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My Favorite Vegan Cruelty Free Brushes

I wanted to talk about my favorite vegan cruelty free brushes. I get a lot of questions about what are the best brushes, and if I prefer synthetic or natural hair brushes. I personally prefer synthetic brushes now that I’m more educated on the subject.

1. ecoTools



$9.99 for the 6 piece brush set, and there are a variety of sets. This one breaks down to about $1.67 per brush.

I love these brushes for several reasons:
A. They’re easily accessible as they’re sold at several places such as Walgreens, Amazon.com, and Target.
B. They’re very affordable, especially in the sets.
C. They make some great brushes.
D. They’re made from sustainable materials. The handles are made from bamboo and the bristles are synthetic taklon and 100% cruelty free. The Ferrule is made from recycled aluminum.
E. I love the short handles as I feel they give me more control.

Cons:
The only con to these brushes are that they don’t offer all the styles I use and that they don’t offer some of the brushes separately, such as the fiber optic brushes.

2. Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Brushes



$65 for 5 brushes and a carrying case. That breaks down to roughly $12 a brush & $5 for the case.

I love these brushes because:
A. They’re pink!
B. They’ve got silky smooth hair and feel awesome as well as perform wonderfully.
C. They’re offered at a variety of places including Apothica,  Sephora, and Too Faced.

Cons:
They’re only sold in a set, there’s not a lot of variety of brushes offered, and they’re the most expensive of the brushes.

3. BftE 18 Piece Vegan Brush Set (upcoming review, in short I love them)


$45 for 18 brushes, breaks down to about $2.50 per brush.

I love these brushes beause:
A. The silky smooth hair of the brushes feel wonderful. They feel very similar to the Too Faced Brushes.
B. There are a TON of brushes offered in this set! There’s a brush for almost everything I need and a few I had never tried before that are amazing, such as the doe foot brush.
C. They’re a gorgeous grey color.

Cons:
The handles are really long and they’re only available in a set. They’re only offered at BftE Cosmetics.

4. Medusa’s Makeup Brushes



$25 for 5 piece brush set (it’s $35 but offered at 40% off and it’s a 6 piece brush set now), which breaks down to about $4.17 per brush.

I love these brushes because:
A. They’ve got fuchsia handles!
B. The brushes included in the set are the type I use daily.

Cons:
They’re not as nice as the BftE brushes or the Too Faced brushes. After using them for over a year, the bristles are starting to look a bit shabby on the fluff shader brush. However, the eyeliner brushes, the smudge brushes and the lid brushes are just fine. They’re only offered at Medusa’s Makeup.

So tell me? What are your favorite brushes? What are your favorite brush styles?

Medusa’s Makeup Brushes & Too Faced Brushes were purchased by me. Most of my ecoTools brushes were purchased by me and others were sent for consideration. BftE brushes were a gift. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://dandyzette.blogspot.com Kat Grisaille

      I love the Medusa brushes, esspecially since I’m a newbe if it comes to brushes. :P It’s a nice starterset and they’re bright painfully pink. I love the angle eyeliner, the shadow and the smudge. I rarely use the fluff shadow.

    • mandy

      I’d love to try the two faced ones :) they’re too cute… I enjoyed the post, thank you!

      • Phyrra

        You’re welcome Mandy!

    • http://www.saramay.com.au/blog Sara-May

      I have only tried the Too Faced and EcoTools brushes, but I have to agree with you, they are amazing. Both of these brands easily fall into my favourite brush category, vegan or not!

      • Phyrra

        I’m glad you like them, too, Sara-May

    • Yoshi

      I like the look of the bfte brushed, but when I followed the link the product wasn’t found and I couldn’t find it by searching the site either :(

      • Phyrra

        They’re out of stock currently but they’ll be back soon. I asked Crystal, BftE’s owner.

    • http://echosidestyle.blogspot.com Jen

      I neeeed that EcoTools set, it’s such a great value, I love EcoTools!

      • Phyrra

        They’ve got a lot of great sets :)

    • http://www.lillianfunnyface.blogspot.com Lillian

      I’ve not tried any of these, but I love the sound of the Eco Tools and BFTE ones! I don’t think Eco-tools are in stores over here, but even with shipping from the US they’ll probably be nice and cheap. And the BFTE set looks great, I like the variety of eye brushes you get. At the moment I absolutely love ELF Studio brushes. They’re really great and cheap too :)

      • Phyrra

        I’ve had some good elf brushes :)

    • http://thestudentsguidetonailpolish.blogspot.com/ September Lena

      That’s a great price for the BTFE set! Wow.

      I personally like long handles. No idea why…

      • Phyrra

        It really is :)
        Because I’m blind as a bat without my glasses or contacts in (-9 and -8.5) I prefer to get really close to the mirror, so I need short brushes to do that.

