vegan & ethical at-home manicure essentials featuring some of my favorite colors from @kesterblack ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฟ
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From left to right:
๐˜˜๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ป - Greyed Purple Nail Polish
๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข - Sandy Pale Pink Nail Polish
๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ - Blush Pink Nail Polish
๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ - Hazy Blush Nail Polish
๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜•๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ - Rose Nude Nail Polish
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๐ŸŒธ Kester Black is a high-performing, ethical & sustainable beauty brand! All of their products are:
๐Ÿ’— 100% vegan + cruelty-free
๐Ÿ’— 10-Free nail polish formula
๐Ÿ’— water permeable & breathable nail polish
๐Ÿ’— beautiful & thoughtful packaging using recyclable materials
๐Ÿ’— manufactured in small batches to minimize wastage
๐Ÿ’— the first beauty brand in the world to be B Corp certified
๐Ÿ’— all products are manufactured in Australia
๐Ÿ’— office uses renewable energy and is paperless
๐Ÿ’— carbon-neutral; carbon footprint is zero! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
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#kesterblack #kesterblackcolour #mykesterblack #gifted

vegan & ethical at-home manicure...

Hanging in there ๐ŸŒฟ and I hope you are too. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ #alonetogether
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๐šƒ๐š’๐š–๐šŽ๐šœ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜๐šž๐š๐š‘, ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐šœ๐š˜ ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž.
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(๐Ÿ“ธ via @theeverygirl)

Hanging in there ๐ŸŒฟ and...

๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•„๐•†โ„๐”ผ ๐•ก๐•๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•ค ๐Ÿฅฌ ใ€ฐ๏ธ (๐Ÿ“ธ via @gabbois)
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I actually wouldn't be surprised if they started making vegan ice cream out of cauliflower soon! ๐Ÿ˜ฌโœจ๐ŸŒฑ

๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•„๐•†โ„๐”ผ ๐•ก๐•๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•ค ๐Ÿฅฌ ใ€ฐ๏ธ...

โœฆ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ง๐™ช๐™š๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ฎ-๐™›๐™ง๐™š๐™š โœฆ
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(๐Ÿ“ท via @theveggiest)

โœฆ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™...

If youโ€™re new to vegan beauty or makeup, I highly recommend giving a seasonal subscription service, like @vegancuts Makeup Box a try! ๐Ÿ’„๐ŸŒปโœจ
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Every 3 months, youโ€™ll receive a box full of vegan makeup delivered right to your doorstep ๐Ÿ“ฆ
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Reasons to subscribe to #VegancutsMakeupBox:
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๐ŸŒผ you get to experiment and try new vegan products and brands!
๐ŸŒผ itโ€™s cheaper than buying each product on their own โ€” you get full-size products (not dinky samples), usually over $100+ in value but you only pay $37-$55. The price depends on where itโ€™s being shipped to (US, Canada, or International) and the length of the subscription.
๐ŸŒผ in addition to all of the products being cruelty-free and vegan, theyโ€™re also natural and non-toxic.
๐ŸŒผ you get to customize the box and pick colors that suit you best!
๐ŸŒผ itโ€™s a seasonal subscription so youโ€™ll be sent products that go with the change in season and weather.
๐ŸŒผ do good while looking good โ€” partial proceeds from each Vegancuts Spring Makeup Box goes towards Wildlife Victoria rescue in Australia to help animals affected by the horrific bush fires.
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๐ŸŒฟ Use #Vegancuts Coupon Code: 'ETHICALELEPHANT' to receive $5 OFF your order.

If youโ€™re new to vegan...

Sunday mood ใ€ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ Got any recommendations for low or zero-waste + vegan skincare brands? โœจ
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(illustration ๐ŸŽจ via @nicolajanecreative)

Sunday mood ใ€ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ Got any...

You are not alone ใ€ฐ๏ธ Weโ€™re in this together ๐Ÿ’– (๐Ÿ“ธ via @glitterguide)

You are not alone ใ€ฐ๏ธ...

