Here's the full 411 on Vegan makeup brushes and why it could be the next preferred brushesFriday, March 11, 2016
A few months ago, SUESH has sent me a basic set of their vegan makeup brushes. To be quiet honest, I wasn't really a fan of using vegan/synthetic brushes because I always thought that makeup doesn't quite stick to the hairs real good and it takes more effort to try and get makeup to stay on the brushes, extending your makeup time.
But after getting to know the brushes with Beauty and Minerals' Vegan brushes, and using these as well on a daily basis, I found a lot of benefits on why going vegan on your makeup brushes has its benefits too.
One of the top reasons why using synthetic/vegan brushes could be the best for you is that it's great for people who have sensitive or extremely sensitive skin. Synthetic bristles are naturally hypoallergenic, whereas some animal hair bristle can cause allergic reactions or contact dermatitis, which in my experience has been admittedly rare, but worth avoiding when the alternative is just as effective.
So no matter how often you wash those animal haired-makeup brushes, you could still suffer from contact dermatitis if you are allergic to them to begin with.
And you know what else? Vegan brushes are also naturally more hygienic than animal hair brushes (which are more porous), therefore more likely to collect bacterial and microbial growth. Seriously.
- VERSATILITY. Synthetic brushes can be used for all types of products while natural hair brushes are suitable for powder only. Some people do use natural hair brushes for liquid and cream products but these brushes tend to streak the product, which takes more time to blend out. Natural hair bristles also absorb more liquid and cream product than synthetic bristles, which means there is more wasted product (ouch!). And also with the nature of natural hair brushes shedding more, it can be so annoying when you have hairs getting stuck on your skin while trying to blend in that foundation. It is also much harder to clean liquid and cream products out of natural/animal hair brushes because of the porous hair issue I mentioned above.
- LIFESPAN. Natural hair brushes shed a lot more than synthetic brushes. Now both types of brushes can shed easily when one, the glue starts to deteriorate (because let's face it, nothing lasts forever), or two, the ferrule (the metal cylinder around the brush handle that holds the brushes in place) is not tight enough. This is often the result of a poorly made brush and not because of the bristles themselves. However, natural hair bristles also shed because like our human hair, it is prone to breakage over time due to natural deterioration and lack of conditioning. This diminishes their lifespan in comparison to synthetic brushes made of nylon and taklon.
- MAINTAINS ITS SHAPE. One of the problems with natural hair brushes is they will eventually lose their shape unless you put some sort of band around them while they dry (but it also takes the form of that band). If you are already using synthetic brushes, then you already know that you can just lay them lying down and it will still take that original shape after they dry. Although laying your brushes down flat can trap water in the ferrule causing the glue to deteriorate faster or for mildew to grow at the base of your bristles (eww). So investing in a makeup brush tree for drying is best. I will feature that soon when mine arrives from the US.