You could have the best makeup in the world, but without the right tools, you might be setting yourself up for an unnecessarily lengthy application process. A set of quality brushes is the key to efficient and effortless makeup application, saving you time so you can face the day.

From budget buys to splurgeworthy sets, there are some incredibly impressive picks you can choose from for your personal 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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Best Overall

Sigma Beauty Best of Sigma Brush Set
amazon.com
$92.00

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 can deliver 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.

Best Budget Buy

BS-MALL Makeup Brushes Premium Makeup Brush Kit
amazon.com
$6.99

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 lettering, 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.

Best Splurge

Artis Brush Fluenta 9 Brush Set
net-a-porter.com
$450.00

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 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.

Best for Cleanliness

Sephora Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set
sephora.com
$30.00

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

Con: Some may find the foundation brush too small

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 regular brushes every week!).

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

Best Cruelty-Free

e.l.f. Cosmetics Online Only Silver 11 Piece Brush Collection
ulta.com
$30.00

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.


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.

Best for Liquid Products

Marc Jacobs Must Have It All Brush Collection
neimanmarcus.com
$250.00

Pro: Beautiful design

Con: Only seven brushes for an expensive price point

Bottom Line: Marc Jacobs' seven-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.

Best for Travel

Trish McEvoy The Power of Brushes Collection
bloomingdales.com
$165.00

Pro: Legendary brushes, established brand

Con: On the pricey side

Bottom Line: For the best travel set, Trish McEvoy's five-piece kit is our go-to pick.

For decades, makeup artist Trish McEvoy has brought her knowledge of the beauty world to her own brand. This brush set is made up of quality face, blush, and pencil brushes (plus two eyeshadow brushes, too), and they all come in a chic pebbled-leather case, making it perfect for travel.

Stash this kit in your bag or suitcase for sleek, high-quality brushes you can use anytime, any day.

Best for Base

Real Techniques Flawless Base Set
ulta.com
$11.99

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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