ecoTools Mattifying Brush (£7.99)
I love this duo fibre brush for applying loose powder and bronzer mostly. The duo-fibre helps to place product to give the most flawless finish! There's more details on the review here. Since I came across this brush, I've used nothing else for powdering. It's especially great in the warmer months, as I feel like it places such a light layer of product on the skin, it doesn't feel heavy or cakey.
Available in Boots stores, or online at Amazon.
Real Techniques Buffing Brush (£21.99)
Do I even need to explain?! It is the brush from the drugstore for applying any base products. The bristles are densely packed yet flexible enough to blend the product. I love how well the foundation looks when I use this. Everyone needs this in their collection despite what they use. The only shame is that you can't buy it on it's own, only with the Core Collection.
Available at Boots, Superdrug and most other places.
B. Beauty Blush & Contour Brush (£8.99)
One of my favourite budget brushes that I use all the time. It can easily be used for multiple things - blusher, bronzer, contour, powder. I take it with me when I travel as it saves space. The bristles are incredibly soft and it washes really well too. Just a great brush for the price.
Available at Superdrug.
Real Techniques Setting Brush (£6.99)
When I first used this brush, the thought that crossed my mind was 'why haven't I been using this brush all along?'! It's the perfect size brush for powdering smaller areas of my face and even blending concealer under my eyes. I also use it to apply highlighter. RT brushes are brilliant, but this is such a unique brush that you must have it in your collection!
Available at Feel Unique and Superdrug.
The number of this has actually rubbed off so not sure which one it is. But this flat somewhat dense brush is perfect for packing on eyeshadow. If you're short of brushes, you could blend with this too. It's very affordable and does the job well. I love the taklon bristles as it's easy to spot clean and dries almost instantly to re-use.
Available at Crown Brush website.
MAC 217 Blending Brush (£19)
The only high end brush that I haven't quite managed to replace yet. The eyeshadow brush that you could complete your eye look with. The brush is fluffy enough to blend all the shadows, yet precise enough to blend in certain areas if need be. I've been using this brush to death since I got it, might need replacing soon! Is it worth the £19? I'd say so, as I use it pretty much every day!
Available at MAC, Debenhams, John Lewis.
What are your current most used brushes? What are your thoughts on my picks? Share recommendations in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!