List of 25 Best Vegan Makeup Brushes

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List of cruelty-free and vegan makeup brushes

Careful of makeup brushes that are labeled as “cruelty-free” as the use of this label is unregulated and there is no legal or standard definition to what’s defined as “cruelty-free”. 

Oftentimes, manufacturers make claims that their animal-hair brushes are “cruelty-free” because the process in which they obtain the animal’s fur was done in a humane and cruelty-free manner where the animals weren’t harmed.

The Problem with Animal-Hair Brushes

Unfortunately, there are no regulations or laws protecting the welfare of fur animals that are used to make cosmetic brushes. So even when a company claims “no animals are harmed”, there is no one checking or verifying how these animals are actually being treated and cared for. 

Without regulation, self-proclaimed “Cruelty-Free” makeup brushes that use animal hair is just a marketing gimmick sheltering customers from the ugly truth behind fur farms and the cruelty to animals.

If you want truly cruelty-free makeup brushes that are truly free of animal cruelty– choose vegan makeup brushes instead!

What Are Vegan Makeup Brushes?

Vegan makeup brushes are made with synthetic fibers like taklon and nylon.

Makeup brushes made with synthetic bristles are just as soft, durable, and blendable as natural bristles, but are made without the cruelty to animals. 

Avoid falling for self-proclaimed “cruelty-free” makeup brushes that are made with natural bristles derived from animal fur and instead choose vegan makeup brushes.

Best Vegan Makeup Brushes

With so many makeup brushes to choose from, I’m sharing some of the most recommended and best vegan makeup brushes for every budget.

MOTD Cosmetics Vegan Makeup Brushes
MOTD Cosmetics Vegan Makeup Brushes

(1) MOTD Cosmetics has hands down the best vegan makeup brushes for face and eyes. I have used my MOTD brushes every day for the past 3 years and they’re still holding up very well. For the best value, high-quality vegan makeup brushes, I highly recommend MOTD’s Lux Vegan Makeup Brush Essentials made for both beginners and professionals. 

Use MOTD Coupon Code: VICKY to receive 15% OFF your order.

ELF Cosmetics Affordable Vegan Makeup Brushes
ELF Cosmetics Affordable Vegan Makeup Brushes

(2) ELF Cosmetics offers the best affordable and budget-friendly vegan makeup brushes made with 100% animal hair-free, synthetic bristles. Buy ELF brushes individually for $5 or under or get one of their value makeup brush sets for around $15. In addition, ELF usually comes out with limited edition sets with pretty packaging and fun colors that would make for some awesome gifts year-round. 

Real Techniques
Flower Beauty
BH Cosmetics

More affordable vegan makeup brushes options: (3) Real Techniques (4) Flower Beauty (5) Barry M (6) BH Cosmetics’ Vegan Brushes

EcoTools Eco-Friendly Vegan Makeup Brushes
EcoTools Eco-Friendly Vegan Makeup Brushes

(7) EcoTools has the best eco-friendly and vegan makeup brushes that are also affordable and you can buy at most drugstores. You can buy each brush individually or buy them as a brush set, I love their Enhancing Eye Set the most, especially for traveling. EcoTools makeup brushes are made with soft synthetic bristles, with sleek renewable bamboo handles and recycled aluminum ferrules. I also recommend trying out EcoTools vegan makeup brush cleaner as well!

100% Pure
Elate Cosmetics
The Body Shop

More vegan eco-friendly makeup brushes options: (8) 100% Pure (9) Antonym (10) INIKA (11) Everyday Minerals (12) Elate Cosmetics (13) The Body Shop

Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Vegan Makeup Brushes
Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Vegan Makeup Brushes

(14) Luxie Beauty’s signature pink and rose gold brushes are the prettiest vegan makeup brushes I have in my collection. They’re also incredibly soft, high-quality, and functional. Luxie Beauy’s beautiful cruelty-free makeup brush sets would also make for a thoughtful & ethical gift for makeup lovers!

Dose of Colors
Alima Pure

Some more functional vegan makeup brush options: (15) 13rushes (16) Dose of Colors (17) Alima Pure (18) OFRA (19) Nanshy

Spectrum Collections Vegan Makeup Brushes
Spectrum Collections Vegan Makeup Brushes

(20) Spectrum Collections unicorn vegan makeup brushes are some of the most stunning brushes I’ve ever laid eyes on! They also have some gorgeous and unique cosmetic bags so that can you elegantly store your lovely Spectrum cruelty-free makeup brush set! 

KVD Vegan Beauty
Tarte Cosmetics

If you buy and support cruelty-free brands owned by a non-cruelty-free parent company, (21) KVD Vegan Beauty (22) Hourglass (23) Too Faced (24) Urban Decay and (25) Tarte Cosmetics also offers some gorgeous and high-performing vegan makeup brushes, which you can get at Sephora.

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  • Katherine See
    July 26, 2016

    Thanks for this! Been on the hunt for some new brushes and now I have a ton to choose from 🙂

  • Jordana
    July 23, 2016

    Excellent post Vicky! I’m always on the hunt for new synthetic brushes to try so this will be very helpful to me 🙂 Real Techniques are my favourite affordable brushes that I’ve tried so far. Look Good Feel Better make lovely synthetic brushes too!

    • Jane
      June 28, 2017

      I don’t think their full range is vegan AND cruelty free, they also sell to China where it is automatically a requirement to test all products on animals before it is sold in that country. Authentic cruelty free companies dont sell to China for this reason. Also cruelty free does not mean they are synthetic and synthetic does not mean cruelty free….

      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

      • Lisa
        September 29, 2017

        Jane, sweetie, we get it. X

“Make 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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