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Daydreaming of being on a beach right now with this gorgeous turquoise creme nail polish color called Son of a Beach by @heroine.nyc 🏝
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All of heroine.nyc nail polish are cruelty-free, vegan, and 9-free! πŸ’š
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Want to know if your wine is vegan? Check out barnivore.com, an online directory of vegan and vegetarian beer, wine, and liquor 🍻 β€œwhen making the product, dairy, honey, and other things are ingredients in the final recipe. When filtering the drinks prior to bottling, companies can use things like isinglass (from fish bladder), gelatin, egg whites, and sea shells, among other things. These products grab onto the impurities and make it easier to catch them in the filters, though there are many animal-free alternatives in use.” πŸ₯‚πŸΎ
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Loving the simple, clean, and vegan ingredients in this nourishing ELIXIR nail and cuticle oil by @madam_glam! πŸ’› Contains only three ingredients (Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E & Vitamin B) to help soften dry cuticles and keep them moisturized for a perfect mani πŸ‘ŒπŸ»
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There is virtually no scent to this cuticle oil, so this would be perfect for someone who is sensitive to fragrances or for someone who doesn’t like lingering scents on their hands when using a hand cream or oil.
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Yes Way RosΓ©! πŸ’…πŸ»βœ¨ A creamy soft baby pink with white undertone nail color by @lovemissfrankie! πŸ’– This was such a gorgeously opaque and smooth formula πŸ‘ŒπŸ»
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Miss Frankie’s nail polishes are always cruelty-free, vegan, 10-free, breathable, and made in Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί!
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List of 30+ Vegan Makeup Brushes

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If there’s one time where the term “cruelty-free” doesn’t mean anything, it’s gotta be when you’re shopping for makeup brushes!

Companies that use natural ‘animal-hair’ bristles to make their brushes are now labeling them as “cruelty-free” claiming that the process in which they obtain the animal hair are done in a humane and cruelty-free manner where the animals aren’t harmed.

The truth is, cruelty-free and animal hair brushes should not be used in the same sentence unless it’s to say “animal hair makeup brushes are not cruelty-free.”

There are no regulations or laws that protect the welfare of fur animals that are used to make brushes. So even when a company claims “no animals are harmed”, there is no one checking up or verifying how these animals are being treated. “Cruelty-Free” makeup brushes that use animal hair is all just a marketing gimmick.

If you want truly cruelty-free makeup brushes that are in itself free of animal cruelty– opt for vegan makeup brushes instead! Vegan makeup brushes are made with synthetic fibers.

So instead of looking for makeup brushes that are “cruelty-free”, you’ll want to find ones that say they’re made with synthetic bristles. Or you can simply use this list of 100% Vegan makeup brushes!

100% Vegan Makeup Brushes (Synthetic)

Eco Tools Vegan Makeup Brushes

Eco Tools

Affordable | Eco-Friendly

Eco Tools– incredibly soft bristles, sleek renewable bamboo handles, recycled aluminum ferrules, and are 100% vegan.


Furless Vegan Makeup Brushes

Furless

Swoon-Worthy!

Furless –Β  A large selection of countless makeup brushes, all 100% vegan.


MOTD Vegan Makeup Brushes

MOTD Cosmetics

MOTD Cosmetics – premium quality vegan taklon bristles, so you can use them with cream, powder, and liquid formulas.


Antonym Vegan Makeup Brushes

Antonym

Eco-Friendly

Antonym – made of synthetic bristles (Taklon & Nylon) and sustainable bamboo handles. All 100% Vegan brushes!


INIKA Vegan Makeup Brushes

INIKA

INIKA – all makeup brushes are vegan and high performing too.


Too Faced Vegan Makeup Brushes

Too Faced

Swoon-Worthy!

Too Faced – Created using our luxurious β€œTeddy Bear Hair” that feels identical to the soft and silky smooth hair of real animals without the cruelty involved in making traditional β€œanimal hair” brushes. **please note: Too Faced was recently acquired by Estee Lauder (a parent company that still tests on animals)


Alima Pure Vegan Makeup Brushes

Alima Pure

Alima Pure – Made with 100% cruelty-free Taklon synthetic bristles. Duo-color fibers for precision product loading. Sturdy sleek black handles for a comfortable, stablizing grip.


