10 vegan makeup brushes to add to your beauty collection

Best cruelty-free and eco-friendly makeup tools you will love.

Whether you are looking to start your beauty collection or expand the existing one, makeup brushes are a basic tool that needs to find a space on your cosmetic shelf. 

Vegan alternatives in cosmetics have become more and more desirable since many customers these days are more eco-conscious and animal-friendly. Luckily, there are many brands that have created high standard products that tick both boxes. 

Is fur-free better?

Most fur-free make up brushes are made of Taklon, a high-quality synthetic polyester fabric similar to animal hair. Unlike animal hair, vegan brushes are a safer alternative for those who are prone to allergies but still distribute the products and deliver the results just the same as mink, squirrel or pony hair.

The most common issue with animal hair makeup brushes is that they easily absorb dirt and oils from your face, leading to bacteria build-up. Maybe next time you won’t blame your cosmetics for breakouts but also the brushes.

Animal hair brushes absorb dirt and oils from your face more easily than synthethic.

The good news is, synthetic hair is hyper allergic and anti-bacterial and it’s easy to clean since the bristles dry quicker than animal fur. Also, it’s important to mention that cruelty-free brushes are suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin.

Cruelty-free = vegan?

When a beauty brand is cruelty-free, it means they don’t test their ingredients or final products on animals. Many confuse the two labels often assuming if something is vegan, it’s also cruelty-free, especially since many ethical brands are usually both.

However, it is not always the case. Cruelty-free refers to animal testing, but those cosmetics can contain animal ingredients and by-products, while vegan means no animal ingredients, but can be tested on animals.

P.S. These brands prove it’s easy to be kind to every kind!

MOTD Cosmetics

WHY WE LOVE IT: M.O.T.D (Makeup of the Day) Cosmetics created fur-free makeup brushes, which means they are made of soft synthetic hair. This American brand is also PETA certifies as vegan and cruelty-free.

PRICE: from £8 for a single brush up to £92 for a luxury 15-piece set

Photo: @motd_cosmetics

Inika Organic

WHY WE LOVE IT: This Australian brand is 100% vegan, certified organic and cruelty-free. Their philosophy is created around natural and ethical cosmetics, so the brand makes a perfect choice for eco-conscious lovers.

PRICE: from £15 up to £52 for a set

Photo: @inikaorganic

Elate Cosmetics

WHY WE LOVE IT: Elate is an absolute beauty dream for every sustainable and eco-friendly lover. All their compacts, tools, and palettes are made from bamboo which is known for as renewable and fast-growing material. Of course, they are vegan and cruelty-free, but also a clean beauty brand. 

PRICE: from £9 for a single brush up to £85 for a set

Photo: @elatecosmetics


WHY WE LOVE IT: This British brand has created a perfect beginner makeup brushes set made of Taklon, a smooth, soft, high-quality synthetic fibre.

PRICE: £29.99 for a 5-piece set

Photo: @soigne_official

Eco tools

WHY WE LOVE IT: This brand is not only PETA certified as cruelty-free and vegan but is also sustainable (and very affordable). Their packaging is recyclable, and all the brushes are made of renewable bamboo.

PRICE: from £4.25 for a single brush up to £15 for a set

Photo: @ecotools

Spectrum Collections

WHY WE LOVE IT: If there was a competition in the most stylish makeup brushes category, Spectrum would definitely take a throne. Their sets are every beauty collector’s dream, but the good news is, all the brushes made without animal hair. 

PRICE: from £3.99 for a single brush up to £149.99 for a 35-piece set

Photo: @spectrumcollections

 Real Techniques

WHY WE LOVE IT: Real Techniques produces professional quality makeup brushes and sponges that are very popular because of their design and functionality. Of course, the brand is vegan-friendly and does not test on animals. 

PRICE: from £6.27 up to £29.99

Photo: @realtechniques


WHY WE LOVE IT: Judging by the amount of 5 stars reviews for most of their products, Tarte is a favourite among makeup lovers. Their brushes are funky and cute, but most importantly, made of high-quality vegan-friendly hair. 

PRICE: £22 (sale price) for the set below; price range from £16 up to £42

Photo: @tartecosmetics

Eco Stardust

WHY WE LOVE IT: EcoStardust created biodegradable glitter made from plant cellulose as well as bamboo fur-free makeup brushes. The brand is not only cruelty-free and ethical but eco-friendly too. Not to mention that 10% of their profit is donated to environmental charities. 

PRICE: £16 for a 5-piece bamboo set

Photo: @ecostardust

Jolie Beauty

WHY WE LOVE IT: Jolie Beauty is a cruelty-free makeup brand specialised in colour cosmetics, and their brushes are nothing less! They use synthetic hair for both brushes and lashes so you can be sure your beauty experience is completely guilt-free. 

PRICE: £69.99 for a 20-piece set

Photo: @joliebeauty


Editor’s note: Feature image via Glow Repose