6 Best Drugstore Eyeshadow BrushesMarch 26, 2019
Eyeshadow is arguably the hardest makeup skill to master — and blending is a big part of what makes it so tricky. Not enough and your shadow looks blocky, too much and suddenly you’ve created a muddy mess. It’s a skill that can’t be cheated and can only be accomplished with a combination of time, patience and decent makeup brushes. Good eyeshadow brushes are a must no matter your skill level and will help you to get the most out of your eyeshadows. Luckily, good doesn’t equal expensive, which is why we’ve rounded up the best drugstore eyeshadow brushes that’ll make blending a breeze.
Peep our picks, ahead:
Perfect for applying shadows all over the lid, the NYX Professional Makeup Pro Precision Buffing Brush has dense, flexible bristles and can be used for both eyeshadow and concealer application. It’s the double-duty brush you’ll want in your stash, and at $13 a brush the price is hard to beat.
It can be difficult to choose brushes for loose pigments and glitter shadows, which usually require densely packed bristles and tapered ends to ensure you’re placing them in the correct place. Cue the Real Techniques Instapop Eye Duo, a two-brush set designed for just that. These brushes are meant to pack on shadows and pigments, so reach for these next time you try a bold, full-color look.
Small, fluffy brushes are essential for blending out eyeshadow, especially in the crease. We like this affordable option from Essence, which has soft, synthetic bristles and is great for diffusing any harsh edges.
If you’re looking for a pro-level brush at a drugstore price, look no further than the NYX Professional Makeup Pro Crease Brush — a round, domed brush designed to blend colors into your crease. Pop a matte brown eyeshadow a few shades darker than your skin tone into your crease and blend to create a fresh canvas for your other shades.
Although most brushes are designed to do a certain job, some are multi-use and so versatile you’ll never go anywhere without them. That’s the case with the E.L.F. Cosmetics Fluffy Eye Blender Brush, which can be used to blend out shadows but works well for setting concealers, too.
Eyeshadow looks are rarely accomplished with a single brush, which is why we can’t get enough of the EcoTools Ultimate Shade Duo. The shading brush is designed to apply color all over the lid (think of this as your first step), and the Precision Blending Brush has compact bristles that are great for diffusing color in the crease. Together they can create any eye look imaginable.