The beauty industry is a wondrous realm that experiences changes with every year. One year, beauty specialists are raving about a given product and the next, they are endorsing an entirely different thing. I have to admit that it gets exhausting; keeping up can drain a person to the extent of giving up. Take for example the year 2015 when the beauty blender arrived onto the scene. People were swift to jump onto that ship, myself included. I mean, it was a fantastic way to apply makeup, a total revolution which I thought would last for ages. I remember ditching my makeup brushes and embracing the sponge as if it was a dream come true, which it was at the time. Who needs a set of brushes when you have a one size fits all product? But it is the beauty industry, and that storm came to pass.

Come 2016, the craze over the beauty blender had died down, and I was rummaging through the remains, trying to find my makeup brushes. Back to the old ways, I told myself as I ditched the sponge. As I was trying to find makeup brushes that would work as well as the blender had, thanks to the massive exodus from face blenders to brushes, I read about these fantastic makeup brushes in the shape of toothbrushes, and I could not wait to set my eyes upon them.

I did my research and landed on the oval set which vloggers were really into, and I ordered a package. I got surprised at how cheap they were, given the numerous features that they had, and I was unsure of how efficient they would be. But again, I always follow the crowd when it comes to beauty and if people were going for oval, who was I to get left behind?


Professional Oval Makeup Brush – Set of 10 Brushes with Soft Toothbrush design

These products are the best makeup brushes for cheap in the market today, and I am glad that I got them when I did, which was late 2016 after having had some bad experiences with other makeup sets. That is a story for another day; as for today, we focus on the perfection that is this makeup set.

For those who have not experienced the oval makeup brushes and are new to the concept, let me break it down for you. They look like toothbrushes! I know how funny that sounds, but once you get hold of them, you begin to appreciate the thinking behind the design and see just how awesome they can be for you.

The handle is round and chunky, sturdy yet flexible enough for you to move around as per your needs and the head is circular with densely packed bristles. It looks like a hairbrush at some point. Oval makeup brushes come in various designs, and you can find some going for as much as sixty dollars for a single brush. But these are the high-end designs which to me are unreasonable given that I can get a set of ten for a much lower price. Eyes on the price tag, always, but without compromising on the quality! Having seen the exorbitant costs of the single packages, I went in search of fair prices and that is how I landed on these best makeup brushes for cheap.

The collection

I received a package with ten brushes for use on the face, eyes, and cheeks and they are all made with cruelty-free products from the hairs all the way to the handles. People are moving towards environmental consciousness as well as fighting for animal rights and buying this package makes me part of the movement. There I am again, following the crowd, the story of my life, sigh.


These brushes do not get sold individually, and the only option I had was to purchase the ten piece set which cost me only $23! That price is pretty amazing given that when you do the math, it means that each makeup brush costs less than three dollars which is very affordable, given the quality of these products. For that price, you are getting the best quality in the market, so it doesn’t matter whether you get to choose the number of brushes you take home.

At first, I was not sure if I would end up using all the brushes in the set which was why I kept looking for places to buy the makeup brushes individually, but I am happy I got the whole thing. I ended up using all of them, and there is not one in the package that I am willing to let go.

They came in a large cardboard box which had a clear lid at the top to enable me to see the brushes even before I took them out and it was love at first sight. I thought that they would look hilarious, but they are just so beautiful. For beginners, you will be happy to know that on the back, you get to have a guide as to what brush does what. For the seasoned makeup artists like me, ‘straightens collar,’ you can use the brushes in whichever manner you wish. Most of the times, I find that I end up using the products for other uses and I found out that I am not alone on this. Just recently, I learned that people use deodorant on their upper lips to prevent sweat beads. The things we do for beauty! So, grab hold of the set and play around with these darlings until you find what works for you.


The brushes are ten, and they come as follows: the eyeshadow brush, the eyeliner brush, the eyebrow brush, the foundation brush, the face blender brush, the powder brush, the blush brush, the crease brush, the nasal shadow brush and the concealer brush. I especially love that the manufacturer took the time to design the brushes as per their uses and I ended up using most of them for their intended purposes.

They come in different sizes. I use the smallest of them for eyeliner application so that I can get the right maneuvers and the biggest for putting on powder. The face blender brush is indeed a blessing, and it took on the role of the sponge.

Features of these makeup brushes

High-quality bristles

The thing I look for in a brush is how soft the bristles are. If I find that they are rough, then it is a no-go zone for me. Coarse hairs give someone a streaked look, and no matter how much you try to even out your appearance, it still shows that something is amiss. Instead of having to deal with this problem each morning, I prefer to get high-quality brushes from the onset.