โšก๏ธŽ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™‹๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‰ ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™Ž๐™„๐™‰๐™€๐™Ž๐™Ž โœง Now more than ever, they need our support. You can always show your support without spending๐Ÿ’ฒby leaving them a review, liking, commenting, sharing their posts, or just simply sending them an encouraging note during these uncertain times. ๐ŸŒฟ Show some of your vegan businesses some love by TAGGING @ them in the comments! โฌ‡๏ธ
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Some of my cherished vegan businesses ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป @siennabyronbay @nclabeauty @motd_cosmetics @nolaskinsentials @kesterblack @inikaorganic @elatecosmetics
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๐Ÿ“ธ Also, be sure to check out ใ€ฐ๏ธ @brightzine ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
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Community is everything, and in these uncertain times, we need it more than ever. Thatโ€™s why we have launched the Support Vegan Business Hub; a space to help vegan businesses with key information, news and resources to safeguard their businesses through this pandemic. Weโ€™ll be sharing resources to help businesses, as well as ways that we can all support our vegan traders at this time. Stay tuned for lots of information as this progresses over on thebrightclub.co โšก๏ธ

โšก๏ธŽ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™‹๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‰ ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™Ž๐™„๐™‰๐™€๐™Ž๐™Ž โœง...

Please read till the end ๐ŸŒฟ I recently bought these plant-based scour pads from @fullcircle, they're made from walnut shells and non-toxic materials ๐Ÿงฝ They work almost as good as plastic/synthetic scour pads and does the job of gently removing most dirt while not scratching my pans โญ๏ธ They were also made in Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and Full Circle is certified B Corporation with a commitment to reduce their environmental impact, claiming their products use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases in production. ๐ŸŒฑ This all sounded great, which was why I bought them as I wanted a plastic-free and compostable alternative -- BUT, upon further research.. their website states their walnut shell scour pads are made of: Walnut shells AND recycled plastic! ๐Ÿ˜” Making them actually NOT compostable.
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Ahh yes, I should have done more research before buying and also, why wasn't recycled plastic listed on their packaging!?
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On the surface, these may be a better option than other synthetic scour pads or sponges on the market as it's made from *recycled* plastic but I totally fell for the greenwashing here. Yes -- I, too make mistakes! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I'm posting this mishap of mine to show you that living sustainably is a journey, and lessons will be learned along the way. This has taught me to do more research than just reading the product's packaging or an online retailer's product description before buying... And now that I know better, I can do better! ๐ŸŒฟ
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๐ŸŒป What eco-friendly or plastic-free sponges do u recommend?

Please read till the end...

Some grocery stores have temporarily banned the use of reusable bags fear of the potential risk of further spreading the virus. Instead, stores will be handing out plastic bags to customers, free of charge.
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โœง Totally understandable given our current situation, so this is a great time to make sure all of our reusable bags are washed and if needed, repaired ๐ŸŒฟ
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โœง แด‡แด„แด-แด›ษชแด˜: For bigger and bulkier items, I always like to use boxes (the grocery stores always have these on hand and they're totally free!) and when I forget to bring my reusable bags, I try to limit the number of items I buy to however many I can carry in my hands and out the store.
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โœง Buying produce (like leafy greens ๐Ÿฅฌ) without a bag is another story... Iโ€™d love to know, do you have any tips or tricks for reducing our plastic consumption while buying produce during these times?
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๐Ÿ“ธ via @pureosophy

Some grocery stores have temporarily...

List of 30+ Vegan Makeup Brushes

This post may contain affiliate links.

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


15% OFF MOTD COUPON CODE: ‘VICKY’

MOTD Cosmetics

MOTD Cosmetics – premium quality vegan taklon bristles, so you can use them with cream, powder, and liquid formulas. Use MOTD Coupon Code: VICKY to receive 15% OFF your order.


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 โ€œTeddy Bear Hairโ€ that feels identical to the soft and silky smooth hair of real animals without the cruelty involved in making traditional โ€œanimal hairโ€ 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 –ย  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 –ย  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 –ย  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 FiberLuxeย technologyโ„ข; 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, veganย andย 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!


illamasqua-vegan-brushes

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 itโ€™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….
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  • 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…

โ€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.โ€โ€• Marc Bekoff

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