What are your top five must-have eye makeup brushes?

What are your top five must-have eye makeup brushes currently? Share!

MAC 239, Hakuhodo G5522, MAC 242, Chikuhodo GSN-09, Makeup Geek Outer V Brush (I’m going to assume this ignores brows!)

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Nicole Avatar

Mac239; Chikuhodo GSN-09:Hakuhodo J142;Hakuhodo B5620 another Hakuhodo that I can’t even see the #’ because they are completely worn off! it’s a fluffy blending brush from the Basic (B) line it appears.

Rachel R. Avatar

1) The Real Techniques Starter Set from the drugstore line, the ones with the purple handles. I loved them so much, I bought a second set. That’s 5 brushes right there, but we all know I cheat.

2) Sonia Kashuk Precision Pencil Brush, No. 31. It’s great for lining. I really like it for defining the outer corner of my mobile lid, and for working in and near my crease. (i have slightly hooded eyes, so I have to create an artifical crease above the real one.) I bought a second one of these, as well.

3) Revlon Blending Brush: It’s a nice, inexpensive brush. I have several.

4) e.l.f. Studio Blending Brush: Not quite as good as Revlon’s, but still really good for $3. I own several of these. I tend to throw them in my basket if I’m shopping online and need a few more bucks to get free shipping.

5) The flat, thin, synthetic small eyeshadow brush from bhcosmetic’s 12 pc Class Brush Set, because it is the only thing I can get to work with Maybelline Color Tattoos. It also works great for patting ColourPop shadows on to my lids.

Melissa Avatar

Hi Rachel! I just wanted to let you know the Paula Dorf Wet/Dry Eye Brush is available through Amazon for $14 right now! It’s a total steal….I bought mine last week for use with my NARS Eye Paints and Maybelline Tattoos as well! I was originally looking for one of her cream brushes, like the eye primer one, but saw this one at the great price. I have not taken it for a spin, but I’ve never had a bad experience with any of the PD brushes. I don’t know if we can post links, but I will try in case you’re interested. Stay beautiful! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V1IE4E?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

Vanessa Avatar

In no order:
1. Shu Uemura Natural 10
2. Hakuhodo J5523
3. MAC 219
4. MAC 239
5. Hakuhodo G5513BkSL

(Not including eyeliner or brow brushes!)

Jade Avatar

MAC 239 also (I bought mine on Christine’s recommendation and I LOVE IT) OCC Tapered Blending Brush, MAC 217, a Kryolan pencil brush and a Kryolan push brush. I have my eye on a few more crease brushes…!

GG Avatar

MAC 208, MAC 239, MAC 228….. those are all the eye brushes I own, actually. I am saving up for more 208s and another 228 since my face/eyes are very small and those both give me great precision placement of product. I use the 208 for both my eyeliner and my brows.

Stacey Avatar

For all the expensive brushes I own, my favorite has been Loew Cornell the one size larger than Mac 239. They have a size like Mac 239 too. I don’t find it scratchy. I buy it from Michaels craft supply store. It picks up the UD shadows well. I use it for other brands. It is goat hair. The pony, the squirrel, the fake hair don’t seem to work as well.

A Avatar

I’m making do with my just my Mac 217 + 239 but I’m in the hunt for a good crease brush. Everything seems to be not available in the UK or out of my price range like Tom Ford. I hope the Mac limited edition one that’s supposed to be good (was it 224?) is rereleased sometime soon.