These brushes have very soft hairs manufactured from synthetic fibers. They feel so lovely on the skin and work great in touching up products on the cheeks, lips, brows, nose and the chin as well as the eyes. Without streaks on my face, I step out of the house looking like a model during fashion week.

Ease of application

Ever handled a makeup brush that worked against your hand? Well, I have, and it is not amusing. You end up twisting your hand at such unnatural angles and still end up getting the wrong look at the end of all the struggles. Having a flexible handle allows me to bend it at the right position and apply my products with ease.

Comfort is paramount especially when putting on products such as blush which can go wrong. Though the handle is flexible, it is also firm, and I have been using the same set for over a year and have never experienced snapping.

The packaging

The container that the makeup brushes come in is gorgeous, and they are arranged inside in such a cute manner. It looks like more of a gift box than a brush holder and I use it to hold the brushes in my dressing area. Each brush has its little place where it slides in perfectly to create the perfect look.

Weight balancing

A makeup brush should neither be too heavy nor too light as both have negative repercussions. Instead, the weight should be evenly balanced to give you just the right amount of ounces to hold without getting cumbersome during application. These brushes feel right in my hand, and I can use them all day without straining my wrists. The grip on them is also incredible and it is impossible for them to slide during usage.

Skin types

Synthetic bristles can be tricky when it comes to compatibility with the skin and some end up giving people rashes. I am always cautious when choosing makeup products because some might work against me. These brushes, however, manage to be super soft and gentle on the skin that they feel like feathers gliding across my dermis. They are comfortable and safe for use for all skin types so you can rest assured that you will not get zits in the morning.

No shedding

These products are designed to last you ages. After all, there is entirely no point in buying a product at a low price only to end up in the store a few months later. They do not shed off the hair, and you are looking at years of service without fail.

Upsides and downsides of the best makeup brushes for cheap

Everything has their good and bad side, just like human beings and where something may look like it’s terrible; it ends up having a fantastic feature. You will understand my way of thinking once you get done going through these pros and cons.



First off, there is no way for you to buy these brushes singularly and you have to commit to the whole set. This feature can be a downer especially when you have not tried something before and are worried about making a move that could end up costing you. What if you do not like them? The good thing about this packaging though, is that you end up saving lots of money. A whole set at the price of twenty-three dollars is a bargain that you will not come across as often as you would like to so when the opportunity presents itself, grab it and take off.

My calculations got me thinking that at 2.3 dollars a brush, my goodness, that was a discount given, with me in mind. Thank you, Oval!


I love the color, and I have to say that the dull black hues in these brushes can get old fast, mainly since I have used much more colorful products in the past. Now, as I said before, there is a silver lining in every cloud. Though these brushes may not be the cutest damnedest things you ever saw on earth, they are the makeup brushes that are easiest to clean.

It takes me one wipe with a wet cloth to get rid of any makeup that gets on them which reduces the workload. Fingerprints don’t show on these products, unlike the other brushes I have used in the past. The bristles also dry fast when washed.


I wish I had purchased a ten-piece set when I was starting out with makeup because I would have become a pro much faster. These brushes are adequate for experimentation. With five face brushes and the others suited for eye makeup, you can go crazy and do whatever you wish. Play around with them and find out which one you use best.

For beginners, I would advise you to buy a ten-piece set as opposed to buying one oval brush. Not only will you get a grand bargain but you will also get to become better at makeup application. Having a wide range of brushes is great because it also provides you with backup. Sometimes I look at some of the makeup brushes and decide that they need to get cleaned, which I do not mind as I can use the rest for backup. It is the beauty of having options.

Getting brushes at such a fair price is not something that you see on a daily basis. Highly versatile and of the best quality, the Professional Oval Makeup Brushes are the best makeup brushes for cheap in stores today, and I would not trade them for another brand!

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The Best Full Frame Camera Available!

Full frame cameras have been considered as the go-to camera choice of anyone who wants to dabble in from advanced to professional photography.

Their performance is without a doubt unmatched when it comes to high end quality.

Their full frame sensors allow for the very pixels to be larger in the taken pictures making them more absorbent of light and as such, leading to images who will suffer from less static noise.

Their full framed sensors packed with a greater number of megapixels allow for an unmatched rendering of texture, detail and ultimately, higher image depth.

Taking in consideration the quality they offer, you could say that their price is generally reasonable but with performance differences come different prices. As such, here lies the ultimate question and the end goal answer which this article is going to be seeking:
“Which full frame camera is the best, taking in consideration how it performs and how its performance is priced”.


But, before we start reviewing individual cameras, we are going to look into some pros and cons of full framed cameras.