        • http://cheapthrillss.wordpress.com/ Donna

          I was just about to say this! I’m blind as a bat too, I forget what I am in contacts since I only wear glasses for the past 10 yrs or so. I have such a hard time with my long handled brushes clunking up against the mirror when I’m applying eye makeup. I think I need that ecotools set!

          My favorites are my elf brushes, cheap, soft, get the job done.

          PS. I just entered the apothica giveaway, but I didn’t leave my email in the comment area. It is in the area provided for it, is that okay, I mean, can you see the email addresses left in the “mail” section?

          • Phyrra

            Yes, that’s fine :)
            I just need an email address somewhere.

    • http://cassykinsvstheworld.blogspot.com/ Cassy

      My favorite brushes are some cheap ones I got from my school which doesn’t help anyone (including me, I want more!) I do also like Sigma and Coastal Scents brushes. I also picked up some individuals from Sephora’s line (mostly the synthetics)

      • Phyrra

        Yeah I have a few of Sephora’s and some are ok, but others were scratchy!

    • http://EsperMakeup.blogspot.com Bekah from EsperMakeup

      This is very helpful! The only cruelty free brushes I was familiar with were the Eco tools ones. I am in love with this brushes. They’re the only ones I use

      • Phyrra

        I’m glad you like them, too Bekah!

    • http://bibasbeautycorner.blogspot.com/ Biba

      I’ve been thinking to buy EcoTools brushes for some time now. I think I’ll buy them now :)

      • Phyrra

        I hope you love them :)

    • http://littlemissmetamorph.blogspot.com kristen

      I like many of the ELF Studio brushes. They have soft bristles, are sleek black and good prices.

    • http://eyelinerandspraypaint.blogspot.com robyn

      I do love my MAC brushes, and if I could afford to get more, I would, but I can’t – they’re ridiculous! So my favourite have to be elf Studio – they’re cheap, pretty and work amazingly well! I’d like to try ecotools but they’re always sold out near me – you can only get them in Boots in the UK :(

      • Phyrra

        MAC brushes aren’t cruelty free but they are nice. The set that I have is probably about 10 years old now, and they’re still in good shape, so I consider that to have been a very good investment.

    • http://fiercenerditude.blogspot.com/ Vijaya

      On the Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair brushes, are the handles pink or black?

      • Phyrra

        Mine are black handles with pink ferrules.

    • sarah

      I have some ecoTools brushes and I love them, and I really like my Sonia Kashuk brushes as well. I got a set for free from Naked Cosmetics at the last hair show I went to (I spent $165 on about $400 worth of stuff) but they’re not that great. They’re okay.

      • Phyrra

        My Sonia Kashuk brushes go scratchy really fast.

    • Bronwyn

      Oooh, I’ll have to look into the BftE set – I like long handles, but that’s because I have massive “man hands” and shorter brush handles get lost in them. :/ I’m not as fond of EcoTool’s eye brushes; I bought them and never use them; I feel like the bristles aren’t stiff enough. I absolutely ADORE their face brushes, though, precisely because they’re soft and fluffy and I can blend everything.

      My favorite non-vegan brushes are my Sonia Kashuk ones (with the white handles) – totally within my price range and durable enough to stand up to my method of cleaning (scrubbing on a wet rag, then soap, then scrubbing, THEN rinse) without losing any bristles.

      • Phyrra

        Aww, I can totally see why you prefer long then. The white handles Sonia Kashuk ones I have – the lid brushes – go scratchy after a while :(

    • Jenny Whiskey

      I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of this shop, but I LOVE my Coastal Scents brushes. They are CHEAP but only in price, NOT in quality. They’ve all stood the test of time. I’ve NEVER been disappointed with any that I’ve purchased, although I only have eye brushes, I can’t speak for the face brushes.

      I also love anything I’ve bought from ELF. I’ve purchased a few, and rec’d a few in a blog giveaway and I was really impressed. Even the cheapest $1 were wonderful.

      Also….i just got 2 fantastic bushes from Grey’s International Makeup Swap. They are from Spain and I can’t read anything on the package, but they are both gorgeously soft, and well constructed.

      I am dying to try those BFTE brushes though. i need a case anyway since I travel alot with my band and it would help me stay organized, not to mention I love long handles. The Eco Tools set looks great too, and i do really like the brushes from them I’;ve tried.

      An awful brand of brushes I’ve tried? BARE MINERALS. Their brushes shed all over my face, and I had to pick off little hairs throughout the day that I’d find. Since the bristles are so closed to my skin color, they’d blend right in and leave me to touch my face and be like…”wtf is on my face?”

      • Phyrra

        Ewww, I hate it when brushes shed.

        In the ecoTools set above, from left to right:
        Big Blending brush, Angled Crease brush, Highlighter brush, small shader brush, smudge brush.

        I use the blending brush to blend lightly, or to apply a wash of color all over.
        I use the angled crease brush to apply color in the crease.
        I use the highlighter brush to apply highlight on the browbone.
        I use the small shader brush for lid or inner lid work.
        I use the smudge brush for inner corner of eye and to blend out edge of crease/browbone colors.

