Difference between synthetic and natural bristle brushes

Brushes are tools that make it a lot easier to rock and create the perfect makeup for any occasion.

There is no rule to use them, however, when buying the accessory, there are some attributes that can be compared to obtain the desired finish.

In addition to the shape, the type of bristles interferes with the production result. Synthetic bristles, for example, generally make the make more intense and the product more pigmented on the skin, while the natural bristles, deposit less product and enable a lighter make.

With so many options for brushes on the market, the Healthy Minute will explain each type and help you not suffer when choosing the ideal brush.


What types of brush are there?

A lot of people like the brushes and think that they facilitate the application of the products, in addition to making the make more professional.

For those who are not familiar with the steps of preparing complete skin, it is nice to know the brushes that are most used and decide which one best suits your needs and everyday life.

The starting point is to know about the materials used to manufacture the brushes, which can be synthetic or natural.

Artificial bristle brushes are generally used to apply liquid and creamy products, as they do not absorb fluids and deliver greater coverage.

Natural ones, on the other hand, are ideal for applying powdered makeup, as they have a looser bristle and promote a more natural finish.

Now for those who want a complete make-up, let’s explain the types of brushes most used:

  • Cat tongue: it is ideal for applying liquid and creamy products. Provides high coverage and precision, but can leave the skin with a marked appearance. The ideal is to finish with a damp sponge;
  • Duo Fiber: it has both types of bristles, it is ideal for applying liquid and creamy products, leaving a lighter and more natural aspect;
  • Kabuki: has firm and close bristles that provide complete coverage quickly;
  • Angular brush: widely used for contouring, since it fits perfectly on the sides of the face, it has more open bristles that provide a light and natural effect;
  • Dust brush: one of the most well-known brushes, it has soft and voluminous bristles, in addition to a large shape, facilitating application and leaving the natural finish;
  • Blush brush: it has loose and soft bristles that fit perfectly on the cheeks providing light result;
  • Beveled brush : contains short, hard bristles, as well as a beveled cut, ideal for outlining or creating small lines in the eyes;
  • Smudging brush: it has smaller and soft bristles, ideal for smudging eye makeup quickly, in addition, larger sizes can be used to apply concealer under the eyes or even illuminator;
  • Eyeshadow brush: it has firm and small bristles to deposit the eyeshadow or make a slight smudge on the concave;
  • Brush Vassourinha: indicated to apply illuminator in the temples and regions of preference, since it has thin and long bristles that refer to a fan or broom.

Synthetics absorb less liquid product and are generally more used to apply makeup with high pigmentation, since they deliver a higher concentration of product.

How are natural and synthetic bristle brushes made?

Natural bristles, as the name implies, are made with natural hair. They are generally used by animals such as kolinsky marten, also known as mink, skunks and even pigs and cows.

In general, the natural threads that are placed on the brushes are only those that fall from the animal, however, the hairs are often removed from dead animals.

They are made from specific, soft regions of the coat, so this type of brush is expensive because the hair is collected by hand.

On the other hand, artificial bristles are generally produced from extruded nylon and polyester filaments, so this type of brush, even after years of use, remains in its original shape.

What options and brands are available?

Not all brushes have synthetic and natural options for the same function, but we have listed some well-known options and brands.

Synthetic options include:

  • Marco Boni case ;
  • Océane Brushes Facial Brush Kit ;
  • Océane brush by Mariana Saad ;
  • Pincel oval Max Love;
  • Brush Macrilan Line B .

The brands best known for selling natural bristle brushes are Sigma Beauty and MAC cosmetics, both offer brushes with both types of bristles with high quality.

Among the options of products with natural bristles are:

  • Kit of brushes Santa Clara ;
  • Simple Santa Clara kit .

It is important to mention that in case of doubts about the material used in the product, if not specified by the brand, it is ideal to contact it to make sure that they are natural and have not been cruelly extracted from the animals.

In the case of the cutest brushes, like the powder ones, they can be found in natural and synthetic versions, in the case of the more compact ones, like the base ones, they are usually made of synthetic material.

Comparative: difference between synthetic and natural bristles in makeup

When it comes to makeup, it is important to know the result you want to achieve in order to define which types of brush to use in each stage.

If the desired result is more natural and sophisticated, the ideal ones are those with natural bristles, since they deposit less product on the skin and end up leaving a more natural finish.

If the intention is a marked and intense make-up, synthetic ones are indicated, since they promote greater precision and apply a greater amount of product to the skin, promoting an intense finish.

I particularly like to mix the two types of bristles and obtain different results in the same production.

To apply the foundation I prefer to use the synthetic bristle kabuki brush, since it delivers the coverage I need quickly, without sucking all of my product.

When it comes to applying blush, contour and powder, mine always choose fluffy brushes and natural bristles, since they result in a light look in the make, which makes me more comfortable.


Both artificial and animal bristles provide uniform and efficient application, but synthetic ones with greater precision and pigmentation and natural ones with less product, leaving the look smooth and natural.


When talking about synthetic bristle brushes, we thought of hard and coarse brushes, which attack the skin.

With the advances of the industry, today we can have natural and synthetic bristles with very similar quality, providing the same softness and efficiency, without irritating the skin.


It is important to remember that the softer the brush, the less product it applies, but it smears a lot more. And the denser the bristles, the more intense the color, however, the less precision to blend.

That said, it will depend a lot on the intended result for the look. The two types of bristles have excellent spreadability, however, in different ways.


In terms of durability, it is important to mention that natural bristles are like wigs, if cared for, sanitized and carefully stored, they last a lifetime.

The same is true with synthetic brushes, but sometimes they can lose bristle volume and accuracy.

Cost benefit

Compared to natural bristle brushes, synthetics are very worthwhile.

First of all, they are vegan and do not need animal hair to be produced, they are also easily found in different stores and with varying prices.

Both types deposit the product and spread in very similar ways, but the synthetic ones are easier to clean, since they do not need special care with the bristles.

In addition, they are simple to store and hardly lose the original format.


Prices vary significantly between the two types. Synthetics can be found between R $ 2.99 to over R $ 300 reais, depending on the function of the brush and the brand.

Natural bristles, on the other hand, can vary from R $ 100 to R $ 300, depending on the brand and especially the type of coat on the brush.

Ease of purchase

Synthetic brushes are easily found at makeup stores and websites or pharmacies. Many Brazilian brands, such as Macrilan and Vult , deliver quality and fair prices, in addition to being found everywhere.

Natural brushes are found on specific websites and stores, usually outside Brazil and at high prices.

Have you ever used synthetic and natural bristle brushes? Tell us down here what your experience with the products was and what you identify with most when it comes to putting on makeup.