  • The large pixel sensors of a full frame camera is a key component of their quality as they allow for less static noise in picture production.
  • Albeit an optional feature, the higher amount of megapixels which a full frame camera have allow for picture production on larger screens or paper without negative resolution feedback (resolution dilution).
  • Legacy lenses function as intended with full frame cameras, compared to using them on a camera with a smaller frame (the latter type of cameras will suffer from the crop factor).
  • Many high end camera producing companies have turned to full frame cameras,

and as such if you’re looking for the best quality camera possible, full frame is the way to go and sometimes even the only option (which is self explanatory why that is the case if you’ve read carefully so far).


  • Simply taking in consideration the amount of material used to produce the larger sensors, it should be obvious (and even expected) that a full frame camera will be naturally more expensive than one with a cropped, smaller sensor, even if the model is similar in function (but as expected, will produce different quality).
  • Again, a natural con of a full frame camera would be its size – naturally,  a full frame camera will be heavier and larger compared to a camera that has a cropped sensor due to the need for size to fit the  sensor.

Now, the issue at hand is a little bit more complicated. In our search for the best full frame camera we can simply answer that the most expensive and naturally, most high end quality camera which will produce the best result is the best. There, we have the answer.

But in reality, the true question is – which full frame camera is the best FOR YOU?

Having rephrasing the question that way, the answer is not as obvious as we may think. Now the equation has shifted, the parameters of the question have expanded and we’re back to ground zero. This is why before actually reviewing the best full frame cameras we will need to take a look at the parameters of the new equation in order to properly answer the question.

Which full framed camera is the best FOR YOU?

  • Budget – different people require different needs and budget is always to a degree if not limited, then at least a factor. Before making the purchase, you need to ask yourself what exactly are your needs? Are you an advanced photographer or a professional one, is taking photos a hobby or a job for you, if it’s a hobby how seriously are you willing to invest in it, if it’s a profession how badly do you really need the absolute high end quality and so forth.

Once you’ve figured all of this, you can set on an agreement with yourself on how heavy are you going to tighten or expand your budget for the purchase you’re soon to make.

  • Lens compatibility – Unless you’re strait jumping into buying a full frame camera without any camera experience previously (which is unlikely), it is reasonable to presume that you already have one with lenses of its own. Are the lenses of your previous camera going to be compatible with your new full frame one to which you want to upgrade to or are you going to have to buy lenses as well?
  • Cost of general accessories – Like lens compatibility, there are going to be other accessories which you might need to purchase in order to complete your newly purchased full frame camera. The question is, how many of these accessories do you need and is your budget flexible enough to be able to afford them?
  • Size and weight – We’ve already mentioned that full frame cameras are naturally heavier than ones with cropped lens simply due to the fact that the lens are bigger and they requires more space to fit in. Now, if you’re going to be taking pictures without much commotion (as in you’re going to be filming the same place multiple times from different angles/perspectives or don’t have to travel far to take a picture) that is not going to be an issue. However, if you do intend to travel a lot this factor will need some serious reconciliation as the weight might prove to be an issue.

Now comes the bread and butter of the article. We discussed why full frame cameras are the best cameras that today’s market has to offer, we’ve discussed their pros and their minor cons, we’ve discussed on how to approach the issue of what you should take in consideration when thinking about buying a full frame camera in order to get the best deal possible, and now, I present to you, The Top 7 Full Framed Cameras in today’s market.

The Best full frame cameras

1. Nikon D850 ($3,297) (recommended settings)

Category: DSLR
Megapixels: 45.7
Weight: 32.3 oz.

Lenses: 10 Great Nikon FX (Full Frame) Lenses

Nikon and Canon are the Coke and Pepsi of the camera world – there’s been a lot of back and forth “arms race” between the two companies, and for a long time Canon held the higher spot. But now, with the Nikon D850 beats its same priced Canon counterpart in all the important categories. It provides higher megapixel resolution, better autofocus, less buffering time, a higher LCD resolution screen and most importantly for those who like to travel, a significantly longer battery life. Albeit it is heavier, we could argue that it surpasses it’s Canon counterpart so significantly in all of the other aspects that the weight shouldn’t even be taken into consideration.

The Best full frame camera we could find on the market.

2. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV ($3,299) (the perfect setup)

Category: DSLR
Megapixels: 30.4
Weight: 28.2 oz.

Lenses: 10 Great Canon EF (Full Frame) Lenses

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is Canon’s prime presentation candidate for showing off their full frame camera manufacturing capabilities. Despite being one of the best full frame cameras of all time with exceptional characteristics, it also comes with many features and extended functionalities for both professionals to optimize and enthusiasts to explore, making their photography experience into an adventure.

While the Canon is surpassed by the same priced Nikon in many categories, the Canon still manages to win some of the battles.

First of all, it has features and functionality extensions which the Nikon does not.

Secondly, it is naturally lighter so it’s the more suitable camera for those who travel a lot (even though this should be considered more of a commodity and an optional benefit).

