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The 5 Coolest, Under-$20 Makeup Brush Sets

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These affordable makeup brushes are almost too pretty to use

Quite literally, we’re obsessed with makeup brushes. There’s just something weirdly exhilarating about a new, perfectly clean set of brushes that brings us back to our elementary school days, where brand-new notebooks were the only thing worth living for during back-to-school shopping. And though we may have graduated from our beloved Mead college-ruled ‘book, our love of perfectly untouched makeup brushes has only intensified, moving past the basic black-and-silver sets to the pastel, rainbow and minimalist variety. You know, the kind that practically requires an Instagram photo to make your many followers incredibly jealous.

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But the sad reality of fancy makeup brushes is that all too often, they’re stupid expensive. So we set out on a mission to find the coolest, most Instagram-worthy makeup brushes that not only work incredibly well, but are also under $20, so you can fuel your brush obsession while staying on good terms with your bank account. Just remember that even though these rose gold, marble and unicorn-themed brushes are basically mini pieces of art, they’re still, you know, makeup brushes, so don’t be afraid to actually use them. Scroll through — as if you haven’t already — to see them all.

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These affordable makeup brushes are almost too pretty to use
Image: Stonegirl

Stonegirl Ombré Unicorn brush set

Stonegirl 7 Piece Ombré Unicorn makeup brush set (Stonegirl, $19)

These affordable makeup brushes are almost too pretty to use
Image: BH Cosmetics

BH Cosmetics Rose Quartz brush set

BH Cosmetics Rose Quartz 9-piece makeup brush set (BH Cosmetics, $16.99)

These affordable makeup brushes are almost too pretty to use
Image: Forever 21

Forever 21 metallic brush set

Forever 21 metallic cosmetic brush set, (Forever 21, $8.90)

These affordable makeup brushes are almost too pretty to use
Image: Target

Sonia Kashuk Brush Couture

Sonia Kashuk Brush Couture (Target, $16.99)

These affordable makeup brushes are almost too pretty to use
Image: Target

Urban Beauty United 5-piece brush kit

Urban Beauty United 5-piece brush kit (Target, $16.99)

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