Everyday Minerals Vegan Makeup Brushes

Everyday Minerals

Eco-Friendly

Everyday Minerals – all vegan including eye and face brushes, 100% renewable bamboo handles paired with outrageously soft fur-free synthetic bristles. Luxury with a conscience!


OCC Vegan Makeup Brushes

OCC

OCC – feature custom-blended synthetic fibers for a super soft brush texture perfect for all your makeup needs. 100% Vegan.


Wet N Wild Vegan Makeup Brushes

Wet N Wild

Affordable

Update: May 2019. wet n wild is no longer considered cruelty-free as they were recently caught selling their products in mainland China where post-market animal testing may be conducted on their products. We no longer recommend any of wet n wild products as a cruelty-free option.


Makeup Geek Vegan Makeup Brushes

Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek – The bristles include all synthetic fibers for a cruelty free (& guilt free) makeup application!


Kat Von D Vegan Makeup Brushes

Kat Von D

Swoon-Worthy!

Kat Von D – All brushes are vegan made with superb-quality soft, synthetic bristles!


Dose of Colors Vegan Makeup Brushes

Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors – all brushes are made with synthetic bristles


Nanshy Vegan Makeup Brushes

Nanshy

Nanshy – Antibacterial synthetic brushes are friendly to your skin and friendly to animals.


Luxie Vegan Makeup Brushes

Luxie Beauty

Swoon-Worthy!

Luxie Beauty – 100% Animal Cruelty Free brush set with high quality synthetic hair bristles that are soft to the touch


Au Naturale Vegan Makeup Brushes

Au Naturale

Au Naturale – Au Naturale Makeup Brushes are animal-free with plush, luxury vegan bristles.


Barry M Vegan Makeup Brushes

Barry M

Affordable

Barry M –Β  make-up brushes are synthetic and animal friendly, guaranteeing you a high performance, super-soft product to create a flawless look.


Beauty Without Cruelty Vegan Makeup Brushes

Beauty Without Cruelty

Beauty Without Cruelty – made with Professional Processed Nylon. Providing exceptional spring-back, strength and fine tips.


GlamHer Vegan Makeup Brushes

GlamHer Booth

Swoon-Worthy!

GlamHer BoothLuxe Handcrafted Vegan Makeup Brushes


Pirouette Professional Vegan Makeup Brushes

Pirouette Professionals

Pirouette Professionals – Every brush is made with the ultra-soft Taklon bristles


Bellapierre Vegan Makeup Brushes

Bellapeirre

Bellapeirre – made of 100% synthetic fibers that will not shed during makeup application


100% Pure Vegan Makeup Brushes

100% Pure

Eco-Friendly

100% Pure –Β  Made with antibacterial synthetic fibers and recycled plastic bottles, these makeup brushes are perfect for your skin and the environment!


Spectrum Vegan Makeup Brushes

Spectrum

Swoon-Worthy!

Spectrum –Β  These brightly colored makeup brushes are all registered Vegan!


Emani Vegan Makeup Brushes

Emani

Emani – all Emani brushes are 100% vegan.


Real Techniques Vegan Makeup Brushes

Real Techniques

Affordable

Real Techniques – All Real Techniques brushes are made with synthetic fibers!


OFRA Vegan Makeup Brushes

OFRA

OFRA – all of OFRA brushes are synthetic!


LAB2 Vegan Makeup Brushes

LAB2

LAB2 – All of LAB2 vegan brushes are made with FiberLuxeΒ technologyβ„’; cutting edge synthetic fibers specially designed with the softest and highest quality filaments


ELF cosmetics Vegan Makeup Brushes

ELF Cosmetics

Affordable

e.l.f. cosmetics – Now all elf makeup brushes are all 100% synthetic. However you may see their old animal hair makeup brushes still circulating around. But all of their brushes sold on their website are vegan and synthetic!


