Tool Thursday: Most Repurchased Makeup Brushes

Continuing from my Most Repurchased Beauty Products that I published on Monday, I thought I'd do a similar post for my makeup brushes! When I find a good brush that I like, I tend to use it everyday. My problem is, I usually don't have enough time to wash my brushes as often as I'd like and I just end up buying more and more of the same thing. ^_^” Not a good habit I know, but until then! ;) Now let's take a look at some of these brushes that I love so much! 

Real Techniques Setting Brush
Real Techniques Setting Brush
Awesome for setting concealer! The super soft and fluffy bristles blend the product into the skin flawlessly.
▶ review | buy (US$7.99)
MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush and MAC 211 Pointed Liner Brush
MAC 209 and 211 Liner Brushes
Good for precision work such as concealing blemish spots and of course, for lining gel eyeliners.
▶ review | buy (US$20)
MAC 217 Blending Brush

MAC 217 Blending Brush
The holy grail brush. Multipurpose but I like to use it on the crease and to blend eyeshadows.
▶ buy (US$24)

MAC 187 Duo Fiber Face Brush

MAC 187 Duo Fiber Face Brush
For setting face powder, applying foundation, highlighter as well as ultra pigmented blush.
▶ buy (US$42)

MAC 219 Pencil Brush

MAC 219 Pencil Brush
For darkening the outer corner, lining lower lash line, and smudging eyeliners. I can never have enough! :D
▶ review | buy (US$25)

Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush

Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush
Full face foundation application in under 1 minute! Buff and blend simultaneously for a natural finish.
▶ review | buy (US$58)

e.l.f Concealer Studio Brush
e.l.f Concealer Studio Brush
I mainly use these for applying lipsticks. The small head is great for precision lining along the lip lines.
▶ buy (US$3)
Urban Decay Pencil Blending Brush
Urban Decay Pencil Blending Brush
For highlighting and smudging the inner corners. The bristles are firm but soft and never irritate my eyes.
▶ discontinued
MAC 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush

MAC 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush
Perfect size to fit in my small crease area and outer corners to add definition.
▶ discontinued

MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush

MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush
The goat hair is so soft and fluffy! Excellent for applying and blending cheek products!
▶ review | buy (US$35)

MAC 239 Eye Shading Brush
MAC 239 Eye Shading Brush
Holy grail eye shader brush. The flat shape packs on pigments like a champ and blends everything out to a smooth finish!
review | buy (US$25)
Smashbox Crease Brush #10

Smashbox Crease Brush #10
Super soft, fluffy, and small enough to fit my small eye shape. Blends to a flawless, smokey finish every time.
▶ review | buy (US$24)

MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush

MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Love the springy bristles. Small enough for the cheek area and big enough to cover the entire face easily.
buy (US$35)

Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush No. 103

Sonia Kashuk Medium Eye Shadow Brush
The sable hairs are so soft and springy. Plus the brush is firm enough and does not fan out too much during application.
▶ review | buy (US$5.99)

How about you? Are there any makeup brushes that you like so much that you keep on repurchasing? :)



  • I don’t repurchase, i just wash them ;).
    I love the real techniques powder brush and the expert face brush for my foundation! Other then those, i don’t really use that much… except for my mac blush brush.. while i’ve got plenty of brushes… still learning!

    • I feel bad! LOL! I know it’s cheaper to wash them but time is not my friend. Hehe Which one of the MAC Blush Brush do you have?

      • I think it the 116 blush brush.. it’s almost 8 years old so i can hardly read it lol. But it’s my nr 1 for blush. I’m still looking for a good buffer brush for foundation, what’s your favorite?

        • I also have the 116 brush! It is very similar to the 129 one except it’s a little shorter, smaller, and more flat. Great for applying blush I agree! :D Good to know that after 8 years it’s still in working condition! ;)

          I have so many buffer brushes that I like! The ones that come to mind are Marc Jacobs The Face I Liquid Foundation Brush No. 1, Marc Jacobs The Face II Sculpting Foundation Brush No. 2, Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, and of course Hourglass Foundation/Blush Brush No. 2! :)

  • I don’t own multiple brushes, but spotclean every Time I used them with a spray and wash them about once a week.
    I probably should wash them more often, but it is so time consuming…

    • I know right?! I literally spend at least 2 hours every time I wash my brushes. I used to do spot cleaning but then I ran out of the cleanser and didn’t bother repurchasing. ^_^” How do you spot clean?