    • cinseven13

      I **almost** bought a set of the Eco Tools brushes at the grocery store on Friday but decided to wait for them to go on sale. Long handles really are hard when you’re trying to put makeup on without contacts in :(

      • Phyrra

        I really love the set. The only thing I feel it’s missing is a larger lid brush. The larger lid brushes they have I feel like they’re too stiff.

        And I totally hear you on the putting on makeup without contacts. I can’t really do it. Too blind.

    • http://jeanrosebrock.tumblr.com Jean

      I’m a short-handle fan, too. I dislike long handles intensely, but longer handles are sooo popular. Maybe because MUAs prefer them? Anyway, glad to see someone else uses e.l.f. brushes; they’re my favorites … although I hope to try ecoTools brushes soon. They always get high marks AND they’re cheap and available!

      • Phyrra

        Definitely try them! I love them :)

    • Michelle

      My favorites are the ecotools brushes. I’ve bought several of the sets and just love them. This is the first time I’ve seen BftE’s brushes but I’m intrigued and will probably go poke around the website some. As always, thanks for the awesome reviews!

      • Phyrra

        They’re temporarily unavailable, but will hopefully be back in stock soon. You’re welcome!

    • Emily

      Thanks for this post! That BFTE set is calling my name! lol

      • Phyrra

        Hopefully it will be back in stock soon!

    • Logan

      I seen some rave reviews on the Ecotools but when I seen them at walmart I was a little iffy, I think they look cheap :/ (and I have elf brushes o.o). Idk, maybe its the metal finish on the ferrule, reminds of cheap plastic. But since you say they are good, I might look into them again, they are priced really nicely. And if I hate them I can always get a refund. Have you tried the revlon brushes? I was in love with the look of them. They are red and black, they do look small though but that might be a plus if you want to do concentrated color on the lids. Also, I seen a pretty big set of sephora brushes (http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P202938&categoryId=C540) curious if you heard anything about them, the reviews on them are pretty good. Seems like a nice basic brush set. If you could do a favorite all around brush review would be so helpful, I’m getting into make up professionally and really need some good brushes that wont cost tons (with mac they are really high and I’ve heard some of them are great and others not so much).

      • Phyrra

        I know they look unusual, but I feel like they perform really well. I’ve gotten used to the bamboo look.

    • http://cheapthrillss.wordpress.com/ Donna

      I heard the Coastal Scent brushes are made by Crown, anyone know if that’s true?

      • Phyrra

        I’ve heard that too, but I don’t know if it’s true or not.

    • http://notmakingitup.net ndrcvrngl

      Oh, pink brushes! *drool*
      I have several different brands that I like different brushes from. Some of my Bare Minerals brushes are awesome – like the double ended brush from the Rocker Eye kit and the clear handled brushes, one or two Sonia Kashuk, and my Posh travel kit is BEYOND awesome! I really want a kabuki from coastal Scents, only because the brush is hot fricking pink on the ends!I’m trying out some long handled ones that were given to me from a contest I entered (wholesale brush set), that I’m liking a few of – still trying to get used to using such loooooong handles! I also have a brush set on it’s way to me… Hopefully between all these sets, I’ll end up having a franken set of every brush I could need!

      … I think I need an intervention, I sound like such a brush you-know-what, lol

      • Phyrra

        Haha, I know what you mean though. I’ve got a ton of brushes and still always keep an eye out for ones I NEED.

    • Kali

      Long handles for me, and I am an artist! Although not a makeup one :D. I don’t think Ecotools look cheap at all–they are beautifully made and mine haven’t shed a hair. The BftE look an awful lot like Crown brushes. I’ve the a set from them that’s almost identical to this.

      • Phyrra

        I just don’t know enough about the crown brushes to say yes or now that they’re the same. I don’t think I have any crown brushes.

    • http://roxcat.net/blog/ roxcat

      I don’t have any of these brushes but I’ve had my eyes on ecoTools for a while. I’m half blind and I only wear glasses, so short handles are a big plus for me! Now I mostly use brushes from Coastal Scents, and I’m quite happy with them.

      • Phyrra

        You should definitely give ecoTools a try.

    • http://obsessiveness4makeup.blogspot.com/ Madiha

      i love eco tools brushes :) they are such good quality brushes but at affordable price

      • Phyrra

        They definitely are!

    • Rosa

      I have mainly ELF brushes and sigma. My sigma brushes shed =( with the exception of the F80, which I love for foundation. I really want to get the Eco Tools ones.

      • Phyrra

        The ecoTools don’t seem to shed, which is always nice.

    • http://liquirizia.over-blog.com Lutrinaë

      I like Furless brushes, they are also vegan! And some of them are purples…. :D

      • Phyrra

        I’m not familiar with Furless?

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    • http://dandyzette.blogspot.com Kat Grisaille

      Yes, someone who agrees with me! ;D

      I’m curious about the BftE set, I hope to see your review soon.