Synthetic and natural brushes: what’s the difference?

Synthetic and natural brushes

Which brushes are better: synthetic or natural? – today this is an irrelevant question and all because the line between brushes made of different types of pile is erased.

Which brush to choose: synthetic or natural

Synthetic and natural brushes

If earlier we could distinguish a synthetic brush from a natural one not only visually, but also tactilely, today we cannot.

Manufacturers strive to create high quality synthetic brushes to make them as affordable as possible, hypoallergenic and … vegan-friendly. Hence, there are so many synthetic brushes that imitate the pile of squirrels, goats, ponies, etc. Sometimes it is so fortunate that they are superior in quality to brushes made of natural bristles.

Of course, if you take rough synthetics and compare it with a natural bristle brush, then you will feel a tremendous difference and you will never want to deal with it again.

Therefore, the same pile can behave completely differently. The result depends on the understanding of what quality synthetic is in front of you.

What is the Difference Between Natural and Synthetic Brushes

Synthetic and natural brushes

In the past, they were distinguished by the structure of the pile.

The natural bristle brush hasn’t changed at all over the years. It still has a porous structure, thanks to which it picks up dry textures well.

But synthetic pile is no longer the “bad guy” who could ruin your makeup with his appearance. In the past, it had a smooth structure, unable to capture and hold the right amount of dry product. For this reason, makeup artists applied only cream products with a synthetic brush, and only dry ones with a natural one.

In the present, they learned to create a synthetic brush that imitates the structure of a natural one, which now claims to take its place forever.

Rumor has it that natural brushes will soon disappear and I believe them when I pick up synthetic plant-based corn fiber brushes.

By the way, one of the first brands that decided to abandon the production of natural brushes was MAC Cosmetics.

How to choose a quality synthetic brush


If the brush is made of cheap, smooth nylon, then it will not hold most of the product when it is dry textured and it will crumble. High-quality synthetics will not only hold it, but can also surpass a brush made of natural bristles, absorbing the maximum amount of shadows / powder / blush.

Why is synthetic hair better than natural

  • Natural brushes wear out faster, losing their shape. Synthetic wear resistant, ready to endure any kind of texture, from cream to dry.
  • Natural brushes are demanding to clean. They do not forgive harsh products in the form of soap, which cannot be said about synthetics, which are also faster and easier to wash off.
  • Unlike natural brushes, synthetics do not cause allergies.
  • The price difference is sometimes colossal. For example, a set of brushes made of corn fiber can be bought for 1,000 rubles, while a brush made of natural bristles in the amount of one piece will cost no less than 1,500 rubles.


Do you need a conclusion when all the arguments are “for” synthetic brushes? Of course, there will still be demand for natural bristles, but now the case of most makeup artists consists of 50% natural brushes and 50% synthetic. I am one of them.