Ebay Makeup Brushes VS. Real Makeup Brushes


The question I want to ask is: does using real brushes make for a better outcome than that of ebay brushes?

Over the years of getting into makeup i've never been sold on buying the many makeup brushes "beauty gurus" have recommended. They can just be so....expensive. And i'd rather use that money on actual makeup rather than a little brush. Anyone with me on that?

When I first got into makeup there was one brush I wanted soso badly: the MAC 217 blending brush. If you have been reading blogs and watching Youtube for years you would have definitely heard about it yourself - and even drooled over it's blendyness. Unfortunately it was $37 and I just felt like I couldn't justify forking out that much money for a little brush, even though I was fully aware of it's high praise. So instead I flocked to ebay after hearing about how it does affordable makeup brush sets.

I bought a bunch of brush sets and waited to see what they would be like. In the back of my mind I had kind of assumed they may be duds but I didn't mind as they weren't expensive in the first place. When they arrived I was amazed at the quality. The brushes felt fluffy and looked high quality. I have now been using these for over a year and since then have gone on to purchase other ebay brush sets. My mum actually purchased the MAC 217 blending brush so I eagerly went to go try it. In my mind I had held it up as this holy grail extraordinary brush but in actual fact: it was good, but my ebay brushes did the exact same thing. I couldn't tell a difference in the outcome of my eyeshadow look by using that brush.

So my verdict is: you don't need real brushes to create makeup artist worthy looks. 
After trying out some expensive brushes compared to my ebay ones I just can't see a big difference that would make buying them worth it. They do the exact same thing. The only brushes I would recommend buying in store would be foundation brushes as you're buffing bulk product into your skin and it's best to avoid buffing chemicals in. Besides that - contour, blush, highlight, eyemakeup brushes...go to ebay.

Here are some of my favourite sets
Real Technique Bold Metals dupe brushes (link)
Bamboo makeup brushes (link)
Zoeva eye-makeup dupe brushes (link)
Zoeva is actually a very affordable brand so if I were to buy brushes it'd probably be through them

Have you guys tried any ebay brushes or do you prefer buying real ones?

Holly xx

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  1. I have bought quite a few brushes from ebay and they are some of my faves xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

  2. I usually go to Amazon for makeup brushes and I've found they're just as good too! Great post :)

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

    1. Oooh i'll have to try amazon then! Thanks :) x

  3. I only have a large fluffy brush from eBay with a gorgeous chrome handle. Great for bronzing! Feels great on skin and hasn't shed any bristles either. Reminds me that I need to pick up a few more...

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

    1. That sounds like a great brush! And yeah my brushes rarely shed bristles which makes me suuper happy! x

  4. I haven't bought any brushes through eBay, but I have bought a whole bunch of real ones with mixed results. For me, I don't really get the hype surrounding Sigma - having used a number of their brushes, I've found them to be hit & miss tbh. One of their eye blending brushes is quite scratchy sadly. That said I am lusting after a whole bunch of Zoeva rose golden brushes & they do seem affordable, even at Aussie prices.

    Shell // The Novice Life

    1. I agree the zoeva ones look lovely and i'd be tempted to buy some! Thanks for the comment :)

  5. Pretty much all my makeup brushes come from elf or wetnwild and I love them. I've never bought expensive brushes because I don't really care about these things, but the ones you showed are gorgeous! :)


    1. I love Elf! Oh my gosh I should have mentioned them in my post too, they're a great affordable brush brand. Thanks girly ^.^

  6. Most of my makeup brushes are real techniques or Zoeva but I have a couple of fake Nars ones that I love! I've been meaning to buy a set of fake Zoevas because they're so cheap and they seem like they're really good quality!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.