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The Best Cruelty Free Makeup Brushes

Natural or synthetic is a question that haunts many makeup enthusiasts around the world. But for those looking for the best vegan makeup brushes, the answer is easy because the only way to ensure that your brushes are 100% cruelty free is by going synthetic.

While there are plenty of brush brands that claim that their natural hair brushes are made from animal hair obtained in way that brought no harm to the animal, it’s hard to know for sure what’s going on behind the scenes. Synthetic brushes are cruelty free in that they aren’t tested on animals, and no animals had to be harmed to get the hair.

There is often a misconception that natural hair brushes are better than synthetic brushes, but this is simply not true. Synthetic brushes are just as good as natural hair brushes, often mimicking the feel and softness of a natural hair brush, and in many areas their benefits exceed their sister brushes.

Overall, synthetic brushes are easier to clean and as a result they are less prone to holding on to bacteria. Synthetic brushes are also incredible for people with sensitive skin since there’s no risk of allergic reactions from animal hair. Another big positive is that synthetic brushes are less likely to shed and will last for years. They work with a variety of makeup types and you’ll pretty much be able to use them for anything. Best of all, if you buy your synthetic brushes from a cruelty free makeup brand, you’ll know for sure that they’re 100% animal friendly.

Brands with awesome cruelty free makeup brushes

Here are some brands that are cruelty free and offer a wide variety of excellent synthetic vegan makeup brushes.

Too Faced
Urban Decay
EcoTools
Bdellium Tools
Everyday Minerals
Real Techniques
Tarte
100 % Pure
Emani
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Of course this is just a small sampling of what’s out there, but it’s more than enough to get you started with building your collection of cruelty free brushes.

Best synthetic makeup brushes for cruelty free and vegan beauty

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Missame Professional Makeup Brush Set

Missame makes awesome, high quality vegan brushes. Their brushes have bamboo handles and bristles made from synthetic taklon hair. In this set, you get 10 brushes: a flat top brush, kabuki brush, contouring brush, foundation brush, oval blush brush, dome blending brush, angled eye brush, concealer brush, tapered smudge brush, and and angled liner brush. Additionally, there’s a booklet that explains how to use each one.

The bristles on these brushes are very soft and feel comfortable on the skin. The handles are thick and sturdy, so they’re nice to hold. The brushes don’t shed when used or washed, and cleanup is made easier thanks to the white tips. Overall these are great vegan brushes that blend all kinds of makeup wonderfully.

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Bdellium Tools Studio Line Brushes

The Studio Line Brushes from Bdellium Tools come in different sets of varying sizes and prices. There’s something available for every need and every budget. The brushes are made from hand crafted, anti-bacterial synthetic fibers. As such, they require lower maintenance and less washing until the anti-bacterial effects wear off (after 50 or so washes).

The bristles are soft, dense and nicely shaped. While this doesn’t have much to do with the functionality of the brushes, I’ve always really liked the unique look that Bdellium Tools offers. They’re a bit like standard painter’s brushes.

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Everyday Minerals Long Handled Kabuki Brush

So this isn’t a set, but there’s always that ONE brush that is a must have, and when it comes to vegan kabuki brushes, this is it. If you love mineral makeup or use a lot of powder makeup products, you absolutely need this incredible and inexpensive brush in your collection. These brushes are made with soft, synthetic hair that doesn’t shed. It’s absolutely amazing for applying mineral makeup evenly. Unlike many other brushes, this one gives great coverage without picking up too much powder. Aside from mineral makeup, it’s a great brush for blush, bronzer, and face powder. This is a brush that will last you years and years even with regular washing.

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Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair

I’m personally not of fan of the overly pink look of these brushes, but I am a fan of the brushes themselves. These are made from Too Faced’s usual “teddy bear” hair, which is their cutesy term for ultra soft, silky synthetic fibers. You will seriously want to sit around rubbing these on your face all day. That’s how soft they are. These brushes are synthetic but they’re made to feel just like animal hair. It’ll be hard to tell the difference between these and real natural hair brushes, so if you’re looking for something that will give you the natural hair feel with all the vegan benefits, Too Faced brushes are it. The brushes feel so gentle on the skin, but don’t underestimate them. They’ve got powerful blending abilities.

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Kanty Cosmetics Professional Vegan Makeup Brushes

This set from Kanty Cosmetics comes with 32 different brushes. I’m not going to list them all, but it’s safe to say you’ll get everything you’ll ever need here. These brushes are made from a combination of synthetic fibers that feel gentle on the skin. The bristles are soft and silky on top and firmer toward the bottom, perfect for applying makeup evenly and precisely.

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