I'm a girl who absolutely adores makeup. When new products come out, I like to be one of the first people to research and go try it out at my local beauty store. I love makeup products, but what I really think makes the products are: the brushes.
My most favorite brand of brushes has to be MAC. Although their brushes are and always will be some of the best brushes I have ever used, with my college student budget, I really couldn't afford to buy all of the other ones I wanted. One of the things that I began to do was look into buying paint brushes to use as makeup brushes.
About a year ago, I went to Michael's Arts and Crafts store and found a brand of brushes called Simply Simmons (retails for $3-$5). Their paint brushes make fantastic eye makeup brushes. I have been using them for over a year now and I'm a little shocked myself to tell you that I am still using those same brushes! They don't shed, they don't leak dyes, and most importantly, they are really soft. The only bad thing is that all of the labels on the brushes scratch off very easily (hence, my really sad looking brushes up there), but other than that, I think they're great. And if you're not from the States, just head into your local arts and crafts store, because I'm sure you'll be able to find a huge selection of paint brushes that you can use as makeup brushes. Just make sure that the bristles are soft by testing it on the back of your hand. I'm pretty sure that the majority of paintbrushes can be used, since applying makeup to your face is pretty much like painting a beautiful canvas.