You could have the best makeup in the world, but without the right brushes, it means nothing. Clean, sturdy, dense brushes are the key to makeup application. Now, just like with most makeup nowadays, you can find quality tools at any price-point. From budget buys to splurge-worthy sets, there are some incredibly impressive picks you can choose from for your makeup needs.

See below for our favorite brush sets, and get ready to take your makeup application to the next level. It's time to brush up on these top picks!

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1. Sigma Beauty Makeup Brush Set — Check Price

Best Overall

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Pro: Great brush variety in this set

Con: Size of brushes is smaller than other models

Bottom Line: These are top-of-the-line quality brushes at a value price.

If you want a variety of quality brushes at a good price, look no further. Sigma Beauty, which has been around for almost a decade, constantly churns out the best of the best brushes, and this set is no exception. They're dense, soft, and pack major pigment.

This set includes a flat kabuki brush, a precision flat angled brush, a soft blend concealer brush, a firm shader brush, a diffused crease brush, a domed utility brush, and a smudge brush. All the brushes are cruelty-free, and they're made with SigmaTech and Sigmax, which are synthetic fibers created by Sigma itself.

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2. BS-MALL Premium Makeup Brush Set — Check Price

Best Budget Buy

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Pro: Affordable, great for a starter set of brushes

Con: They might feel more lightweight than other brushes, so it can take some getting used to

Bottom Line: For a starter-kit on a budget, look no further than this 10-piece kit for $10!

This synthetic 10-brush set has all the brushes you need to jumpstart your makeup collection. It includes angled, tapered, and flat brushes for foundation, concealer, contour, blush, and more.

The brush handles are black with gold font, and they have a gold top handle. The bristles are brown with a white ombré, so they'll look chic on your dresser or in your bathroom.

Whether you're just getting into makeup or you're looking for a top-rated brush set to add to your collection, you can't go wrong with this bargain.

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3. Artis Fluenta 9 Makeup Brush Set — Check Price

Best Splurge

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Pro: Give an airbrush-like finish

Con: Feels differently in your hand than other brushes, so it can take some getting used to

Bottom Line: If you want an airbrush-like finish to your makeup, invest in these Artis brushes.

Artis brushes have been on our wish list forever. These oval brushes are revolutionary in how they differ from your everyday makeup brushes — they still resemble brushes from hundreds of years ago. These brushes have a totally different design: They curve inward to make application easy, and they pack way more bristles per brush than standard options.

This set comes with nine brushes that'll make your makeup appear airbrushed and blended to perfection. If you're looking for next-level brushes that offer professional results, this is the set to get. They're pricey, but they're worth it.

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4. Sephora Deluxe Makeup Brush Set — Check Price

Best for Cleanliness

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Pro: Antimicrobial technology helps fight bacteria from forming, great for sensitive skin

Con: Some may find the foundation brush to not be big enough

Bottom Line: For people who forget to wash their brushes often (or at all), this set helps fight off bacteria, so you can go longer between washes.

If you're a makeup lover with a serious case of laziness, this set is just for you. The brushes are made with an antimicrobial technology that fights off bacteria, so you won't have to clean them as often (note that it's recommended that you wash your regular brushes every week!).

The brushes have a silver design handle, and they come in a faux-leather pouch. The brushes are labeled with their intended use, too, which is super helpful for more novice users.

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5. e.l.f. Cosmetics 11-Piece Makeup Brush Set — Check Price

Best Cruelty Free

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Pro: Cruelty-free, affordable

Con: Blending brushes could be better

Bottom Line: Calling all vegans! This 11-brush set from e.l.f. is cruelty-free and a total steal for the price.

For the vegans looking for a cruelty-free brush set at an affordable price-point, this e.l.f. Cosmetics option is for you. It comes with all kinds of brushes: from face to eyebrow to shadow, this travel-friendly set has it all.

We also love that the case is water-resistant, should a water bottle or some shampoo accidentally spill on it when you're hitting up your next destination. The only setback in the set is the blending brushes, which could be better at smoothing harsh eyeshadow lines, so make sure you're taking your time to blend it out.

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More of Our Top Picks:

If you think five brush sets are enough, you probably don't want to see our own brush collection at home. We have more options below for applying liquid makeup, traveling, and getting the best base look. Check out these other picks worthy of your collection.

6. Marc Jacobs Makeup Brush Set Collection — Check Price

Best for Liquid Products

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Pro: Beautiful design

Con: Only seven brushes for expensive price-point

Bottom Line: Marc Jacobs' 7-piece brush set picks up liquid product like a dream.

Sometimes, you get what you pay for. This set from Marc Jacobs may only have seven brushes, but the dense bristles pick up just the right amount of liquid product to dispense over your face.

The brushes have a glossy black design and come in a matching brush roll, and there are enough brush options for you to do your entire look with this set.

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7. Bobbi Brown Luxe Makeup Brush Set — Check Price

Best for Travel

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Pro: Legendary brushes, established brand

Con: Doesn't include blending brush

Bottom Line: For the best travel set, Bobbi Brown's six-piece is our go-to pick.

For almost 30 years, makeup artist Bobbi Brown has brought her knowledge of the beauty world to her own brand. This brush set is made up of travel-sized foundation, blush, concealer, and pencil brushes (plus two eyeshadow brushes, too), and they all come in a chic silver clutch.

Stash this kit in your bag or suitcase for small-sized, high-quality brushes you can use anytime, anyday.

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8. Real Techniques Flawless Base Set — Check Price

Best for Base

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Pro: Affordable, comes with brush cup

Con: No powder brush

Bottom Line: This set of four from Real Techniques has four face brushes to apply a flawless base.

Real Techniques, a brush brand from YouTube content creators Samantha and Nicola Chapman, features cruelty-free synthetic brushes that have become extremely popular in both the YouTube beauty world and the real world.

This set comes with contour, detailer, buffing, and foundation brushes, as well as a cup to hold your brushes on your vanity or bathroom counter. Once you have this one though, you'll probably want the eye set, too.

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