Melissa Avatar

I had problems with my MAC 224 shedding, which was a real disappointment, so If you mean you are looking for a blending brush for the crease, I will say my Laura Mercier pony tail brush is great…actually all her and Paula Dorfs eye brushes are great and they are both in my rotation of favorites, but they are semi expensive, similar to MAC, although not so much as the TF brushes. To tell the truth, I’ve found myself reaching for a couple of the black series Lancome brushes just about every day anymore. I will confess that I didn’t expect to like the Lancome brushes so much, but had read more than a few reviews saying the black handled line was really good (I can’t speak for the dual ended lineup, I’m referring to the standard solid black brushes). I decided to buy some of them very cheaply on eBay since I wasn’t convinced enough to shell out retail prices on what I felt was a gamble after the Silver synthetic brushes they put out. I really like the Lancome # 11, although it is labeled as a large shadow brush, it’s not big at all, it’s a somewhat flat brush (like a miniature 217 and less fluffy), but it deposits color nicely and because of it’s more flat design, the edge can be used to work very well in the crease. It can be used for both transition color and darker crease work….the #12 is a smaller version of this same brush for the most part, but it’s great for more detailed work, like outer V or adding in some subtle shading. The Blending Tip #16 is like a pencil brush or crease brush and it’s great too, very versatile. The #17 blending brush is your basic blending brush, but I like that it’s not overly dense like Illamasqua’s blending brush for example ….I use all these brushes fairly regularly, but most often the #11 and #17. I paid under $12 for each of these Lancome brushes on eBay and have been genuinely surprised at how often I find myself reaching for them, especially considering I’m a verified Makeup brush junkie. I own A LOT of brushes ranging from inexpensive elf/Real Tech/Sigma lines to the pricier Tom Ford/Chikuhodo/Hakuhodo/Goss/etc lines. I think Lancome really damaged their reputation for having good brushes when they switched to those synthetic silver handled brushes a few years ago, but the black handled brushes are far more what you would expect from a high end cosmetic company. You might want to go take a look at them at your local Lancome counter. Also, the Stila Pro #9 is a pretty nice blending brush too 🙂

IRockFaces Avatar

Hourglass shadow brush, their blending brush, and possibly a pencil brush if you like them (brand doesn’t matter). I guess I never need that many. Lol

Laura Avatar

The five I reach for the most are:
MAC nº233 the duo fibre and nº239. Same brush more or less.
Wayne Goss nº2
Wayne Goss nº5
Trish McEvoy nº 68
Trish McEvoy nº 29

I guess that´s six…:-)

Lee Avatar

MAC 239 x 2 (highlight, transition, and lip color), 217 (crease), 219 (pencil brush for inner corner and under eye), 221 (blending), 242 (creme base). I also use the 266 (small angle) for eye liner.

Tova J Avatar

I still haven’t got a lot of brushes but I have three favorites: MAC 217 (or comparable dupes, I prefer cruelty free & vegan but haven’t got one yet), a teeny tiny flat dense brush by H&M (discontinued I believe), and Coastal Scents Classic Blender Synthetic.

Christy Avatar

Laydown: Hakuhodo J242G
Crease & blend / medium: Hakuhodo J142
Outer V: Koyudo C011p
Inner corner / tiny pencil: Hakuhodo G5515
Eyelining with powder shadow: Ecotools angle

Genevieve Avatar

My Estee Lauder eye shadow brushes – a full set that includes some for applying eye shadow to the lower lid, fluffy brushes for blending. I have had them for awhile now so I don’t know the numbers.
I also have a Revlon fluffy brush too – really good for the price.

Pasheeda Morris Avatar

All of my top five eye brushes are all from Sephora. My lineup consists of Sephora Pro Blending Brush #27, Sephora Pro All Over Shadow Brush #12, Sephora Pro Lash Comb #21, Sephora Pro Cream Shadow Brush #26, and Sephora Pro Domed Crease Brush #16.

Cat Avatar

Wayne Goss numbers 4, 5, and 6, a Sephora blending brush, and… some nameless, angled, liner brush that works beautifully for tight lining the upper and lower lashes (but I use a separate angled liner brush for the lower lash line only to ensure no black liner transfers there).

Anne Avatar

I pretty much only use MAC brushes for eyes and occasionally Real Techniques from some of the kits, and I have like no experience with other brushes (yet) so mine are all MAC…

MAC 217 (blending), MAC 219 (pencil brush), MAC 266 (small angle brush), MAC 239 (eye shader), MAC 224 (tapered blending)

Campos Avatar

Mac 217 (for controlled e/s application on the crease);
Sigma E40 (for all over the crease/lid);
Tom Ford 13 (for blending the crease);
Bobbi Brown concealer brush (AMAZING for cream, wet shadows or pigments);
Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush (for smudging e/s or cream pencils on the bottom lash line).

Realllly have my eyes on the tom Ford 14 and the Bobbi brown smudge brush though 🙂

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