We started with non-animal tested cosmetics. Industry responded. As our awareness grew, we added vegan makeup to our vanity tables. Now, we are realizing that the makeup brush industry causes as much harm to helpless creatures (mainly ponies, horses, squirrels, rabbits, all fur animals such as sable, cats, dogs, and many other innocents) as the cosmetics industry did.
But we can change that – you and I. All we need to do is make sure that any future brushes we buy are 100% synthetic. Still, we want great brushes. We want to look good.
Here’s a review of some of the popular brands.
Color Brushes has great prices, excellent quality brushes, and a large selection. Their Kabuki brush is soft, but still firm enough for a flawless mineral makeup foundation application. The Round Powder brush is ultra-thick and luxurious and the softest brush I’ve ever used. The tapered Eye Shadow brushes come in head widths of 0.37″ and 0.43.” (www.colorbrushes.com)
Valana Minerals‘ Velvet Plush Brush collection was created specifically for mineral makeup, but can be used with other textures as well. Also called The Faux Collection©, the brushes are supple, soft, and durable. They offer two Kabuki brushes, one for medium coverage and one for full coverage. Their Round Eye Crease brush is perfect for detailing eye makeup, and their ultra-thin eye liner / lip liner brush feels soft, but maintains the firmness necessary for a perfect application. (www.valanaminerals.com) makeup brush kit
The Branded J Collections brushes are absolutely gorgeous, and they have an enormous variety from which to choose. The sets are nothing short of professional. The prices are up there, but you can save money by buying single brushes instead of a complete set. You can get a flawless liquid or cream foundation application with The Betty Mae brush. Choose Hopscotch for a soft but sturdy flat-top liner. Or choose Hannah for an angled liner brush that allows for maximum control. Hannah also doubles as a brow color application brush. The Branded J site has a lot of information about brush care, and about the vegan brush industry in general. Definitely worth reading, especially if you are “on the fence” about choosing vegan brushes. (www.brandedjcollections.com)
Makeup Junky is a fun site to explore, and they have a huge variety of Taklon brushes – something to meet every makeup need. I especially like their Travel Brush Set, which is reasonably priced, and includes 7 brushes and a case. The individual brushes range in price, and the selection of eye shadow brushes is enormous. Their powder brush, Emily, is a full, lush brush that can be used for setting powder, blush or bronzer, and even body makeup.