Last but not least, people who already dabble with photography usually chose a brand and stick with it. That means anyone (regardless of being an adventurous enthusiast or a true professional) who has previously invested in Canon as a brand will most likely stick to it to lower accessories costs as previous accessories such as lenses can be reapplied to the new model.

One of the Best full frame camera we were able to find online.

3. Sony Alpha a7R II ($2,398)

Category: Mirrorless
Megapixels: 42.4
Weight: 22.1 oz.

Lenses: 10 Great Sony FE (Full Frame) Lenses

When a new camera product with new technological characteristics hits the market it’s usually a smart idea to wait for the 2nd generation of the product tome come out before making a purchase, as the 2nd generation model usually fixes the quirks of the original blueprint.

While the first generation of Sony Alpha a7R was impeccable for its time, it had issues such as bad autofocus, a distinct lack of image stabilization and a mount a tad too weak for the heavier lenses. The 2nd generation of this product fixes all the previous problems while also being an updated version with better performance.

It’s most distinctive features are the weather sealing of the camera and the improved low light performance, making it the perfect travelling camera as you can film with it regardless of how dark outside is or what kind of mischief the weather has prepared to thwart your job or adventure (not mutually exclusive though).

4. Canon EOS 5DS R ($3,699)

Category: DSLR
Megapixels: 50.6
Weight: 29.7 oz.

Lenses: 10 Great Canon EF (Full Frame) Lenses

In the full frame arms race, this Canon product is the Voyager of full frame cameras.

It has incredible 50.6 megapixels of resolution, surpassing the 5D Mark IV by 20.2 megapixels and the Nikon D810 by 14.5 megapixels.

This full frame camera is the highest resolution product of its kind on the market.

The downside is that it’s really, really expensive and lacks some serious video options.

Regardless, this makes this product the best full frame camera for professional photographers who don’t need video speed or video capability and rather focus on professional landscape or portrait photography.

5. Canon EOS 6D Mark II ($1,999)

Category: DSLR
Megapixels: 26.2
Weight: 24.2 oz.

This Canon product is most notably known for having an exceptional performance capabilities FOR a reasonable price. It’s commonly known as the “high end budget friendly product of the full frame cameras”. While it does stand up to the Canon legacy, it should be naturally expected that its performance characteristics are going to be lower compared to other Canon products pricing almost around 75% more, but still being exceptional for its price.

As an older model, it was limited  by the technology at the time and most notably suffers from poor video producing capabilities (having only 6.5 fps).

So if budget is your main concern but you still want to experience the quality of the legacy of a Canon product, this is the full frame camera for you.

6. Pentax K-1 ($1,897)

Category: DSLR
Megapixels: 36.2
Weight: 32.6 oz.

Known for its weather sealed cameras, Pentax resents the K-1 which continues the trend and proceeds to exceed expectation by providing even more camera sturdiness and security by providing an aluminum alloy body. It has great performance characteristics for the price and some neat features such as a build in image stabilization.

The main concern when deciding to make this purchase is the fact that the available lenses for this camera product are very, very limited. On top of that, its video producing capabilities are subpar to other (albeit higher pricing) products.

Regardless, for photographer enthusiasts who just want a unique product for a great value, this is the purchase to make.

One of the Best cheap full frame cameras around right now.

Last, but not least we have the Sony Alpha a9 as an honorable mention due to its unique characteristics and really high end pricing;

7. Sony Alpha a9 ($4,498)

Category: Mirrorless
Megapixels: 24.2
Weight: 23.7 oz.

Lenses: 10 Great Sony FE (Full Frame) Lenses

At a whooping price of roughly $4,500, the Sony Alpha a9 is the most expensive item on the list and in the industry of full frame cameras.

While way too expensive for its camera resolution performance, limited extended features and all around outperformed by Nikon and Canon, this full frame camera presents to you the fastest video producing capabilities in the industry of camera products, having a whooping 20 fps (almost ridiculous!), supplemented by an ultra-advanced-point phase detection autofocus!

Without a doubt, this is the ultimate camera tool for sports and action filming.

While still outstanding, the Sony Alpha a9’s photography features and properties are without a doubt not worth the price, and very few people outside action filming need anything close to 20 fps.

Regardless, for those who DO need the ultimate action filming product, this is the odd match in the tinderbox that will fulfill your needs impeccably. Needless to say, unless you’re an extreme sports filming enthusiast or a true professional, this product will stay as an honorable mention to the common buyer.

Having presented you with my list of top 7 best full frame cameras on the market (one being an honorable mention) and having talked behind the decision process you need to do before making a purchase, I do believe that now you have the knowledge tools to make the right purchase FOR YOU.

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