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15 Best Makeup Brush Sets for Every Budget

Splurge (or don't splurge!) on the best makeup brush sets around
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Makeup brushes don't always get as much fanfare as other beauty products, but good makeup brushes are every bit as essential to your collection as your favorite eye shadow palette or lipstick.

In fact, the best makeup brush sets provide the array of tools that make flawless makeup application a breeze, whether you're a contouring wiz a perpetual jetsetter or a eye shadow junkie. Problem is, there are so many makeup brush sets choose from — and they're not all necessarily a small investment.

Once you manage to figure out the best makeup brush set for your needs, you still have to figure out the best makeup brush set for your budget. Are you willing to shell out $265 for the crème de la crème, or is $12 more your speed? Fortunately, there are tons of good brushes out there, so you don't need to look far for your next purchase — no matter what you're up for spending.

Ready to get to the shopping? Read on for the 15 best makeup brush sets, at every single price-point possible.

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For Covering All Your Bases
Try: Sigma Beauty Basic Eyes Kit, $77

This eye kit is one of Sigma's best sellers and considered one of the best makeup brush sets among the pros — and it's not tough to see why. Equipped with everything from fluffy brushes for blending in the crease to razor-sharp angled brushes for the perfect winged liner, it's got you covered from lash line to brow bone.

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For Bang-for-Your-Buck Brushes
Try: Real Techniques Travel Essentials, $18

Created by your favorite beauty vlogging makeup artist sister-duo Pixiwoo, Real Techniques' makeup brush sets combine quality with affordability. This kit comes with the only three multitasking brushes you need when space is limited: a tapered brush for foundation and concealer, a domed shadow brush that works with creams and powders and a plush brush that can be used for powder, bronzer or blush. Not to mention, the sleek case stashes easily in your purse or carry-on.

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For Futuristically Luxurious Brushes
Try: Artis Elite 5-Brush Set, $165

Artis' elite brushes are kind of strange-looking and don't exactly come cheap, but they're also worth it. Their specially designed ultra-dense bristles use up less product and apply your makeup like a dream, for an even, streak-free finish, while their ergonomic handles make application even more of a breeze. Another bonus? They're synthetic and as such, cruelty-free.

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For Pro-Level Brushes
Try: Hakuhodo Basic 6 Pieces Brush Set B, $152

Japanese brand Hakuhodo has built up quite the reputation over the years for their incredibly well made products. Heralded as one of the best makeup brush sets for the pros, these brushes are known for their precision and attention to detail. And this six-piece starter kit comes with a fluffy complexion brush, plus eye and lip brushes. Not too shabby, eh?

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