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The 21 Best Makeup Brush Sets to Gift This Year

Including face and cheek bundles and eye-defining essentials.

best makeup brush sets

When it comes down to your makeup looks of choice, they're only as good as the tools you use to sweep, swirl, and blend each of your go-to products into place with. Whether you decide to create a smoky eye or chisel out your cheekbones, using the best makeup brush sets can mean the difference between an easily flawless face and an overly complicated application routine. And now that holiday season has officially arrived, culty, professional-level brushes can also serve as an excellent gifts for the beauty lovers in your circle looking to take enhance their overall face beat.

To take a friend or family's application routine to new heights (and maybe even encourage them to wash their tools more frequently), we've pulled together 21 of the best makeup brush sets to shop now, from top brands like Sigma, Morphe, Colourpop and more. As an added shopping bonus, most of these brushes are available for under $100, which also helps you get a little more bang for your buck this season. Since these natural and synthetic sets are so luxurious, we won't blame you if you decide to scoop up one or two for yourself while mentally checking off boxes on your holiday shopping list.

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1 Makeup Brush Set

This coveted makeup brush set has nearly 82,000 customer reviews and close to a five star rating on Amazon, not to mention it's available for under $15.

2 Ultimate Brush Roll

Your family member might feel like a bona fide makeup artist after unraveling this faux leather roll, which contains an individual space for each of its accompanying brushes.

3 Signature Eyes 8-Piece Brush Set
Morphe x Ariel

Try your hand at even the most intensive makeup looks on TikTok with this mix of natural and synthetic brushes for face and eyes, from celebrity makeup artist Ariel and the beauty aficionados at Morphe.

Top Rated
Professional Brush Set

Amazon shoppers are raving about this ergonomic 12-piece set from e.l.f, with one writing about how its synthetic bristles are "so soft and don't shed!"

5 Artistry Pro Complexion Essentials
Fenty Beauty
Fenty Beauty

This four-piece brush set makes an ideal gift for makeup enthusiast who doubles as a Rihanna fan, and includes a brush for their foundation, concealer, powder, and highlighter. 

6 Charlotte's Magic Mini Brush Set
Charlotte Tilbury
Charlotte Tilbury

Not only does this travel-friendly brush set include its own carrying case, but it also packs seamlessly inside your purse or a carry-on for makeup application on-the-go. 

7 Tea Rose Brush Set
Coach x Sephora Collection

Here's a glittery, retro-inspired synthetic brush set from the Coach x Sephora collection that's best used with products containing cream, liquid, or pressed powder formulas.  

8 Elite Makeup Brush Set
Saks Fifth Avenue

These signature oval brushes from Artis have been mainstays for professionals for years, and can quickly upgrade a friend's beauty staples and technique with just a few swipes. 

9 i Live, i Love Pro Brush Set
Juvia's Place
Juvia’s Place

$45 $40

We suggest moving quickly to catch this rare deal on a 12-piece set of holiday-ready brushes for eyes and face from Juvia's Place that are currently available on markdown.

10 Ultimate Brush Set

This set of five vegan brushes include one for their foundation, blush, and concealer, along with two smaller ones to blend out eyeshadow and apply liner with ease.  

11 Personal 8-Brush Set and Plate
Rae Morris

Here's a professional-level brush collection that's made in Japan, and sophisticated enough for of any countertop. The set even includes its own magnetized plate so they'll never lose track of their tools. 

12 Wave Your Wand Brush Kit
MAC Cosmetics

This four-piece, limited-edition brush kit from MAC includes a foundation, powder, and eye brush, plus a dual-ended brow brush that makes it simple to craft the perfect arch.

13 30 Piece Brush Set in Rose Gold
Luxie Beauty
Luxie Beauty

Since this well-rounded rose gold brush set includes its own zippered storage pouch, it's easy to quickly pack them all in a suitcase for your next getaway

14 Artist Approved Brush Set
Bobbi Brown

You can snag this travel-ready and artist-approved brush set from Bobbi Brown for a friend or family member who's always on the go—it even comes with a gilded envelope for quick storage.

15 Your Beautiful Basics Airbrush 101
Ulta Beauty
It Cosmetics

Here's a fluffy, five piece set that's meant to mimic the effect of airbrush makeup, and includes designated brushes for your foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, and powder.

16 Vibes Makeup Brush Set

If you're looking to live more sustainably, consider this best-selling kit from EcoTools that's made from recycled aluminum and plastic, and even features bamboo handles. 

17 Eye Shade and Blend Duo Pack
Real Techniques

This is the best $8.99 you'll ever spend. Blend your cut crease like an expert with this three piece brush set that's ideal for powder, cream, or liquid-based eyeshadows. 

18 Essential Kit
Sigma Beauty

Whether you opt for no makeup-makeup or decide to try something a little bolder, this well rounded set from the cosmetics experts at Sigma Beauty has you covered. Not only does it contain tools for foundation, concealer, and powder, but you'll also find a mix of large and small angled options (plus a couple eye specific brushes) to seamlessly complete your next look. 

19 5-Star Brush Set
Tarte Cosmetics

This gilded brush set is almost too pretty to use, and makes applying pigmented highlighter or well placed bronzer a total breeze.

20 Midnight Festival Brush Set
BH Cosmetics
BH Cosmetics

$27 $15

Snag this best-selling, vanity-friendly brush kit (which conveniently features its own branded holder) for 50% off the original price right now.

21 Makeup Brush Set
Real Techniques

$19.99 $18.72

Add some variety to your makeup tools with this top-rated brush set that nicely features a bonus angled sponge for optimal blending.

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