Top Affordable Makeup Tools and Brands You Don’t Want to Miss!

Whether you are going for a natural makeup look or a full-out glam, makeup tools will be your best friend in creating a flawless base. Unfortunately, a lot of makeup brushes can be as much as a luxury foundation ($60+). So what are some high quality, highly-recommended brushes that won’t put a dent in your wallet?
  1. 1. Real Technique

    Real Technique is a brand notorious for its Beautyblender ($20) sponge dupe. Their orange Miracle Complexion Sponge ($6) is a multi-use sponge for less than half the price of a Beautyblender sponge and it does the same thing! Whether you need to blend out your foundation, concealer, or to create that clean sharp contour this sponge is a holy grail. However, most people don’t realize that their brushes are equally as amazing and equally as affordable. Real Technique brush sets (ranging from 3-8 products) are normally no more than $20 compared to other brands which will charge you up to $37 for a single brush (such as the MAC 170 synthetic rounded slant brush). Needless to say, this is one of my go-to brands for long-lasting brushes that are affordable yet high-quality.

  2. 2. Morphe

    Morphe is a brand known for its affordable brushes, eyeshadow palettes, and collaborations with numerous brands and MUAs. From brush sets ranging from $12-$167, one can recreate any makeup look they desire. Morphe offers both natural and vegan products that are all cruelty-free and not tested on animals. Their brush sets are also made up of natural bristles and synthetic bristles. Morphe’s beautiful eyeshadow palettes price ranges from $8-$65, their foundation costs no more than $18, and needless to say, their skincare, hair, and bath and body line are equally as affordable. With the holidays coming up Morphe products are great as a gift for anyone in any level of makeup whether beginner, intermediate, and/or professional.

  3. 3. EcoTools

    EcoTools is an eco-friendly brand with high-quality and affordable brushes. Their brushes are PETA-certified and are made up of recycled aluminum along with renewable bamboo material. This brand's price range is usually anywhere from $6-$20. EcoTools also has a spa, bath and body, skin tools, and hairbrush line, all of which are extremely affordable.

  4. 4. BH Cosmetics

    BH Cosmetics is a brand also known for their high quality and low priced makeup tools and products. Their makeup tools and brushes price ranges from $3.75-$42 maximum with high reviews and recommended by numerous influencers and blogs. BH cosmetics eyeshadow palettes are equally as affordable as the most expensive one on their site comes with thirty shades and is only $29. BHC also carries a face line containing foundation, concealer, primers, contour, etc., they also sell lip products for the low!

  5. 5. E.L.F. Cosmetics

    E.L.F. Cosmetics is a brand that most of us probably have already seen. This drugstore makeup brand offers high-quality products for less than half the price of a luxurious brand. All brushes are cruelty and vegan free and are all synthetic. Like the other brands on this list, E.L.F offers products other than just their makeup brushes and tools. This brand has anything from skincare to anything you need for a full glam makeup look all for a low price. E.L.F’s brushes price ranges from $1-$50 allowing you to do your favorite makeup routines without feeling broke!

If you are ever in need of new makeup products or makeup tools keep this list in mind as you want to be sure not to miss out on some of the best brands with the lowest prices. As the makeup industry grows so do the prices and as a broke college student you need to be able to set priorities. With these brands, you can have your priorities straight and “splurge” on yourself even though you won’t be splurging as much as you are saving. Happy blending!