huge dork!

I bring what I usually use. These all fit in the gorgeous Hakhudo brush case, so it works great for travel, too:
Powder: Hakuhodo J104
Foundation / blend: Koyudo Fu-Pa 13
Foundation / place: Ecotools paddle brush
Concealer / eyes: Hakuhodo G542
Concealer / blemishes: Hakuhodo G538
Blush: Koyudo BP016
Blush: Sephora 54 (I use this for highlighter/bronzer) (only fits in case diagonally)
2x Shadow / laydown: Hakuhodo J242G
Shadow / crease & blend / med: Hakuhodo J5523
Shadow / crease & blend / med: Hakuhodo J142
Shadow / outer V: Koyudo C011p
Shadow / inner corner / tiny pencil: Hakuhodo G5515
Shadow / eyelining Ecotools angle
Tightline: Hakuhodo G521-D1

i would take Mac Wonder Woman Collection of all three brushes. They are, 213SE, 224SE and another little dome shaped face brush which can do both pressed powder and some blushes. And anything other than these brushes can cover, i’ll use Beauty Blender for the rest. (foundation, cream blush).

I usually take brushes that have covers with them. For example, the real techniques angle brush with the pink cover. I use one for foundation and the other for blush. I also use the Sonia kashuk brush that you can fold and has a built in mirror for contouring. Lastly, for my powder brush I use a sephora powder brush that came with a cap.

I take a compact, short handled foundation brush, a retractable kabuki brush for powder, three eyeshadow brushes, an angled brow brush and a mini lip brush. Maybe a couple of sponge tip applicators if I remember and a clean mascara spoolie. Nothing I will cry over if my bag goes missing – I leave all my tried and true favourites at home!

I generally don’t like brushes that come in travel sets, but I have to say that the RT Mini Brush Trio is insane. So I usually but that into my travel bag with a couple of basics that I use everyday (as 217 by MAC and an angled brush for my brows by Essence) and I’m ready to go 🙂

I have some MAC, NARS, Urban Decay, and Chanel brushes that came with palettes that I have acquired over the years and I take them when I travel. They aren’t full size, so they take up less space, and they are really great, they may be smaller, but they still do a great job as far as application goes. I keep them in a little pencil bag from my uni years, More room for my makeup that way!

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