Modern Minerals Vegan Makeup Brushes

Modern Minerals

Modern Minerals – Chic and clean makeup brushes that say “U R GORGEOUS”, all synthetic, hand-made, hypoallergenic, veganΒ andΒ animal fur-free.


Beauty Blender

Beauty Blender

Beauty Blender – this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the original makeup sponge by Beauty Blender. They also carry a few makeup brushes which are also cruelty free, synthetic, and non-porous!


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Illamasqua

Illamasqua – All Illamasqua brushes are hypoallergenic and uses advanced synthetic hairs instead of animal products, they’re completely vegan.


I wanna know, what are some of your favorite vegan and synthetic makeup brushes?

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30 Comments
  • Leah Hopkins
    March 8, 2019

    Hi Michelle,
    Such a great round up, thank you so much. Did you know that OCC is out of business?
    I love my Nanshy brushes and sponges. So soft and well made.

  • Michelle
    March 7, 2019

    Do you have any recommendations for biodegradable or recyclable beauty blenders?

  • Denise
    February 3, 2019

    I love my set from Arbonne.

  • HAUT COSMETICS
    October 4, 2018

    This information it’s very helpful and important for me…

  • hautcosmetics
    September 3, 2018

    Good to see these helpful information here,Thanks lots for sharing them with us….

  • hautcosmetics
    July 12, 2018

    It is really great and nice article and it is informative article. i read this and it is very helpful for me….
    =

  • Mimmie
    June 13, 2018

    I love the body shop’s vegan brushes!

  • Jane
    June 28, 2017

    Your information is inaccurate!

    Vegan = no animal products used but may NOT be cruelty free as may be tested on animals.
    Cruelty free = not tested on animals at any stage of production or end product but may have real animal hair and therefore the farming and fur removal is far from cruelty free.
    This misunderstanding is misleading well meaning consumers into buying ‘cruelty free’ that is NOT cruelty free.
    The only way to be cruelty free is to purchase Cruelty free AND Vegan certified brushes like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) as an example…

    • Vicky Ly
      June 28, 2017

      I am well aware of the differences between cruelty-free and vegan. In fact, I have a post explaining the differences and it’s similar to how you are describing it https://ethicalelephant.com/crueltyfree-vs-vegan/

      I’d like to take a moment to say that all of the 30+ brands I mention in this post are indeed cruelty-free and none of these brands test on animals at any stage of product development. If you have some information about any of 30+ brands I mention here that may not be cruelty-free, please let me know and I’ll look into it and I’ll update this post if need be. However, at the date of this post.. I made sure none of these brands test on animals or sell in markets that may require animal testing.

      And as you may know, this article is about makeup brushes made without animal hair and therefore are vegan.

      So all 30+ makeup brushes are BOTH cruelty-free and vegan.

      They may not all be CERTIFIED vegan and cruelty-free and I never said they were but I assure you that all of these brands do not test on animals and the makeup brushes they sell are vegan.

  • Jenna War
    June 19, 2017

    I believe Zoeva makes cruelty free brushes too

    • Vicky Ly
      June 20, 2017

      Yes! You’re right… Zoeva does have a number of synthetic and vegan makeup brushes however they also do offer some animal-hair brushes too! I hope one day they’ll drop their animal-hair brush line and just make synthetic brushes in the future! =)

  • Nicole R Palermo
    March 16, 2017

    Vicky I just love your blog and all of your information. I have been a makeup artist for 28 years, and over the last 5 I have completely stopped using anything that is not 100% cruelty free, with a cruelty free parent company.. you have inspired me and taught me so much. I just want to say thank you. I will be promoting your site on all forms of social media and all 4 of my business web-sites. thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    • Jane
      June 28, 2017

      The information here is not explaining with 100% clarity what cruelty free and vegan mean, see below x

      Vegan = no animal products used but may NOT be cruelty free as may be tested on animals.
      Cruelty free = not tested on animals at any stage of production or end product but may have real animal hair and therefore the farming and fur removal is far from cruelty free.
      This misunderstanding is misleading well meaning consumers into buying ‘cruelty free’ that is NOT cruelty free.
      The only way to be cruelty free is to purchase Cruelty free AND Vegan certified brushes like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) as an example…

β€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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