Last Updated: December 29, 2022

10 best makeup brushes & brush sets.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 8 min read

Finding the right tools for your makeup application is really half the battle. Good makeup tools, including makeup brushes, can help you create a better look with less effort. Plus, if sustainability is important to you, like most of the products in your life, you’ll want to lean toward using natural makeup brushes. This is because natural makeup brushes use eco-friendly materials like aluminum and bamboo to create their products, instead of things like plastic and dyed synthetic materials.

Grove knows finding the right makeup brushes for you is more than just about what fits well into your beauty routine. It’s also about doing good things for the planet, too. Shop our list of the best makeup brushes and brush sets, and find options like this Rooted Beauty Signature Brush Set that offers elevated style mixed with aluminum brushes and cruelty-free bristles.

This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Roven Cosmetic Bag & Brush Set

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Cosmetic Bag: A carry-all designed by beauty lovers. Our signature cosmetics bag is flexible (for packing), washable (because makeup), and has loops and compartments (so you don’t have to dig).

Brush Set: Hello, brush set of our dreams. Our signature brush set has you covered with a brush for every purpose: foundation, powder, contouring, …
1 x Cosmetic Bag, 1 x Brush Set
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2. EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Set

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An Eye Enhancing Duo Set from EcoTools that comes with 4 different brush heads! This will help you achieve different eye "looks" from day-to-night. The set includes a "Shade and Define" brush as well as a "Blend and Smudge" brush.
1 set (2 brushes)
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3. EcoTools Makeup Brush & Sponge Shampoo

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The EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo is designed to wash away makeup, oil, and impurities from your brushes to improve their performance and give you a smoother makeup application. The shampoo is dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and free of parabens, phthalates, and petroleum-based ingredients to leave brushes clean, soft, and healthy.
1 bottle
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4. Grove Beauty Easy On Easy Off Kit

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This set includes the Grove Beauty Signature Brush Set (5 makeup brushes) and Grove Collaborative Makeup Remover towel. Use the brushes for a full makeup look but don't remember to take it all off with the makeup remover towel before sleep!

Brush Set: Our signature brush set has you covered with a brush for every purpose: foundation, powder, …
1 x Brush Set, 1 x Makeup Removing Towel
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5. EcoTools Start The Day Beautifully Brush Kit

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Simplify your daily beauty routine with EcoTools Start the Day Beautifully Kit. This affordable, eco-friendly makeup brush set comes with five sturdy beauty tools — essential for any beauty regimen. Plus, it includes a reusable storage tray made of wood plastic composite, so it’s easy to organize and store your makeup brushes. Inside, you’ll find a …

1 set (5 brushes)
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6. Kari Gran Lip Brush

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Meet your new favorite lip brush. Attractive rose gold color and retractable so you never have to worry about losing a cap!
1 brush
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7. RMS Skin2Skin Foundation Brush

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The skin2skin foundation brush uses varying length bristles (dual technology) that are tightly layered in a swirl pattern to effortlessly and instantaneously blend your foundation. The brushes shape and varying fiber length makes it easy for application over every curve of the face. Mimicking skin to skin application, the foundation brush covers …
1 brush
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8. Rooted Beauty Signature Brush Set

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Hello, brush set of our dreams.

Our signature brush set has you covered with a brush for every purpose: foundation, powder, contouring, eyeshadow, and shadow creasing. With soft, full bristles that sit atop airy, rose-gold aluminum handles, our high-performance brushes come nestled in an easy-to-clean silicone carrying case, so you can put makeup …
1 set
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9. RMS Skin2Skin Blush Brush

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The skin2skin blush brush has been designed with dual technology and has ultra-soft bristles on the tip to ensure that just the right amount of color is picked up from your RMS Beauty lip2cheek pot. When applied, it gives a beautiful “airbrush effect” that does not pick up foundation already on the face. It deposits an even, professionally blended …
1 brush
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10. Vapour Beauty Foundation Brush

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Contoured to blend and buff foundation into the skin for a flawless airbrushed appearance.
1 brush
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How do you clean makeup brushes?

Since most of us use our makeup brushes every single day, it makes sense that we should probably clean them about once a week to keep them as clean as we want them to be when they’re touching the most sensitive areas of our faces. To clean your natural makeup brushes, including your foundation brush and eye makeup brushes, we suggest getting a makeup brush cleaner like this Ecotools Makeup Brush Shampoo.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for getting your brushes clean:

  1. Use warm water to wet your makeup brush’s bristles (do just one brush at a time)
  2. Put a small amount of your cleanser/shampoo onto your brush and use your fingers to rub and lather the bristles
  3. Rinse all of the wash out of the bristles
  4. Squeeze out any extra water
  5. Lay your brush flat to dry — but let the bristle portion of your brush lay off your counter slightly so it keeps its normal shape and doesn’t flatten out on the counter
  6. Repeat steps for all of your natural makeup brushes

What are natural makeup brushes made from?

The average makeup brush’s bristles are usually made from a synthetic material like plastic, nylon, or other synthetic fibers. These types of fibers can also be dyed to look normal when used as bristles. On the flip side, natural makeup brushes’ bristles are usually made from animal hair like horses, goats, and even boars, but (before you freak out) these makeup brushes are made cruelty-free as the hair used is gathered from natural shedding. Natural makeup brushes are softer on your skin, and they also won’t have chemicals like dye used on them ever, so they’re a healthier option when it comes to putting on makeup.

Another side note is that natural makeup brushes usually use sustainable material for their handles, such as renewable bamboo and recycled aluminum, which is the case with the handles on the brushes from this Ecotools Start the Day Beautifully Kit which includes eye makeup brushes and foundation brushes, too.

How do you store makeup brushes?

Storing your makeup brushes is easy. If you’re storing them at home in your bathroom or bedroom and you have a bunch of brushes, think about investing in a brush holder, stackable drawers, or even a fun cup with a design to hold them in. You can also reuse things like this Grove Co. Soy Candle jar once your candle is gone. If you only have a few makeup brushes, you can use a small tray too like this Grove Co. Ceramic Sink-Side Tray.

Of course, if you’re looking to store your makeup brushes while you’re traveling or on the road, you can use a storage or makeup bag or a brush book, both of which can easily be found at a beauty supply store or they may even come with your brushes if you buy them as a set.

What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.

If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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