If you have ever shopped for a set of makeup brushes, you know that they can range in price anywhere from $25 to well over the $300 dollar mark. But while name brand can push the price up, so can what the brushes are made of and where they are made. Are synthetic brushes better? What are the benefits of going synthetic?
When I do private lessons, most of my clients are looking to expand their brush collection as they tend to really only have a blush brush and one or two eye makeup brushes, but of course they need help figuring out what types of brushes to buy and what the key differences are. Today we are going to look at the differences in synthetic crueltyfree brushes and the animal hair brushes on the market.
Synthetic Brushes: More Hygienic & Easier to Clean
From the get-go, synthetic brushes made of nylon, polyester or taklon fibres are much more sanitary than animal hair brushes. The reason being, is that any brush made fur has what is called a cuticle, much like our own hair. This cuticle can trap makeup deep in the brush, making the brush that much harder to clean.
Synthetic Taklon fibers on the other hand have anti-microbial properties that help keep bacteria from thriving in the bristles.
Taking a step back a moment to my article on cruelty free vs vegan products, animal hair brushes are not cruelty free or vegan because an animal has suffered or died to create this product, whether it is tested on an animal is irrelevant.
Makeup Artists and consumers alike used to complain that synthetic brushes were not as soft and could not perform as well as natural brushes do, but with new technologies, this is no longer the case. For a super soft kabuki powder brush, check out Vancouver based Amaterasu Beauty available at Beautymark.
Cost-Effectiveness of Cruelty Free Synthetic Brushes
As animal hair brushes are made of patches of fur, of course the manufacturing and processing of these brushes is more costly. But another big benefit of using synthetic brushes vs animal hair brushes is that you will waste less product and in turn less money when applying your makeup.
Animal hair brushes soak up product like a sponge and can become saturated with product, making your application wasteful and frustrating. When using cream cosmetics such as foundation, concealer or cream blush always use a synthetic brush to avoid a streaky and over saturated application.
It has been my experience that synthetic brushes tend to be easier to work with. They allow you to build products up and layer them much more easily than animal hair brushes do and they do not shed hairs. If you do need to wipe excess product off synthetic brushes during makeup application, they tend to be a bit more forgiving, maintaining their shape and releasing excess product more easily.
Synthetic Brushes are Available Everywhere
Whether you want to hit the mall or would rather stay in your pajamas and shop, the power of the internet can help you get amazing deals no matter where you are! If you want to get a complete vegan brush set that is affordable, head on over to Canadian based My Makeup Brush Set and everything from a sleek, classic black brush set or the fun Mermaid brush sets are available to fit any budget.
Some of their brushes sell out quickly, so if you need your brushes sooner rather than later, make sure that they are not on back-order. Their selection is huge, their prices are reasonable and there is something for everyone, whether you want a basic brush set or a more deluxe set.
Synthetic Brushes: Less Likely to Cause Irritations & Breakouts
Being an allergy sufferer, I am forever grateful for my synthetic brushes. As animal hair makeup brushes can be made from pony, badger, sable or squirrel hair, those with allergies triggered by animals may have an allergic reaction such as hives if animal hair brushes are used.
As for breakouts, synthetic brushes will not hold pigments and product even after cleaning like natural brushes can. Even using a brush cleaner, animal hair brushes can still hold bacteria and soap as they are so much harder to get deep down clean.
Once you find your ideal brush set, remember to keep your brushes clean to maintain their effectiveness and prolong their life, and to keep your skin from breaking out. I recommend washing your brushes at least twice a month depending on their usage.
To clean your brushes, use a brush cleaner or mild soap and never aggressively rub the bristles as this can cause breakage and warping. Rinse your brushes with the cuff (metal part holding the bristles in) and bristles facing downward. Once clean, re-shape the brush head and rest the brush with the bristles overhanging the sink edge. This way, your brushes will dry more quickly and maintain their shape.
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