  • Honestly, I have never bought multiples of the same brushes but it’s a really good idea! I love my RT Setting Brush, I use it for highlighting, never tried it with a concealer. I still need to buy a Mac 217, I feel like it would be life changing! Lol.

  • I only repurchase brushes when they’re no good anymore. I repurchased my MAC219 because it started to flare, but I find MAC brushes are just not as good anymore. Their brushes have become scratchier compared to a few years ago. So, I splurged on Japanese brands :-)

    • That’s what I heard! That the quality of newer MAC brushes isn’t as good as before. I purchased most of mine from 4-5 years ago and thankfully, most of them aren’t scratchy. I hope to get into Japanese brushes soon although that might be a very dangerous route to take hehe! :)

  • Oh my God, that is a lot of doubles, triples, and quadruples!!! Let’s see, the only brushes I own doubles of are MAC 217, MAC 219, Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, and that’s about it! I like 217 a lot more than 239, although that is probably because I don’t tend to pack on color on my lids that much anymore, and I don’t find it so easy to blend with it.

    • MAC 217 seems to be everyone’s favorite! I wouldn’t mind having 50 or 100 more of them. Haha. When did you buy your 219? I went to a MAC counter the other day to buy more (oops) but all of them felt kind of scratchy … I wonder if the quality has changed. :-/

      • My first 219 is one of the oldest brushes I own, so let’s say 4 years or so? The second one I got a couple of years later. I also got another 217 at the same time, but ended up getting rid of it because it was scratchy. I heard that MAC secretly changed their brushes, but naturally nobody would ever admit to that. The MUA told me if I used it for a while it’d soften, which was a total lie. I used conditioner on the brush after each wash, but the quality never improved. That’s part of the reason why I’ve been chasing for good 217 dupes. The Hakuhodo one I own (J5523) is the closest I’ve found so far.

        • I don’t know why MAC would decide to go that route. To cut cost? I wonder if they have lost sales because of this. I guess it’s time I got into Japanese brushes! What brand do you recommend I start with?

          • Probably. I only have two from Hakuhodo but I definitely want more! Wayne Goss brushes are good as well (those are also made in Japan).

    • They are GREAT brushes and the price is right and super affordable (especially when they are on BOGO with coupon at Ulta!). :D

  • I need those Elf brushes! I need some new lip brushes. I found my Armani one after I thught I thought I lost it in the move. needless to say it needs replacing :(

  • I got into Japanese brushes a year ago… Dangerous territory!!! Also now beautylish is going to carry rae morris brushes… I’m screwed.

    • LOL! That’s why I keep holding off! But my willpower is getting weaker and weaker as we speak. Haha. What brand do you recommend I start with?

      • It’s so hard because you can’t really see/test them before you buy. I’ve started with Hakuhodo because it is accessible in the U.S. And I’ve ordered some Koyudo from Some if the brushes get a lot of life and others not so much. I read a lot on sweetmakeuptemptations blog before buying.

    • I go through phases. Sometimes I’ll keep buying brushes and other times I’ll keep buying makeup (most of the time actually)! Brushes are pricey indeed but they are a good investment! :)

  • I really want to try the Real Techniques setting brush! Looks like such an amazing shape.

    At the moment I’m completely in love with Zoeva brushes and I can’t get enough of them! I also love my Mac 217, it was actually my first “high-end” brush together with a 239 (the boyfriend got them for me on Valentine’s day like… 4 years ago? wow, time flies).

  • The only brush I’ve ever repurchased it a Sephora eyeshadow brush, I need to find its equivalent in their revamped line as it’s just the best! Love the MAC 217 :) I don’t know what I was doing before getting it! :) xx
    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

  • If I have to try any brush then your blog is the one to look out for. I love my 217 & 239 and will for sure need more than one. I’m also eying the mac 187 since forever now.

  • The only brush I own multiples of is the Ecotools bronzer brush – a multi-tasking machine for foundations (ALL kinds), powder, even skincare.

    • Nice! I will have to check it out! I only have a few mini kabuki brushes from the brand and I love them! They are so soft!

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