Synthetic Vs. Natural Makeup Brushes
Feat. BH Cosmetics’ 14 pc Signature Brush Set
I got these lovelies last week in the mail and I am in LOVE. So cute, great quality, literally perfect. But that’s not the focus of this here post. Lets get to the nitty gritty of how synthetic brushes and natural brushes differ :)
What are synthetic brushes made of?
- Nylon and other synthetic materials
What are the pros of synthetic brushes?
- Perfect for liquid or cream products (ex: foundations, gel liners, and concealers)
- Flat synthetic fibers don’t soak up cream products
- Less expensive
What are the cons of synthetic brushes?
- Sometimes cheaply made and break easily
- Do not blend blushes and powders flawlessly
What are natural brushes made of?
- More than likely your ‘natural’ brushes are made of animal fur (ex: squirrel, mink, goat, sable, and horse hair are some of the most popular types of fur used)
What are the pros of natural brushes?
- Perfect for powder products (ex: blushes, eye shadows, and setting powders)
- More durable
- Soft and fluffy fur brushes blend powders beautifully
- Hold pigments easier, making shadows appear more vibrant
- More controlled makeup application
What are the cons of natural brushes?
- Looking through brands for cruelty free brushes
- More expensive
- Difficult to wash due to density of the fibers
- Can cause allergic reactions
I hope that this post helps! I’ve honestly gone through a half of a bottle of wine while making this so.. i apologize for any spelling errors hehe.
Brands with amazing Synthetic Brush Options:
Real Techniques, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Mac Cosmetics, NARS Cosmetics and EcoTools
Brands with amazing Natural Brush Options: SHANY cosmetic brushes, ETA Ultra, Too Faced and Sonia Kashuk