It’s easy to rationalize splurging on a makeup brush. After all, you’re never going to run out of it, right? A high-quality makeup brush will last you years (if you treat it right and clean it properly, that is). But as long as you know what “high-quality” means, blowing your beauty budget on brushes isn’t actually necessary.
Here’s the thing: There are holy-grail makeup brushes at every price point. But if yours happens to be in the drugstore range, your beauty game doesn’t have to suffer. Want proof? Below, we’ve detailed the best drugstore makeup brushes for as little as $3—picks that can go toe to toe with their luxury counterparts. We’ve got foundation brushes, eye makeup brushes, contour brushes, and more, all from drugstore favorite brands like Sonia Kashuk, EcoTools, and Real Techniques. For your splurge-versus-save guide to the best makeup brushes, keep scrolling!